Looking back, I remember the first time I treated pediatric asthma. I was in training at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine doing an externship with a well-known practitioner. As instructed, I used a non- invasive, painless, no needle treatment on an eight year old boy whose asthma attacks had prompted a number of late night trips to the emergency room. I recall the mother telling me that since her son had begun alternative care with microcurrent and herb formulas designed for children, there were no more emergencies and he no longer needed an inhaler.
The purpose of the treatment he received was to harmonize the body physically and energetically to bring him into balance. By stimulating specific points with a very low current, symptoms were eliminated and medications discontinued. His lung qi was strengthened and lung function improved.
When treating any child for asthma, I ask a number of questions to get to the root cause: Is there an emotional component to his condition? Was the child born premature? Was he exposed to certain environmental pollutants and for how long? Is it exercise induced? Each child and each case is unique.
Alternative treatment for childhood asthma is safe and effective for children and can protect them from lifetime exposure to the dangerous chemicals in inhalers that simply suppress the symptoms temporarily.
Finally, if the time honored principles of Chinese medicine are applied appropriately, true healing at the deepest level can be achieved and the child can be spared a lifetime of asthma, often complicated by drug dependence.