If you're starting to read this blog and thinking, "Acupuncture for kids???!!!" - visit my very first post here to read all about why this medicine is SO incredible for children. And why it's so not scary.
This blog is a two-parter. Mostly because I have lots of cool things to share, and if you're anything like me, your attention span (and time allotment) for reading super lengthy blogs is nil. Treatment for ADHD in my clinic often involves some or all of the techniques specific to East Asian Medicine and can include: acupuncture, non-needle approaches like Shonishin, herbal medicine, and medical massage. My treatment plans are all customized to each little human in front of me, with the goals often of regulating the nervous system and improving sleep, behavior, attention, and emotional landscapes.
I want to start by introducing the Chinese medical concept of the five elements: fire, earth, metal, water, and wood, as a way to look at different personality and behavioral types. Stick with me. Each of the elements exist in nature, and when Chinese medicine was developed (at least 3,000 years ago), observation of the natural world was a pretty good way to understand cause and effect and relationships, among other things. Fire, for example, burns hot and can be wild and unpredictable, but when controlled has a beautiful warming nature that feels yummy to be around. If we think about wood in nature (let's say in the form of a tree) that tree is solid and unyielding - push with all your might, you're probably not going to tip that established oak tree over. But, grab a chain saw and you can chop it to pieces.
These five elements can serve as lenses through which we can more clearly understand ourselves and our kiddos. This can be especially useful when thinking about helpful approaches for our little ones with ADHD. I wanted to outline each of the five element types as they relate to personality. You might read through one description and think, "Yep! That's my kiddo to a T," or you might notice that your child doesn't fit neatly into one specific category. That makes sense! Every individual is magically unique! While our kids often have traits from many categories, there is usually one specific type that is more dominant than the others. Discovering your child's five element type can provide some insight on best ways to play, challenge, feed, and nurture your little one in a way that is uniquely suited to them! "What five element type is my little one," you might ask? If you did, I'm so glad! Next up...descriptions of each of the five element types:
Five element typing for kids with ADHD and how acupuncture for kids can help.Quoted From: https://www.acuforkids.com/post/adhd-acupuncture-calmer-happier-kiddos-part-1
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