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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.”

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 altogether.

Questions about whether we can help your child?

Call The Nest for a free 10 minute phone consultation at 773.267.0248

Cervical Dysplasia [CD] refers to abnormal changes in the cells on the surface of the cervix. Although these changes are not cancer, they can lead to cancer of the cervix if not treated. Cervical carcinoma is one of the most common cancers among women, with an estimated 16,000 new cases of invasive cancer of the cervix and 5,000 deaths in the U.S. each year.  Consequently, it is important to take a CD diagnosis seriously. However, mild and moderate cases can be completely resolved with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatments in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle.

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) causes nearly all cases of CD. HPV is a very common virus that is spread through sexual contact. There are many different types of HPV. Traditional Chinese Medicine cannot diagnose CD and HPV. It is crucial to get regular Pap smear exams. It is the only way to make sure you have a healthy cervix or get timely treatment if cells are abnormal.

Western medicine names the following as factors that may increase your risk of CD:

  • Becoming sexually active before age 18
  • Going long periods without getting a Pap Smear
  • Having multiple sexual partners
  • Having other illnesses or using medications that suppress your immune system
  • Smoking

Doctors aren’t exactly sure why becoming sexually active before 18 put women at greater risk. They think it might be because a woman is then more likely to have multiple partners, a risk factor in itself. Also, the cells of the cervix are special. They transform over time in a process called metaplasia.  For this reason, the exposed area of columnar cells on the cervix is called the “transformation zone”. Over many years, flat cells, called squamous cells, replace these columnar cells. The risk of developing pre-cancer is increased if the transformation zone is exposed to a sexually transmitted carcinogen at a time of maximum cellular activity during adolescence. Interestingly, this fact is in harmony with the Traditional Chinese Medicine view that sexual activity at an early age is very detrimental to the Directing and Penetrating Vessels (corresponds to the female reproductive organs) because the uterus and these vessels are in a vulnerable state at that age. In Giovanni Maciocia’s text, Obstetrics and Gynecology in Chinese Medicine he contends, ” Adolescence is a very vulnerable time in the life of a girl and any cause of disease at this age has serious consequences. In fact, other causes of disease may play a contributory role. Emotional problems around the time of puberty also have a very deep influence on a girl’s life: they may cause stagnation of Qi in the liver, which easily affects the genital system in women. “


Traditional Chinese Medicine considers the whole body when looking at disease and disharmony. A detailed intake process helps Chinese medicine practitioners understand the root of the disharmony. The initial intake process considers the patient’s internal condition as well as looking at their lifestyle, environment, and habits. Additionally, the diagnosis process relies upon palpation of the pulse and abdomen and observation of the tongue. Chinese medicine practitioners use all of this information to diagnose the root cause and pathway of the disharmony, based on TCM pattern diagnosis. Once a diagnosis has been made the practitioner will develop a treatment plan that is based upon the individual constitution of the patient.

Treatment usually consists of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, lifestyle and eastern dietary recommendations. Eastern diet therapy is an important part of treatment, as studies have shown women with CD have a high frequency of general nutritional deficiencies, as high as 67% in one survey. Women with cervical dysplasia were especially deficient in beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin B6. Chinese medicine practitioners can help patients identify foods that are especially beneficial for them; this is done via an eastern nutrition profile. Eating foods that benefit the patient’s constitution help promote healing and rejuvenation of the body.

The length of treatment depends on the severity of the HPV as well as the patient’s overall health and any preexisting medical conditions.  This is usually assessed during the initial consultation with a Chinese Medicine Practitioner.

All practitioners at The Nest have completed extensive post-graduate training in women’s reproductive health and have experience treating HPV, Cervical Dysplasia and other gynecological concerns.

If you have been diagnosed with HPV or CD and you are interested in HPV natural treatment options, please call The Nest for a FREE 10-minute phone consultation with one of our practitioners.


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In Traditional Chinese medicine, all living beings are a part of the whole of Nature and are directly and indirectly influenced by changes in season. Each season correlates with a different organ system. Fall corresponds with the Lung system, which has dominion over respiration, skin, and blood circulation. Dry, windy weather and the first chill can irritate the nose and throat. Nourishing this system can strengthen your immunity now and for the upcoming winter. Here are five easy ways you can boost your immunity:

Stay Warm

Keep your neck covered and your body temperature regulated. Wear a scarf and hat and don’t forget warm socks.

Protect Digestion

Protect and repair digestion by eating nourishing, warm cooked foods like soups and stews and healthy warm drinks. Consider taking a probiotic. A healthy digestive system is the foundation of strong immunity.

Enjoy Moderate Exercise

Moderate exercise such as walking, gentle yoga or tai chi (as opposed to a high intensity work out) is beneficial at this time. Losing too much sweat weakens the body’s defenses.

Avoid Sugar

Sweets can weaken digestion, which in turn lowers the protective energy of the body.


Laughing lowers stress and boosts endorphins and circulation throughout the body. Make time for fun and friends.

If you are already feeling sick, acupuncture, gua sha and cupping are very effective in helping the body over-come colds and flus, especially when caught in the early stages. At The Nest, we do our best to fit you in at the onset of your illness. Custom made Chinese medicinals and elixirs are available for patients to take home to help fully resolve colds, flus, coughs, and sinus issues — or whatever has got you feeling under the weather. Because we specialize in women and children’s health, we are ready to treat the whole family, even peevish little ones.

At home you can treat the first tickle in your throat with warming and restorative miso soup or ginger tea, or you may want to try a Traditional cold cure tea.

Classic Cold Cure Tea

Simmer two cinnamon sticks, three dates and a one-inch slice of ginger in two cups of water until the tea is reduced to one cup. Drink eight ounces twice a day.

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