By Shaolin Deng, OMD, MS,
A 10-year-old fourth grader was brought to the office because his
parents were complaining that he wasn’t focusing on his studies and he
is often easily distracted. According to them, this has been on-going
for two to five years.
First Visit: March 6, 2008
The patient was adopted from Argentina when he was 8-years-old. His
adopted parents were told that he doesn’t like reading and would rather
be doing outside exercises. The subjects in school he does like are
mathematics and science. His teachers found that he does not pay close
attention to details and makes careless mistakes in his school work,
homework, and other activities. Because he could not focus in the
classroom, he was brought to the school clinic and was diagnosed with
ADD a year and a half ago. Therefore, according to some suggestions, his
parents started to give him ‘medicine’ to help him sleep, but his
condition did not change. His parents didn’t want him taking Western
medication, so they brought him to Mainland Acupuncture Center (MAC) to
get alternative medical treatment for his condition.
During his initial visit, the conversation with the patient and his
parents showed the doctor that his case of ADD was milder than the norm.
For example, he listened and answered questions that the doctor was
asking him about himself. He was not impulsive, wasn’t fidgeting or
restless and maintained eye contact when conversing. He seemed to listen
when spoken to, and he didn’t always have an issue of losing things,
such as toys, school assignments, pencils, books, or tools.
Physical Evaluation: Compared to his age group, he was slightly behind
in growth development based on his size. He had a great appetite, which
consists of eating five times a day, and stable sleeping habits.
His pulse was deep and rapid, which is faster than the norm. It is
thought that because of how fast his heart rate was, he had some heat
1. Acupuncture therapy:
Yin Tang (extra)
Bai Hui Du 20
Tai Chong Li 3
He Gu LI 4
With electricity 20 minutes
Two herbal patches on his Liver and kidney back Shu points ( UB 18 ,UB
23) for toning his liver and kidney
2. Herbal therapy
1. Ju Ju Be formula which contains Ju Ju Be Suan Zao Ren, Poria Fu Ling,
Dragon Long Gu, Oyster Mu Li
2. Topical Zzz cream was prescribed to help him sleep. This cream
contains herbal extracts and essential oils to calm the spirit and
tranquilize the mind. Unlike chemical-based sleeping aids, Zzz cream is
comprised of all-natural herbal ingredients that act in concert to relax
the mind and body.
At same time, his parents discontinued any other “medicine.’
3. Food therapy
The doctor encouraged him to eat more vegetables and to avoid eating
‘heat’ temperature foods.
Second visit: March 15, 2008:
His parents said that there was some improvement since his last
treatment, and he was sleeping better. He started to read with his
To enhance the effect of acupuncture, we added Feng Chi GB 20 points
with electricity and Gua Sha was applied on his back.
We also added Liu Wei Di Huang Wan to assist his kidney essence.
Third Visit: March 22, 2008
His condition kept improving with alternative treatment, but he did not
like the needles on his ear area (GB 20 points).
We changed points to Si Shen Chong (extra points) and didn’t use Feng
Chi GB 20. All the other techniques were performed as before: needles
with electricity 30 minutes and Gua Sha skin script was provided on his
He was prescribed to continue the previous herbal formulas. Since his
condition improved, he was scheduled in two weeks instead of one.
Fourth Visit: April 5 2008
He didn’t like taking the Liu Wei Di Huang Wan for his kidney essence,
but he did like taking the Ju Ju Be herbal formula. With the formula, he
His sleep was stable, and he was able to follow the suggested reading
with his parents for 30 minutes twice a day. He was able to follow
directions and instructions made by his teacher, and he finished his
school work and his home work. He still enjoyed his normal activities of
playing outside during the afternoons with friends. The prior week to
his appointment, his parents brought him out-of-town for the county’s
spring break, and everything was in normal condition. He was then
scheduled a month later because of his tremendous improvement.
Fifth Visit: May 3, 2008
His condition kept getting better and better. He was now considered to
be ‘stable,’ and he made the honor roll as a straight A student for the
He received the same treatment as before and was refilled on his two
formulas: Ju Ju Be and Zzz cream, and the doctor told him to keep doing
whatever it is he’s doing. Also, the doctor told his parents that he
just needed encouragement, needed to be reminded time to time and needed
to eat more diverse food.
He is a good boy!
What is attention: Attention is a psychological phenomenon that
indicates the abilities of direction and focus from mind activity. There
are two kinds of attentions: initiative and passive. Children’s
attention spans processes the development from careless to them have no
Some research shows that:
Age (years) Time of intention
5-6 10-15 minutes
< 12 <30 minutes
From TCM, the mind is housed by the heart. Its function and nutrition
are related to the liver, lung, spleen and kidney. For example, before
14 years old for females and 16 years old for males, kidney excess is
not mature. Therefore, the balance between the Heart (fire) and Kidney
(water) has not arrived. This is called the Zhi Yang in Chinese, or the
‘childish Yang’ in English, and the Zhi Yin in Chinese, or the ‘childish
yin’ in English. All this information tells us that for kids, if they
show some ADD, medicine is not the first option as treatment. We prefer
more education training-like therapy, such as setting up a certain time
for that child, putting like children together, etc. From TCM therapy,
the treatment consists of the heart calming down and a balance of
diverse foods. If this patient had taken the chemical drug in his age
range of 8 to 10 years old, the side-effects could be more than the
Shaolin Deng, OMD, MS, AP received
her medical degree from Hubei University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
in 1982. She had been a teacher and doctor in Hubei University of TCM in
China for nine years. In 1991, Dr Deng came to the United States and
worked as a medical researcher in University of Florida and Georgetown
University. Her research was focus on hypertension and had published
several research papers. In 1997, Dr Deng opened her first acupuncture
clinic in Florida. Now she is the owner of
Mainland Acupuncture Center
and also has a teaching position of herb study at Chi Institute of TCVM.
Since 1982, Dr. Deng has developed
remedies for allergy, chronic fatigue, pain, stress, sleep disorder,
immune system, skin diseases, women’s diseases and other diseases.
Thousands of patients have been benefited from these remedies.
Dr Deng is also knowledgeable of western medicine. The use of traditional
Chinese medicine does not preclude the concurrent use of Western medical
therapies. Today, a well-trained practitioner not only uses the
traditional way of diagnosis, but is also able to use other approaches
integrated with conventional western medicine.