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How To Deal With Diaper Rash
When diaper rash presents there is always an excess of heat and dampness. Therefore, any measures taken to heal the rash should follow the principles of clearing heat and drying dampness as follows:
1. Switching to cloth diapering (even for just a short period of time). Cloth diapers (or larger disposable diapers with the lining folded outward) create significantly less friction. In TCM, friction = heat, so reducing friction is one way to eliminate some heat. If your little one is already in cloth, changing the brand of laundry detergent and/or eliminating fabric softeners and dryer sheets just may do the trick.
2. Changing diapers more frequently, and leaving baby diaper-less as long as possible. This is especially important with disposable diapers. Even unsoiled diapers can retain moisture from sweaty summer skin. Keeping a dry bottom will help dry the dampness of the rash.
3. Placing a cabbage leaf over the rash. Take a leaf of white cabbage and lay it flat between two kitchen towels. Either with a fist or back of a spoon or another pestle-like apparatus, firmly grind into the cabbage leaf until it begins to slightly break down. This will allow some of the moisture to be released. Then place the leaf between the diaper and the rash. The cabbage leaf will very effectively clear heat from the rash, and will act nicely as a barrier. This may be done continually throughout the day.
4. Providing a topical barrier. This is probably the most well known way to primarily address a rash. I have tried many a diaper cream and different ones have worked at different times (depending on the season and type of rash). One great product on the market today is by Emily's. Emily brand was created by an acupuncturist for his daughter, Emily, and combines traditional Chinese herbal formulas with natural emulsifiers (olive oil and beeswax). We are proud to carry this product in our office! For more information on their products, check out their site:
5. Giving a daily probiotic. Most childhood issues can be traced back to the digestive tract. In TCM, it is believed that children have immature organ systems and especially weak digestion. Dietary changes and the use of antibiotics cause changes in the digestive system as well as chemical changes in the stool. These changes will in turn affect the skin in some manner. Probiotics help to support children's digestive health.
The following recommendations are taken from the TCM Materia Medica, and although they are traditional Chinese herbal remedies, they are readily available to the public in local stores.
6. Qing Liang Mi, or, Millet wash. To make this decoction, take 3 Tablespoons of Millet and cook it in 4 cups of water. Cook until it is the consistency of a thin porridge, then strain the mixture, saving the liquid (make sure to save the liquid as this is the part you will wash the rash with!). Once the liquid has cooled to body temperature, wash the affected areas and then let air- dry. When the area is dry, powder with the following mixture:
7. Hua Shi, or, pure Talcum powder mixed with Bai Fan, commonly known as Alum. This mixture is 5 parts Talcum to 1 part Alum, and will be a mixture of extremely fine powder. These Chinese herbs are cooling in nature and will help eradicate some of the accumulated heat.
If all of these measures have been tried, and the rash will still not go away, external treatment should then be combined with internal treatment. This internal treatment is where practitioners of Chinese Medicine come in handy, as they can diagnose and treat with internal medicinal formulas each individual according to their own, very specific pattern of disharmony.
I hope this information is helpful, for as long as there is diapering, there will be diaper rashes (at some point or another). And each time I am faced with one I remind myself that like all things, diapering is a phase of life, and like all things, it too shall pass! Until it does, I wish you all happy, dry, heat free diapering.
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Maya abdominal massage has been known and practiced for thousands of years by midwives, healers, and shamans throughout Central America, Africa, and China. The technique, as practiced today, was developed by Dr. Rosita Arvigo. Rosita has lived in Belize for the past 30 years and spent 10 years learning the art of healing through plants of the rainforest, traditional massage, and spiritual healing from a traditional Maya shaman, Don Elijio Panti, until his death in 1996. This modality incorporates a holistic approach to health care which includes massage, anatomy and physiology, herbology, nutrition, and emotional and spiritual healing.
The massage is very comprehensive and works on the physical, emotional, and spiritual level helping bring the body back into balance and harmony. Practitioners have reported as much as 50% success rate for natural conception when working with couples experiencing fertility problems and many a woman has managed to save her uterus from hysterectomy through rigorous self-care and professional treatment. There is a big emphasis on clients doing self-care, massaging their own belly on a daily basis to aid healing with support from professional instruction. This enables women to empower themselves around their health and not just pass it over to others. The abdomen has been ignored for too long and it is time that we start to recognize the importance of health within this area. The technique is also useful for men as it helps to guard against prostate cancer and protects their pelvic and sexual health.
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Prior to studying Chinese medicine, I began studying indigenous healing and herbal medicine at the Hospital Andino Alternativo del Chimborazo in Riobamba, Ecuador. I continued studying herbal medicine as well as Asian bodywork at Mueller College of Holistic Studies in San Diego, CA where I earned my degree as a Holistic Practitioner.
I work with patients of all ages and treat reproductive, gastrointestinal, mental-emotional, and overall health concerns. I encourage my patients to restore balance through nutrition, lifestyle, herbal medicine, acupuncture, and Chinese medicine techniques.
Beyond working with patients, I enjoy spending time with my family, camping, yoga, reading, making jewelry, and up-cycling.