Magic and Emergence- Treating Teenagers • Rebecca Avern • Qi156

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Can you remember in those first couple of years of puberty when your senses began to quicken and a new world began to open up and you started to question your place in the unfolding this world?

Adolescence is a glorious and often troublesome ripening and as with so many aspects of our lives these days… it’s medicalized as pathology instead of being seen as a series of dress rehearsals for the challenges the world will ask of us in the future.

Acupuncture can be tremendously helpful teens navigating this phase of life and for their parents and families and as well, as medicine does not see kids separate from the family in which they live.

Listen in on this conversation with Rebecca Avern on using acupuncture to treat adolescences.

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In This Conversation We Discuss:

  • Teens are the most extraordinary humans
  • Adolescence is a new constructive
  • Transformation is not the same as transition
  • Whole family is in the room
  • When love is experienced as pressure
  • The Zhi must be used for it to grow strong
  • The Shaoyin Heart/Kidney helps to develop both Will and Connection to other
  • Looking at teens through the five phases
  • Ask kids “who” they are, and ask “what matters,” not what’s the matter?
  • Emotions are not just normal, they are crucial
  • Pluses and minuses of social media

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In the initial consultation, winning the child or teenager’s trust is the top priority. Without that trust, treatment will almost certainly fail.  As Confucius wrote: ‘If [man] asks for something without having first established relations, it will not be given to him.’

When I ‘found’ acupuncture, nearly 25 years ago, I felt as if I had come home.  Over the following years, I was privileged to study and work with several inspiring teachers.  I loved treating patients in clinic, the fact that every day involved deeper learning and at least a few surprises.  I felt honoured that people would share their inner worlds with me and was touched by seeing them evolve.  I thought I was the luckiest person alive to have found such work.

Then I gradually began to shift my focus to working with babies, children and teenagers.  Eventually, I decided to focus my clinical work solely on young people.  Now my clinic days consist of babies with eczema that is so bad they scratch themselves until it bleeds, toddlers who are on their sixth course of antibiotics for a persistent bladder infection, school-age children who have been labelled ‘difficult’ because they cannot sit still in class and teenagers who are having panic attacks on a daily basis.  My days are dynamic, challenging, sometimes heart-breaking and always uplifting.  To see a young person and their family transformed as the burden of illness is lifted, is truly magical.  Now I know that I really am the luckiest person alive to have found such work.

I am now on a two-fold mission!  The first is to help more practitioners feel confident and competent to treat babies, children and teenagers.  The second is to make more parents aware of what our medicine can do for their children, and that it can be delivered in a way that is acceptable, even enjoyable, to their child.


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Links and Resources

Visit Rebecca's website
For practitioners who are interested in online courses for practitioners
Read Rebecca's book, Acupuncture for Babies, Children and Teenagers: Treating both the Illness and the Child



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Treating Recurrent Ear Infections in Children with Chinese Medicine • Qi001

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Recurrent ear infections are a common complaint with children, and it's clear that the conventional multiple courses of antibiotics are rarely effective in the long run.

In this episode we take a look at specific patterns of disharmony that lead to this common problem, some treatment strategies, as well as lifestyle considerations that are helpful in reducing or eliminating this troublesome problem.

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Show Highlights
3:08 Common patterns for ear infections
4:54 Chinese medicine opens some perspectives that can help parents to better help their children.
7:04 Some acupuncture points to consider for treating ear infections.
11:04 Common herbal prescriptions that can be helpful in treating children’s ear infections.
12:43 Dietary considerations.
14:25 There are alternatives to milk!
18:50 Environmental factors that can have a big influence.
20:51 The role of gut health.
23:27 Watch out for food accumulation.

The guest of this show 

Dr. David W. Miller, MD, LAc is one of the only MD physicians in the U.S. dually board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Dr. Miller received his Bachelor’s degree in Theoretical Mathematics from Vassar College, his M.D. from the Brown University School of Medicine, and completed his internship and residency in Pediatrics at the University of Chicago. He then completed his Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine with the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago.

Dr. Miller is currently in private practice with East-West Integrated Medicine, but is also an instructor at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago where he designed the school’s Integrative Pediatrics curriculum. At Pacific College, he has also designed and taught curriculum for the study of Integrative Endocrinology, Nephrology, Public Health, and Medical Communications.

Dr. Miller is also involved with organized medicine and medical legislation, and is the chair of the American Society of Acupuncturists, president of the Illinois Acupuncture Federation, Legislative Director for the Illinois Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and sits on the Illinois Board of Acupuncture with Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. He is a subject matter expert and chair of the Biomedical Examination Committee for the NCCAOM, and is a peer reviewer for Meridians: The Journal of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He is a member of the Illinois State Medical Society and the Chicago Medical Society as well, and sits on the ISMS Council on Education and Health Workforce. Dr. Miller also participates in the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Complementary and Integrative Medicine.


Links and Resources

Acupuncture in the Treatment of Children, by Julian Scott and Teresa Barlow

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