Mr Sun Suming says tui na therapy is effective in treating chronic functional disorder of stomach and intestine and other chronic and debilitating diseases in children


孫素明醫師表示「小兒推拿療法」能有效治療兒童「疳積」及促進慢性、虛弱性疾病的康復

Mr Sun demonstrates how to apply "Tui Na therapy for children" to treat chronic functional indigestion among children


孫醫師示範以「小兒推拿療法」治療兒童「疳積」

Date: 10 Aug 2016 (Wednesday)

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HKBU clinical study shows effectiveness of tui na therapy in treating chronic functional disorder of stomach and intestine and other chronic and debilitating diseases in children

浸大臨床觀察顯示「小兒推拿療法」有效治療 兒童「疳積」及促進慢性、虛弱性疾病的康復

The School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) recently conducted a clinical observation on children suffering from chronic functional disorder of stomach and intestine. Tui na therapy was found to be 98.5% effective in treating this disorder and patients’ immune system and overall health condition improved after receiving treatment. Patients who have been cured of this disorder or experienced an improvement in their condition also made a progressive recovery from other concurrent diseases such as chronic cough, asthma or enuresis.
       
Also known as functional dyspepsia or functional gastrointestinal disorder, chronic functional disorder of stomach and intestine is common among children and arises mainly from improper diet, congenital factors and other diseases that have damaged the patient’s gastrointestinal function. As the disorder affects both digestion and absorption, the function of body organs will decline, leading to the formation of a chronic and debilitating disease. In general, patients may exhibit symptoms of emaciation, anorexia, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, and pale or yellow skin tone.
 
Mr Sun Suming, Lecturer of the Clinical Division of SCM, conducted a clinical observation on 66 chronic functional indigestion patients who attended medical consultations during the period from March 2014 to March 2016 at HKBU Chinese medicine clinics. Among them, 59 children were two months to eight years of age; the other seven were between the ages of nine and 13. In the study, 58 patients were found to be concurrently prone to other diseases such as chronic cough, asthma or enuresis. “Tui Na therapy for children” is a special technique used to treat chronic functional indigestion among children which is applied via meridians and acupoints to regulate or condition the function of the organs, especially the lung, spleen and kidney. In addition to tui na therapy, some patients with severe symptoms were also offered traditional Chinese herbal medicine, cupping or other treatments to strengthen the therapeutic effect.

In general, the observation indicated that among the 66 patients who received the tui na therapy, 45 of them (68.2%) have recovered while an improvement was observed in 20 patients (30.3%). Only one patient (1.5%) showed no improvement. The study showed that the overall efficacy rate of this treatment is 98.5%. 

Mr Sun Suming pointed out that the pathological mechanism of chronic functional disorder of stomach and intestine arises mainly from a weak spleen and stomach which may lead to dysfunction of both digestion and absorption. Therefore, the curative effect of oral drugs is relatively low and unsatisfactory. He explained that “Tui Na therapy for children” employs a special technique to regulate or condition the function of the organs, especially the lung, spleen and kidney. This gentle therapy is painless and will not place an extra burden on the patient’s digestive system, as such, it is an efficient and effective treatment which is easily accepted by children. The supplementary use of Chinese herbal medicine, cupping or other treatments before or after the tui na therapy would provide an additional nourishing effect for patients and strengthen the overall therapeutic effect.

Mr Sun added that among the 58 patients who were found to be concurrently prone to chronic cough, asthma or enuresis, an obvious curative effect was observed in their digestion and immune system after they received the tui na therapy. In light of this, he suggested parents to look out for symptoms such as chronic cough or asthma, weakness, frequent colds or fever in children as it may point to chronic functional disorder of stomach and intestine.

中醫藥學院最近完成了一項兒童「疳積」的臨床研究觀察,顯示以「小兒推拿療法」為主的治療方式,對有關病患的總有效率高達98.5%。此外,「小兒推拿療法」能有效提升體質虛弱兒童的免疫抗病能力,當患者的「疳積」情況改善或治癒時,兼有的慢性咳嗽、哮喘、遺尿等疾病亦同時得到改善或康復。

「疳積」相當於西醫的「慢性功能性消化不良症」或「慢性胃腸功能障礙」,多發病於兒童,主要是由於餵養不當、飲食不節、先天因素、其他疾病等問題引起,損害了患者的腸胃功能,導致消化吸收產生障礙,是肌體臟腑失養而形成的一種慢性、虛弱性疾病。患者一般會出現體形消瘦、厭食、腹痛、腹脹、腹瀉、面色蒼白或發黃等症狀。

中醫藥學院臨床部講師孫素明醫師分析了66名於2014年3月至2016年3月前往浸大中醫藥診所求診的兒童「疳積」病例,其中59名年齡介乎2個月至8歲,另外7名為9至13歲,當中58人分別同時患有慢性咳嗽、哮喘、遺尿等疾病。「小兒推拿療法」主要運用特殊手法治療兒童「疳積」,通過經絡和穴位、部位等進行治療和調理,重點調理患者的肺、脾、腎等臟腑。病情嚴重的患者或會配合中藥、膏方或拔罐等方法,以加強治療效用。

是次臨床觀察分析結果所得,66人在接受推拿療法後,45人(68.2%)被評為治癒;20人(30.3%)病情好轉;餘下1人(1.5%)則為無效,臨床總有效率約98.5%。
   
孫素明醫師指出,「疳積」的病理機制多是脾胃虛弱、消化和吸收功能障礙,對口服藥物的消化吸收相對較差,因此藥物效果欠理想。他解釋,「小兒推拿療法」是通過經絡、穴位發揮健脾益氣、和胃消導、調理臟腑等作用,不會加重腸胃負擔,因此見效快、療效好,而且此療法非常柔和,不帶任何痛苦,兒童會較容易接受。若輔以中藥、膏方或拔罐等方法,將為患者提供前期治療或後期的滋補作用,幫助增強推拿的臨床效果。

孫醫師表示,在58個分別同時患有慢性咳嗽、哮喘、遺尿等疾病的患者中,當他們接受推拿療程後,消化吸收功能和免疫力明顯增強,在「疳積」的病況改善或治癒時,相關病患和患者體質亦得到改善,大部份病症更完全治癒。

孫醫師提醒,如果家長發現小朋友患有慢性咳嗽、哮喘等久治不癒,或者身體瘦弱,頻繁出現感冒、發熱等,應提防他們是否患有「疳積」。