Acupuncture is a safe, natural and gentle way of addressing many common childhood ailments. From allergies, immune-related disorders, behavioral disorders and digestive illness, acupuncture has been used for thousands of years in China to treat children. Pediatric acupuncture is gaining popularity in the West as parents seek more holistic ways of supporting their children’s health.
Babies who suffer from colic can benefit greatly from acupuncture and acupressure. Food allergies and intolerance are the common causes for babies to become colicky. We will work with the mother to uncover any potential food allergies or irritants in the breast milk or formula. Tiny babies often tolerate acupuncture very well, and results are usually seen quickly.
Acupuncture is a very effective treatment for allergies by stimulating natural steroid production to balance the immune system of the body. Children are especially prone to allergies as their immune systems develop with growth. Asthma, hay fever, eczema, behavioral problems, insomnia and digestive problems can all result from underlying allergies and can be treated with acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Acupuncture brings almost immediate relief for allergy suffers. Children tolerate acupuncture surprisingly well, and needle retention time can be reduced for pediatric patients.
Acupuncture and acupressure are very safe and effective ways to treat some of the common pediatric digestive disorders like colic, acid reflux, hernias and food allergies.
Many clinical trial studies have demonstrated that acupuncture can help improve asthma symptoms in both adults and children. In our clinical practice, we find that acupuncture is effective for alleviating wheezing and clearing phlegm, especially when combined with dietary changes.
Bedwetting is a common problem among children; it can cause anxiety for both the parent and child. Since bedwetting can be a hormonal or neurological issue, acupuncture is an effective treatment for this disorder.
Acupuncture is a great, natural way to treat insomnia in both adults and children by balancing neurotransmitter production. This form of treatment seeks to correct the underlying root cause of the insomnia rather than using sedatives to force sleep.
ADHD AND BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS
Acupuncture treatment and dietary changes can be used alone or combined with conventional treatments such as psychotherapy, behavioral therapy and pharmaceuticals to enhance the treatment outcome for ADHD and behavioral problems in children.
Anxiety can be very effectively treated with acupuncture by balancing neurotransmitter production. In our practice, we find that children who receive acupuncture are calmer after their treatment, and this effect can be prolonged with regular treatments.