Treating Diarrhoea in Children - a case study.

A Case by Kim Latore

A boy of 2 came for treatment for diarrhoea, he was experiencing bowel movements up to 10x day. He had had a minor operation on his bowel at 3 weeks old and the consultant was considering another. His mother did not want any further surgery.

At the first visit he looked very pale, under weight, dull eyes with dark patches underneath. With so many loose bowel movements I was not surprised that his immune system was weak and he often had colds and experienced frequent high temperatures. He was unable to absorb enough nutrients from the food he was ingesting and therefore getting weaker.

One of the most common conditions when treating children is an immature digestive system, or as we diagnose Spleen Qi deficiency. A proper well cooked diet is essential for maximum absorption of food. Too many cold, raw foods, wheat, sugar and diary products can all have a negative impact on the gut as can overuse of antibiotics. I suggested using goats milk instead of cows, as the fat globules are smaller and are more easily digestible.

He had 13 treatments in total, each one lasting just 10 minutes, as the needles were not retained. He gained confidence with each treatment and went from strength to strength and did not require any further surgery. The bowels firmed up and became normal and thus his immune system strengthened, he gained weight and is now a thriving 7 year old.

Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine - what it means to me!

How Time Flies!

It's been just over 20 years since I first started my studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) by embarking on an acupuncture degree course in London. I ‘found’ acupuncture, like many practitioners do, with a disillusionment of western medicine for my own personal health problems. My uncle is also an acupuncturist in USA and I was keen to know his thoughts for a future in this field. He recommended studying both acupuncture and herbal medicine so one is able to treat internal disorders as well.

I had no idea of the depth and history of Chinese Medicine, the thousands of years of observation and study that is well documented. It was like opening my eyes to another way of thinking about life, the universe and its impact on the body. Chinese medicine is not just a job, it’s a way of life!

I’ve had 2 study trips to China and seen Chinese Medicine perform in a fully integrated healthcare system – TCM hospitals that have departments of acupuncture, massage and western medicine. They are able to utilise all the diagnostic capabilities of modern medicine including pharmaceutical drugs when appropriate.

It's extremely frustrating being on the periphery of a healthcare system where both systems have so much to offer. Modern medicine often has its sights on treating and managing symptoms not addressing the underlying cause of a problem which is essential especially when managing chronic conditions. TCM always seeks to find the root of a health issue – intent on healing from the inside out!

I'm thrilled to have a ‘high street’ presence in Weymouth and offer Chinese medicine to the public. I'm saddened that at this moment in time it is not available on the NHS – my dream is that one day we have a fully integrated healthcare system where the best of both medicines are used to enhance patients’ welfare.

 

Overcoming Coughs and Flu with Acupuncture

Cases from our clinic by Charmian Wylde

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Winter colds and 'flu

 

Yvonne came back from holiday in November with a nasty sore throat, swollen glands and headaches and still felt unwell over Christmas. Although the fever and main symptoms subsided, she felt she had not fully recovered. She felt exhausted and lethargic with no energy or motivation. Despite feeling so tired, her sleep was disrupted, she kept getting sore throats and suffered watering eyes and a runny nose. All in all, she was low and miserable.

 

Acupuncture can help you recover from colds, winter bugs and 'flu faster. We need more studies, but so far, research has shown that patients receiving acupuncture have elevated immune enhancing hormones and blood counts for up to three days after treatment. (*Kawakita 2008).

 

We started Yvonne's treatment by using an acupuncture point located on the inside of the thumb joint to help with the sore throat, as well as selected other acupuncture points that are thought to increase the body's strength in fighting bugs. After the first treatment, Yvonne's sore throat disappeared and she felt she had a little more energy. We also used points to relieve congestion. At this point we encouraged gentle walking and suggested she reduce the amount of coffee and tea she was drinking too. Following this advice, Yvonne slept better and felt more energised. After four further acupuncture treatments, Yvonne felt herself again.

 

 

As well as formulating an individualised treatment plan, an acupuncturist devotes time in a consultation to discussing lifestyle changes with you. This might include looking at your daily diet and the amount of exercise you take.

 

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