|Point of the Week
Large Intestine 11 benefits kids with fevers from the flu
Welcome back to a special edition of Point of the Week, for your baby or small child! This point, known to acupuncturists as Large Intestine 11, is located on the lateral side of your child's elbow, where the main elbow crease ends. It is excellent for cooling heat and reducing pain, especially back or neck pain from an injury (such as taking a fall while learning to walk, which can happen fairly often with toddlers). Many kids with fevers from cold or flu, or pain from a fall can benefit from this point. Pressing this point increases circulation within the energy pathways and can also be used preventively upon awakening each morning to avoid developing the symptoms. Note: Remember these vignettes are not medical advice.
Step one: Locate the point Large Intestine 11 on the side of your child's elbow. The correct point will likely feel a little tender when using a firm touch, but remember to be extra gentle the younger they are
Step two: Using your thumb or index finger, press and hold the pressure for 10 seconds. Repeat several times per hour, or until symptoms lessen.
Dr. Gigi Shames, LAc NHD, is a licensed acupuncturist in Cotati. She can be reached at (415) 388-0456 or www.ShamesHealth.com