Acupuncture has surprising advantages for kids with health concerns. One of the biggest? Few side effects! A lot of kids are medication-sensitive, and acupuncture doesn’t have the side effects of medication. Acupuncture for children has helped with a wide range of ailments, from headaches, stomachaches, back pain, depression to the effects of ADHD, and is a safe alternative to pharmaceuticals that many parents do not want their children taking. Increasingly more parents are turning to acupuncture as an effective and necessary method of reestablishing and maintaining health within their children’s constitution.
Another advantage is fewer doctor visits. TCM, and acupuncture specifically, can address multiple symptoms in a single treatment just by different point selection.
More than a pain reliever
Many think acupuncture is just for pain. It can encourage the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. But acupuncture helps children and teens with a wide range of issues, including:
Reflux, nausea and stomach pain
Bone and joint pain
Asthma and allergies
Getting to the point
In acupuncture, local, regional or global (body-wide) points are selected to achieve different effects. You can stimulate some of these points or you can calm them in order to reduce certain symptoms.
This is done by:
Gently inserting needles
Using laser stimulation
Acupressure (gentle massage of points)
One step at a time
If children are reluctant to try needles, our practitioners are careful to explain that acupuncture needles are different from the needles used to draw blood. They are hair-thin and nearly painless.
We can introduce acupressure as the first option for things that might be too painful or anxiety-provoking.
Laser acupuncture can help children who are extremely sensitive to needles. When things calm down a little bit, we can introduce needles for greater effect.