Treating Recurrent Ear Infections in Children with Chinese Medicine

With Guest: David Miller, MD, L.Ac

Episode Qi001

Recurrent ear infections are a common complaint with children, and it's clear that the conventional multiple courses of antibiotics are rarely effective in the long run.
In this episode with David Miller we take a look at specific patterns of disharmony that lead to this common problem, some treatment strategies, as well as lifestyle considerations that are helpful in reducing or eliminating this troublesome problem.
In this conversation we discuss:
  • Common patterns for ear infections
  •  Chinese medicine opens some perspectives that can help parents to better help their children.
  • Some acupuncture points to consider for treating ear infections.
  • Common herbal prescriptions that can be helpful in treating children’s ear infections.
  • Dietary considerations.
  • There are alternatives to milk!
  • The role of gut health.
  • Watch out for food accumulation.
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The Guest of This Show

Dr. David W. Miller, MD, LAc is one of the only MD physicians in the U.S. dually board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Dr. Miller received his Bachelor’s degree in Theoretical Mathematics from Vassar College, his M.D. from the Brown University School of Medicine, and completed his internship and residency in Pediatrics at the University of Chicago. He then completed his Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine with the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago.
Dr. Miller is currently in private practice with East-West Integrated Medicine, but is also an instructor at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago where he designed the school’s Integrative Pediatrics curriculum. At Pacific College, he has also designed and taught curriculum for the study of Integrative Endocrinology, Nephrology, Public Health, and Medical Communications.

Dr. Miller is also involved with organized medicine and medical legislation, and is the chair of the American Society of Acupuncturists, president of the Illinois Acupuncture Federation, Legislative Director for the Illinois Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and sits on the Illinois Board of Acupuncture with Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. He is a subject matter expert and chair of the Biomedical Examination Committee for the NCCAOM, and is a peer reviewer for Meridians: The Journal of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He is a member of the Illinois State Medical Society and the Chicago Medical Society as well, and sits on the ISMS Council on Education and Health Workforce. Dr. Miller also participates in the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Complementary and Integrative Medicine.
Links and Resources

Acupuncture in the Treatment of Children, by Julian Scott and Teresa Barlow

Michael Max

Acupuncturist, Podcast Host
About me
I've always been more drawn to questions than answers. And the practice of medicine seems to more lively when infused with a sense of curiosity and inquiry. It's been delight and honor to be able to discuss our medicine with so many thoughtful and skilled practitioners.

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