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An information resource from 6001 Butler Lane, Scotts Valley, CA 95066 (800) 543.5233 Introducing Pediatric Formulas to Chinese Modular Solutions:
by Harriet Beinfield, L.Ac., and Efrem Korngold, L.Ac., O.M.D.
Eight new pediatric formulas have been added to the
Chinese Modular Solutions repertoire, creating Gentle
, herbal medicine for children. These are safe and
effective remedies that support and protect the welfare of
children, from infancy through adolescence, by addressing
the most common respiratory, digestive, dermatological,
and psychological childhood disorders. Gentle Warriors
comprise a simple and comprehensive repertoire for
managing a wide array of acute and chronic pediatric
ailments, and maybe used for adult patients as well.
In conventional pediatrics, antibiotics are life-saving when necessary, but are commonly over-prescribed for non-serious and self-limiting illnesses like otitis media, bronchitis, sinusitis,pharyngitis, gastroenteritis, urethritis, and dermatitis. Earaches are the most frequent trigger forpediatric visits, and the standard treatment is amoxicillin, even though studies show that antibioticsdo not effectively reduce the incidence of ear infections. Of the 235 million doses of antibioticsgiven each year, the Center for Disease Control estimates between 20 and 50 percent are unnecessary.
Over-prescription of antibiotics undermines resistance to infection and promotes recurrence.
Repeated use causes secondary problems including yeast overgrowth, diarrhea, indigestion, and mal-absorption.
Gentle Warriors provides alternative solutions to pediatric problems without adverse effects. They
are mild tasting liquid extracts that are easy for children to swallow. Before resorting topharmaceutical interventions the following eleven formulas are appropriate: Windbreaker: earaches, sinusitis, sore throat, colds, flu, allergies
Chest Relief: cough, laryngitis, phlegm
Pipe Cleaner: bronchitis, painful cough, tenacious phlegm
Open Air: acute asthma, wheezing
Deep Breath: chronic asthma, wheezing
Grow and Thrive: frail, weak digestion, poor appetite, low resistance
Tummy Tamer: indigestion, gastroenteritis
Easy Going: indigestion, constipation
Belly Binder: indigestion, diarrhea
Fire Fighter: rash, hives, impetigo, bites, stings
Quiet Calm: agitated, nervous, cranky, hyperactive, troubled sleep
Both acupuncturists and pediatricians have
for the development of a more serious infection that I can used Gentle Warriors formulas successfully
then treat with an antibiotic.” I know this sounds facetious,but it is not really. This is the clinical scenario of a policy of Two pediatricians from New York wrote letters in March of “watchful waiting.” I would like to add that I think this is 2001 applauding the effectiveness of another original Gentle
fine, and certainly safer than prescribing antibiotics Warriors formula, Chest Relief. Dr. Larry Baskind M.D.
promiscuously with the attendant complications.
But I have to say that I would like to do more for my “I prescribed Chest Relief to a hundred or more children patients. I would prefer that they don’t develop the bacterial and used the product for every member of my family. There complications of routine viral illnesses and I would like have been no adverse effects reported to me. I’m certain that them to feel better as quickly as possible. To this end, I have there would have been, because my patients’ parents are researched herbs and other remedies, and sought out quick to call when, for example, they experience rashes or reputable manufacturers like Kan. I believe and have found gastrointestinal upset while taking antibiotics.
that certain “alternative” medicines offer a safe and effectivetherapeutic approach to what are considered mild and On the contrary, I have found that Chest Relief, as well as benign childhood diseases. We have used Chest Relief in a other Chinese Modular Solutions products, have been
variety of clinical situations, especially in asthmatics that extraordinarily safe and effective. Here is my logic as a tend to wheeze with minor upper respiratory infections. As practitioner who cares deeply about his patients, deeply is the current standard of care, we provide them with enough to spend many, many hours and late nights nebulizers and peak flow devices and instruct them on using “As a practicing pediatrician and former
Medical Director of the Asthmatic
Children's Foundation, I have observed
considerable benefit from Chest Relief in a
number of my patients without any adverse
effects.” Stephen Cowan, MD, FAAP
immunization and tend to useantibiotics for acute, febrile associate consulted with one of the ENT specialists at our Last year the Working Group Advisory Committee to the hospital. He seemed to be a bit surly, and when asked about CDC issued a statement about using restraint and this, he blurted out: “Why don’t you send any of your discrimination in prescribing antibiotics for ear infections.
