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The Best TCM and Acupressure Tips for Keeping Kids Healthy in the Fall

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 In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), autumn represents the beginning of the Yin Cycle where people and plants begin to slow down and turn inward for the coming winter. It's time to replace routines that served us in the vibrant and warm summer months with those that support our health in the cooler months. The Yin cycle brings about more cold and damp weather and less sunlight. For many kids, autumn can be filled with coughs, colds, asthma and other respiratory illnesses. With just a few simp…

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Auriculotherapy 101: How Acupuncturists Treat the Ear to Heal the Body

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I bet you didn’t know you have a miniature map of the human body in your ear, did you? This “map” contains information which helps acupuncturists diagnose and treat a variety of medical conditions including pain, headaches, stress, and anxiety.  

Auriculotherapy or Auricular Medicine is used worldwide to treat hundreds of health conditions, chronic and acute. 

What is auriculotherapy?

You can think of auriculotherapy like reflexology for the ear.  Certain spots on the ear correspond to areas …

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Pediatric Gua Sha or Scraping Massage

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Try this Massage that Tested & Approved  for Allergies, Cough, Colds and Fevers

Pediatric Gua Sha, also known as Scraping Massage is one of my favorite techniques to use on kids ages 4 and up. Kids love this technique because it feels so good.  It’s great for treating allergies, coughs, colds and fever and most kids respond really quickly, especially when used in addition to regular pediatric acupuncture treatments.

 

What is Gua Sha, or Scraping Massage?

Don’t be afraid of the name, Scra…

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Kids with Asthma Breathe Easier with Acupuncture

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Asthma is a serious problem in the United States and around the world. Today 9 million children in the U.S. suffer from asthma -- that’s a 75% increase since 1980!  Many parents are looking for ways to reduce asthma symptoms beyond conventional medical treatments.  As a pediatric acupuncturist I routinely treat children with asthma so I was excited when, Dr. Russell Faust, author of the popular blog, Ask the Boogor Doctor, asked me to address this topic. Now, as you can tell from the name of …

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Pediatric Tuina Massage for Wellness

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Pediatric tuina massage, or Chinese infant massage, has been used for thousands of years in the East to keep kids healthy and treat illness.  This type of massage is largely unknown and it is my sincere hope to change that!  I want parents and practitioners to learn and use pediatric tuina massage to benefit their own children and then pass down this powerful tool down to their own kids and grandkids.

 

Massage for Wellness

Using pediatric tuina massage on your infant or child every night can…

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Pediatric Tuina Massage for Constipation

There are seven basic tuina massage techniques you can use to treat your child’s constipation.  Whether it’s from acute illness and fever or more chronic bowel issues these techniques can help.  Tuina massage is safe to use in newborns, infants, toddlers and children up to age 12, although it is most effective in children 5 and under.  For a complete discussion on treating constipation, please read What's Your Kid's Poo Telling You? Part 1 Constipation Before you get started, make sure the room …

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Pediatric Tuina Massage for Cough

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There are five basic tuina massage techniques you can use to treat your child’s cough, no matter what kind they have: wet, dry, hacking, barking, whooping or tickley.  Pediatric tuina massage is 100% safe to use in newborns, infants, toddlers and children up to age 12, although it is most effective in children 5 and under.  In addition to massage for cough, I recommend reviewing our post 7 Ways to Treat a Cough Your Pediatrician Won't Tell You About. Before you get started, make sure the room wh…

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