Pediatric AOM

A very interesting area of AOM is pediatric AOM. Pediatric patients are able to benefit greatly from OM treatments. There are several modalities available for treating pediatric patients, so needles are not always needed. Needles are rarely indicated for children under 6-7 years old as their meridian systems are still developing.

Some forms of OM treatments used for pediatric patients are Tui Na, acupressure, colorpuncture, moxabustion (moxa), cupping, acupuncture, and herbology. Cupping and acupuncture are typically used on older pediatric patients.

Since all of these modalities are treatments that practitioners and doctors spend years studying and mastering, it would take pages upon pages to truly explain what these modalities are, their functions and their benefits. Since I am still a student learning these modalities and I'm not writing pages about each treatment method, each one is summarized with their key points.

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Tui Na

Tui Na is an OM massage that is used to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries. Pediatric Tui Na can be modified specifically for infants, toddlers, those under 6-7 years still developing their meridian system, those over 7 years old, preteens, and adolescents through teenage years. Tui Na includes acupressure techniques.  Acupressure can also be applied separately from Tui Na. The theory behind these modifications and the techniques that are applied are some of the aspects that make pediatric Tui Na so effective. In the pictures, I have illustrated some pediatric Tui Na techniques on a toddler. The combination of these techniques, sometimes with additional techniques or modalities, may be used to treat colds, flues, asthma, GI-tract pathologies, nighttime crying, separation anxiety, and many more issues.

Acupressure

Acupressure is similar to Tui Na, but focuses on pressure points of the body. In acupressure and Tui Na, tools may be used during the treatment. Tools offer a range to the techniques. The acupressure I have learned has been through learning Tui Na and acupuncture. I have not learned acupressure as a separate modality. I included it in this blog, as I know acupressure points are very effective on pediatric patients. I have seen that acupressure has a positive impact in combination with Tui Na, so I am curious how it would affect a pediatric patient as a stand-alone treatment. 

Colorpuncture

Colorpuncture is a modality that uses light to affect the photons in the cells of the patient's body to bring the patient's body back to its natural state of well-being. It balances and replenishes the cells with whatever cellular light they were missing and helps them naturally return to well-being. I have found it to be very effective on pediatric patients. I have not applied it yet to adult patients. Like Tui Na, it is able to treat a variety of conditions. 

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Moxa

Moxa is the burning of an herb, mugwart, used to treat a many conditions. It is a warming and tonifying technique that can be very beneficial for pediatric patients depending on their condition. For example, if an 8-year-old patient has the beginning stages of a cold due to playing outside in the snow, using moxa would be a very good choice for treatment. Moxa may be used in combination with other listed modalities. Cupping may also be used in this condition. Cupping uses cups to create a vacuum to pull out the pathogenic qi, or to recirculate the patient's qi.    

Application of acupuncture and herbs are modified for pediatric patients. Typically this includes using fewer needles during an acupuncture treatment. Herbal formulas are also modified to fit pediatric needs.

Both clinically, and in my personal life, I have found pediatric AOM to be very effective. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to treat pediatric patients at clinic, as well as treat my own son with OM. From my experiences and education thus far, I have seen close to a 100% effective rate with treated pediatric patients. I have a strong passion for learning and applying pediatric AOM. I feel eager to continue to build my pediatric AOM knowledge base.