There are some wonderful Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) remedies for kids that don’t involve antibiotics and other man-made drugs. Illnesses can be dealt with quickly and kids will feel as good as new in no time. TCM treatments for pediatric disorders are safe, painless, and free from side effects. Here are some of the best TCM remedies for kids in Singapore.
Tuina ('Twee-nah') is a form a manipulative Chinese therapy which involve massage and cupping. Used in conjunction with other remedies, it can be an effective treatment. Tui Na is good for small infants and can be used to treat many conditions such as diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, influenza, asthma, and bronchial pneumonia.
Herbal prescriptions have been used for centuries. You need to place Chinese herbal medicines on a specific acupoint to achieve therapeutic effects. These prescriptions are usually made up of a combination of various herbs that not only boost the efficacy of the treatment but also minimize the side effects of certain herbs. Usually, each prescription ranges between a few herbs or even over 20 types of herbs.
Acupuncture for kids has been gaining popularity in recent years. Unlike the traditional methods, modern acupuncture treatments are usually painless and use non-needle treatment techniques, so even kiddos who fear needles will find the treatments less scary. Kids can get acupuncture treatments for allergies, asthma, anxiety, ADHD, Autism, common coughs and colds and even tummy aches.
We all know that diet is extremely important in preventing and treating common children's diseases. Most pediatric diseases can be either completely eliminated or markedly improved if a child's diet is modified. Dietary Therapy involves including food that improve specific health conditions while avoiding food that make it worse. Examples of types of therapeutic diets are those that eliminate gluten, sugars and also limit salt.
There are also other less common TCM modalities that occasionally used to treat certain ailments. These include herbal washes, creams, ointments, plasters, eye, ear and nose drops, inhalants, cupping, moxibustion and foot reflexology.
3. Eczema and other skin problems
5. Hyperactivity (i.e. ADHD, ADD, etc.)
6. Digestion problems (i.e. colic, constipation, diarrhea etc.)
8. Ear infections
10. Sore throat & Tonsillitis
Have a healthy diet: Don’t consume too many foods and drinks which are bad for the digestive system such as cold drinks, spicy food, sugar, and fried food.
Sleep: Little ones need a lots of sleep, aim for 14 hours a day, including naptimes, for kids aged 3 and under.
Stay cool: Kids need to have exposure to some cold to help train their resistance to pathogens.
Soak in some sunshine: Kids need sun (but not too much), so make sure they play outside for at least 30 minutes a day. Avoid midday (between 10am to 4pm) when it's too hot.
Ma Kuang, 59 New Bridge Road Singapore 059405, +65 6883 1511, www.makuang.com.sg/en/Children
Herbal Basic TCM Clinic, 727 Havelock Road Singapore 169648, +65 6376 2345, www.hbtclinic.com
ECON Chinese Medicine, Blk 152B Bishan Street 11 #01-271 Singapore 572152, +65 6659 0217, www.econtcm.com.sg
Yu Guo Chinese Physician Acupuncture and Physiotherapy, 18B Jalan Masjid, #B1-01 Kembangan Plaza, Singapore 418944, +65 6447 4761, www.yuguochinesephysician.blogspot.sg
Eu Yan Sang TCM Clinic, Camden Medical Centre #11-01/02, 1 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore 248649, +65 6732 0922, www.sg.euyansangclinic.com (Other locations available)
Yong Kang TCM Clinic, 53 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, #03-15/16 AMK Hub #03-15/16, Singapore 569933, +65 6555 6347, www.yongkangtcm.com
Body with Soul, 44/45 Rochester Park, Singapore 139248, +65 6779 0660, www.bodywithsoul.com
Fu Yang Tang TCM Clinic, Block 124 Hougang Avenue 1, #01-1456, Singapore 530124, +65 6288 5910,
Herbal Basic TCM, 727 Havelock Road, Singapore 169648, +65 6376 2345, www.facebook.com/herbalbasictcm
Heritage TCM Clinic, Orchard Medical Specialists Centre, #05-43 Lucky Plaza, 304 Orchard Road, Singapore 238863, +65 6836 0817, www.heritage.com.sg
Thomson Chinese Medicine, Thomson Medical Centre, 339 Thomson Road, Singapore 307677, +65 6350 8850, www.thomsonchinesemedicine.com
Si En TCM Medical Clinic, 10 Sinaran Drive, Novena Medical Centre, Square 2 #10-27, Singapore 307506, +65 8222 7436, www.sientcm.com (Other locations available)