Natural Herbal Remedies for Children

Giving Herbs to an Infant

Right around when my daughter was 2 months old she became colicky.  For any parents who went through it or are going through it right now, you know how heartbreaking and frustrating it is.  Your calm, happy baby turns into an uncomfortable, uncontrollable screaming baby from about 4-7pm.  Nothing you do can soothe him/her and you feel like it’s something you did or aren’t doing  (thoughts that are constantly running through all new parents’ minds).   After about the fourth day of dreading the clock striking 4 we called the pediatrician and went for a visit.  To my dismay, they said it was “typical” and would go away on its own in 2-4 months.   2-4 months! The thought of having our baby scream for hours everyday for months was not acceptable to me or my sanity.  They also said to try watered down chamomile tea (which may work for some, but not for us) and to buy grape water from the store (which I found to contain a ton of sugar, which I was not comfortable feeding to my 8 week old).  After trying the Western approach with no success, I turned to my training in Chinese herbal medicine.   To my relief there was a product from one of my favorite herb supplier’s pediatric line that fit my baby’s symptoms to a tee.  I immediately rush-ordered the herbs to my house.  Even with my extensive training in herbal medicine, I have to admit I was still hesitant to put anything in my baby’s pure little body besides breast milk, but I also knew that I wanted her to be back to her happy self.  At last the herbs arrived and literally within 2 minutes of her sucking on the dropper she was calm – no more screaming and squirming in my arms  – I got my serene baby back!!

The pediatric line of herbal medicine is in tincture (liquid) form and is administered through a small dropper similar to infant Tylenol.  The herbs are concentrated in a glycerin base for children as opposed to the alcohol base that adult tinctures are made from.  Chinese herbal “formulas” are delicately composed of several different herbs so that they are a balanced, yielding virtually no side effects.  This is in contrast to Western herbal medicine where herbs are typically given singly.  Chinese herbal medicine is a time-honored form of medicine that is very safe and effective, even for the purest, littlest people on our lives.

If you would like to book an herbal consultation or find out more information on Chinese herbal medicine for your children (or yourself) you can contact Earth and Air Wellness.

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About Jenna Ferraiolo

Jenna is a CA state licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) and a nationally certified Diplomat of Oriental Medicine (Dipl. O.M.). She graduated Summa Cum Laude with her bachelor's in Fitness and Cardiac Rehabilitation/Exercise Science from Ithaca College in New York. After graduation Jenna worked as a Medical Assistant in a Cardiology practice in Hartford, CT. Looking for a more integrative approach to health care, she then went on to obtain her Masters from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM). During her time at PCOM, she worked with HIV/AIDS patients at UCSD’s Owen Clinic and also with NCAA athletes at the UCSD campus. In 2006 she had the opportunity to travel to Beijing, China to study in several area hospitals with Traditional Chinese Medical Doctors. In 2008, Jenna had another amazing opportunity and was able to travel to Uganda to volunteer with the PanAfrican Acupuncture Project. While there, she trained both Traditional health care workers and hospital nurses on how to utilize Acupuncture to help treat the symptomology of HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria. She also traveled to refugee camps at the southern border of Uganda to treat refugees from several neighboring African countries. Immediately after graduation, Jenna worked with Neuro Acupuncture Associates in Carlsbad, CA inside of an internationally-renowned, non-profit Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation center for 2 years. In December 2010, she moved to Northern California and co-founded Earth and Air Wellness in Walnut Creek. Jenna is committed to educating her clients on the many benefits of using natural methods to obtain optimal health. In all aspects of her life, she tries to live by example by eating a nutritious, well-rounded organic diet and getting regular exercise including yoga. Since having her first child in 2010 and seeing the positive impact it has had on her daughter, she has gained an interest in treating pediatric patients with TCM.
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