[myringotomy] tube cases to us?” My associate was taken The CDC the year before recommended a policy of aback, but then searched his memory for recent cases of “watchful waiting,” suggesting that pediatricians not use persistent otitis media that required myringotomy tube antibiotics for uncomplicated ear effusions and non-strep placement. He couldn’t recall any, and I can only think of pharyngitis. While this is prudent on scientific grounds, one child I’ve seen this winter who had tubes put in. This is somewhat unusual for a practice as large as ours (over12,000 patients). I believe that a good part of this is our “Well, Mrs. Jones, I’m glad to inform you that Johnny adherence to the principle of restraint with antibiotics and doesn’t have an ear infection, strep throat, or any infection our implementation of alternative medicine protocols like treatable by antibiotics today. Unfortunately, since studies Windbreaker and garlic oil for chronic otitis and persistent have failed to demonstrate any benefit in using middle ear effusions (as well as our policy of careful follow decongestants, antihistamines, or any other preparations for symptomatic relief, I can only recommend that you watch Chest Relief and Windbreaker have proven to be effective Parents can now have the option of
and safe medicines in clinical use. I would like to add that using herbal medicine or antibiotics
they are some of the few herbal medicines that children willactually take without a major protest. This includes my A 2002 newspaper article titled “Revisiting traditional highly discriminating sons.” Larry Baskind, MD, FAAP remedies--Doctors beginning to recommend herbal cures
for a variety of ailments,” highlighted the use of the Gentle
When appropriate, these formulas can be used as first-line Warriors formula, Windbreaker, by a San Francisco
treatments, often obviating the need for pharmaceutical interventions like antibiotics, antihistamines, decongestants, “When my husband came home from the doctor's office cough suppressants, bronchodilators, steroids, stimulants, with a Chinese herbal medicine, Windbreaker, to cure our sedatives, or anti-depressants. Gentle Warriors also provides
3-year-old's persistent cough, I shook my head. "Couldn't complementary support for children receiving conventional they have given you any real medicine?" I asked. But at the care by mitigating side effects and diminishing reliance on moment, it was all I had, so I squeezed 10 drops of the brown stuff into Marisa's orange juice and handed it to her.
The cough that had persisted for well over a month was Many pediatric disorders are a result of disharmonious gone. Maybe there was something to this herbal stuff.
interactions between the Stomach, Lungs, and Heart.
"I don't want to give her medicine she doesn't need, but Additionally, in some children who are failing to thrive, I want to make her feel better," said Dr. James Schwanke, weakness of the Kidney (insufficiency of pre-natal Qi) may the pediatrician who had prescribed the Windbreaker. "All be a factor contributing to inadequate immunity, poor pediatricians are being coached to give fewer and fewer digestion and assimilation, hypersensitivity of the nervous antibiotics, because (more antibiotics) lower kids' system, and delayed development of cognitive and motor Windbreaker, which lists flowers, roots and herbs on the label, is an Americanized name for a traditional Chinese Children’s resistance to noxious influences and their ability treatment, Schwanke explained. In the Chinese system, to adjust to the natural changes occurring within them as mucus is related to wind, Schwanke said, and drying up the they grow is intimately related to their capacity to eat, digest, rest, and be adequately nurtured emotionally and mentally Schwanke said his interest in Windbreaker and a handful within a predictable, tranquil and stable environment. Even of other Chinese herbal medicines began about 10 years healthy infants and toddlers up to the age of four have ago, when Efrem Korngold, a "crusader for Chinese herbal immature digestive, respiratory, nervous and immune medicine," gave him some samples.
systems that, when under duress, lead to a host of common "At first I wasn't terribly interested," Schwanke said.
