Although, many parents are not familiar with TCM at all. Or worse, they may have been misinformed or heard false myths about TCM. This article will debunk those myths and reveal the five facts about TCM treatment for children. Read more to know how TCM can be a safe treatment and supplement option for your children.
5 Facts about Chinese Medicine for Children
Have you ever wondered if TCM would be safe for your children? Learning the truth can help you decide.
Your children’s Chinese medicine may not be the same as yours
You’ve probably heard stories about children getting sick because of TCM. The truth is, like any other kind of treatment, TCM may not provide the best results when it’s not used correctly. Just like a trip to a doctor is necessary for someone to get their prescription, a visit to a TCM physician is mandatory before anyone can try Chinese medicine.
TCM physicians base their diagnoses on four methods: observation, smelling and listening, questioning, and pulse analysis. Only after using these methods and assessing your children’s body constitution (age, weight, height) can a physician suggest the appropriate treatment.
TCM believes that common illnesses children suffer from, such as coughs, colds, allergies, asthma, diarrhoea, and indigestion, to name a few, stem from the immaturity in their bodies. While similar symptoms between two children may be common, it does not mean that they will receive the same diagnosis and medication due to their different constitutions.
TCM is effective for children
TCM can be suitable for children as young as six months old. Physicians usually give them herbal medicines and tuina, a form of ancient massage.
Tuina has several health benefits, including promoting immunity. Moreover, in 2021, a study on children aged zero to six proved that tuina was significantly effective in reducing
Additionally, there are records of tuina being used to treat colds, fever, and even attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms in children.
TCM may work as a supplement for immunity
As mentioned above, some parents use TCM to increase immunity and prevent ailments in children. This is possible
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TCM can be combined with Western medicine
There are many occurrences where TCM medications are more effective when complemented with Western practices. When it comes to paediatric emergencies like severe constipation, broken bones, or a high fever, TCM is of the belief that you should rush a child to the hospital immediately.
The key is to be completely honest with both your TCM physician and Western medicine doctor. They must know that you’re merging the two treatments so they can avoid prescribing conflicting medications that can endanger your health. It is also advised to have at least a two-hour gap between the
Chinese herbs can be tasty
There’s a concern that Chinese herbs taste bitter or are hard to swallow, especially for children. In reality, some herbal medicines come in powdered or liquid form, which children would find quite tasty. Furthermore, if they’re introduced early to the herbs, it may be easier for them to get used to the taste.
Chinese medicine has been around for thousands of years. Still, many people are not well-acquainted with it as it is considered an alternative form of medicine. Although some parents have used TCM to improve their children’s health, others may be understandably wary, especially when there are a lot of myths and misinformation surrounding it. Hopefully, this article will shed light on TCM and why you may want to consider it for your children.
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- Health and Quality of Life Outcomes. 2021. Chinese pediatric Tuina on children with acute diarrhea: a randomized sham-controlled trial [online].[Accessed 12 April 2022]
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