Growing Pains- Understanding the importance of puberty

What you need to know as a parent

When a young girl is experiencing this essential rite of passage to adulthood, or puberty, her body is in fact in the process of establishing a health foundation for the rest of her life.

In Taiwan, we call this "transition" a period of intense change and metamorphosis, where it is important to pay special attention to lifestyle, diet and to develop correct eating habits.

This basic foundation, or body type in traditional Chinese medicine, is one that will stay with her through all the important phases of a woman’s life, such as menstruation, pregnancy, postpartum, and menopause.

So, puberty is a rare opportunity to create a lifetime of health and beauty and should be taken with great thought and care.