Gentle Warriors – Deep Breath

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Assisting children requires flexibility and attentiveness to effectively address complex patterns of disharmony. The presenting complaints – referred to as the branch - are apparent or manifest, while the underlying pattern is called the root. 

Open Air focuses on the branch while Deep Breath focuses on the root, the underlying pattern of deficiency. Open Air is primarily composed of herbs that disperse and purge stagnant Qi (energy) combined with a few that supplement deficiencies of Qi and moisture. Deep Breath, on the other hand, addresses patterns of deficiency and counters potential stagnation. Because of their complimentary approaches, Deep Breath and Open Air can be an ideal combination.

If your child is experiencing any of the following, your practitioner might recommend Deep Breath:

  • Shortness of breath especially aggravated by physical activity, environmental irritants, fatigue, or exposure to cold air or wind
  • Allergies
  • Coughing or wheezing after eating foods that trigger mucus or congestion
  • Discomfort of the chest and throat

There are certain circumstances requiring caution in determining if your child needs to go to the doctor’s office, however. If your child is experiencing any of the following, you should call your pediatrician:

  • Extreme weakness, lethargy
  • High fever (102° F or greater)
  • Dehydration

If you’re looking for natural & effective medicine for your children, call us or click here to book online.

If your child often experiences rashes or other skin irritations, be sure to catch next week’s formula – Fire Fighter!

 

* Article Source: Gentle Warriors Pediatric Formula Guide

Gentle Warriors – Easy Going

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Because of the sensitive nature of the digestive system in children, it is common for kids to have digestive upsets that lead to their bowels being occasionally either loose or not moving. When the bowels are not moving, it is helpful to relieve the stagnation of food and stool without excessive moistening or over-stimulation of the bowel. Easy Going enhances digestion and eliminates Qi (energy) stagnation.

Easy Going is a modification of Tummy Tamer that, in addition to eliminating food stagnation and accumulation, unbinds the Qi of the intestines. It addresses occasional childhood irregularity that may arise from a variety of circumstances including improper diet, travel and the challenge of adapting to a new environment or daily schedule.

The Easy Going formula is similar to Tummy Tamer, but with added ingredients that support healthy intestinal balance to overcome the occasional retention of food and feces. The additional ingredients aid the digestion of proteins, fats and starches by toning and activating the stomach and small intestine, while regulating the stomach Qi, thus promoting the proper movement of foods through the gut.

If your child is experiencing any of the following, your practitioner might recommend Easy Going:

  • Irregularity of bowel movements or constipation
  • Gas, bloating, loss of appetite and other symptoms of digestive disharmony
  • Supports healthy digestion and elimination

There are certain circumstances requiring caution in determining if your child needs to go to the doctor’s office, however. If your child is experiencing any of the following, you should call your pediatrician:

  • Suspected appendicitis or bowel obstruction
  • Acute gastroenteritis (stomach or intestinal flu)
  • High fever (102o F or higher)
  • Thirst, dehydration, sweating, weakness or lethargy

If you’re looking for natural & effective medicine for your children, call us or click here to book online.

Next week, we’ll explore Deep Breath, an excellent formula to compliment Open Air!

 

* Article Source: Gentle Warriors Pediatric Formula Guide

Gentle Warriors – Open Air

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The physical environment for babies and young children can both nurture and challenge their physiological competence during the early years of development. Even a healthy respiratory system can become vulnerable to an array of physical, chemical and biological stressors, including air pollutants, weather changes, microorganisms and allergens such as dust, pollen, mold, animal dander and house dust. Stressors may also include toxins such as second-hand cigarette smoke, insecticides, pesticides, or household cleaning agents and chemical off-gassing from building materials or carpeting.

Obstruction of lung Qi can manifest as an occasional restriction of the chest, weakening the body’s defenses. Obstructed lung Qi is generally differentiated into two patterns:

1. Excess type, due to a stagnation and/or reflux of lung Qi
2. Deficiency type, due to a depletion of Qi in the kidneys and spleen

Occasional coughing is almost always a manifestation of stagnant Qi that has been trapped in the chest and is unable to descend. What causes the Qi to become stuck may be occasional phlegm, dryness, cold or hot air, wind, physical strain and fatigue, emotional upset or exposure to environmental agents (external invasions).

If your child is experiencing any of the following, your practitioner might recommend Open Air:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Sticky phlegm
  • Dryness and discomfort of the chest and upper abdomen

There are certain circumstances requiring caution in determining if your child needs to go to the doctor’s office, however. If your child is experiencing any of the following, you should call your pediatrician:

  • Extreme weakness, lethargy
  • High fever (102° F or greater)
  • Dehydration

If you’re looking for natural & effective medicine for your children, call us or click here to book online.

