Taking care of one’s health has become increasingly important nowadays. The symptoms can send parents into a frenzy—but that doesn’t have to be the case. Have you found yourself not getting a wink of sleep knowing your little one isn’t feeling well? You’re not alone, and if you’re looking for alternative solutions to keep your child healthy, perhaps there is some relief to be found in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).
When we think about TCM, the thought of herbal concoctions may immediately come to our mind, but that’s not all there is to it. The philosophy of TCM is to find the balance of qi (energy) in the body, and it takes a holistic approach that includes a broad range of treatments such as herbal medicines, acupuncture and even massage — the latter of which not many knows can help with common ailments. While TCM is not a substitute for conventional medicine and doctor’s diagnosis, many people find the combination of TCM and conventional medicine gives an added boost to their health.
Tui Na (pronounced twee-nah) is a form of external therapy that aims to address a myriad of ailments linked to our musculoskeletal systems and internal organs, but what exactly is it? The origins of its name might give you a hint. Tui Na has roots in ancient China, and directly translates to “push and grasp”. This method involves physicians applying pressure to acupuncture points and groups of muscles to improve circulation of blood and qi in the body, similar to Japanese shiatsu massages. Tui Na isn’t just for adults either, it is also used to help with various childhood ailments.
Eu Yan Sang TCM Clinic’s paediatric massage treatment is for those under the age of six. Besides relieving common conditions such as stomachaches and bloatedness, it can also help to prevent frequent bedwetting, crying throughout the night and constipation. No kid loves going to a clinic, but since the Tui Na treatment doesn’t involve any needles, it might help ease their anxiety.
The treatment starts with a consultation to better understand your child’s medical history and lifestyle habits. Paediatric massages usually start from the left upper limb before moving to the head, chest, abdomen and back, ending at the lower limbs. Each session can take up to 20 minutes, depending on the child’s age, condition and type of illness.
Traditional Chinese medicine is not a replacement for conventional medical treatments and pharmaceuticals prescribed by medical doctors to cure or treat diseases. Coconuts Media is not a medical service provider and cannot replace advice from a doctor. This article was done in partnership with Eu Yan Sang and is meant for educational purposes only.