As evidence mounts supporting the safety and effectiveness of pediatric acupuncture, increasing numbers of pediatric health professionals are looking for ways to incorporate non-needle acupuncture point stimulation as a treatment option for their patients.
Photobiomodulation with laser acupuncture (LA) offers a feasible way to stimulate acupuncture points because it is quick and painless. LA can be applied to the acupuncture point for 15 to 60 seconds per point. Patients do not typically feel a…
Getting kids to swallow pills is a struggle for so many parents.
The resulting gagging, tears, and resistance can be heartbreaking if not downright frustrating when your child needs to take medicine but can't get it down.
There is a solution... the Oraflow Cup
The Oraflow is a fun cup your child can use that helps them overcome pill swallowing challenges. It kinda looks like a superhero mask with an open mouth at the top of it.
Your child can put their capsule in the straw-like opening, clos…
The research is clear that acupuncture, acupressure, and auriculotherapy can reduce anxiety symptoms and one of the mechanisms for this includes Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS).
In part 3 of the series on homecare tools for anxiety, I will be covering how to induce VNS with phototherapy patching as well as acupoint stimulation with the patches to help reduce anxiety.
The amazing ear helps to manage anxiety at home!
In part 2 of the series on homecare tools for anxiety, I will be discussing how auricular acupressure using ear seeds is another effective option for helping patients manage anxiety between acupuncture sessions.
Previously, the CES Ultra Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulator, which is clipped to the earlobe, was discussed in Part 1.
Why the Ear?
It is said in East Asian Medicine (EAM), that the Kidneys "open into the ears" and Kidney Essence nou…
Introduction to Homecare Tools for Anxiety
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, anxiety rates were high, especially in the United States. Anxiety-related disorders impact nearly 40 million Americans annually and this number has skyrocketed since the onset of the pandemic.
The U.S. CDC reports that anxiety affects 7.1% of children aged 3-17 years (approximately 4.4 million). Even prior to the pandemic anxiety rates were on the rise.
Children in the category of "ever having been diagnosed with eith…
Are you looking to improve your pediatric skills this year?
If you follow the five simple steps laid out in this blog post, by the end of the year, I promise you will feel great about what you’ve accomplished!
By improving your skills, you’ll be able to better serve your patients with excellence. You’ll be helping some of the millions of kids across the country who can benefit from Chinese Medicine!
STEP 1: IDENTIFY YOUR MISSION
When it comes to not just improving, but mastering a skill,…
Pediatric Gua Sha or Scraping Massage is effective for treating allergies, coughs, colds, and fever in children.
It can be used for kids ages 4 and up with a modification to use less pressure. In my experience, I've found that children respond really quickly when I use gua sha in addition to a regular treatment.
Focus on the Upper Back
To treat these conditions focus the gua sha on the Urinary Bladder Channel along the upper back.
To start, be sure to rub a small amount of almond, apricot …
Learn Basic Tuina Manipulations with the Training Video & Guide
Tuina is easy to learn, no special tools are required and it's simple to teach parents. That's why it's our favorite method for easily stimulating acupuncture points on babies and children. With our 30 minute video and a little bit of practice, you can quickly to add tuina massage to your toolbox and share it with parents so they can use this powerful massage at home, too!
What's Included in Pediatric Tuina Massage Basics:
Improve Your Pediatric Skills in Just One Hour!
We know that you want to improve your pediatric acupuncture skills, but training can be time consuming and costly! But, it doesn't have to be that way. You can get the basic training you need and feel more comfortable treating with Pediatric Acupuncture Basics! Pediatric Acupuncture Basics is an online video training course that teaches you how to set the stage for success and painlessly treat kids with both needle and non-needle techniques…
When I work with kids it's important that whatever treatment I deliver is practical, safe, efficient and effective.
Of course, acupuncture needles are my first choice and I even treat babies with acupuncture. You can click here to see a video demo of me treating a baby with in/out needling.
Seriously, seeing is believing!
Even babies love it! Not every child I work with is going to love needles though. That's why I was so happy to discover laser and microcurrent. These tools fit my cri…