Are you often at a loss when it comes to making decisions that affect your child's health? Don't worry, you're not alone. Most parents are unsure about this topic. It is often difficult enough to make health decisions just for themselves, never mind these tiny beings, who seem to function so very differently than we do. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can help you. Keep reading and let me introduce you to the world of seemingly endless therapeutic options.
Old knowledge not "outdated"
Pediatrics has a long tradition in Traditional Chinese Medicine. This is because the ancient Chinese knew that only healthy children would one day grow into healthy adults. A point of view that, as it often seems, has been lost in the present.
If your child is suffering from health problems such as cough, ear infections, allergies, asthma or indigestion such as stomach ache, diarrhea, constipation and the likes, TCM offers gentle ways to restore balance in the body and support its healing. But the most ingenious thing is that TCM sends us on a simple path, where our delicate organism is given preventive support in order to proactively prevent the development of diseases in the first place.
TCM has an explanation for almost everything
In contrast to Western medicine, TCM does not see children as small adults. Instead, it understands their physical and functional immaturity. The unique physiological-energetic constitution of children is noted and supported where necessary.
In addition, the rapid growth children go through affects the organs primarily responsible for the production of Qi. Qi is considered the life energy in TCM. These organs are constantly in a deficient state, as the child grows. Many of the health problems or illnesses children deal with can be traced back to this fact. The respiratory and digestive systems as well as the liver are mainly affected here.
It's all about balance - Five Element Diet
Here, as is so often the case in TCM, the digestive system is clearly the focus. Babies are born with a digestive system that is not yet fully developed. This is a fact that western medicine is also aware of. According to TCM, the digestive system is fully developed around the age of 7.
The spleen and stomach Qi are generally deficient in children and need to be gently supported, not further stressed. The functionality of the spleen-stomach system is crucial for the provision of “postnatal Qi”, or in other words, the nutrients available to us and keeping us alive for the rest of our lives.
This is precisely why it is so incredibly important for parents to help their child develop a robust digestive system. Nutrition according to the principles of TCM offers a wonderful and easy way to give your child a kick start in life.
It doesn't matter where you are right now. Maybe you are still breastfeeding or have already started to feed formula. You may not have been able to breastfeed at all or have already started on solid foods. Or maybe you have an older child who is eating regular family meals and starting on the TCM diet with you. It's never too late to start!
Especially in children, many health problems can be healed or significantly alleviated just by changing their diet.
When balance slides
If the physiological balance of a child has already slipped too far into an imbalance, or if a child is born with a constitution in an energetically deficient state, it is often necessary to add a stronger and faster-acting form of therapy in addition to the supportive diet. And here too, TCM has a lot in store.
There is an herb for everything - herbal medicine
My personal favorite is herbal therapy. It consists of the treatment with parts of various plants in the form of tinctures, granules, or teas. It can be used very effectively for the prevention and treatment of diseases in children. If nutritional therapy does not lead to the desired success with recurrent or chronic diseases, the administration of herbs is a wonderful option to fight the problem in a natural way.
The active ingredients of the herbs are of natural origin, have no or minimal side effects, and can, in almost all cases, be administered together with Western medicines. Nevertheless, herbal medicine is a highly effective treatment in its own right and needs to be prescribed and monitored by a qualified therapist.
Soft touch makes big waves - Tuina massage
Baby or Children's Tuina is another highly effective, but also safe and gentle method to improve your child's health. Massage stimulates blood circulation, digestion and excretion in the body and has an analgesic effect. Baby-Tuina consoles and calms babies who are struggling with colic, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, fever, earache or crying at night.
Simple massage techniques can be performed daily by parents at home to increase the circulation of Qi and blood. This strengthens the immune system, children sleep better, and have an even greater appetite. And with the positive side effect that the relationship with the parent providing the massages is strengthened and children are overall calmer, happier and healthier.
To the point - acupuncture and laser acupuncture
The last treatment modality that I want to mention is acupuncture. As you may know, super-thin metal needles are inserted through the skin into body points along the so-called meridian system, where the life energy, Qi, circulates. Acupuncture is extremely effective in removing blockages throughout the meridian system and in stimulating the body to rebalance itself.
Now you may find it cruel to poke a helpless baby with needles. Even if I can assure you that the puncture is almost painless - I am just as much of a softie as you. For this reason, I prefer a modern alternative to actual acupuncture, namely laser acupuncture with a cold laser. Since the skin temperature only increases by about 1°C, you can rest assured that this method is painless and at most a slight tingling sensation can be felt.
But you can also lovingly support your child with acupressure – the gentle pressing of certain points on the body. That’s another highly effective way for you as a parent to become your child’s healer and take things into your own hands.
Of course, TCM has a lot more in store. But that would go way beyond the scope of this blog post. I hope I have given you a small overview of your options for now and peaked your curiosity to try it out for yourself and your child.
This is how you can become a TCM Mom yourself
Would you like to explore the advantages of TCM for your child, then I have good news for you.
You can do this yourself, very easily from home.
How to start your journey as an empowered mom?
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You too can be an empowered mom who can optimally support the development of your child.
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