Pediatric UTI

Turret’s Syndrome

Okay, just to be clear, in the last post, the child did have turrets on his head.  This is, of course, why it was called Turrets Syndrome.  Along with having Tourette’s syndrome.  (how’s that for trying to weasel out of a mis-spelling!)

At any rate, I hope it was a useful case inspire of the mortifying spelling error!  And below is another installment.  This case shows us that we cannot take a symptom or disease based approach to illness.  This girl was treated for UTI with Ba Zheng San, and for frequent urination with Suo Quan Wan and Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang, all to no avail.  The physician finally noticed some key factors; the extent of external pressure in her life, how keyed up and timid she was, along with the deficiency.  This is what led him to Gan Mai Da Zao Tang.  For those who work in pediatrics, this is actually a common pattern for bed-wetting as well.

The patient was a 10 year-old girl.  She came for an initial visit on June 18, 2006.  She had suffered from frequent and urgent urination for more than 3 years.  This had come on three years […]

By |2020-03-05T03:59:58-08:00March 5th, 2020|Classic Formulas, Pediatrics, Pediatrics|0 Comments

Pediatric Tourette’s Syndrome Case

While on the topic of Gan Mai Da Zao Tang‘s use in pediatrics, here’s another interesting case.

Pediatric Tourette’s syndrome

The patient was an 8-year-old boy who came for a consult on January 5th, 2005.  He frequently blinked his eyes and moved his mouth.  This had gone on for more than ½ a year.  This began after a common cold.  He blinked and moved his mouth, furrowed his brow and was easily agitated.  He was often angry and had to move about a lot.  When this was extreme he would speak wildly, hit people and destroy objects.  He had undergone western medical treatment but the diagnosis and treatment history is not clear, but the effect was not evident.  At the time of his consultation, he was blinking, furrowing his brow and moving his mouth a lot.  He was clearly agitated.  His speech was full of curses and obscenities.  His appetite and bowels were fine.  His urine was reddish yellow.  His pulses were wiry and thin.  The electroencephalogram was slightly abnormal.  He was given 3 packages of Gan Mai Da Zao Tang with the following herbs:

Chan Tui 8 gm
Gou Teng 6 gm
Fa Ban Xia 6 gm

This was decocted in water, one package for one day.

Second visit:  His disposition had changed […]

By |2020-03-03T12:50:21-08:00March 3rd, 2020|Classic Formulas, Pediatrics, Pediatrics|0 Comments

Gan Mai Da Zao Tang in Pediatrics

Gan Cao is said to “moderate acuteness.”  In the last post on using Gan Cao to treat mushroom poisoning, Gan Cao was used to treat an acute illness.  However, This is not quite what this idea of moderating acuteness means.  The Chinese character for this “acuteness” is an awkward one to translate. Obviously it is awkward because “acuteness” is such a strange word, turning and adjective into a noun!   Jí, 急, can be translated as acute but it can also be translated as urgency or anxious.  When speaking of abdominal diagnosis, a 急 finding means that you are finding tension and hypertonicity in the abdominal muscles.  With this in mind, we can say that Gan Cao relaxes tension, whether emotional or physical.  We see it used in formulas to do just this, such as in Shao Yao Gan Cao Tang or Xiao Jian Zhong Tang.   Then there is the wonderful formula Gan Mai Da Zao Tang.  This formula is made up of just three herbs:  Gan Cao, Da Zao and Xiao Mai.  Often the Gan Cao is […]

Four Great New Courses

Today 4 new White Pine Institute courses are being launched.  These courses represent a range of what we are interested in here at the institute.  Below I go into some detail about the course on Pregnancy, Labor and Postpartum and it’s origins in theGraduate Mentorship Program – but before that, here are links to find out more information or purchase the 4 spanking new courses as well as a link to short excerpts form each of the courses for you to check out:

Link to view excerpts from each course

Information about each course


Part 2: Huang Huang on Gan Cao

As promised, this is part 2 of the presentation on Gan Cao.  I hope you all enjoy and benefit from this.  Don’t hesitate to leave comments and please remember that Dr. Huang Huang is coming to teach us at the end of July.  His topic will be pediatrics.  We will be learning about the following issues and how to treat them with classic formulas:

  • ADD and behavior problems
  • Allergies: Respiratory and Food
  • Asthma and chronic colds
  • Developmental problems
  • Sleep issues and phobias
  • Neonatal issues
  • Skin issues like eczema
  • Digestive issues

This will be streamed live and is approved for California and NCCAOM CEUs.

Treating Children with Classic Formulas

This entry is written to inspire practitioners to participate in the upcoming weekend with Dr. Huang Huang.  He will be teaching on pediatrics.  I’ve been studying with Dr. Huang Huang for the last almost 4 years and there are ways my work with him has transformed my practice.  Below is an example from my practice that shows how effective classic formulas and diagnosis by body type can be for children.  I am now in the middle of translating the handouts for the upcoming class with Dr. Huang and am so excited by what I am reading.  It will very much augment the knowledge I already have.  Remember that this 3 day course is being streamed live so you can attend from anywhere in the world!

Last autumn a patient of mine asked if I could take a look at her twin 3 year-olds.  This is often how it happens…a satisfied patient thinks of her children, wondering if there is some way this wonderful medicine could help them.



Soma's Pediatric Course

We just finished our three day weekend with Soma. This weekend inaugurated our pediatric series beautifully and it was such a pleasure to study with her. The first two days of the course were didactic and the third day we began to practice and learn the Shonishin techniques she uses in her own practice. I think the whole group got much more comfortable with the tools and techniques of shonishin. Here are some photos from the class: […]

By |2011-06-06T21:16:52-07:00June 6th, 2011|Books, Our Courses, Pediatrics|1 Comment
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