Pediatric Acupuncture: Alternative kit for common illnesses on babies and kids
Practiced for more than two thousand years in China acupuncture and specifically pediatric acupuncture is currently gaining increased attention among many new families in the United States. It is proving a new alternative treatment for approaching a wide variety of medical illnesses and conditions (Bellas, Lafferty, Lind & Tyree 370). Pediatric populations are beginning to use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) with new interventions that include acupuncture, homeopathy, herbal supplements as well as mineral and vitamin supplementation.
There have been reports of higher rates of usage among children who have unique medical conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and pediatric cancer with approximately 30–70% of all the patients employing the use of these CAM therapies (Davis & Darden 394). Within the close network of CAM strategies, acupuncture as stated is emerging as a popular method used for the management of different symptoms that are associated with a variety of medical conditions (Boyd, 44). Acupuncture is indeed among one of the top CAM therapies frequently and mostly recommended by family physicians and internists. It is also currently practiced in many hospitals in the country (Lee, Highfield, Berde.,& Kemper 164).
The main aim of this project therefore is to explain and raise awareness to new mothers and parents on the use of alternative medicine for babies rather than traditional medicine. The project will introduce the new alternative kit used for pediatric acupuncture which is the modern health craze at the moment that is not only holistic but effective and easy to practice. Traditional medicine is gradually proving to be ineffective particularly due to its reliance on the expertise of medical caregivers as compared to CAM that is patient central. The project will consequently base its explanations on the new kit called ‘Holistic Kids’ which is operational and based on Chinese medicine, massages and acupressure. It will work hand with the findings and treatments of Dr. Liliana Gomez who is an established acupuncturist. The kit consists of four herbal essences from China used for the treatment of common issues.
Pediatric Acupuncture is a new form of treatment that has led to the creation of a new kit containing homeopathic medicine together with a guide for new and existing moms. The kit will act like an instruction manual for moms that will enable them to effectively understand the needs and requirements of their babies (Jennifer 108). Often times when a baby comes into people’s lives, it becomes a huge transition for them particularly because of the lack of clear communication between the baby and the parents.
This is the reason why most parents find it hard to understand why their babies are crying and it hence becomes distressing especially for the new mothers. This kit will be very helpful to such mothers as they heal from their deliveries and start to understand the language of their babies and respond effectively. The needs of babies will therefore be fulfilled faster particularly because the kit also comes with acupuncture tips that help to prevent some of the common baby illness (Jennifer 108).
Dr. Liliana Gomez’s Guide
The guide written by Dr. Liliana Gomez titled Massage and Acupressure: Mommy’s Guide for a Holistic Kid is highly compatible with the guidelines in the new kit. In it is a clear description of all the necessary steps that should be taken to treat a number of common child illnesses. Some of the illness indicated include Tummy ache from up-set stomach, burping, constipation and nausea, chest congestion, coughing as well as treatments for improving concentration and strengthening the immune system. Also included in the guideline are the awake, sleep and tui-na massages. It is meant to be used with the lavender and coconut essential oils which are all main ingredients in the new kit ointments. However, incase parents want to treat specific illnesses not indicated in the kit and the guidelines, they should always be careful to make contacts and enquiries for appointments and clarifications respectively(Jennifer 108). It is also important to note that all the treatments meant for all kids and there should be no age limitations, yet another added advantage to the kit.
Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture
Chinese Medicine and acupuncture are two new forms of treatment ancient to the Chinese that use the natural stimulation the healing properties of a body on its own. According to the Chinese medicine, toddlers, infants and babies are referred to as ‘yang’ in nature, to mean that they the learn and grow fast as well as get sick easily with a rather fast resolution to their illness as they always tend to have hotter and feverish illnesses (Liliana 3). The Chinese believe that when children fall sick, it is due to a weakness or disorder in their ‘Qi’ (chee) or energy and the goalshould therefore be to restore strength and order to thisQi with the help of tolerable and gentle treatments. Because the Qi of children is superficial and very easily accessible from the skin, massages are often used as one of the best tools for treatment (Loo 198). The main foundation of Chinese medicine and acupuncture is the core principle of prevention rather than treatment. This new kit therefore has a stronger lean on strengthening the immune system of baby through daily massages using the different homeopathic ointments (Liliana 3). Furthermore, by using the type of therapies indicated, children are offered safe treatments that have little or no side effects.
Brief Introduction to the Kit
The pediatric acupuncture kit is advantageous over other forms of traditional medicine currently in the market due to its insistence in acupuncture products for babies which are just being introduced in the market at the moment. The kit is consumer friendly and will include a guide that will help to show how the different products can be used. A refill for the homeopathic products once finished will also be offered. The kit is also easy to carry especially on a diaper bag and included an illustrated guide for the massages and acupressure points as well as the , massages for mothers to help them treat their babies common illness and to also strengthen their immune system too.
Although still a new product, it will be sold in natural stores like Fresh Market, Whole Foods and in baby stores such as Liapela and Buy Baby among other online and exclusive stores. Any natural, trendy, mindful and holistic parents should purpose to buy this new products since it is going to be a must buy for many and will be a welcome easy treatment for children(Jennifer 108).
The colors and the feel of the kit are soft and attractive giving it a modern and tender touch. The kit is basically designed with pastels that have bright colors (yellow, green, blue, pink and red) to make them fit for use on small cute for babies. The packaging is also very attractive as the bottles are all neatly packed in a box that allows them to be visible from the outside. Parents can therefore be able to read the ingredients and guides even before purchasing for purposes of security(Jennifer 108). There are five bottles in a single box for the following treatments, massages, teething and irritation, restlessness and stress, allergies and finally tummy-aid. The kit is generally meant for babies aged between zero days to six years.
