TCM for Kids

If mod­ern medicine isn’t do­ing much for your child’s per­sis­tent cough or picky eat­ing habits, the rem­edy may lie with med­i­cal prac­tices of old. Here is a sim­ple tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine guide to im­prov­ing Ju­nior’s health.

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Kids - BY JUSTINA TAN

C hil­dren’s bod­ies are im­ma­ture and have a del­i­cate yinyang bal­ance, mak­ing them phys­i­cally weaker, ac­cord­ing to tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine (TCM). This makes them more sus­cep­ti­ble to dis­eases that af­fect the lungs – colds, coughs, asthma and al­ler­gies – and the spleen, which man­i­fests through di­ges­tive is­sues like colic, di­ar­rhoea, vom­it­ing and stom­ach aches.

TCM aims to re­store har­mony and bal­ance in the body to fa­cil­i­tate heal­ing. TCM treat­ments in­clude acupunc­ture, tui na or ther­a­peu­tic mas­sage and con­sump­tion of herbs, but the lat­ter is eas­i­est to ad­min­is­ter to young kids. Un­der the su­per­vi­sion of a li­censed TCM prac­ti­tioner, the risks should be min­i­mal.

Many TCM pre­scrip­tions in­clude mul­ti­ple in­gre­di­ents that work syn­er­gis­ti­cally to re­store bal­ance. Typ­i­cally com­pris­ing plant and an­i­mal parts, some for­mu­las may have as many as 10 in­gre­di­ents.

Physi­cian Peng Yal­ing from Eu Yan Sang TCM Clinic @ Pung­gol and Physi­cian Xiao Lim­ing from Si En TCM Med­i­cal Clinic re­veal the top Chi­nese herbal for­mu­las for treat­ing com­mon child­hood mal­adies.

1 AP­PETITE BOOST One of the top com­plaints among par­ents, poor ap­petite in chil­dren is be­lieved to be caused by a dishar­mony in the spleen and stom­ach, says Physi­cian Peng. REM­EDY: Atracty­lodes Lancea (10g), Chi­nese Hawthorn (10g), Dried Orange Peel (6g) and En­dothe­lium Corneum Gige­riae Galli (6g) COOK IT: Boil in two bowls of wa­ter un­til liq­uid is re­duced by half. Split it into three or four doses over the day. This helps build up the spleen and reg­u­late the body’s qi – the vi­tal en­ergy nec­es­sary for or­gans, merid­i­ans and tis­sues to func­tion in har­mony, and for devel­op­ment and growth.

2 BET­TER SLEEP Weak­ness in the heart and spleen can lead to rest­less sleep and over­all tired­ness, ex­plains Physi­cian Peng. REM­EDY: Radix An­gel­i­cae Sinen­sis (9g), Radix Poly­galae (6g), Po­ria cum Radix Pini (9g), Spina Date Seed (10g), Lon­gan Aril (10g) and Lily Bulb (6g) COOK IT: Boil in two bowls of wa­ter un­til the liq­uid is re­duced by half. Split it into three doses over the day. It helps to build up the spleen and calm the mind.

3 MEM­ORY AND CON­CEN­TRA­TION

TCM the­ory sug­gests that mem­ory de­pends on the state of the spleen, kid­neys and heart. If the spleen is weak, the heart, in turn, will not be nour­ished, which af­fects sleep and mem­ory. Weak kid­neys also af­fect the heart, caus­ing poor mem­ory, ag­i­ta­tion and in­som­nia. REM­EDY: Cooked vegeta­bles, fish and or­ganic chicken help strengthen the spleen. Weak­ness of the spleen is of­ten as­so­ci­ated with sugar crav­ings, so boost ev­ery meal with pro­tein­rich foods like nuts, beans or chia seeds to keep your kid’s sweet tooth at bay. For a quick pick-me-up, get your lit­tle one to guz­zle a warmed or chilled bot­tle of Eu Yan Sang Power Up! Orig­i­nal ($16.80 for six) on an empty stom­ach. It con­tains 100 per cent essence of chicken, which is said to re­lieve phys­i­cal fa­tigue.

