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Northwood News ♦ October 2017

Holistic Health

Boost Your Children’s Immunity Using Acupressure, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at Home

By Risi Idiokitas, MSTOM

There are steps you can take to boost your little ones’ immune systems so they are ready to fight the germs they’re exposed to at school.  One of the great things about Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is that it is preventative medicine.  This means that you don’t have to wait until there is an illness before you use TCM; you can use it now to prevent from getting sick.  TCM can get the body functioning at a place of balance, where it is prepared to handle any “ick” that comes its way.  In this issue, I’ll cover acupressure.


Acupuncture is the most widely known TCM modality and acupressure is a variation of acupuncture that anyone can do anywhere.  There are several acupressure points that are used to boost the immune system.  In TCM, the body has a barrier that serves to protect it from outside germ invasions.  This barrier is called wei qi and translates as “defensive energy.”  The following 3 points serve to strengthen wei qi.

These three points can be stimulated for a couple of minutes daily with gentle pressure.  You can even teach your children to do it themselves as a part of their normal routine.


Another strong suit of TCM is herbal medicine.  There are 3 formulas that I keep on hand for this time of year.  Yu Ping Feng Wan or Jade Wind Screen is very useful as a preventative and can be taken daily to keep the immune system in tiptop shape.  Start giving this to your little a couple weeks leading up to the start of school and continue through the winter.

Another to have on hand is Windbreaker made by Kan Herb Company to use at the first sign of runny nose or cough.  If there is any complaint of a sore throat, use CQ Jr. made by Blue Poppy.  It is best to see your local pediatric acupuncturist to check for any modifications to these formulas that will best suit your little.

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[Risi Idiokitas, MSTOM, L.Ac., is a pediatric acupuncturist and herbalist currently practicing in D.C. and Maryland and an Integrative Medicine Specialist at Children’s National Medical Center.  She lives on Chiswell Lane.]   ■

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