Next week’s post features Easy Going, an ideal formula for addressing irregularity, constipation, and other digestive issues!

 

* Article Source: Gentle Warriors Pediatric Formula Guide

Gentle Warriors – Tummy Tamer

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In our last post, we discussed how the early life of the child is dominated by the activity of growth and how the Middle Burner regulates the functions of the spleen and stomach responsible for the nourishment that feeds the growing process. As the child matures, the vigor and capacity of the lung, heart, kidney and liver will critically depend upon the Qi (life force energy) generated by the spleen and stomach.

Not only is the gut responsible for the rapid assimilation of nutrients, but many important immunological mechanisms are also mediated via interactions across the membrane of the intestines. Because the Qi of the stomach is so active in the early years and because the organs are so sensitive, it is easy for the gut to become disturbed, resulting in temporarily irregular passage of food through the digestive tract.

Whereas Grow and Thrive is a nutritive tonic, Tummy Tamer is a formula for supporting the functions of the digestive system. Grow and Thrive is more tonifying and consolidating, supporting the capacity of the spleen to generate the Qi so important for growth and development. Tummy Tamer is more activating and dispersing, supporting the ability of the stomach and intestines to move food and waste through the gut in a smooth and rhythmic fashion.

If your child is experiencing any of the following, your practitioner might recommend Tummy Tamer:

  • Belching, flatulence, bloating, stomach discomfort, nausea or malodorous stools
  • Slow digestion of food, irregular bowel movements
  • Fatigue or irritability after eating
  • Bad breath
  • Food poisoning
  • Food allergies or sensitivities

If you’re looking for natural & effective medicine for your children, call us or click here to book online.

Stay tuned for next week’s formula, Open Air, for respiratory health!

 

* Article Source: Gentle Warriors Pediatric Formula Guide

Gentle Warriors – Windbreaker

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Many ailments can be linked to what is referred to as Wind in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Disruptive Wind can manifest a multitude of discomforts in children, including the following:

  • Cough, mild fever and chill
  • Sneezing and runny nose
  • Scratchy throat
  • Itchy eyes or skin
  • Stuffy ears
  • Aversion to wind and chill
  • Body ache and irritability
  • Rashes on the head or face

Because of the natural reactivity of infants and small children, rebellion is often the motif of their afflictions. Although the defensive Qi (energy) of youngsters is fragile, it is extremely vigorous, manifesting as the sudden appearance of distress and rapid fluctuation in otherwise normal functions and behaviors. The Windbreaker formula deftly addresses these dramatic, but superficial and usually transient imbalances.

This formula can also be used preventively, offering protection from exposure to invasions or the weather, and a bulwark against lowered resistance following excessive mental or emotional stimulation. Windbreaker, together with Chest Relief, is a base formula often combined with other Gentle Warriors remedies, as indicated by symptoms. It is important to communicate all your child’s symptoms with your practitioner so the most appropriate combination of formulas can be prescribed.

There are certain circumstances requiring caution in determining if your child needs to go to the doctor’s office, however. If your child is experiencing any of the following, you should call your pediatrician:

  • Dehydration
  • High fever (above 102 degrees F)
  • Very lethargic and chilly
  • Profuse perspiration at rest

If you’re looking for natural & effective medicine for your children, call us or click here to book online.

Stay tuned for next week’s formula – Tummy Tamer!

 

* Article Source: Gentle Warriors Pediatric Formula Guide

Gentle Warriors – Grow & Thrive

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Grow and Thrive is a nutritive tonic containing food-based ingredients. It is an impressive formula because of its dual action as both nourishing and strengthening, boosting the capacity of the spleen and stomach to digest and assimilate food. It fosters robust growth by promoting the adequate assimilation and smooth passage of food through the digestive tract. In so doing, it strengthens the spleen, lung and kidneys, and harmonizes the stomach, supporting healthy growth and development.

Underlying most of the challenges facing infants and young children is the immaturity of their digestive functions. After breathing, the second act that a newborn baby engages in is to suckle the mother’s breast, which activates the entire digestive system. It is vital to preserve and protect the fragile integrity of a child’s stomach and intestines during the first year of life and until age seven or eight, as this is how the developing body builds up its life force, or Qi (“chee”).

In Chinese Herbology, the early life of the child is dominated by the activity of what is referred to as the Middle Burner: the Qi of the spleen and stomach. Until a child is about one year of age, he or she is mostly stomach – a small, jolly, energetic eating machine. As this Middle Burner-dominated being grows beyond the first year, other functions awaken, such as manipulating, exploring walking and talking. But all these behaviors develop from the center: the Middle Burner.

