Adolescence can be a tumultuous time and a whole range of health concerns and issues may arise with the onset of puberty. The hormones go ‘crazy’, there are increased pressures and influences from schools, sports, peers and parents, and the body and brain is still growing and changing. All these factors combined with any inherited constitutional health dispositions and diet and lifestyle choices may mean that imbalances are created or start to show and various health problems begin. Some of the most common complaints we treat in teenagers are acne and other skin problems, period irregularities and pain, depression and anxiety, eating disorders, digestive problems, and muscular skeletal injuries. Teenagers are generally quite social, become sexually active, and tend to be exposed to many pathogens. Glandular fever followed by a depleted immune system and possibly Chronic Fatigue Syndrome represent a common scenario.
From a Chinese Medicine perspective adolescence is a very important time where lifelong habits affecting your health are developed, both good and bad. It is the perfect time to teach and encourage your children how to listen to their bodies and how to look after themselves. With acupuncture and Chinese Herbal medicine treatments, as well as dietary advice many teenage health issues can be helped or minimised, making life more fun and a little less tumultuous for not just the teenager, but for the whole family. Good sleeping and eating habits are crucial, and often teenagers respond better to a health practitioner telling them what to do or not to do, than their parents or teachers!