4 LUNG AND RES­PI­RA­TORY HEALTH The rea­son for Ju­nior’s re­cur­ring coughs and colds? His weak spleen. In Chi­nese medicine, it’s said that lungs and spleen share a close re­la­tion­ship. It also sug­gests that chil­dren un­der six years old have weaker spleens, as the di­ges­tive sys­tem only starts to ma­ture from the age of six. TCM be­lieves that phlegm is a by-prod­uct of weak di­ges­tion, and symp­toms of phlegm in the lungs in­clude sneez­ing, cough­ing, a stuffy or runny nose, and asth­matic wheez­ing. REM­EDY: Di­var­i­cate Sa­posh­nikovia Root (6g), Radix As­tra­gali or As­tra­galus (10g) and Large­head Atracty­lodes Rhi­zome (10g) COOK IT: Boil in two bowls of wa­ter un­til the liq­uid is re­duced by half. Split it into three doses over the day. This helps build up the lungs. To fur­ther strengthen the res­pi­ra­tory sys­tem, Chi­nese “al­monds” (apri­cot ker­nels) can be eaten as a snack or made into a creamy dessert.

5 IM­MU­NITY BOOST If the body’s de­fen­sive qi – which pro­tects against pathogens – is weak­ened, the im­mune sys­tem is com­pro­mised and we be­come sus­cep­ti­ble to ill­ness. De­fen­sive qi can be weak­ened by stress, over­ex­po­sure to el­e­ments like cold or wind, or an im­proper diet. REM­EDY: Glossy Privet Fruit (10g), Radix Ophio­pogo­nis (6g) and Radix Poly­goni Mul­ti­flori (6g) COOK IT: Boil in two bowls of wa­ter un­til liq­uid is re­duced by half. Split it into three doses over the day. This nour­ishes the liver and kid­neys, and boosts over­all im­mu­nity.

6 BET­TER EYE­SIGHT TCM the­ory as­so­ciates my­opia with a de­fi­ciency of the liver. It’s also in­flu­enced by six en­vi­ron­men­tal fac­tors: heat, cold, wind, damp­ness, dry­ness and summer heat, which can lead to dry eyes, rapid de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of eye­sight and other con­di­tions. REM­EDY: Rehman­nia Gluti­nosa (10g), Com­mon Macro­carpium Fruit (10g), Wolf­berry (6g), Chi­nese Dod­der (6g) and Com­mon Yam Rhi­zome (6g) COOK IT: Boil in two bowls of wa­ter un­til liq­uid is re­duced by half. Split it into three doses over the day. When you’re strapped for time, a bot­tle of Eu Yan Sang Power Up! with Wolf­ber­ries, Beiqi, Baihe Ex­tract ($17.80 for six) should do the trick. It also con­tains essence of chicken, as­tra­galus and lily bulb.

7 EN­ERGY LEV­ELS If your lit­tle one’s sport­ing a pale face and tongue, and seems fa­tigued, she may have de­fi­cien­cies in the spleen, heart, liver or kid­ney. REM­EDY: Physi­cian Xiao rec­om­mends a daily in­take of ce­real por­ridge con­tain­ing black beans, black rice, black sesame, green beans, red beans, mil­let, Chi­nese bar­ley, wal­nuts and six red dates. The in­gre­di­ents have a to­tal of five colours, and ac­cord­ing to TCM the­ory, each colour nour­ishes one or­gan in the body: black for the kid­neys, green for the liver, red for the heart, yel­low for the spleen and white for the lungs. For an added boost, she sug­gests sip­ping a cup of Amer­i­can gin­seng steeped in hot wa­ter just be­fore bedtime.

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Atracty­lodes Lancea 2 Po­ria cum Radix Pini 3 Com­mon Macro­carpium Fruit 4 Lon­gan Aril 5 Radix Poly­galae 6 Dried Orange Peel 7 Com­mon Yam Rhi­zome 8 Chi­nese Hawthorn 9 Wolf­berry 10 Spina Date Seed 11 Glossy Privet Fruit 12 Rehman­nia Gluti­nosa 13 Radix An­gel­i­cae Sinen­sis 14 Lily Bulb 15 En­dothe­lium Corneum Gige­riae Galli 16 Radix Poly­goni Multiori 17 Radix Ophio­pogo­nis

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