Grow and Thrive also supports the vigor and capacity of the lung, heart, kidney and liver, which depend upon the Qi generated by the Middle Burner.

There are certain circumstances requiring caution in determining if your child needs to go to the doctor’s office, however. If your child is experiencing any of the following, you should call your pediatrician:

  • Acute constipation or diarrhea
  • Nausea with vomiting
  • High fever (102° F or above)
  • Dehydration

Next week, we’ll explore Gentle Warriors’ Windbreaker formula, which can be prescribed in tandem with Chest Relief for certain ailments.

If you’re looking for natural & effective medicine for your children, call or click here to book online.

 

* Article Source: Gentle Warriors Pediatric Formula Guide

Gentle Warriors – Quiet Calm

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Because of their natural openness, sensitivity and responsiveness, babies, toddlers and even older children are more likely than adults to become stressed out when they are tired, hungry, frustrated or overexcited. While enthusiastic toward new experiences and learning, children have a limited tolerance for the stressors of daily life. Sometimes all it takes is a little support – a break, a nap, a snack, a cuddle. Other times, they need an extra boost to get them back on track – and that is where Quiet Calm comes in.

The mind and nervous system of a young child are rapidly changing along with the rest of their bodies. Many youngsters have not yet learned how to adjust smoothly to the flux that surrounds them and the enormous changes that are occurring internally. Though healthy, robust children appear outwardly tough and resilient, their immaturity and inexperience make them vulnerable to overstimulation and information overload. Often, but not always, tantrums, crying spells, nightmares, agitation, irritability and anxiety are harbingers of the normal and expected evidence of growth: teething, hormonal surges, sudden hungers and food cravings, meeting new people, adapting to playgroups and babysitters, urges toward independence, and fears surrounding separation, peer group pressure, school rules and achievement all conspire to upset the apple cart of daily life for the little one.

Any interruption of routine, enjoyable or not, expected or not, can undermine a child’s equilibrium, resulting in mood swings and hypersensitivity. It is especially challenging for older, verbal children who are beginning to recognize and delight in their own competence and power to suddenly be unable to accomplish a task, or even know what it is that will satisfy them – they need help in recovering their usual attitude of cheerful curiosity, and a sense of ease within themselves. The additional expectation for young, school-age children to sit quietly at their desks, self-consciously focus their attention and not be distracted by nearby activities adds another challenge to their capacity to cope with stress.

Quiet Calm is safe and sound. It is neither a sedative nor a tranquilizer, but rather a nurturer of the brain and marrow. It assists children in cultivating their self-regulating capacities and maintaining their emotional equilibrium, working in the following ways:

  • Helps to alleviate occasional mood swings, crying spells, gloominess.
  • Eases occasional agitation, anxiety, timidity, anger.
  • Aids in maintaining healthy memory, concentration and focus.
  • Helps relieve occasional difficulty falling or remaining asleep.
  • Helps relieve occasional difficulties with the sinuses, throat or ears.

Caution should be taken when combining this remedy with over-the-counter or prescription medications. Be sure to communicate with your Oriental Medicine practitioner regarding all medications your child is currently taking or has recently taken.

Stay tuned for next week’s post about Grow & Thrive – a nourishing digestive aid!

If you’re looking for natural & effective medicine for your children, call us or click here to book online.

 

* Article Source: Gentle Warriors Pediatric Formula Guide

Gentle Warriors – Chest Relief

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If your little one is experiencing bronchial irritation or congestion, then try Gentle Warriors Chest Relief.

Whether it’s due a lingering cold or flu, virus, allergies, or a bronchial infection, the chest can tighten as phlegm builds up in the lungs, causing a disruption to the energy (Qi) and overall balance of health. Bronchial issues can be further aggravated or triggered by drafts, change of position, fatigue, cold or hot foods and liquids, fluctuations in temperature or humidity, dryness or thirst. If symptoms are allowed to continue for a prolonged period of time, this can lead to dryness in the lungs and cause respiratory health to stagnate or weaken. Reinforcing the energy and moisture of the lungs supports a healthy respiratory system, providing adequate lubrication and robust immunity.

This prescription remedy balances the energy of the lungs, soothes the throat, relaxes the chest, gently dispels phlegm, supports expectoration, and replenishes moisture in order to restore bronchial and respiratory health. Chest Relief is often combined with other Gentle Warriors remedies as indicated by other symptoms. It’s important to communicate all your child’s symptoms with your practitioner so the most appropriate combination of formulas can be prescribed.

