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 […]

八綱 Bā Gāng: The Eight Guiding Principles – Once the key links are grasped, everything falls into place

This is a comic which tells of the importance of the Eight Guiding Prinicples.  The fisherman is exclaiming “Once the key links are grasped, everything falls into place”.

When Dr. Fu Yan-Ling was here two weeks ago, one thing he said that stood out for me was

“Dr. Liu Du-Zhou felt that the bā gāng, Eight Guiding Principles were extremely important”.

Indeed, Dr. Fu, as an official successor of Dr. Liu, consistently steadied us throughout his teaching with these eight guiding principles.


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


Huang Huang's Pediatric Course

July ended in the most wonderful way here at White Pine Institute.  We were once again graced by the presence and wisdom of Dr. Huang Huang.  This is Dr. Huang’s third year of coming to our Institute to teach and, for me, this was better than ever.  Dr. Huang brings some extraordinary qualities to his teaching that can make an experience with him resonate and inspire in many ways.

We all noticed that Dr. Huang uses his big presence and energy to reflect on the power of the classic formulas and on the genius of Zhang Zhongjing.

He is far from meek but all of his sense of self is in service of a larger goal – spreading the miracle of the Jing Fang.  He does not ever make it about himself. […]

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