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.
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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 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
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.
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
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
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