A Handbook of TCM Pediatrics: A Practitioner's Guide to the by Bob Flaws

By Bob Flaws

This article is the fruit of in depth examine into the chinese language clinical literature on pediatrics and the reaction to years of practitioner requests for a great, finished TCM pediatric textbook. It covers over forty five universal pediatric complains, giving differential analysis, illness mechanisms, natural remedy, acumoxa remedy the place applicable, and Bob's reviews approximately every one. those illnesses are awarded within the chronological order that and so they look & comprise every thing from colic and cradle cap to mumps and pediatric hyperactivity. There also are targeted sections on pediatric prognosis and treating young ones with chinese language natural drugs, immunizations, and nutritional remedy.

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This includes the baby’s nails and lips in particular. 1. A red facial complexion A healthy child should have a pink facial complexion which is lustrous or shiny. If the baby is redder than normal, this suggests that there is some abnormal heat within the baby’s body. The deeper or darker the shade of red, the more intense the heat. If there are habitually redder than normal cheeks, this typically suggests food accumulation or stagnation with transformation of heat. If the cheeks are only redder than normal in the afternoon, this suggests either damp heat or vacuity heat.

When attempting to examine a child’s pulse, the practitioner should keep in mind that a child’s pulse is normally faster than an adult’s. If one does not remember this, then one 25 26 A HANDBOOK OF TCM PEDIATRICS may mistake a cold for a hot disease. According to Li Shi-zhen, the normal pulse rate for children between the ages of 3-5 years old is seven beats per respiration. Eight or nine beats per respiration cycle indicates heat, while four or five beats per respiration cycle indicates cold. A more modern interpretation is that: 120-140 beats per minute is a normal pulse rate in newborns 110-120 beats per minute is normal in a one-year-old 110 beats per minute is normal in a four-year-old 90 beats per minute is normal in an eight-year-old 75-80 beats per minute is normal in a 14-year-old.

Dental caries also usually indicate stomach fire and/or spleen damp heat. ” If the throat is red and inflamed, this indicates a wind heat invasion. If the tonsils are KEY POINTS IN DIAGNOSING CHILDREN swollen and red, then there is wind heat with heat toxins or heat retained in the lungs and stomach. If the tonsils are swollen and inflamed and are covered with a white or yellowish white membrane which can be wiped away, then there are definitely heat toxins causing tonsillitis. If there is a greyish white membrane covering the back wall of the throat which cannot be wiped away, this suggests diphtheria.

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