ailments. The cases on the following pages are representative "Eventually, for my own sinus problems, I turned to Chinese herbs." Impressed with the results, he said, he triedit on his own kids for their sinus and ear infections about seven years ago, when his youngest was 3. It worked well all 11 Gentle Warrior formulas
with her, and he began prescribing it to patients, givingthem the option of the Chinese herbal medicines or Windbreaker
Grow and Thrive
Windbreaker…helps treat children in the early stages of Chest Relief
Tummy Tamer
illness, with a cough, runny nose and lethargy, showing that Pipe Cleaner
Easy Going
a cold or flu may be developing. It stimulates the body's Belly Binder
Deep Breath
Fire Fighter
Quiet Calm
Jan Goben, Chronicle Staff Writer, Sunday, May 19, 2002(San Francisco Chronicle) *Offer good till February 28, 2006*32oz. sizes do not apply Each of the eleven pediatric remedies can be administered as clinging closely to her mother), and the bright red rash that stand alone prescriptions, combined with other Gentle
seemed to worsen rapidly, she showed signs of being a Fire Warriors formulas, or with appropriate formulas from the
Type. Fire types are expressive and sensitive, emotionally Chinese Modular Solutions repertoire. For that matter,
and physically, often displaying their disharmonies on their adults can equally benefit from these formulas. skin—wearing their hearts on their sleeves. They easilygenerate excess Heat easily, due to their being When treating children constitutionally, according to an hypersensitivity, mental excitability and the hyperactivity of underlying syndrome (for example a liver-lung disharmony their nervous systems. Heat invades the Blood if it is not in an asthmatic child or a kidney-heart disharmony in a adequately dispelled through the skin, lungs, or urine, and nervous and fearful child), it may be effective to combine then rashes can ensue. This child needs cooling and calming.
one or more of the pediatric formulas with a Harmonizing Firefighter and Quiet Calm were prescribed in the following or Strengthening formula. For a tense child with food sensitivities and indigestion, a good prescription mightinclude Tummy Tamer and Quiet Calm, combined with Firefighter 40cc
Harmonize Liver-Spleen. For the nervous and fearful child Quiet Calm 20cc
with difficulty falling asleep, a good prescription might include Quiet Calm and Harmonize Kidney-Heart. Acautious, quiet, introspective child with skin problems could She returned after one week. At that time the rash cleared be treated with a combination of Fire Fighter and about 85%, remaining only at the elbows and knees. The Harmonize Spleen-Kidney if dampness is present, or with child was happier, less fearful, and less itchy. Although she Harmonize Kidney-Heart if nervousness and anxiety are had no digestive complaints, but because of her parents’ problems. The Gentle Warriors constitute a foundation
history of allergies, it was recommended that she eliminate sugar, wheat and dairy from the diet while continuing withthe same herbal prescription. One month later, the eczemahad disappeared completely, with only minor recurrences triggered by eating sweets, wheat, or dairy. The mother of a two-year-old girl with chronic eczema at This young girl is typical of commonly seen childhood the inner elbows and behind the knees was alarmed when eczema. There is a familial pre-disposition to allergies and the bright red rash spread to her ears, neck, chest, torso, and specific food intolerances in an otherwise healthy, robust arms. The child was sensitive and worried, becoming easily child. With only Firefighter and Quiet Calm, 80% of the upset and frightened during the examination. Both parents problem was relieved, and with the addition of appropriate had a history of allergies and the father also had skin dietary modifications, the condition remitted 100%. problems. The child’s history did not reveal any significantdigestive, respiratory, urinary, or other health problems, although her mother had suspicions that certain foodsaggravate her eczema (sugar, wheat, dairy, and soy).
A seven-year-old boy had a recurring asthmatic cough that Her tongue appeared healthy, with a slightly thickened developed after a prolonged bout with bronchitis. His white fur; the digital vein on her index finger was symptoms were triggered by colds or hay fever, when he was unremarkable and did not extend beyond the knuckle.
tired or distressed. He appeared nervous and tense during Based on her emotional sensitivity (she became teary often, his first visit, with difficulty sitting or lying still, although he was talkative and happy to interact and be examined. His Type and that there was a great potential for conflict tongue was somewhat thin with good color, and slightly red between the two of them because of their inherently at the tip, and his pulse was slightly pounding, and opposite ways of responding to the world. This insight helped her gain a better understanding of her son’s characterand the reasons he reacted in the ways that he did. As a His mother said that he was easily frustrated and angry, and consequence, she developed different strategies and their that they were in a difficult phase of their relationship: he relationship improved enormously. This is in accord with was having trouble following rules and being cooperative the Chinese medicine principle that maintains: when the (typical tendencies of a Wood Type). She also said that he child is ailing, attend to the mother.
