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AOM Treatment of Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

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 symptoms" (cdc.gov).

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 hospitalization.   

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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.

Works Cited:

"Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD)."Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. N.p., 27 Apr. 2012. Web. 3 July 2012. <http://www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/about/index.html>.

Pediatric Colorpuncture

As I have been studying AOM, I have fallen in love with pediatric AOM. I have previously blogged about Tui Na, but this week, as an extension of explaining acupuncture, I'd like to write about colorpuncture.

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I am still in the process of learning colorpuncture and have only used it on pediatric cases. From my understanding, colorpuncture is also referred to as color therapy, and is a method of returning the body to harmony using lights. It is believed that the body has either a deficiency or an excess of certain light, or photons, at a cellular level. This deficiency or excess is causing the body to create disease and/or disharmony and illness. By placing specific colored lights on certain points on the body in a specific sequence, it is believed and shown in various studies, to replace or shift the cellular photons that were deficient or excess, helping return the body to a state of healing.

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The truest form of facilitating colorpuncture that I am aware of is by using a light with colored crystals on the end. The combination of the color of the light and vibration of the crystal promotes a profound healing effect on the body. Personally, I have not purchased the full colorpuncture set yet, but have found using a color-changing flashlight works very well. I have used it on many pediatric cases and had significant results. The effects of colorpuncture continuously fascinate me.

In this week's pictures, I have some illustrations of pediatric colorpuncture. Since I am using a flashlight, it looks different than what a true colorpuncture wand looks like. There are many forms of colorpuncture treatments, which allow many illnesses and diseases to be affected. Many of these therapies use the same points as acupuncture treatments.

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In one of the pictures, I am placing the light on the umbilical region, which is Ren 1. As you can see, the patient enjoyed the treatment and even helped with the treatment. The patient even started giving their stuffed animal a colorpuncture treatment! 

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Some of the areas I have seen the most profound results with colorpuncture in pediatric cases are eczema, anxiety, night terrors, autism, ADHD, colds, and flu. I have found it works very well when combined with other AOM modalities as well. I am still learning about colorpuncture and all that it is able to affect, but so far, I'm rather amazed by its abilities!

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.