TCM is for Kids too!!

Your kids have been back to school for over a month now and along with all of the great new friendships they are making comes the sharing of germs.  Kids are notorious for coughing and sneezing on their hands and on each other so it’s no wonder why the incidence of colds and flu increases during the school months.  In addition to teaching your child to wash his hands frequently and keep her hands out of her mouth, you can also treat those impending colds with natural methods.

Most people associate Acupuncturists with only having needles as a method of treatment when, in fact, we are trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which encompasses many other modalities.  For pediatric patients, we can treat them with acupuncture but since many children are afraid of needles from all their doctor appointments, we have other methods of choice!

Known to children as the “tickle machine” we can use mild electrical stimulation to stimulate the acupuncture points to treat them without the use of needles.  We may also use various tools to massage and activate the meridians of the body to decrease fever and increase immunity.  In addition, we can recommend natural Chinese herbal medicine for your child to increase immunity, lessen the severity of a cold, calm a cough, or even help them to focus better in school.  These medicinals are very safe and effective treatments for your children so you don’t always have to use antibiotics (which aren’t effective against viruses anyway) or other stronger medications.

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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