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Posted on Thursday, February 03, 2005 - 11:36:   

I have a 16 month old patient who i suspect has parasites. Her symptoms are: constantly grinding her teeth, itchy nose and anus, saliva smells mouldy and sour, rice grain white flecks in the nails, desire to eat paper/books. Her mother claims that she has recently been playing with the nappy bin, putting her hands in and out of it and also picking up food off the floor and eating it. Are there any herbal tinctures that you can recommend?
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Shmuel Halevi
Posted on Thursday, February 03, 2005 - 12:29:   

A commonly used puncture technique in China for this problem is that of Sifeng. Here is a quote from The Manual of Acupuncture for the use of this point:


Sifeng (M-UE-9) is an important and commonly used
point grouping in the treatment of a wide range of childhood digestive disorders. It is ndicated for two important patterns known as childhood nutritional impairment (shao er gan) and childhood accumulation disorder (shao er ji shi). The former refers to childhood malnutrition due to a variety of aetiologies. Its symptoms include emaciation, sallow complexion, impaired digestion, withered hair,
exhaustion and enlarged abdomen. The latter, childhood accumulation disorder, more or less corresponds to the pattern of food stagnation in adults and is regarded as a major factor in such varied diseases as constipation, abdominal
pain, intestinal parasites, vomiting, diarrhoea,
cough and asthma. The needling method used at these points is very specific, the points being pricked and squeezed to express a few drops of clear yellow fluid.

As for a tincture for this problem, I recommend using the Western medicine medication for intestinal parasites.

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