Is Pediatric Acupuncture Right For Your Kids?

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:

  • Sleep problems

  • Anxiety

  • Fatigue

  • Headaches

  • Reflux, nausea and stomach pain

  • Bone and joint pain

  • ADHD

  • Asthma and allergies

  • Bedwetting

  • Drooling

Pediatric Acupuncture at Eastern Acupuncture and Wellness

 

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

  • Electrical 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.