Treatment for hyper-activity of a six year old child

Dr. Ming Wu greatly helped my 6-year-old son, who had complicated behavioral problems, with Eastern Medicine approach. To make it short, my son had both hyper-activity and difficulty shifting attention. Usually kids with hyper activity also have diverted attentions. But in my son’s case, his attention was diverted but also often was stuck when he stated thinking about one thing. If the problem is only ADHD like symptoms, with the Western approach, stimulant can be given to kids like him for treatment – in order to increase dopamine in his brain. On the other hand, if the problem is only difficulty shifting attention, such as “oppositional defiant disorder” or “obsessed compulsive disorder,” SSRI – anti-depressant is usually given – in order to increase serotonin in his brain. By the way, serotonin would usually decrease the activity of dopamine, and visa-versa, and would not considered to “work together.” In my son’s case, he seems to have had, from a neurological point of view, both low activity of pre-frontal cortex and too high activity of cingulate-gyrus in his brain. It means that, if he were treated with Western medicine, two opposite types of medicine would be given to this young boy.

For many reasons, my son’s behaviors had to be left untreated for many years. I frequently received phone calls and e-mails from the school teachers and principals who reported that my son hit or pushed other children. I always felt uncomfortable at parent’s conference. I, as a mother, felt often blamed, and I also blamed myself for my son’s behaviors. I requested that school would give him a psychological/cognitive assessment to accurately find out what issues he has, but since my son had no academic issue, the school did not consider that IEP is applicable for him.

At home, I attempted to contain his behaviors, but it was often overwhelmingly difficult. While I knew it was his neurological and medical problem, I observed him paying for the cost at various places. He was told to do extra push-ups, during a sports activity, for the penalty for not listening. He was told to sit alone for not sitting quietly in the class. His young friends left him. While I felt sorry for him, I was often quite stressed about his behaviors and yelled at him. My anxiety created his stress as well – which I knew it in my head, but I often could not control it well.

When I talked to Dr. Wu about my son’s behavioral issue, he gave me a solution, which seemed to be “a piece of cake” for Dr. Wu. I went to the China Town to purchase the supplement Dr. Wu suggested. I also started pressing pressure points of my son’s body which Dr. Wu recommended.

I asked Dr. Wu, “How long does it take for those to start working for my son?” “Would it work only for temporarily?” Dr. Wu then answered, “Right away!” He also said I would not have to worry much about it even if I stop giving my son the treatment for a period of time. Dr. Wu then also explained that it was “a simple treatment that people in China used for many thousand years.” I already started to trust the approach.

Two days after I started the treatment for my son, he stopped fidgeting. He stopped jumping up and down in the room. He fell asleep quietly when he was tired, instead of being cranky and make dramatic scenes as he did before. He started responding to my questions right away when I asked. Moreover, we were able to sit at a library and finish reading an entire picture book for the first time! I remember touching my son’s face and asked him, “Were you reborn?” My son stopped talking about his friends who “hate” him. I stopped hearing from school about my son’s behavioral issue. The days people blamed me, as a mother, were over. The days I blamed myself were over as well. I felt confidence in me, and it became much easier for me to acknowledge my son’s strength in him, not weakness.

The treatment of pressing pressure points and the supplements continues. With those, each day with my son starts nicely. The complicated issues of my son’s brain activity seems to be somewhat normalized with this simple technique, and now I do not have to worry about prescriptions of Western medicine with serious side effects that this young boy would have suffered from.

My anxiety for my son diminished a lot. Since I became happier, my son became happier. Since he is happier, I became even happier. I just do not know how to thank Dr. Ming Wu and his great knowledge and experiences he gained in China and here in the US. I also trust even more and more of the medicine that was developed over the centuries in the old country in the East.

---Mika, MA

Katie Jurkiewicz