Part 2 Chinese Medicine Pediatrics: 5 Types of Children by Harriet Beinfield, L.Ac. and Efrem Korngold, L.Ac., OMD
The Key Role of the Five Ke Triangles in Clinical Practice
Triangles are the most stable form in nature. And the triangular Ke relationship between three Organ Networks is fundamental to the stability and resilience of the human body.
There are three realms (Heaven, Human, Earth), three treasures (Shen, Qi, Jing) and three burners (Upper, Middle, Lower). There are also three...
Part 1 Chinese Medicine Pediatrics: 5 Types of Children by Harriet Beinfield, L.Ac. and Efrem Korngold, L.Ac., OMD
NURTURING A CHILD'S NATURE (li)
A child’s nature (li) is the fundamental pattern that shapes a person from birth through adulthood.
Chinese cosmology sees Nature as being governed by five primal forces, each of them sharing the character of a climate, a season, a stage in the cycle of life. These five primal forces are known as the Five Phases: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. Everyone can be classified within these five categories. We all have an intrinsic organizing...
You want to know what my secret is in getting kids to take herbs? It's really quite simple. I under-promise and over-deliver, by being clear about what kids can expect when they take Chinese Herbal Formulas. The reality is most kids are used to sweet syrupy tasting medicines, so taking Chinese herbs can be quite shocking if they're not properly prepared. They may seem strong, bitter and unpleasant at first. There are a few children that LOVE their herbs right off the...
Inflammation is a normal aspect of the adaptive response of the organism to challenge, essential to survival. But there has been an epidemic of inflammatory disorders in our era, particularly since World War II. From our perspective of Chinese medicine, the accelerated pace of modern life creates a condition of excess Heat. In Western terms, this is a result of sympathetic overdrive—too much cortisol and adrenalin—that sets the stage for inflammation. Chinese medicine...
Inflammation and the Triple Burner Part 2 Clinical Strategies by Efrem Korngold, OMD, and Stephen Cowan, MD
Efrem: Over the past two millennia, Chinese medicine has developed as a vast repository of knowledge that embraces numerous paradigms, many of which merge and overlap and some that are even mutually contradictory. All pay homage to the overarching concepts of Yin Yang and Wu Xing (the Five Phases). When integrated together into one coherent paradigm, they provide a dynamic representation of how life works. Western science and medicine, beginning with the ancient...
I recently went back to school at Five Branches University (FBU) and took a pediatric class through their doctoral program. You won't believe this but it had been 10 years since my last class at FBU! I was surprised how much can change and still seem the same.
The class I took was on genetic disorders and pediatrics and was taught by Lucy Hu, L.Ac., MD (China). Lucy has 28 years experience teaching and working with kids. I've never met anyone more dedicated to her craft and...
At the end of each year I like to reflect upon and give thanks for all that happened, evaluate what went well and what didn't, and release any expectations, disappointments, and things that didn't come. In this way I can start the next year with a clean slate. As part of this process, I wanted to share a few of the highlights of 2015 with you along with our most popular blog posts.
Let's Start with the Word of the Year
I love summing up a year with one word and for 2015 that...
With a significant increase in the number of children diagnosed with behavioral problems including hyperactivity, ADHD, and autism, acupuncturists are looking for solutions to address the growing concerns of parents. Parents wonder how can they can help their child become more focused, improve their child’s sleep, and reduce hyperactive behavior. Fortunately, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has some powerful tools and ancient wisdom that can help. What really made the TCM...
Are you considering expanding your practice to include pediatrics, but not sure if it’s the right path for you?
Or, you’re excited by the possibilities, but have no idea where to begin? Maybe you’ve been doing pediatrics for a while, but aren’t experiencing the success and satisfaction you anticipated in your work with children?
Based on my own hard-earned experiences, the following 5 best practices are essential to building a thriving pediatric acupuncture practice...
As a working mom of a 3 year-old daughter with a rare genetic condition, I know it can be overwhelming at times when your child has multiple challenges. Some of the challenges we have faced with our daughter are:
- delayed speech
- delayed motor skills
- sensory disorder
- low immune system
- behavioral issues
- digestive challenges
That is why I have become so passionate to share what has helped our amazing daughter with other parents who have special needs kids.