|Posted on Tuesday, November 18, 2003 - 20:27: |
How do you treat diarrhea in small children, especially of the recurring type?
|Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2003 - 13:43: |
This may be done with herbs, acupuncture and, if the underlying cause is not too severe, also by shiazu or pressure points. In mild and even recurring cases, moxa stick over the navel until the skin is reddened (some 5-10 min) may eliminate the problem very quickly. Pressure points and pressure techniques for this specific disorder as well as many other, is described in detail in my book: Chopsticks Acupuncture. http://acumedico.com/chopsticks.htm
For herbal therapy, a proper C.M. diagnosis must be done. Children who tend to suffer too often from diarrhea must avoid milk products and too much fruit.
Dr. Merla Fite
|Posted on Saturday, March 20, 2004 - 08:03: |
In continuation to the subject above can you suggest a popint prescription for 2 year old baby with chronic diarrhea? It seems that the diarrhea is sp xu type probably due to antibiotics.
|Posted on Saturday, March 20, 2004 - 18:04: |
Hello Merla and welcome to the forum. The moxa-stick warming technique described above will usually suffice for the treatment of this disorder. However, you may also use points:
Li-4/ St-36/ St-44 and L-7.
In very small children or babies, I usually avoid needling points on the abdomen or middle and lower back. It is usually not necessary, as their sensitivity is so high that points on their extremeties will do the job without any addition. It is, for the same reason, enough to choose points that do not cause physical pain in regular needling, or that are not difficult to locate, such as St-37 or 38 in this case. It is very important to have the baby comfortable and without pain as much as possible.
The L-7 which I have added here, is chosen for both its role on the Renmai, being the Master point of this channel and will help eliminate excessive dampness, as well as for its role on the lung/Wei Qi mechanism, because of the antibiotics that you have mentioned.
Dr. Merla Fite
|Posted on Tuesday, March 23, 2004 - 07:12: |
Thanks. Very interesting.
|Posted on Saturday, March 26, 2005 - 09:33: |
I read somewhere that you should better let the body eliminate the pathogen by itself and NOT try to stop the diarrhea... what's the truth in that assumption?
|Posted on Sunday, March 27, 2005 - 21:29: |
In some cases it is indeed advised to let the pathogen eliminate itself, and not try to arrest the diarrhea. In Ch. med. the differential diagnosis is very important in these cases of diarrhea. A diarrhea of the acute shi type, or the hot type diarrhea, are usually treated by letting the pathogen eliminate itself through the diarrhea, without trying to stop it artificially. In contrast, a diarrhea of the Xu - deficient/cold type, or a chronic diarrhea, need to be stopped by moxa, herbs, etc. In modern med. terms, a virus or bactria causing an infection and diarrhea must be eliminated without using astringent techniques, whilst a functional-chronic diarrhea should better be stopped by astringent herbs or acupuncture.