I hope everyone is having a nice week. I hope you had a chance
to try the meditation from last week's blog.
This week's blog is what I originally had planned for last week.
As you may remember, one of the focuses in AOM is pediatrics. As a
result, I have been researching a prominent childhood disease
called hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD). I was inspired to
research this subject because it is a very common childhood illness
in this area. Local MDs report many cases in the past few months;
several have been severe. After interviewing a number of
pediatricians and researching the disease, it appears there is no
treatment (Tx) targeting the virus through biomedicine. There are
many ways of managing the symptoms (sx), such as fever reducers,
painkillers and ointments, but nothing that targets the virus. In
AOM understanding, biomedicine is treating the branches of the
virus--the resulting sx, but not the root--the actual disease.
If you are not familiar with HFMD, according to the CDC, HFMD is
a virus caused by a group of viruses that belong to the Enterovirus
genus. The Enterovirus genus includes the viruses: polioviruses,
coxsackieviruses, echoviruses, and enteroviruses. The most common
cause of HFMD in the United States is Coxsackievirus A16.
Enterovirus 71 (EV71) is also a form of HFMD (more predominate in
the Asia-Pacific region). HFMD occurs most in children and infants
under five years of age. Adults can also acquire the disease, but
that is rarer and may coincide with an underlying immune
deficiency. "There is no specific treatment for hand, foot and
mouth disease. However, some things can be done to relieve
The most common initial sx of HFMD are fever, general malaise
(fatigue) and a sore throat. About two days later, blisters inside
the mouth and throat appear accompanied by rash and/or blisters
around the outside of the mouth, on the feet, hands, elbows, knees
and genitalia. Abdominal discomfort and loss of appetite may also
occur. As a result of these sx, the child may stop eating and
drinking. Severe sx of dehydration can quickly occur. Recently,
local cases in the area have lead to dehydration and cause for
Fortunately, AOM has many treatments for HFMD. Many
research studies show AOM is successful at treating the root and
the branch-virus and the resulting sx, of HFMD. One of the main
reasons AOM is successful at Tx HFMD is because it looks at the
individualized pattern diagnosis for each patient. While the AOM
practitioner understands the biomedical element of HFMD, the
practitioner focuses on the patient's entire health along with the
new symptoms. As a result, the patient is treated holistically,
resulting in both viral and symptom treatment.
As discussed in previous blogs, pediatric massage called Tui Na
is very beneficial in treating many conditions, especially
pediatric conditions. Acupressure and acupuncture have also been
shown to create significant results in the Tx of HFMD.
The most prominent form of AOM Tx of HFMD is the application of
herbal formulas and pastes. Research has shown significant results
using the application of oriental herbal formulas, both
biochemically and in clinical trials. Since AOM views each patient
individually and treats the patients diagnosed pattern, not the
diagnosis of HFMD, there are several recommended formulas.
Additionally, each formula can be modified for each individual
case. For example, if the child is having difficulty drinking and
eating due to pain, herbs to help express and heal the blisters and
reduce the pain may be added. If the patient is having excessive
itching, herbs to minimize the symptom of itching can be added. In
theory, these herbs aren't added symptomatically, but instead
through a differential diagnosis that takes both symptoms and the
patient's current and underlying constitution into consideration.
This is one of the many benefits of oriental medical herbs. This is
also the reason patients should only take oriental medical herbs
under the care and direction of an oriental medical herbologist.
Great consideration must be given to every herb advised in order to
create a beneficial, harmonious result.
"Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD)."Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention. N.p., 27 Apr. 2012. Web. 3 July 2012.