For an individualized healing program for your child and info on Lunar treatments, contact Dr. Sally at 831-295-6327. 320 River Street, Santa Cruz, California 95060
Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
A story of how Traditional Asian medicine can help
Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, AKA Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis is one of the more common chronic illnesses of childhood and an important cause of disability.
Usually, I don’t see children with JIA until after they have been on medications for awhile and their parents are at their wits end. Here is the story of one of my patients:
When I first met Loren, she was 3 years old and had been on medications since she was diagnosed at only 9 months of age. Her mother was desperate to find a holistic solution, get her off medications and relieve her suffering. She was a bright eyed little girl with knees and ankles swollen & red with a pain level of 5 on the FACES pain scale. Her sleep was intermittant and she was sweating at night. Her tongue was very red-tipped, thin and sharp. Her pulse was weak and floating in the Heart position and slightly rapid. All these signs point to Heart Yin deficiency heat. On testing for allergies, she was allergic to oranges and kiwis.
A course of treatment was planned, including the herbal formulas: Liu Wei Di Huang Wan and Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan. After the first treatment of NAET, pediatric Tuina massage and Shonishin, she was sleeping better and her pain level decreased to 4. With each treatment, she became progressively better. Within the first month, her mother took her off the drugs, with her MD’s oversight. After 3 months, she became much more physically active. 6 months after the first treatment, she was almost pain free with only slight swelling in the right knee and enrolled in a children’s ballet class. She can now eat oranges and kiwis without any ill effects.
She continues to come in for treatments every month, near the full moon, for Lunar treatments. She remains pain-free with no swelling or discomfort.
A complete recovery from JIA takes time, many treatments, changes to the diet and dedication to taking the formulas and supplements, but it is well worth the reward of pain free living!
For an individualized healing program for your child and info on Lunar treatments, contact Dr. Sally Sherriff, DAOM at 831-295-6327. 320 River Street, Santa Cruz, California 95060
Enuresis is defined as inappropriate or involuntary voiding during the night at an age when urinary control should be achieved.
Traditional Oriental Medicine, provides a valuable treatment for children who experience enuresis. The diagnosis is based on whether your child exhibits signs of cold or heat and deficiency or excess.
Gentle Shonishin (pediatric acupuncture) or Tuina (pediatric massage) treatments, moxabustion or infrared heating therapy are used in conjunction with herbal formulas and dietary therapy to provide a successful outcome
Special points are emphasized, such as:
- Bai Hui (DU 20) is good at reinforcing and lifting yang, to help strengthen the bladder and control urination.
- San Yin Jiao (SP 6) regulates water flow and strengthens the bladder.
- Yi Niao Dian is the Bedwetting Hand point, also called Kidney point.
- Dan Tian and Ming men to warm the kidneys and bladder.
Special Herbal Formulas are prescribed, depending on your child’s diagnosis, such as:
- Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang
- Shen Ling Bai Zhu San or
- Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan
Dietary recommendations are given such as:
- Avoid cold and raw foods
- Eat cooked vegetables, soups and stews.
- Home treatments are taught to parents such as:
- Specific therapeutic massage techniques
For an individualized healing program for your child and info on Lunar treatments, contact Dr. Sally Sherriff, DAOM at 831-295-6327, 320 River Street, Santa Cruz, California 95060