There are certain circumstances requiring caution in determining if your child needs to go to the doctor’s office, however. If your child is experiencing any of the following, you should call your pediatrician:

  • Dehydration
  • Shortness of breath or rapid breathing
  • Extreme weakness

If you’re looking for natural & effective medicine for your children, call or click here to book online.

Next week, we’ll explore Gentle Warriors’ Quiet Calm, a soothing formula that supports the nervous system.

 

* Article Source: Gentle Warriors Pediatric Formula Guide

Introducing Gentle Warriors for Your Little Ones

Gentle Warriors Formulated by Harriet Beinfield, LAc, and Efrem Korngold, LAc, OMD, co-authors of the best-selling book Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Chinese Medicine, Gentle Warriors Pediatric Formulas is a unique line of Chinese herbal prescriptions that should be in every parent’s medicinal arsenal!

There are 11 medicinal tinctures, providing safe and effective pediatric care for all manner of health situations. All are mild-tasting, low-alcohol, liquid extracts that are easy for children to swallow – though adults benefit from them as well! These formulas support and protect the welfare of children, addressing many of the most common childhood disharmonies.

The importance of building health in early childhood cannot be over-emphasized. In these early years, the digestive system is of prime importance. Chinese Medicine practitioners have understood for centuries that the activities of the stomach and spleen dominate physiological and psychological processes during infancy and early childhood. Children consume large quantities of food and fluid while eliminating substantial waste, meaning their metabolisms are highly active while their other systems – respiratory, digestive, nervous and immune – are not yet mature. This makes them vulnerable to imbalances as their little bodies struggle to keep up with their fast growth. This commonly results in stomach upsets, excess mucus, irregular bowels, rashes or excessive sweating, temperature changes, sleep disturbances, restlessness and/or irritability. If left unchecked, these conditions can lead to weak overall defenses, loss of mental focus and emotional imbalance. The Gentle Warriors Pediatric Formulas are designed to combat all these imbalances, supporting your child’s overall health and wellbeing.

Each Wednesday for the next 11 weeks, we will be dedicating a blog post to a different formula, going in depth on its uses and benefits. This Wednesday, we’ll explore Gentle Warriors’ Chest Relief formula. Stay tuned!

If you’re looking for natural & effective medicine for your children, call or click here to book online.

 

A bit more about the company behind the remedies: Kan Herb Company manufactures exclusively in the United States in order to assure quality control at every level of the manufacturing process and ensure that the high-grade Chinese herbs used retain their potency and purity. Each and every batch is then rigorously tested for quality and safety.

* Article Source: Gentle Warriors Pediatric Formula Guide, published by Chinese Medicine Works (San Francisco, CA).

Take the stress out of the Holidays

The holidays are a big part of the fall and winter months. This is often a time to reconnect with family and loved ones, to attend social events, and celebrate your beliefs.

­Unfortunately, it can also be a time of extra commitments, nonstop activity, and pressure to get it all done. This can result in a lot of stress both mental and physical.

Everyone feels stressed occasionally, but when it continues for a long time or gets overwhelming it can take a real toll on your health. The immune system is particularly sensitive to the effects of stress, which means that ongoing stress can leave you vulnerable to colds, flu, and other illnesses.

The good news is that you can take charge of the stress in your life. One way to do that is to set realistic expectations for the holidays. Spend some time thinking about what’s important to you. Rather than concentrating on making everything “perfect,” try to focus on enjoying yourself whether that means spending time with family, volunteering to help others, or taking a vacation.
Another good strategy is to set boundaries. Don’t take on more than you can handle, say “no” if you have to, and ask for help if you need it.

Other ways to beat stress include:

Eating right: Remember to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and try to keep your Stress free Holidayintake of sugary holiday treats to a minimum.

Rest: Get plenty of sleep, even if you have a lot to do, to keep your body and mind healthy and energized.

Meditation: Take a few minutes during the day to sit quietly and simply focus on your breathing.

Exercise: Try to work exercise into your schedule. It’s a natural energy and mood booster. Yoga is an excellent choice this time of year.

Talking to someone: Share your thoughts and feelings with a friend or a counselor. Expressing yourself may make you feel better and you might even find solutions to stressful situations.

Vitamins and herbs: Be sure to take a daily multivitamin, and consider taking extra vitamin C to help strengthen your immune system. Herbs such as ginseng can help you adapt to stress and valerian can soothe and calm your mind.

Additional methods include treatments such as acupuncture and massage, which can help relax both mind and body. With a little preparation and adding some new coping strategies, you can make this year’s holiday season happy, healthy and stress-free!