Tui-na massages for mild, severe and acute illnesses
For massages, the following are the mixes and essences which areused, lavender Radix PaeoniaeAlbae (Bai Shao) and coconut Rhizoma Anemarrhenae (Zhi Mu) essential oils.For mild illnesses the massage should be done once a day. However, for acute or severe illness like fever, flu or cough two to three massages in a day are advised. Massage should involve the pinching and pulling of muscle tissue. A mother should grab a small proportion on muscle pinching it up between their thumb and index finger with a gentle but firm pressure (Liliana 4). The mother should then continue rolling their thumbs forward while releasing in order to grab more muscle. This procedure should begin at the spinal base while moving upwards in a straight line all the way to the neck (Liliana 4).
Massages for Tummy-aches
These are the essences for tummy aches, constipation, burping, upset stomach and nausea: ginger-processed Rhizoma Pinelliae (Ban Xia), Radix Bupleuri (Chai Hu), Caulis Bambusae In Taeniam(Zhu Ru), FructusAurantii (Zhi Qiao), Radix Scutellariae (Huang Qin) , Tai ZiShen (Radix Pseudostellariae) , PericarpiumCitriReticulatae (Chen Pi), FructusJujubae(Da Zao), Radix Glycyrrhizae (Gan Cao) and uncooked Rhizoma Zingiberis (Sheng Jiang). The massges should be done in the clockwise direction with the ring and the middle finger moving at the same time. Each acupressure point should be rubbed for 30-90 seconds before switching hands (Liliana 5).
Massages for Chest Conditions
The essences for chest congestion illnesses like flu and cold as follows: Radix Isatidis/Baphicacanthi (Ban Lan Gen), FructusForsythiae (Lian Qiao), FlosLonicerae (Jin Yin Hua), Radix Scrophulariae (XuanShen), uncooked Radix Rehmanniae (Sheng Di), Rhizoma Chuanxiong (Chuan Xiong), Radix Scutellariae (Huang Qin), Radix Bupleuri (Chai Hu), Radix Codonopsitis (Dang Shen), Rhizoma Pinelliae (Ban Xia), FructusJujubae (Da Zao), uncooked Rhizoma Zingiberis (Sheng Jiang), FructusArctii (Niu Bang Zi), Radix PaeoniaeAlbae (Bai Shao), Radix AngelicaeSinensis (Dang Gui), Radix Glycyrrhizae (Gan Cao) andRadix Platycodi (JieGeng). The massage instructions indicate that a soft persecution should be made with two hands just above the upper back for 30-90 seconds (Liliana 6). This should be done two times or three times in a day.
For coughs the massage should be in the order of a line that presses in one direction of the ring finger. Rubbing should be for 30 -90 seconds before the hands are switched. The procedure should be done two to three times a day (Liliana 7).
Massages to Strengthen a Child’s Immune System and to Improve Concentration
To strengthen the immune system of a child and improve their concentration levels parents are advised to massage their children on a daily basis as part of the prevention system of the treatment. The massage should constitute soft tapping of the thymus and the pineal glands of the child which are at the middle of the chest and the top of the head respectively. These two acupressure points should be given a soft tap at the same time for 30 to 90 seconds once every day (Liliana 8).
Massages to Awaken or Sleep a Child
To awake or make a child sleep, the acupressure instructions just require a soft touch down and a soft touch up just below the child’s ears respectively (Liliana 9). Apart from these common illnesses there are also another set of considerations which are all included in the kit. These include those required for allergies and teething (Liliana 10).
Essences for Allergies
The essences used in allergies includeRadix Astragali (Huang Qi), Semen Coicis (Yi YiRen), Radix Dioscoreae (Shan Yao), RadixCodonopsitis (Dang Shen), Rhizoma Atractylodis (Bai Zhu), Macrocephalae,Radix Saposhnikoviae (Fang Feng), HerbaSchizonepetae (Jing Jie), Radix Platycodi (JieGeng), FructusTerminaliaeChebulae (He Zi), FlosMagnoliae (Xing Yi Hua), HerbaMenthaeHaplocalycis (Bo He), Rhizoma Alismatis (Ze Xie), FructusSchisandrae (Wu Wei Zi), Radix Glycyrrhizae (Gan Cao), Periostracum Cicadae (Chan Tui) and dry Rhizoma Zingiberis (Gan Jiang).
Essences for Teething
These include Semen ZizyphiSpinosae(SuanZaoRen), Poria (Fu Ling), Rhizoma Chuanxiong (Chuan Xiong) and Radix Glycyrrhizae (Gan Cao). The massage oil used for these two are, lavender Radix PaeoniaeAlbae (Bai Shao) and coconut Rhizoma Anemarrhenae (Zhi Mu) essential oils.
The dosage for teething and allergies is 15 drops every three to four times a day for infants who are zero days to 12 months old. For those who are between one and three years of age, they should be given 15 drops once to twice a day, those between three and four years should receive 30 drops twice to thrice a day and finally for those who are five to six year old, they should be given 30 drops every three or four times in a day(Liliana 10).
From the instructions and literature covered, it is significant to note that pediatric acupuncture as a new CAM treatment method is an easy form of medical care administration. The guideline is clear on the exact pressure points that should be massaged for healing and effective treatment. The kit as indicated is consumer friendly and contains all the necessary literature needed to guide parents on the right course of action to be taken. ‘Holistic Kids’ is therefore a recommended treatment method for some of the common illnesses children face. It will assist parents to clearly understand the needs of their children and act accordingly.
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