was a smart and energetic boy who demanded freedom tomove around and a lot of physical activity in order to behappy. This was challenging for her because she preferred things to be orderly, peaceful and congenial (typicalcharacteristics of a Metal Type). There seemed to be more A nine-year-old boy had chronic headaches and bellyaches, and more friction between the two of them (conflict with a tendency toward constipation. As a toddler, he had between Wood and Metal) as her son got older.
eczema on his face and was somewhat allergic. He had hada peanut allergy that was successfully treated with This boy was wary of receiving acupuncture because of a homeopathic remedies. The headaches and bellyaches prior experience that had frightened him. Instead, the tended to occur during school, presumably due to worry and treatment consisted of 10 minutes of gentle gua sha (skin anxiety. He had frequent bouts of indigestion, especially scraping therapy) applied to his upper back. This mild treatment triggered an intense emotional catharsis (WoodTypes characteristically recover quickly from emotional This robust, slightly chubby, shy and affable young boy had upsets), after which he felt happier and was considerably a tongue with good color and shape, with slightly sticky more at ease. He showed clear signs of a disharmony yellow fur in the center, and fine herringbone cracks along between the Liver and Lung Networks and was sent home the central groove. The outstanding quality on his pulse was a fine vibration overall and a thin-feeble quality at theStomach position.
Harmonize Lung-Liver 20cc
Strengthen Lung 20cc
His manner was friendly, responsive and accommodating, in Open Air 20cc
spite of any qualms he may have had about receiving acupuncture or taking herbs. Together with his somewhatfleshy body, these are hallmarks of the Earth Type. His Returning in two weeks, he was much improved, but his headaches and bellyaches are triggered by social challenges at emotional volatility continued, and this reaction pattern school: worrying about interpersonal relations is another appeared to increase his susceptibility to asthmatic episodes, characteristic of Earth Types. So there’s no surprise that the with or without accompanying colds or allergies. So his root of his problems are related to weakness of the Stomach Qi, as evidenced by the appearance of the tongue and thequality of the Stomach pulse. Headaches in children are Harmonize Lung and Liver 20cc
often a consequence of indigestion combined with Open Air 20cc
emotional and mental strain: a vibration on the pulse is clear Quiet Calm 20cc
evidence of nervous system strain, probably as a result of ongoing anxiety. The initial prescription included: After one month, he rarely experienced asthmatic symptoms Easy Going 40cc
and was getting along much better with his mother. After Quiet Calm 20cc
further dialogue, his mother realized that she was a Metal By the second visit, the constipation had cleared up and the Harmonize Liver-Spleen 20cc
headaches and bellyaches had diminished in frequency and Harmonize Lung-Liver 20cc
severity. Since constipation was no longer a problem, the Windbreaker 40cc
second prescription was modified to include: Grow and Thrive 40cc
Tummy Tamer 40cc
Quiet Calm 20cc
This combination treats the Wood constitution while also addressing the deficiencies of Post-natal and Pre-natal Qi,and the vulnerability to External Wind-Cold and Wind- On the occasion of the third visit, his headaches and Heat syndromes. Along with this, I suggested discontinuing bellyaches had become so mild and infrequent they no Nasonex as well as eliminating dairy, wheat, corn, soy and citrus (especially oranges), the most common sensitizingfoods. He responded well to the first prescription. His sinus congestion was less, and he didn’t require the nasal spray.
An autistic fourteen-year-old old boy has been coming to the Also, his bed-wetting was less frequent. By the sixth visit, clinic since age twelve. His neuro-developmental traits occurring in the spring, he had more hayfever symptoms, so included lack of language (verbal utterances but no word his prescription was modified to include: acquisition), frequent hand biting, difficulty making socialcontact, general nervousness, frequent agitation, and Harmonize Liver-Spleen 20cc
oppositional behavior when thwarted or restrained. His Harmonize Lung-Liver 20cc
father brought him for treatment because of chronic Tummy Tamer 20cc
sinusitis, nosebleeds, and frequent colds. He was being Purge Heat 20cc
managed with Topamax (an anti-seizure drug prescribed to Windbreaker 40cc
supposedly help language acquisition and reduce acting-out behavior), Nasonex (a steroid nasal spray) and Allegra (an This combination really reduced his congestion, sneezing, anti-histamine). In addition he was following the DAN itchy eyes, cough and irritability. He was sleeping better, protocol (Defeat Autism Now) that includes digestive bed-wetting only once or twice per week, doing less biting, enzymes, EPA/DHA (fish oil), mega vitamins and minerals. and becoming more vocal. His mood also improved: he wasless irritable, frustrated, oppositional and less fatigued at The initial examination revealed a pre-adolescent boy who was slightly overweight, but also under-developed in hismusculature and body shape. This suggested that along with His treatments have been continuous now, 2-4 times per his cognitive delays, he was also slow in maturing physically.
month, for over two years, and he has changed dramatically.
