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Acupuncture for Babies, Children and Teenagers


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Acknowledgements. Notes for the reader. Introduction. Part 1 - Why do children become ill? 1. Introduction to causes of disease. 2. The nature of children. 3. How children grow. 4. Constitutional, pregnancy and birth factors. 5. Emotions. 6. The role of the family. 7. The challenges of life. 8. Miscellaneous Causes of Disease. 9. External Causes of Disease. Part 2 - Diagnosis of Children. 10. Introduction to diagnosis of children. 11. Building rapport with children. 12. The Diagnostic process. 13. Diagnosis of babies and infants. 14. Five Element Constitutional Acupuncture applied to children. 15. Diagnosis Using Five Element Constitutional Acupuncture. 16. The Fire Element. 17. The Earth Element. 18. The Metal Element. 19. The Water Element. 20. The Wood Element. 21. The Heart and Pericardium. 22. The Spleen. 23. The Lungs. 24. The Kidneys. 25. The Liver. 26. The Yang Organs. 27. Non-Organ patterns. Part 3 - Treatment of Children. 28. Introduction to the treatment of children. 29. Treating the whole child. 30. Treatment of the constitutional imbalance. 31. Child-friendly needling. 32. Points commonly used to treat children. 33. Alternatives to needling. 34. Paediatric tui na. 35. Shonishin. 36. Advice. Part 4 - Treatment of Mental-emotional conditions. 37. Introduction to the treatment of mental-emotional conditions. 38. Hyperactivity, inattention and learning difficulties. 39. Autistic spectrum disorders. 40. Anxiety and depression. 41. Eating disorders. 42. Self-harm. 43. Sleep problems. Part 5 - Treatment of Physical conditions. 44. Introduction to the treatment of physical conditions. 45. Problems with eating and appetite. 46. Stomach ache (including colic and reflux). 47. Loose bowels. 48. Constipation. 49. Nausea and vomiting. 50. Food allergiesand intolerances. 51. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. 52. Chronic cough. 53. Asthma. 54. Eczema. 55. Allergic rhinitis and hayfever. 56. Ear conditions. 57. Sore throat. 58. Nosebleeds. 59. Bedwetting. 60. Urinary tract infections. 61. Headaches and migraines. 62. Seizures. 63. Tics. 64. Conjunctivitis. 65. Mouth ulcers and oral thrush. 66. Problems with teeth and teething. 67. Growing pains. 68. Teenage Menstrual problems. 69. Difficult or early puberty in girls. 70. Acute conditions. Appendix 1. Bibliography.

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Comprehensive colour textbook on paediatric acupuncture focussing on conditions seen in the modern clinic and current treatment approaches

About the Author

Rebecca Avern is a traditional acupuncturist and founder of The Panda Clinic, a children's acupuncture centre in Oxford. She is also a senior lecturer and clinical supervisor at the College of Integrated Medicine, Reading, UK.


Any practitioner of Chinese medicine who wishes to expand their knowledge of pediatrics need not reach for other texts; Rebecca Avern thoroughly and thoughtfully presents the subject in exquisite detail. Every pediatric issue, from history, background, diagnosis, and treatment is analyzed. A smart and sensitive exploration of childhood ailments for the 21st century. -- Dr. Melanie Katin, DAMC, L.Ac. Faculty, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
Rebecca has an engaging, warm teaching style which is reflected throughout this beautifully written book. It is thorough, clear and fully informed by her own learning and extensive experience. In short, it is an invaluable resource for students, teachers and practitioners of acupuncture who are interested in the treatment of children and adolescents, and I can see that the day will very soon come when we will all wonder how we ever managed without it! -- Julie Ann Reynolds, Joint Principal of the Acupuncture Academy, Leamington Spa, UK
This book is a delight. It is a wonderful resource for acupuncturists who deal with children, or indeed the parents of children. As well as being packed with wise advice about the causation and treatment of childhood illness, its descriptions of childhood illnesses are systematic, thorough and beautifully presented, and enriched throughout with case vignettes. -- Clare Stephenson MA(Cantab), BM BCh (Oxon), MSc (Public Health Medicine), LicAc (Licentiate in Acupuncture)
The best book available on treating children! Rebecca runs a busy children's practice and, crucially, has two children of her own. It is clearly written, easy to read and you can dip into it to find an abundance of illustrations, tips and other gems. -- Angela and John Hicks, Co-Founders, College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, Reading, UK
In Acupuncture for Babies, Children and Teenagers Rebecca Avern provides us with a comprehensive exploration of childhood and the treatment of common childhood conditions. The book stands out for its exploration of the psycho-emotional realm, the interpersonal skills needed to work with children of differing ages, and the integration of both Traditional Chinese Medicine patterns with Five Phase dynamics. For practitioners working with children, this source will be a valuable reference for common conditions and patterns, including acupuncture and Tui Na protocols to initiate care, and considerations regarding the child's experience and how to optimize interpersonal connections. -- David W. Miller, M.D., FAAP, L.Ac., Dipl. OM

There aren't many books written specifically about treating children so Rebecca Avern's book is especially welcome. Rebecca has created a well organized book for acupuncturists interested in treating children of all ages. In 'Acupuncture for Babies, Children and Teenagers', she thoroughly examines the causes, diagnoses and treatments of common illnesses that occur from birth through the teenage years. Importantly she focuses on conditions that are commonly seen in acupuncture clinics today.'Acupuncture for Babies, Children and Teenagers' addresses the stages of development as well as the numerous influences on a child's physical and emotional health. Recognizing that all children are unique, Rebecca offers a variety of ways to accommodate those differences. The book also offers several treatment suggestions for specific ailments and the best acupoints points for children with these complaints.Rebecca's advice is comprehensive and includes lifestyle and diet advice in addition to needling techniques for children. Plus, there is an important overview of other therapeutic techniques that can be used when treating children, such as shonishin, pediatric tui na, cupping, laser acupuncture and more. 'Acupuncture for Babies, Children and Teenagers' is for anyone interested in learning how to treat children or expand their knowledge. Rebecca's book is jam-packed with clear, useful information and knowledge. It belongs on your shelf.

-- Jennifer Dubowsky, L.A.c.
As a long-time practitioner and educator specialising in treating children, I have long intended to write a book on the subject, but this definitive text leaves little room for another book about the treatment of children with acupuncture. It is a very good book, so full of detail and useful information it may surprise those who think there is not much to the treatment of children ... So, read this book. Do some training. Find a mentor who is experienced in the treatment of children. Let us build a network of professionals of which we are proud. We can certainly be proud to have Rebecca among our gifted colleagues, who understands children and can help others to do the same. * Journal of Chinese Medicine *

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