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Pediatric Acupuncture

Pediatric Acupuncture

This book introduces, explores and clearly explains acupuncture and related techniques used in the treatment of children. The author is a practicing pediatrician with many years' experience in both working with children and as an acupuncture practitioner. The book introduces important concepts of childhood development that integrate conventional theories with the Traditional Chinese Medicine theories presented in the classic texts. It covers a variety of acupuncture techniques, including non-invasive approaches (such as electrical stimulation, laser and magnet therapy) which are particularly helpful with children. Full treatment protocols are given for 22 common pediatric conditions, with a particular emphasis on treatments which are safe, simple and readily accepted by children. In addition, issues of diet and immunization are explored by the author.


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1. Introduction

2. History of pediatrics: East and West

3. The beginning of life
Conception; Pregnancy; Beginning of life; Birth

4. Understanding the physiology and pathophysiology of childhood illnesses
General physiology of children; General pathophysiology of childhood illnesses; Modified physiology and pathophysiology in the modern child; Specific organ physiology and pathophysiology

5. Childhood development according to the Five Elements - an original theory
Introduction; Childhood development; Developmental consequences that persist into adulthood; Application of the Five-element developmental approach; Treatment of the modern child; Conclusion

6. Evaluation of children
History; Physical examination; Diagnosis: formulation of impression; General impression; Diagnosis of chronic disorders using the Five-Element Developmental Theory; Family interaction in chronic disorders

7. Pediatric acupuncture modalities and treatment protocols
The practitioner's Qi; Treatment modalities; Microsystems in pediatrics; Preventive pediatric acupuncture; Pediatric acupuncture treatment

8. Dietary management
Types of food; Food for specific organ management according to the Five Elements; Manner of eating; Disturbances associated with eating; Dietary recommendations for children

9. Childhood infections and immunisations: update and controversies
Western medicine and immunization; Chinese medicine and vaccination

10. Common pediatric conditions - East and West
Abdominal pains; Acne; Asthma; Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; Colic; Conjunctivitis; Constipation; Diaper rash; Diarrhea; Drooling; Eczema; Enuresis; Fever; Headache; Hiccups; Immune system; Inflammatory bowel disease; Obesity; Otitis media; Pharyngitis; Seizure; Upper respiratory tract infection; Urinary cystitis

Appendix Acupuncture meridians
Bibliography of general and Chinese medicine texts and references


AuthorMay Loo
PublisherChurchill Livingstone
Number Of Pages372
Book FormatHardback

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