His tongue appeared flabby (without tone or well defined He still has not developed language, but he is a happier, shape), with teeth marks and thickened, yellow fur. His friendlier person, he seldom has sinusitis or catches cold, is pulse was tense overall, especially at the Liver position, rarely fatigued, and thus able to keep up with a very busy inflated and pounding at the Lung position, tight at the schedule of instruction, occupational therapy, and other Stomach position, and deep and thin at both Kidney activities, and his body is developing into that of a normal, positions. While not being particularly upset by the healthy adolescent, with more definition, shape and muscle examination process, he resisted my touch, often pushing tone. His difficulties are more those of a rapidly changing my hand away, refusing to make eye contact, and often teenager, manifesting surplus energy and the urge to expand attempting to get up off the treatment table. The general his world. Although these changes sometimes cause impression was that of a Wood Type child, with a congenital interpersonal problems at home and at school, adding Quiet weakness of the Kidneys along with secondary deficiency of Calm to his herbal formulas seems to take the edge off of his the Stomach and Lung Qi. The initial prescription was: characteristic tension and nervousness.
Listed below are base formulas for each ailment. For additional symptoms, add particular formulas that follow.
Windbreaker + Chest Relief
Wheezing, tight chest, difficulty exhaling: Open Air
Fever (above 102° F or 39°C): Purge Heat
Cough: Chest Relief
Flu (fever, chills, body ache, lethargy, weakness): Bug Beater
Tenacious phlegm, chest pain: Pipe Cleaner
Sore throat: Phlogisticlean
Triggered by allergens: Enviroshield
Rash: Fire Fighter
Triggered by catching a cold: Windbreaker
Earache: Purge Heat + Phlogisticlean
Prolific phlegm: Purge Phlegm
Wheezing, tight chest, weakness, difficulty inhaling: Deep Breath
Painful bronchial or croupy cough: Pipe Cleaner
Cough: Chest Relief
Headache or neck ache: Purge External Wind
Excessive phlegm: Purge Phlegm
Sinusitis: Head Clear
Triggered by hunger or fatigue: Grow and Thrive
Susceptibile to catching colds: Strengthen Lung
Triggered by cold,damp air: Purge External Wind
Frail, vulnerable: Strengthen Lung + Grow and Thrive
Windbreaker + Enviroshield
Sleep disturbance: Quiet Calm
Night terrors: Comfort Shen
Cough: Chest Relief
Overheated, restless: Purge Heat
Wheezing: Open Air
Dry, thirsty: Tonify Moisture
Phlegm: Purge Phlegm
Sinusitis: Head Clear
Sensitive, nervous, tired: Quiet Calm + Grow and Thrive
Hives, eczema, rash, acne: Fire Fighter
Unfocused, dreamy: Quiet Calm + Harmonize Spleen-
Kidney + Harmonize Kidney-Heart
Irritable and temperamental: Quiet Calm + Harmonize
Indigestion: Tummy Tamer
Liver-Spleen + Harmonize Lung-Liver
Diarrhea: Belly Binder
Excitable and emotional: Quiet Calm + Harmonize
Constipation: Easy Going
Kidney-Heart + Harmonize Heart-Lung
Stomach flu: Tummy Tamer + Purge Damp Heat
Cold symptoms w/ indigestion: Tummy Tamer + Windbreaker Spasms & seizures: Quiet Calm + Purge Internal Wind
Poor appetite, failure to thrive: Grow and Thrive
Spasms & pain: Quiet Calm + Tension Solution
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N E Introducing Pediatric Repetoire to Chinese
Modular Solutions: Gentle Warriors
by Harriet Beinfield and Efrem Korngold

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