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The Dr. G Clinic has helped people of all ages to improve their cardiovascular using Acupuncture and holistic medicine since 2006. We are experts in the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and improving the quality of life for our patients is our mission.

Our clinic is located in Aventura, Florida and patients travel from all over Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach to see us. We can also travel to your location with our Onsite Sessions if you live in Aventura, Bal Harbor Village, Bay Harbor Islands, Cooper City, Dania Beach, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Golden Beach, Hallandale Beach, Hollywood, Margate, Miami, Miami Beach, Miami Shores Village, Miramar, North Bay Village, North Miami, North Miami Beach, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Sunny Isles Beach, Surfside, Tamarac, and Weston.

Acupuncture as a complementary method provides optimal conditions for ear-nose-throat specialist, particularly when ear, skull, and facial acupuncture are used. Using points of these systems, pain conditions and functional disorders as well as specific indications such as rhinitis, sinusitis, and pharyngitis can be treated successfully. Acupuncture therapy is performed quickly and without side effects.

Recent studies indicate that Traditional Chinese Medicine therapy including herbal medicines and acupuncture for children is well tolerated, safe, and effective. There are also promising clinical and objective improvements in many health conditions treated with holistic medicine in the pediatric population.


Asthma
8.3% of children under 18 years of age have asthma according to the Center for Disease Control. 
Childhood asthma (pediatric asthma) is the most common serious chronic disease in infants and children; yet is often difficult to diagnose. In infants and children, asthma may appear as:

· Wheezing (whistling sound) when breathing
· Coughing
· Rapid breathing
· Labored breathing
· Complaints of chest hurting
· Reduced energy
· Feeling weak or tired

Some children have symptoms only when exercising or playing a sport. This is called exercise-induced bronchospasm. Childhood asthma, just like asthma in adults, can't be cured. But with the right medications and treatment plan, symptoms can be controlled. This is extremely important in order to prevent damage to growing lungs.

Risk factors for developing childhood asthma include:

· Allergies
· Family history of allergies and/or asthma
· Frequent respiratory infections
· Low birth weight
· Second-hand smoke before and/or after birth
· Growing up in a low income, urban environment

For clinical research on asthma and acupuncture, please visit the links below.


Behavioral Problems
Behavioral problems such as attention deficit disorder (with or without hyperactivity) can often be solved holistically with nutrition and lifestyle factors.  For parents who do not wish to medicate their children, acupuncture is a viable option as well.  See link to study below for more information.

Acupuncture has even contributed to the academic success of the children who underwent acupuncture treatment for their primary symptoms. It can improve focus, concentration, memory and behavior in school children who were researched (see link below).


Cough
Cough is the most common pediatric health concerns and it is more common in preschool children than in older children. Two out of 3 children aged between 0 and 4 years have acute respiratory infections at least yearly, and up to three-quarters of them will have coughs. Most coughs are caused by acute viral infections, and 7% to 12% of coughs are due to asthma; all other causes are rare. In Australia 11.4% of child coughs were due to asthma, and only 1.2% were caused by pneumonia; in Dutch general practice, only 1.9% of coughs were due to pneumonia. With the exception of 0.3% due to whooping cough, all other coughs were the result of acute viral infections. Most coughs in children are caused by undifferentiated acute respiratory tract infections—a cough that does not conform to any clear diagnostic syndrome such as croup, whooping cough, pneumonia, or bronchiolitis.

As with adults, children’s cough, whether described as a symptom of “upper respiratory tract infection” or “acute bronchitis,” is the most frequently managed acute presentation in primary care. These 2 diagnoses represent at least 75% of all coughs seen. Of the other causes, asthma is the most common; other, potentially dangerous, causes are much less common.

Traditional Chinese Medicine has been documented to help treat coughs caused by all of these conditions.  There is an article below with more information.


Digestive Problems
Gastroesophageal reflux
 disease (GERD) and functional dyspepsia (FD) are common problems in the pediatric population, with up to 7% of school-age children and up to 8% of adolescents suffering from epigastric pain, heartburn, and regurgitation. Reflux is defined as the passage of stomach contents into the esophagus, while GERD refers to reflux symptoms that are associated with symptoms or complications-such as pain, asthma, aspiration pneumonia, or chronic cough. Functional dyspepsia is a persistent upper abdominal pain or discomfort, not related to bowel movements, and without any organic cause, that is present for at least two months prior to diagnosis.

