Pediatrics

With a history of children’s treatment that extends over 2,000 years, acupuncture and Chinese herbs include safe and effective systems for babies, children and young adults. The Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Journal of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology have concluded the safety of acupuncture when administered by a qualified clinician. Generally, we treat children from 5 years and up but exceptions are made for toddlers and babies if the condition requires it and treatment is appropriate.

An NIH analysis found that, “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.” Our clinical experience is aligned with the findings of an NIH study, which suggests, “most children tolerate acupuncture therapies well and view acupuncture as a positive experience.” They further state, “Given 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.”Our practitioners have 50+ years of collective clinical experience, and our pediatric specialties include treatment for:

  • Allergies & asthma

  • ADD/ADHD

  • Food sensitivities

  • Dermatitis

  • Frequent colds & flus

  • Ear infections & otitis media

  • Growing pains

  • Chronic pain

  • Psoriasis, eczema, acne & other dermatological problems

  • Hives

  • Digestive disorders

  • Menstrual symptoms

  • Headaches & migraines

  • Stress & anxiety

as well as constipation in babies and sleep quality. Needles are not retained in infants or babies. To help older kids feel comfortable, we avoid terms like “acupuncture” and “needle” and call the treatment “tap-taps.” We provide needle-free treatments such as tui-na (pediatric medical massage), shoni-shin tools (non-invasive round treatment instruments), microcurrents, and painless laser acupuncture. For children who enjoy traditional treatments, we apply single-use, disposable needles.

For children with short-term illness—such as a cold or ear infection—one or two visits may be all they need. We recommend two visits weekly for two months if your child has more long-term health problems such as seasonal allergies, asthma, lowered immune system, ADD/ADHD, SPD, eczema, chronic headaches, anxiety, or other chronic conditions. This 2-month program includes:

  • Individualized Attention and Instruction

  • 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

Alongside TCM therapies, we teach parents home care including 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. Nutritional support is essential to healing—we suggest avoiding processed foods, sugar, artificial colors and flavors, and we make dietary suggestions based on the healing wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine and modern science. We also offer support in regulating eating habits and feeding picky eaters.

 
“I'm new to Garden Acupuncture and am very excited about this new find for my family. GA has a warm, professional, mom-and-pop feel. My 7-year-old felt safe and special. He's been talking about the experience since he left. I also love the philosophy and importance of educating my son about Chinese Medicine and all its benefits. It was easy to schedule and work out insurance benefits. Meera at the front desk is extremely helpful as well.”

— Kathy M.

 

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