Nurturing the Young webinar: coming up this Saturday

I wanted to alert you to my upcoming webinar this Saturday.  It is a three hour webinar for practitioners, but also interested parents, titled “The Importance of Nurturing the Young to raise healthy, happy children.”  This short introduction interview with Lorne Browne, of Healthy Seminars (who are hosting the webinar) will tell you all you need to

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Routine: to have or not to have, that is the question!

For my mother’s generation, deciding how to manage the first months of a baby’s life was comparatively straightforward.  There was one book out there to be guided by – Dr Spock’s Common Sense Book of Baby and Childcare which, according to some sources, is considered to be the second best-selling book after the Bible!  Nowadays, parents are faced with a multitude

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How does a child get real ‘downtime’ in the 21st century?

Why is downtime important? Everybody benefits from downtime.  From the Chinese medicine perspective, however, downtime is not a luxury but a necessity for children. The first years of life are primarily concerned with laying down strong foundations for the child’s long term physical and mental health.  If a child’s schedule is overly demanding, it means that their resources of qi (vital

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The Earth Element

This post is an introduction to some of the key themes related to the Earth Element.  Each child has all of the Five Elements within her and therefore a discussion of the Earth Element is relevant for every child.  However, for some children it will be more relevant than for others.  We are all born with varying innate tendencies, and

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The Wood Element

This post is an introduction to some of the key themes related to the Wood Element.  Each child has all of the Five Elements within her and therefore a discussion of the Wood Element is relevant for every child.  However, for some children it will be more relevant than for others.  We are all born with varying innate tendencies, and

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Kids and phones: a cause of mental health problems or a storm in a teacup?

If there is one thing that parents of pre-teens and teenagers are likely to struggle with it is knowing how to manage their child’s phone use.  And looking for science to help clarify whether or not kids’ phone usage really is something to worry about, can create further confusion.  One study will find a supposedly definite link between time

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The Water Element

This post is an introduction to some of the key themes related to the Water Element.  Each child has all of the five Elements within her and therefore a discussion of the Water Element is relevant for every child.  However, for some children it will be more relevant than for others.  We are all born with varying innate tendencies, and

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The Fire Element

This post is an introduction to some of the key themes related to the Fire Element.  Each child has all of the five Elements within him and therefore a discussion of the Fire Element is relevant for every child.  However, for some children it will be more relevant than for others.  We are all born with varying innate tendencies, and

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The Metal Element

This post is an introduction to some of the key themes related to the Metal Element.  Each child has all of the five Elements within him and therefore a discussion of the Metal Element is relevant for every child.  However, for some children it will be more relevant than for others.  We are all born with varying innate tendencies, and

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Is there more to a quick cuddle than meets the eye?

We all know there is nothing better than a big hug. However, being touched as babies and children is a biological necessity.  This is according to Professor Francis McGlone, of Liverpool John Moores University, who has spent his career researching the effects of touch. Professor McGlone believes that some of the key benefits of touch are:  It promotes healthy

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What do we mean by the Five Elements?

Introduction to the Five Elements The Five Elements in the Chinese system are: Wood (Spring) Fire (Summer) Earth (Late Summer) Metal (Autumn) Water (Winter) As you can see, each Element is associated with a particular season. Just as the natural world contains all these different Elements, each person has all five elements within them too.  They can be

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Healthy attachment and the Fire Element

The psychological theory of attachment The nature of the relationship a child has with her primary caregiver is hugely influential in her subsequent development.  It also goes a long way to determining how she will form and maintain relationships with friends and partners as an adult.  The psychologist John Bowlby, who developed ‘attachment theory’ in the 1950’s, defined attachment

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A warm welcome to all new visitors!

Most children today survive, but many do not thrive.   Childhood is about laying down the best possible roots, so that as adults we can flower and blossom.  A ‘good-enough’ childhood is the greatest gift a child can have. Every parent wants the best for their child.   Yet still, so many children are struggling physically or emotionally. 

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Review of Acupuncture for Babies, Children and Teenagers

In the last edition of the European Journal of Oriental Medicine (EJOM), Rainy Hutchinson wrote a really informative and useful review of my book.  Please click here to read it.  Rainy is herself the author of the wonderful Acupuncture Point Functions Colouring Book, which is available directly from Singing Dragon or from Amazon.

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The Panda Clinic and World Acupuncture Day!

Exciting news! The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) are marking this year’s World Acupuncture Day with the launch of a film that highlights the diverse and high-level work of its members.  The film is going to be launched at a Parliamentary reception in the House of Commons on 14th November. I am thrilled to say that the BAcC

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Acupuncture for Neo-natal abstinence syndrome (NAS)

Neo-natal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a condition affecting babies who have been exposed to drugs in utero.  It causes terrible and wide-ranging symptoms from general distress and crying, poor sleep to tremors and seizures.  Exciting research has shown that non-invasive acupuncture techniques can reduce symptoms and really support these babies.  Please click here to a link to

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Online course on treating teenagers

It’s less than two weeks to go now before the start of my online course, TCM and the teenage years.  In this four part webinar, I will discuss the many ways in which teenagers benefit from acupuncture, and how to go about treating them. For many reasons, being an adolescent in the early 21st century is not

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The many and diverse benefits of paediatric acupuncture

When I am out and about, and am asked what I do for a living, my reply is often met with the response ‘Wow – I didn’t know children could have acupuncture.  What do they need it for?’  Here is a link to a blogpost I wrote for my publisher, Singing Dragon, which answers that question! http://singingdragon.com/sdblog/2018/11/the-many-and-diverse-benefits-of-acupuncture-for-children/

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Paediatric acupuncture in the press

Shortly before Christmas, I was contacted by The Times health correspondent, who asked me lots of questions about why there had been a big rise in the popularity of paediatric acupuncture.  When the article appeared, as well as including some of my quotes, it also included some negative ones from Professors Ernzt and Colquhoun.  These two men

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Evidence-based Acupuncture

I wanted to alert both practitioners and patients to the wonderful work of Mel Koppelman and others who set up evidence-based acupuncture.org.  Mel has led the move towards documenting evidence that supports the effectiveness of acupuncture.  She also helps to make sense of research and guides non-researchers like me in interpreting it correctly.  This is incredibly important

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Treating a child changes the family

I recently read a wonderful book by the psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz called ‘The Examined Life’.  In it, he tells the story of a 10-year old girl who was brought to him for therapy because she was chaotic, messy, dishevelled and wet herself both day and night.  The rest of her family were all exceptionally well-dressed, high-achieving and

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A short interview about treating children

I was recently interviewed by Kath Berry about my book and about acupuncture for children in general.  If you’d like to listen, please follow this link: https://www.treatingchildren.com/p/Rebecca-Avern-Book

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Food Allergies webinar

This evening, I will be giving a free, live webinar for acupuncturists about treating food allergies in children with acupuncture, hosted by http://www.treatingchildren.com.  It will be a good introduction for anyone who has paediatric patients who have allergies or intolerances to foods.  I will outline: the main types of food allergies and intolerances causes of food allergies

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Children and fright

I recently wrote a guest blog post for Sabine Wilms.  Sabine is an academic, translator, writer, publisher and educator extraordinaire.  She has translated several ancient Chinese texts, including Sun Simiao’s writings on paediatrics, from Chapter 5 of the Bei Ji Qian Jin Yao Fang 備急千金要方 (Essential Formulas Worth a Thousand in Gold to Prepare for Emergencies).  It astounds

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