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Essentials of Traditional Chinese Pediatrics, Books







260 pages, 1990. 



Published by Beijing Foreign Languages Press.







Traditional Chinese pediatrics has made great contributions to the health of Chinese children for thousands of years. Essentials of Traditional Chinese Pediatrics systematically expounds the differentiation of syndromes and treatment  of children' diseases. Chinese herbal medicine is the man method of treatment. In order to enhance the therapeutic effects, acupuncture and Chinese massage therapy are also introduced according to actual conditions.

This book is intended for those who are already practising Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture and Chinese massage therapy and are somewhat familiar with the theory and practice of traditional Chinese medicine. Pediatricians of both Chinese and Western medicine, and acupuncture and massage practitioners will find this book a highly useful reference text.

December 1988

Nanjing College of Traditional 

Chinese medicine 

The Compilers


Part One

Basic Knowledge of Traditional Chinese Pediatrics

Chapter I Characteristics of Children's physiology and Pathology

1. Physiological Characteristics

A. Deficiency of the Zang -Fu organs and the immaturity of the body and its functions

B. Vitality and rapid growth

2. Pathological Characteristics

A. Susceptibility to illnesses, which develop and change rapidly

B. Quick recovery of health due to cleanness of Zang Qi and rapid response to treatment

Chapter II General Description of the Four Diagnostic methods

1. Inspection

A. Observation of the expression and complexion

B. Observation of the appearance and body movement

C. Observation of the tongue, eye, mouth, nose, ear and anterior and posterior Yin (external genitalia and anus respectively)

D. Observation of the skin eruptions

E. Observation of the stool and urine

F. Observation of the capillary vessel of he index finger

2. Auscultation and Olfaction

A. The cry

B. The breathing

C. The coughing

D. The speech

E. Smells

3. Inquiring

A. Age

B. Present illness

C. Personal history

4. Palpation

A. Feeling the pulse

B. Palpation of certain areas of the body

Chapter III General Description of Treatment

1.Characteristics of Prescribing Herbs for Children

A. Treatment stops in the middle stage

B. Application of suitable forms of herbs

C. Dosage of Chinese herbs for children

D. Methods of administration

2. Characteristics of Acupuncture and Moxibustion Treatment for Children

A. Needling at the precise acupuncture points without needle retention

B. The  needling sensation must be obtained

C. Mastering the needling techniques of reinforcing the deficiency, reducing the excess, clearing heat and eliminating cold

D. Commonly used methods of treatment of pediatric diseases

3. Commonly Used Methods of External Application of Chinese Herbs

A. Steaming and washing

B. Smearing and painting

C. packing

D. Hot compress

E. Plaster

F. Rubbing and cleaning

G. Sneezing

4. Other Therapies

A. Needling Sifeng (Extra.)

B. Incision

C. Spinal pinch method

D. Cupping

Part Two

Treatment of Diseases

Chapter I Common Diseases

1. coughing

2. Pneumonia

3. Asthma

4. Thrush

5. Vomiting

6. Diarrhea

7. Gan Syndrome (Malnutrition)

8. Convulsion

9. Epilepsy

10. Intestinal Parasites

11. Edema

12. Nocturnal Enuresis

Chapter II Seasonal Diseases

1. The Common Cold

2. Measles

3. Rubella

4. Scarlet Fever

5. Chickenpox

6. Mumps

7. Whooping Cough

8. Diphtheria

9. Epidemic Encephalitis B

10. Infantile Paralysis

11. Epidemic Toxic Dysentery

12. Summer Fever

Chapter III Neonatal Diseases

1. Jaundice of Newborns

2. Erysipelas

3. Tetanus Neonatorum

4. Disorders of the Umbilical Region

5. Sclerema Neonatorum

Appendix: Chinese Massage Therapy for children

Index of the Selected Recipes ad Patent Medicines