The books recommended below those I own and use. They are also authors I trust and respect. They cover many aspects needed for pediatric acupuncture and related areas such as nutrition. I have included quotes from the books’ descriptions to give you an idea of what they cover.
Pediatric Acupuncture Textbooks
Heal Your Child from the Inside out by Robin Ray Green
Drawing from the ancient wisdom of the Five Elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Robin Ray Green, L.Ac., MTCM, offers simple solutions for creating a natural healing program that is as unique as your child. Questionnaires and quizzes help you gain an understanding of your child’s 5-Element type—whether it’s Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal or Water—to allow you to diagnose imbalances within the body that create health issues. Once you’ve gained a solid understanding of the 5 Elements and how health conditions are affected by elemental imbalances, nutrition, and lifestyle, you’ll learn simple techniques—such as acupressure, massage, and meditation—that will help your child achieve vibrant health.
Pediatric Acupuncture by May Loo
Dr. Loo breaks down treat modalities, initial intake, and TCM differential diagnosis for common pediatric illnesses. This is by far my favorite book on pediatric acupuncture.
This practical introduction to pediatric acupuncture and related techniques explores the important concepts of childhood development and integrates conventional theories with those of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Provides effective acupuncture techniques for treating 22 common childhood conditions, with special emphasis on treatments that are safe, simple, non-invasive, and readily accepted by children.”
Acupuncture in the Treatment of Children by Julian Scott and Teresa Barlow
“In this broadly expanded third edition, the authors explore a number of new topics and revisit many of the old ones with fresh perspective. In addition to the thirty subjects covered in earlier editions are sixteen new chapters which examine a wide variety of topics, from basic childhood patterns, puberty and the stages of development, immunizations, and learning difficulties to hayfever, hyperactivity and attention deficit disorder, autism, Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy and infantile paralysis.”
Chinese Pediatric Massage Therapy: A Parent’s and Practitioner’s Guide to the Treatment and Prevention of Childhood Disease by Fan Ya-Li
This book will give you the basics you need to confidently perform pediatric tuina on children.
“Chinese pediatric massage becomes accessible for both professional practitioners of Chinese medicine and parents in this guide to its basic theories and techniques. It explains specific Chinese massage techniques for the treatment of many pediatric complaints, including diarrhea, colic, vomiting, constipation, excessive drooling, bed-wetting, night crying, and colds. Illustrations show how to apply each treatment.”
Chinese Pediatric Massage: A Practitioner’s Guide by Kyle Cline
This book is a comprehensive guide to pediatric tuina. It’s not as easy to access as Dr. Fan Ya-Li’s book but it provides more massage techniques as well as a full history of the development and use of xiao er tuina.
“This clearly illustrated guide is designed to give all health care providers–massage therapists, homeopathic and allopathic practitioners, and bodyworkers–who know the general concepts of traditional Chinese medicine the tools and knowledge they need to successfully use Chinese pediatric massage in treating their patients.”
The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul's Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health-from Pregnancy Through Your Child's Teen Years by Paul Thomas M.D.
In The Vaccine-Friendly Plan, Paul Thomas, M.D., presents his proven approach to building immunity: a new protocol that limits a child’s exposure to aluminum, mercury, and other neurotoxins while building overall good health. Based on the results from his pediatric practice of more than eleven thousand children, as well as data from other credible and scientifically minded medical doctors, Dr. Paul’s vaccine-friendly protocol gives readers
The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child (Sears Parenting Library) by Robert W. Sears
“Dr. Bob devotes each chapter in the book to a disease/vaccine pair and offers a comprehensive discussion of what the disease is, how common or rare it is, how serious or harmless it is, the ingredients of the vaccine, and any possible side effects from the vaccine.”
The Vaccine Guide: Risks and Benefits for Children and Adultse by Randall Neustaedter
“The Vaccine Guide covers each disease and its vaccine, providing difficult-to-obtain facts about vaccine reactions. Also discussed are vaccine effectiveness, toxicity and adverse effects, legal requirements, alternatives, and the latest information on the threat of bioterrorism.”
Holistic Health Guides
The Holistic Baby Guide: Alternative Care for Common Health Problems (The New Harbinger Whole-Body Healing Series) by Randall Neustaedter
“An invaluable reference that belongs on every parent’s bookshelf, The Holistic Baby Guide offers simple and natural remedies for treating the symptoms of common ailments. It also provides a fully integrated plan for building your baby’s immune system to prevent chronic medical problems and ensure your baby’s good health.”
Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child by Janet Zand, Robert Rountree, and Rachel Walton
This is my go-to guide to insure I’m addressing any health problem holistically.
“Written by a naturopathic physician, a medical doctor, and a pediatric nurse, this unique book gives parents easy access to current information and advice regarding their children’s health and acts as a bridge between time-honored healing systems and mainstream medicine.”
Child Health Guide: Holistic Pediatrics for Parents by Randall Neustaedter
“The number of children taking prescription drugs for every type of ailment has reached epidemic proportions. Child Health Guide offers sensible alternatives to this disturbing trend, providing the information parents need to make informed decisions about natural healing for their children and the integration of natural treatments into their children’s medical care.”
Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition by Paul Pitchford
“Healing with Whole Foods is an invaluable guide to the theory and practice of Chinese medicine. With facts about green foods such as spirulina and blue-green algae and information about the “regeneration diets” used by cancer patients and arthritics, it is also an accessible primer on nutrition—and a inspiring cookbook with more than 300 mostly vegetarian, nutrient-packed recipes.”
The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care by Sally Fallon Morell and Thomas S. Cowan
The book provides holistic advice for pregnancy and newborn interventions, vaccinations, breastfeeding and child development, as well as a compendium of natural treatments for childhood illnesses, from autism to whooping cough.”
Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats by Sally Fallon Morell and Mary Enig
“This well-researched, thought-provoking guide to traditional foods contains a startling message: Animal fats and cholesterol are not villains but vital factors in the diet, necessary for normal growth, proper function of the brain and nervous system, protection from disease and optimum energy levels.”
Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Winston A. Price
“An epic study demonstrating the importance of whole food nutrition, and the degeneration and destruction that comes from a diet of processed foods.”
Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Foods by Catherine Shanahan, Luke Shanahan
“Citing the foods of traditional cultures from the Ancient Egyptians and the Maasai to the Japanese and the French, the Shanahans identify four food categories all the world’s healthiest diets have in common, the Four Pillars of World Cuisine. Using the latest research in physiology and genetics, Dr. Shanahan explains why your family’s health depends on eating these foods.”
Food Allergies and Sensitivities
Food Allergies and SensitivitiesFood Allergies and Food Intolerance: The Complete Guide to Their Identification and Treatment by Jonathan Brostoff and Linda Gamlin
“A leading international authority on food allergy and intolerance provides invaluable advice for achieving dramatic and long-lasting improvements in your health. Explains how sensitivity to foods is responsible for many chronic and misdiagnosed ailments such as migraines, sinus problems, and persistent fatigue. Includes a step-by-step process for identifying food allergies and intolerances and reshaping your diet for better health.”
Dealing with Food Allergies: A Practical Guide to Detecting Culprit Foods and Eating a Healthy, Enjoyable Diet by Janice Vickerstaff Joneja
“Presenting up-to-date information on current diagnostic methods and treatment options, this guide describes the effects of food allergies on the skin, mucous membranes, and respiratory and digestive tracts; discusses treatment by allergists and other healthcare professionals; and empowers readers to manage their food allergies.”
Homeopathy & Flower Essences
Homeopathic Medicine for Children and Infants by Dana Ullman
“In this guide, Dana Ullman explains what homeopathy is, how it works and how you can use it correctly to enhance your child’s health. He recommends remedies for more than 75 physical and emotional conditions, including: allergies, grief, anxiety, headaches, asthma, measles, bedwetting, nappy rash, bites and stings, shock, burns, sunburn, colic, teething, coughs and colds and travel sickness.”
Bach Flower Remedies for Children: A Parents’ Guide by Barbara Mazzarella, (translated by Tami Calliope)
“In this first easy-to-use guide to safe and gentle Bach flower remedies for children’s health and well-being, author Barbara Mazzarella insists that it’s never too early in a child’s life to use gentle flower remedies to foster harmony and balance, the birthright of every child. The author provides in-depth profiles of the thirty-eight Bach Flower remedies along with practical applications for common childhood complaints, including teething, weaning, tantrums, fear of school, nightmares, learning difficulties, and hyperactivity.”