Pediatrics (Oriental)

Pediatric Oriental Medicine

As compared to adults, children are more susceptible to a range of health conditions. These conditions can be minor or chronic and can alter the child's overall life quality or cause more complications. Medications such as antibiotics can help with these problems. However, the child tends to get resistant with time, making him/her more prone to various health disorders. 

To avoid this, medical specialists can substitute antibiotics with pediatric oriental medicines, also known as traditional Chinese medicine. Pediatrics (oriental) is thus a traditional medical practice that is mainly concerned with treating and managing conditions affecting children. It involves the traditional medicine system, understanding the laws and patterns of nature, and applying them to treat various health conditions. 

 

What is Pediatric Oriental Medicine? 

Pediatric oriental medicine refers to a traditional medical system. It’s used to diagnose, treat, and manage diseases in infants, young children, and adolescents. It works based on the belief that the vital energy of the body (qi) runs through the meridians or channels in the body. This helps maintain the child’s spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental health balance. 

The primary objective of using oriental medicine in children is to maintain and restore the body's balance. It also balances harmony in the natural opposing forces between yin and yang. As a result, it prevents them from blocking the qi energy flow or causing certain diseases. 

Yin and yang are the opposite forces that describe the qi qualities. Yin refers to night, dark, cold, feminine, and negative, while yang refers to day, light, warm, positive, and male. These forces work based on the belief that everything in life comprises a small percentage of the opposite factors. As such, balancing them is essential. 

An example of this is a situation where the doctor administers medication to treat a particular disease. These drugs can, however, be harmful and life-threatening if you take more than the prescribed dose. 

 

Oriental Medicine Treatment Methods 

Oriental medicine mainly emphasizes on individual treatment. As such, it involves different therapeutic forms of treatment. The types of treatment to administer often vary from one child to the other, depending on the general needs and goals. 

These treatment methods include; 

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an oriental method of treatment that involves inserting tiny needles into the upper skin layer. It can be the subcutaneous tissues or the muscles of specific acupuncture points so as to trigger or manipulate them.

According to the ancient oriental medicine experts, a human body consists of many acupuncture points linked by 12 main channels (meridians). These meridians play a vital role in conducting the qi energy between the body surface and the internal organs. 

Overall, acupuncture helps maintain the balance between yin and yang. As a result, it allows the standard flow of the qi energy throughout the child’s body. It also helps restore the normal health of both the body and mind. 

 

  • Acupressure

Acupressure is a form of acupuncture treatment without needles. Instead, it involves applying manual pressures with fingertips to certain points of the body. Acupressure aims to exert force on the acupuncture and acupressure points that lie in the meridians. 

Acupressure is normally used to clear the blockages in the meridian. This is because the qi energy flow can sometimes get blocked at any meridian point. Whenever this happens, it causes certain symptoms and disorders at any part along the meridian. Therefore, applying pressure to the acupressure and acupuncture points helps unblock the meridian, hence reliving the condition and associated symptoms 

 

  • Moxibustion 

Moxibustion is a therapeutic option that involves burning certain traditional herbs. The heat and smoke are then applied to certain points of the body. This method is usually administered together with acupuncture. 

According to the oriental medicine providers, the heat produced during the moxibustion procedure increases qi flow within the body through the meridians. Stimulating qi flow is thus important since it helps maintain and restore the child’s standard health. 

 

  • Tui Na

This is a form of alternative medicine that involves the use of bodyworks such as acupressure and massage. It help stimulates and improves the energy flow in the body. 

Tui na works by removing blockages in the points along the meridian. This restores qi balance and enhances the overall health and wellness of the child. 

 

  • Cupping therapy 

This is a therapeutic practice that involves the use of round inverted cups. These cups are briefly placed on particular body parts using a vacuum effect. Generally, cupping therapy works based on the belief that drawing of the skin inside the cups stimulates blood flow within that particular area. 

 

  • Diet and nutrition 

Diet and nutrition is an oriental practice based on the traditional understanding of the impacts of food on the human body. According to ancient practitioners, a balanced diet consists of five different tastes. It includes sour, bitter, sweet, salty, and spicy. Sour, bitter, and salty tastes come with a cooling effect. On the other hand, the spicy taste has a warming effect, while the sweet taste has a strengthening effect. 

This, therefore, means that foods with a certain taste have some of these properties, which are believed to heal various conditions. They also boost the immune system and improve the child’s health. 

 

  • Tai chi  

This is a mind and body therapeutic practice that involves a range of slow but flowing exercises. It combines activities such as meditation, movement, and rhythmic breathing. According to traditional oriental medicine principles, tai chi activities stimulate and enhance the flow of qi energy. This, in the end, facilitates recovery from various health conditions. 

Furthermore, tai chi improves physical and mental health among the minors. It can as well promote balance, posture, strength, and flexibility. Tai chi is also believed to enhance moods, ease pain, improve heart health, and strengthen the body’s immune system. 

 

  • Herbal medicine 

There are several herbs that most practitioners use to treat and manage certain health conditions in children. These herbs are usually extracted from different roots, seed, stem, and leaves of various plants including ginger, cinnamon bark, ginseng, and licorice, among others. 

These herbs are usually combined and made into a formula. It’s then dispensed in the form of traditional tea, granule, powder, liquid extract, and capsules. 

 

What to Expect During Oriental Treatment 

The treatment procedure and the outcome usually depend on the practitioner you choose. Also, the duration of the procedures and recovery period often varies. This is based on the child's symptoms, the period he or she has had the symptoms, and age. 

Before undergoing the treatment procedure, the practitioner first evaluates the overall health by conducting a physical test and examinations. This enables him/her to understand the health history of the child, conduct a pulse assessment and tongue assessment. 

Tongue assessment involves applying five different diagnosis strategies such as looking, asking, listening, touching, and smelling. Apart from focusing on the child’s physical appearance, it also enables the practitioner to analyze the tongue and structures. This includes shape, size, color, tension, and coating. 

An imbalance or irregularity in one organ system doesn’t always mean that the child has a health condition in that particular organ. However, the practitioner also checks other underlying symptoms to determine if the child has any health condition. These symptoms include; 

  • Tongue body shape: This shows the health state of both blood and the Qi and to determine if there is any deficiency. 
  • Tongue color: The color of the tongue indicates the state of the body organs, blood, and the Qi
  • Tongue features: Features such as teeth marks can mean that the tongue constantly rests against the teeth. This could be a sign of digestive issues, blood inflammation, or heat. 
  • Tongue coating: This shows the health state of the stomach organs 
  • Body moisture: This shows the state of the body fluids 
  • Cracked tongue: This can signify yeast infection or biotin deficiency 
  • The thickness of the tongue coat: This can signify imbalance in the digestive system. It may as well be associated with autoimmune disorders and allergic conditions.
  • Tongue coat root: This may indicate organs impairment, particularly if it’s not attached to the surface of the tongue. 

 

Health Conditions Treated With Oriental Medicine

Oriental medicine can be used to address a number of conditions affecting the minors. Some of the common health conditions include; 

  • Diabetes 
  • Anxiety 
  • Allergies 
  • Arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis 
  • Depression 
  • Back pain 
  • Skin disorders such as eczema, acne, hives, and psoriasis 
  • High blood pressure 
  • Insomnia 
  • Parkinson’s disease 
  • Obesity 

 

Conclusion 

Pediatric (oriental) is an ancient medical system based on the significant flow of energy or qi. Oriental practitioners believe that constant and standard flow of qi energy through the meridians or the channels indicates good health. It’s thus a safe and effective form of treatment for a range of childhood conditions. 

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