December 2011

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It is so hard to see your child suffer through the continual discomfort of allergies.

You do your best to keep the worst symptoms of chronic conditions from flaring up and you always wonder if there is more you can do. Many caring parents like you are coping with this issue. The number of individuals with allergies has increased dramatically over the last few decades. “Among children up to 4 years of age, the incidence of asthma has increased 160%, and the incidence of atopic dermatitis has increased twofold to threefold. Approximately 0.5-1% of the US population is affected by peanut allergy and the incidence has doubled in the past decade. These figures demonstrate that allergic disorders in children are a serious public health problem, and the need to find new treatments for these disorders. Current conventional medications for allergic disorders for children are not fully satisfactory. There are also concerns of known side effects of corticosteroids…”

We understand the stress you feel dealing with chronic conditions. Traditional Chinese Medicine offers a lasting solution to allergies and chronic childhood conditions such as ear infections and respiratory illnesses by healing the imbalances that cause these conditions.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), childhood corresponds with Spring, a time of rapid transformation and growth. Children become sick easily but respond just as quickly to treatment. Gentle TCM techniques like point therapy and Tuina (an acupressure and massage technique) are very effective at balancing children’s energetic systems and can eradicate symptoms completely. The mother of one of our young patients shares her story:

I started bringing my son to Jen when he was one year old. His initial diagnoses of peanut and tree nut allergies had expanded to included dairy and soy and we were regularly struggling with digestive problems, sleep disruptions and eczema. Jen’s treatments helped relieve the digestion, sleep and skin issues. And within a few months our allergist’s diagnoses for dairy and soy had been reduced to the status of ‘minor irritant’. I’m so grateful for how much less stress I have in the care of my son and delighted at how strong his immune system has become. (ZML)

Because TCM treats the energetic system of the body, patients usually experience added benefits they hadn’t anticipated. The XiaoXiao clinic in Milan conducted a pilot study of 29 children over a period of a year. Most were treated for recurrent respiratory infections. While the 17 children who completed the study showed significant improvement with their respiratory issues, the doctors noted anecdotally that, “Something extraordinary also happened at home:  they started to sleep in their own beds. The parents reported that their children became more confident, assertive and secure. Other children, initially very agitated and demanding, became more relaxed, with better behavior and improved sleep…one can clearly witness how an improved circulation of Qi positively influences the mental and emotional aspects of a child’s development.” (“Paediatric Tuina and Acupuncture: The Xiaoxiao Clinic In Milan – The Journal of Chinese Medicine.” The Journal of Chinese Medicine & Traditional Chinese Medicine. Web. 12 Dec. 2011. <>)

Early or preventative treatment is ideal with children. The core of preventative treatment is understanding each child’s unique constitution and tendency towards specific patterns of dis-ease. Parent’s knowledge of their child’s patterns, along with the Practitioner’s TCM constitutional evaluation is a combination for success. With treatment, your child’s symptoms can be managed or eradicated all together.

Questions about whether we can help your child?

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Chinese medicine bridges the gap in the controversial debate to immunize or not.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an effective therapy pre and post immunization to help strengthen the immune system and decrease unwanted side effects.

The debate over whether or not to vaccinate rages on, as seen on The Today Show’s “Today Moms” webpage this week.

Acupuncture/acupressure and Chinese herbal medicine support the immune system by bolstering the energy of the body so that it can effectively fight off the strain of virus that has entered the body via immunization, also known as a pathogenic factor in Chinese medicine terms. According to Chinese Medicine it is especially important to treat the body prior to being immunized because unlike contracting an actual childhood illness, where the body encounters the virus or bacteria at the surface and is able to mount an immune response, immunizations enter deeply at the blood level, bypassing the body’s initial defense response, known as “wei qi” in TCM.

According to Chinese medicine, immune system function is directly influenced by a strong digestive system.

Signs of weak digestion are: reflux, colic, failure to thrive, constipation or diarrhea, gas/bloating, chronic runny nose and cough, allergies, asthma, eczema/any skin issue, fatigue, and easy to catch colds and flu. Traditional Chinese medicine believes the energy or “qi” of the digestive organs are not fully formed until the age of seven. Until that time young children are more prone and sensitive to changes in their diet and environment that can further compromise their system. Unfortunately, Western medicine does not consider any of these factors when recommending immunizations for children. Supporting the digestive systems and immune systems in children will benefit their health long term and lead them into adolescence and young adulthood healthy and strong.

After my son’s 8 week shots, he was really fussy, cranky and lost interest in the bottle. Obviously, my husband and I were concerned, and after some research and talking with our post-partum doula, we ended up at The Nest. They were wonderful. We worked together to develop a treatment plan for my son and within a day he was feeling better and back to his “old” self. Based on our positive experience, I would recommend that concerned parents explore the option of using acupuncture/acupressure before and/or after immunizations. –HM

You’re welcome to call The Nest for a free 10 minute phone consultation at 773.267.0248.

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Exciting News!

A new study published by The University of Adelaide in South Australia found that “Chinese Herbal Medicine can improve pregnancy rates 2-fold within a 4 month period compared with Western Medical fertility drug therapy or IVF.

The university analyzed research studying 1,851 women with infertility. They compared women that received Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with those that received Western drug therapy alone. Those that received TCM showed a pregnancy rate of 60% within a four-month period compared with the 30% undergoing IVF.

The authors of the study noted that, “Assessment of the quality of the menstrual cycle, integral to TCM diagnosis, appears to be fundamental to successful treatment of female infertility.”

Acupuncture, herbal medicine, and other modalities can restore balance and harmonize the whole body, allowing women to conceive naturally without costly or invasive treatments. If women are undergoing IVF, Chinese medicine can support and strengthen the body and alleviate stress, augmenting any therapeutic process.

Check out these articles for more information:

You can find the study abstract here:

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