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  • Writer's pictureChristina

Acupuncture: Not Just for Grown-ups!

Acupuncture is great for kids (and stuffed panda bears!)

Sure, you've already discovered the benefits of acupuncture, but what about your kids? Have you considered offering them acupuncture treatments for relief of their ailments, or have you assumed that they might not be ok with the thought of being pricked by lots of tiny needles? You might be surprised to learn that many children, even as young as 4 or 5 years old, are unfazed by the thought of acupuncture... or at least warm up pretty quickly to the idea. Even if they do have an initial hesitation, once they have seen just how tiny the needles are and how painless the first few are, then any misgivings go out the window!

I usually approach a pediatric treatment with a good deal of humor and aim to dispel any nervousness or fear early on in the consultation. Once the child sees that acupuncture needles are nothing like the hypodermic needles that they dread when getting shots, then they are usually 100% on board with the rest of the session!

Girl visiting the doctor.
Needles? Nothing to worry about!

There are a wide variety of reasons you might want to consider acupuncture for your child. For children we often see and treat effectively common illnesses like allergies, asthma, digestive disorders, common cold and flu, problems with attention and focus, acne, sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, headache and all types of pain.

A 2015 study conducted at the Harvard-affiliated Children's Hospital in Boston by Yuan-Chi Lin M.D. showed significant pain reduction in 243 children over the course of the year-long study. The children were as young as 6 months of age and as old as 18 years, and were treated for back pain, headaches, and stomach pain in addition to other common illnesses which had lead many to be absent from school. "...the children who had received acupuncture therapy reported less pain, on average, than before treatment. The children now rated their average pain as a three out of 10, as opposed to an eight out of 10. The children also reported increased school attendance, improved sleep, and increased participation in extracurricular activities." Other institutions like Cleveland Clinic and several other children's hospitals have echoed the same findings in their research on acupuncture for treating children's illnesses.

With this type of success, perhaps you might consider bringing in your child for an acupuncture treatment for their next illness or injury? After all, it is an effective, painless, and natural alternative to medication. Not to mention they will have a great story to share with their friends!



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