During the last decades, numerous studies have been performed to investigate the effects and mechanisms of acupuncture on gastrointestinal motility and patients with functional gastrointestinal diseases. A PubMed search was performed on this topic and all available studies published in English have been reviewed and evaluated. This review is organized based on the gastrointestinal organ (from the esophagus to the colon), components of gastrointestinal motility and the functional diseases related to specific motility disorders. It was found that the effects of acupuncture on gastrointestinal motility were fairly consistent.. A number of clinical studies have been published, investigating the therapeutic effects of acupuncture on a number of functional gastrointestinal diseases, such as gastroesophageal reflux, functional dyspepsia and irritable bowel syndrome. In summary, acupuncture is able to alter gastrointestinal motility functions and improve gastrointestinal motility disorders.


The causes of vomiting differ according to age. For children, it is common for vomiting to occur from a 
viral infection, food poisoning, milk allergy, motion sickness, overeating or feeding, coughing, or blocked intestines and illnesses in which the child has a high fever.

The timing of the nausea or vomiting can indicate the cause. When appearing shortly after a meal, nausea or vomiting may be caused by food poisoning, gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining), an ulcer, or bulimia. Nausea or vomiting one to eight hours after a meal may also indicate food poisoning. However, certain food- borne bacteria, such as salmonella, can take longer to produce symptoms.


Ear Infections
An ear infection is an inflammation of the middle ear, usually caused by virus, bacteria, or food allergy that occurs when fluid builds up behind the eardrum. Anyone can get an ear infection, but children get them more often than adults. Five out of six children will have at least one ear infection by their third birthday. In fact, ear infections are the most common reason parents bring their child to a doctor. The scientific name for an ear infection is otitis media (OM).

Holistic medicine can strengthen the immune system and help to prevent infection conditions from developing.  Even if a person (child or adult) is exposed to pathogens, their immune system can resolve the matter before they become sick with a full blown illness. Often times at the early onset of an infection, if it is treated with vitamin, herbal medicine, rest, and good nutrition and hydration, the sickness can be nipped in the bud and the individual can resume the activities of their daily living without manifesting the full-blown sickness.


Sleep Problems
Sleep disorders in infants, children and adolescents are common. Studies have shown that poor sleep quality and/or quantity in children are associated with a host of problems, including academic, behavioral, developmental and social difficulties, weight abnormalities, and other health problems. Not only do pediatric sleep problems affect child health, but they can impact family dynamics and parental or sibling sleep. Children may suffer from problems falling or staying asleep; physiological problems such as obstructive sleep apnea abnormal or disruptive behaviors during sleep such as sleepwalking or other parasomnias symptoms that occur near sleep onset such as restless legs syndrome, and daytime symptoms such as excessive sleepiness, 
cataplexy and others. While adults may suffer from the same problems, the etiology, presentation, and associated findings in children may be very different than those seen in adults. In addition, developmental aspects of childhood play an important role in pediatric sleep, such as in the cases of early childhood insomnias and adolescent delayed sleep phase syndrome.

One of the “side-benefits” of acupuncture is improved sleep!  People often come in for something else and they observe many other improvements in their health and wellbeing including: sleep, energy, mood, and overall sense of wellbeing. The link below is to a study which demonstrates the efficacy of acupuncture in treating sleep disturbances.


For more information:
Academic Success
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25185363
ADD
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25876346
Allergy
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19295428
Asthma
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29581139
And
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28287818
Cough
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19514180
Digestive
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27323443
Sleep disturbance
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29384937
 

 
   


At Dr. G Clinic, we treat the following conditions the natural way with Acupuncture and
Holistic Healthcare:


Muscle, Bone
and Nerve Pain

Pains of the Neck, Back,
Legs or Feet, Chronic Pain,
Sports Injuries, Strains, Stiff Shoulders and Neck, Painful Joints, TMJ, Arthritis, Dental Pain, Headache and Migraines

Men's Health
Erectile Dysfunction, Prostate, Infertility, Weight Loss

Women's Health

Fertility, Weight Loss, Menstrual Irregularities, Menopause, Pregnancy, Childbirth, Lactation,
Postpartum, Ovarian and Uterine

Digestive Disorders
Indigestion, Stomach Ulcers,
Gall Stones, Diarrhea,  Constipation, Nausea and Vomiting, Irritable Bowel Syndrome


Respiratory System
Allergies, Asthma,
Bronchitis, Sinusitis

Cardiovascular Health
Angina, Hypertension, Obesity

Pediatrics
Asthma, Cough, Digestive Problems, Behavioral Problems, Ear Infections, Sleep Problems

Preventative Health
Prevention, Stress Management,
Wellness, Seasonal Attunement

Addictions
Smoking, Alcohol,
Narcotics, Eating Disorders

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