Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are safe and effective natural treatments for children.
Many don’t know that acupuncture for children is an option but kids love acupuncture! And for those who are needle shy we can use other techniques such as painless laser acupuncture, microcurrent, shoni-shin tools (non-invasive rounded treatment instruments), and tui-na (pediatric medical massage).
To help kids feel comfortable, instead of using the terms “acupuncture” and “needle” we call the treatment “tap-taps”. We first demonstrate the tap-tap on a pillow, then we ask the child if they would like to have the tap-taps done to them. If they say no, or if their body language says no, we use the other effective, needle-free techniques listed above.
Our clinical experience is aligned with the findings of an NIH study, “In contrast to conventional thought that children are afraid of needles, studies suggest that most children tolerate acupuncture therapies well and view acupuncture as a positive experience.” They further state, “Given the promising trends in the current research, the relative willingness of families to engage in acupuncture and the low risk of deleterious side effects, acupuncture may serve to harmonize Traditional Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine as a means of promoting preventive care and symptom management for children.”
Garden Acupuncture Pediatric Health Program
- Individualized Attention for Kids for Two Months
- 16 Acupuncture Treatments
- Home Care Instruction for Parents
- Acupuncture or Needle-Free Laser, Gentle Micro-Current, Shoni-Shin, Tui-Na, Gua Sha
- Nutritional Support, Information, & Education
- Natural & Effective Vitamins, Supplements and Herbs
What Age Range Do You Treat for Kids?
Generally we treat children from 5 years and up but exceptions are made for toddlers and babies depending on the condition and if treatment is appropriate. If your child is under the age of 5 years, please contact our office so we can determine appropriate treatment and scheduling.
Is Acupuncture for Children Safe?
At Garden Acupuncture we use sterile, single-use, disposable needles. Chinese medicine has been practiced for over 2,000 years including the treatment of children.
An NIH meta analysis found that, “Within the repertoire of CAM strategies, acupuncture has emerged as a popular method of managing symptoms associated with a variety of medical conditions. Acupuncture is among the CAM therapies most frequently recommended by internists and family physicians and is currently practiced in over 140 hospitals in the United States.”
Does my baby or child have to lie still for 30 minutes with the needles in like I do when I have acupuncture?
Needles are not retained in infants or babies. They are placed in and immediately removed. Older children and teens are able to stay still for longer periods of time so we do retain needles in them as long as they are interested in the “tap-tap” treatment. If they are not interested, then we use other techniques such as painless laser acupuncture, microcurrent, shoni-shin tools (non-invasive rounded treatment instruments), and tui-na (pediatric medical massage).
How Often Does My Child Need To Come in For Treatment?
It depends on the situation. If your child has cold or an ear infection then one or two visits could be all they need.
We recommend two visits weekly for two months if your child has health problems like seasonal allergies/hay fever, asthma, lowered immune system, ADD/ADHD, SPD, eczema, chronic headaches, anxiety, or other more chronic conditions then. After two months the child might need to continue on a less frequent basis.
What Type of Home Care Instruction is Provided to Parents?
Nutritional support provided to parents is very helpful to help activate their child’s innate natural healing process. Not only do we suggest avoiding the obvious things such as processed foods, sugar, artificial colors and flavors, we also make dietary suggestions about what to include in the diet based on the healing wisdom of traditional Chinese medicine and modern nutritional sense, how to regulate eating habits and how to feed picky eaters.
Other home care support provided to parents may include how and when to administer herbs, ointments and supplements, how to calm and regulate the child’s sleep patterns, and how to apply pediatric medical massage at home.
Acupuncture Can Address Many Pediatric Conditions Such As:
- Allergies & Asthma
- Food Sensitivities
- Frequent Colds & Flus
- Ear Infections/Otitis Media
- Growing Pains
- Chronic Pain
- Psoriasis, Eczema, Acne & Other Dermatological Problems
- Digestive Disorders
- Menstrual Symptoms
- Headaches & Migraines
- Stress & Anxiety
“Finally, Relief from Allergies.
As a long time allergy sufferer, I thought I tried just about every remedy & treatment. Out of desperation, I decided to try acupuncture. Finally, something that worked! The team at GA knows their stuff. They’re goal oriented, friendly & flexible. But the proof is in the results. The past 4 months have been the best I’ve had in years & I’ve been suffering for many (53 y/o)! My 19 y/o daughter saw my results & now she’s going to Garden Acupuncture. That’s a pretty good testament to its efficacy!”