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Pediatrics: Children, Teens and Chinese Medicine
We really love treating kids!
Chinese medicine is very successful at addressing children's issues. Children's young bodies are growing so rapidly that it is easy to affect change using minimal interventions and Chinese medicine theory. A gentle, individualized treatment strategy can be created to support both the child and family.
We also love working with families!
Children and parents can be nervous about coming into the office for the first time. Children cope with this anxiety in many different ways. There is no particular expectation for your child's performance on a first visit to Singing Bird. It's actually best for Andrea to observe your child as they are in order for her to accurately see their overall pattern in Chinese medicine. Please contact us directly if you have any questions or concerns regarding traditional Chinese medicine and your child.
We use kid friendly techniques.
A multitude of techniques are used at Singing Bird to address health concerns of pediatric patients. Andrea often employs Chinese pediatric massage in treatments of children under 12 years of age. Andrea uses this gentle intervention via Chinese Medicine theory to facilitate healing. Parents may learn some massage techniques from Andrea to practice on their children at home. In many cases, frequent at-home massage administered by parents can greatly enhance results and reduce the number of treatments neccesary.
Other non-acupuncture techniques we use are bach flower remedies, herbal therapy and auricular therapy. Acupuncture is used in cases where it is specifically necessary and is discussed beforehand with both parent and child. When acupuncture is used on a younger child, needles are only retained for a brief period of time while the child is resting comfortably in his or her parents' arms.
We like to treat kids for:
ADHD, ADD, Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Chinese medicine is fantastic at harmonizing energy imbalance with these conditions and at interpreting each individual's unique set of symptoms related to their diagnosis. Our treatment process can be a wonderful support for a family and child doing OT, PT or speech therapy and outside practitioners often notice the child's accelerated improvement while in treatment at Singing Bird.
Beginning Menstruation Issues
Issues such as painful periods, cycles that are too short or too long, and PMS are all addressed successfully with Chinese Medicine at Singing Bird. When menstruation begins for young women, the transition at each stage of the cycle should be smooth and seamless. Due to stress, diet, or genetic predisposition this does not always happen. Chinese medicine offers a great way to bring balance to the cycle and help teenage women get their cycles regulated and pain-free without drugs. An article in Chicago Magazine (Jan. 2005) titled, "The New Doctors" [PDF download] details a case in which a young woman under Andrea's care made a significant breakthrough in getting her menses on track for the first time.
Conditions like asthma, allergies, frequent colds, ear infections, sinus infections, and lowered immunity are successfully addressed by Chinese medicine. At Singing Bird we feel it is important for people to both build their immune system and have a plan for when they get sick. A two tiered and pro-active support plan results in less illness, and greater vitality. In cases like asthma where an organ is weak or reactive, Chinese medicine supports overall organ health.
Chinese medicine can be a useful intervention for acne, rashes, and eczema.
Chinese medicine is a useful intervention for insomnia, sleep walking, growing pains, and lethargy.
Weight loss or Weight gain
Chinese medicine supports healthy digestion and regulates metabolism.