Pediatrics is one of the oldest specialties within the Chinese herbalist tradition, dating back as early as the first millennium. Since then, herbalists have continuously discovered and characterized herbs and developed herbal formulas for various pediatric complaints. Chinese herbs and herbal formulas for children are not solely meant for dealing with pediatric complaints, but also for supplementing their diet. These herbal mixtures strengthen immune system, enhance absorption of nutrients, support health, and aid the child's body to maintain the intricate balance of yin and yang in their bodies.
Chinese herbalism does not view children in the same vein as adults. Instead of viewing them as miniature adults, children are considered physically and functionally immature, and highly susceptible to changes in their Qi-energy. For instance, the digestive systems of children are delicate, and can experience disharmony and imbalance due to overeating or rich foods. Furthermore, toddlers and infants are susceptible to exogenous pathogenic factors such as dampness, heat, dryness, cold, and wind, among others. Though all herbal formulas are developed with the underlying philosophy of harmonizing yin and yang, and regaining the harmony between bodily functions, they are meant specifically for a child's needs. If you are looking for Chinese herbs and herbal formulas for health support and common pediatric complaints, we recommend you follow the product labels carefully and seek the counsel of your herbalist or practitioner if you need guidance.
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