Why some remedies can do more harm than good

Have you ever tried “googling” a possible solution to your child’s health problem by searching for their symptoms?

You screen through the articles and search for discussions in mom groups, self-analyze a possible cause and solution, and choose one that you think is “best” for the current situation.

Raise your hand if this has been you!.

We all have our trial-and-error moments. 

Trial and error means that it may do good, it may turn out bad.

Because moms are always on the lookout for what is “best”, we change our strategies frequently.

You are either a mom who bombards their child with a lot of remedies to figure out what works or you go with whatever is trendy.

Many moms I have worked with have given their child 5 plus supplements on a daily basis and have literally tried every possible remedie out there, in an effort to make their child feel better.. They have tried dietary changes, homeopathy, aromatherapy, energy healing, crystals, the list goes on…

Others have gone to the supermarket in search of the latest science-backed formulas to achieve optimal health.

But let’s be honest. Did that really happen?

Were you able to get rid of the symptoms you desperately searched for on google? Were you able to get rid of that rash or the runny nose at pollen season?

Did you achieve the results you were looking for?

What else is there left to be done?

We go in with the wrong expectations

A few days ago, I listened to a radio commercial while driving my son to kindergarten. It was talking about a dietary supplement, supposedly an immune booster, containing Go Qi berries and some other magic ingredient, a true miracle cure.

And that may be the case, I don't want to deny that at all. Go Qi berries are commonly used in TCM and are definitely a superfood.

What I'm getting at is the one-sided approach: you take a dietary supplement and like a miracle your immune system is suddenly super strong and resistant - otherwise everything stays the same.


Before I studied Chinese Medicine I also tried all kinds of remedies on myself, but they rarely worked the way I expected. On the contrary, sometimes they made me even feel worse. What went wrong? In fact, a lot can go wrong.

When I was first introduced to natural medicine, I also made some very common mistakes and didn't get the results I wanted.

At the time, I was thinking of herbs as a substitute for western medicine. For example, when I had a cold, I tried echinacea. That worked sometimes, but not always.

It wasn't that there was anything wrong with the remedy I chose per se. It's just that the linear western model of symptom/problem -> drug/solution is an incomplete way of using natural remedies.


TCM’s powerful approach to remedies

Traditional Chinese Medicine follows a health strategy based on your child’s root cause. This is done with just a few selectively chosen supplements and remedies added.

This approach is proven to be way more powerful and effective. Believe me.

Simply put, TCM looks at your child as a whole and considers everything in context. 


When you decide to try a dietary supplement and you expect it to work like a miracle by taking care of your child’s immune system to suddenly become super strong and resistant, it won’t work.

Everything will simply stay the same unless we take a holistic approach at looking at it.

Health problems will still be frequent and late-night googling for solutions will remain to be part of your daily life.

Why a One-Way Approach to Natural Remedies Won’t Work

A trial-and-error method is not bad. However, it may reflect a one-sided approach to everything. 

This linear, one-way approach to natural remedies doesn't work well because it doesn't take a person's uniqueness or personal context into account.

You're trying to treat a symptom, a specific and obvious problem, without considering the other, existing symptoms that may not be the direct cause of distress but are still as significant.

You often overlook the factors that have led you to this point of discomfort, pain, or impairment.

This is also often the case when using a single herb that turns out to be less effective than the combination of several herbs.

One of the main reasons why herbal therapies often fail is that the herbal preparation is not taken long enough or consistently enough to achieve the desired effect.

It may also be possible that it has been used far too late in the disease process for it to substantially take effect.


Using a Holistic Approach in TCM


A more holistic approach is an absolute MUST if you're looking to correct or prevent your child's imbalances with natural remedies.

When choosing a more natural health approach, it is important to first understand the whole picture of what is going on in your child's body.

By using the diagnostic tools Chinese medicine offers, we can understand the origin of the illness and why it presents with a particular symptom.

Through TCM, we can find an individualized healing strategy to restore balance in your child's body. This usually includes nutrition, massage, acupressure, herbal therapy, and lifestyle changes.

What’s amazing is that this strategy doesn’t only address the underlying ailment. It is also sustainable because it is integrated with the distinct uniqueness of your child and its environment.

Only then will the innate healing system of the body be able to take over and restore your child’s optimal health from the inside out.


A Path to Sustained Wellness


Googling for answers and searching for advice online may be a good starting point to become more aware of your child's state of health. However, as parents, we can sometimes fall into the rabbit hole fast.

This may lead to unnecessary anxiety and confusion.

On the contrary, TCM will examine the underlying elements and related imbalances behind your child’s ailment.

We look at the greater picture and treat your child as an entire person and not just the symptom of the ailment.

If your goal for your child’s health is sustained long-term wellness and optimum health, this is definitely the most suitable path for you and your child.

If you feel strongly about choosing a more natural path on your child's journey to better health, then take the first step right now.

Take my  FREE Pediatric Body Balance Assessment and find out your child’s balance archetype to unlock its healing powers.

Not only will it help you to understand your child's condition better, you will also learn where your primary focus should be right now. On top of that you will discover 3 practical and simple actions to start restoring balance in your child’s body and promote inner healing - today!

About the Author Bettina

Bettina Gross is a holistic pediatric health coach who empowers moms to take charge of their kids health and step into their own role as a healer, so that they can raise healthy, happy kids and live the family life of their dreams.

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