Many parents ask about seeking Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatment for their children, and especially infants as they are worried of the safety of TCM at this age.
#1 TCM is safe for infants from six months onwards.
The smooth flow of Qi (energy) within our body is essential for the well-being of your baby.
Paediatric Massage, aka Xiao Er Tui Na (小儿推拿), combines technique and TCM theory to regulate Qi flow in a child to promote good health and enhance immunity. This is suitable for any age group.
Prescription of TCM herbs in the form of powder to treat common minor illness in infants is safe. Most physicians prescribe Chinese Medicine to infants after 6 months of age.
#2 TCM baby massage is suitable for infants.
There are many acupoints on the body and based on the medical condition, the TCM physician will choose the appropriate acupoints to massage on.
Some common ailments suitable for TCM massage include: indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, flu and poor sleep.
Pediatrics massage is gaining popularity as it is effective and involves no consumption of Chinese Medicine. Studies show that it is effective in many medical conditions, especially in treating anxiety disorder.
#3 TCM may not be as ineffective as you think.
While TCM treatment may help improve conditions like allergic rhinitis, asthma and enhance immunity, many may not know that TCM is also effective in alleviating the symptoms of minor ailments such as cold and flu, chronic cough, digestive disorders, eczema and improving the quality of sleep in infants and children.
However, do note that for medical emergencies such as high fever, severe diarrhea and vomiting, it is advisable to seek western medical treatment. Do consult your TCM physician for the best treatment approach for your child.
TCM treatment (baby massage, Chinese medication) for each individual varies based on condition and not all treatments may be suited for every infant. Thus, it is best that you seek treatment from a certified licensed TCM physician accredited by the Singapore Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners Board (TCMPB).