Cough in children is not generally seen a serious problem, but personally I think it is one of the most troublesome problems. Acupuncture and herbal medicine have been proven as effective methods. However, in practice, due to the fear of pain and/or intake of medicine, I find it difficult for both children and parents to continue treatment. Therefore, I recommend paediatric massage (Xiao Er Tui Na) as an effective, pain-fee approach.


I will introduce some basic manipulations here and explain locations of some points used just in case.

Clear Lung (Xie Fei Jin)

Lung (Fei Jin), a point seen in children, refers to the palmar surface of the distal phalanx of the ring finger. By clearing Lung, we use our thumb to massage ring finger straightly towards the proximal phalanx, 100 times.

Tonify Spleen (Bu Pi Tu)

Spleen, also a point seen in children, refers to the palmar surface of the distal phalanx of the thumb. By tonifying, we mean press-kneading clockwise, 100 times.

Press-knead Nei Ba Gua (Yun Nei Ba Gua)

Nei Ba Gua refers to the area in the palm around Nei Lao Gong (extra point, where the tip of middle finger is when a fist is held). 1 minute each hand.

Press Tian Tu (CV22), Tan Zhong (Shan Zhong, CV17), and He Gu (LI4). 1-2 minutes each.

Press Fei Shu (BL13) 1-2 minutes; and parting-push the scapulae 30 times.

Above-mentioned are basic manipulations, which will be modified when it comes to individual child as patterns can be different.

I hope this piece of information will be interesting to you. Up to you now, enquiries and discussions are welcome.

Treating cough with paediatric massage
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  • 14 May 2011 at 12:35 am

    I´m a LAc and a Doctor in Alopatic Medicine. I wanted to find a good and clear description of this treatment, and this is it. Children and parents are difficult in the office, and this is a good option to start with. Thank you!

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