Posts Tagged ‘infant’

Laryngomalacia (literally, “soft larynx“) is the most common cause of stridor in infancy, in which the soft, immature cartilage of the upper larynx collapses inward during inhalation, causing airway obstruction. It can also be seen in older patients, especially those with neuromuscular conditions resulting in weakness of the muscles of the throat. However, the infantile form is much more common. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laryngomalacia)

In recent years, we have treated three cases of this condition.

One A Z. female, 8 weeks old.Mom found her has difficult respiration since born, when inhaling the air, the baby has “ca”, “”ca” sound. The flexible laryngoscopy found she has laryngomalacia. Physician suggested baby to use Zantac, Omeprozole, and mylanta (block the acid reflux). We used acupuncture to adjust the lung and stomach meridian function. After three sessions, the respiration difficulty stopped. Then the baby had 30 additional acupuncture, everything became normal.

Another O V. male, 5 weeks old. same condition as above, after 2 sessions acupuncture, the respiration difficulty disappeared. Total had 14 treatments.


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Infant, baby, ChildI often got call and asked me–

 “Do you treat Children’s condition?”, or

 “How old the child could be got acupuncture?” or

 “Do you think it is safe doing acupuncture in baby?”

I always reply–children at any age could be got acupuncture, acupuncture is very safe in children, and most important–acupuncture is more effective in children than adults due to children’s physiological characteristics.

For acupuncture in children, we have more confidence because:

(1) Dr.Fan had special apprenticeship with Dr.Su, Shang-yi,when he was a TCM student during 1981-1986 in Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine. Dr.Su was very famous in pediatric acupuncture, and saved many children’s life, esp. for those in danger condition stayed ICU of Nanjing Municiple Hospital at that time, such as Respiratory failure or Circulation failure.

(2) Dr.Fan has young patients almost everyday, he has accumulated much experience.

Recently, Dr.Fan treated a 8 weeks old baby, Alexandria.Z. with Accide Reflux and Laryngomalacia. Before the treatment, baby had milk spill out of mouth, acide reflux, which caused hard of breath, sometime, breath stopping with face pulple, baby bowle movement also had difficulty, she push stool or gas a lot, which also cause milk spill out of mouth. Only after 2 times’ acupuncture, the baby has improved significantly. No longer milk spill out of mouth, no longer strugle with the breath, and very calm and no more strugle with pushing the gas or stool.

Here, we show a picture of the baby A.Z.with Dr.Fan.She is very calm.

Baby A.Z. eight weeks old is my youngest patient, our oldest patient is 92 years old, with lower back pain.


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During times like these I recall time spent with Dr. Su Shangyi, a TCM doctor (CMD) in Nanjing, China when I was an intern during 1985-1986.

Dr. Su was passed away in the late 1990s.

He was actually a very famous acupuncture doctor in 1950-1960s in China, when due to political reasons, he had to get “re-educated” in the countryside for a few years. After he came back to Nanjing, he was assigned to a local small hospital.  However, due to his skills, he got immediate respect from patients and doctors in other hospitals. His patients all belonged to hard-to- treat, many of them also in danger. I saw many infants from Nanjing Hospital for Children who were in critical condition, esp. who suffered from virus “Fall season diarrhea” , at the end stage-very dehydrated and often with circulation failure.  Dr. Su used quick acupuncture and acupressure, and sometime with herbal tea.  Dr. Su saved many of these patients.

Many patients came from very far away, such as northwestern of China.  Dr. Su was very famous in acupuncture treating vision loss due to optical nerve atrophy caused various reasons, such as MS (multiple sclerosis). Since I studied with him I not afraid to treat the patients who have critical conditions or intractable illnesses with acupuncture or Chinese herbal tea. At that time, I was about 22 years old. I graduated from Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine in 1986.

In his office, about 400-500 sq ft, there were many “Thanks Flags” on the wall given by patients. During a 4 hour period he would see about 40-50 patients.

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