Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine gently alleviate the symptoms of many childhood health concerns such as lingering colds and flus, digestive issues, fatigue, anxiety, hyperactivity and urinary issues.
Parents often want to know how their child will respond to acupuncture – do they need to have needles? The treatment of children doesn’t necessarily involve needles, although it can. We have many other resources to draw on including dietary therapy, supplementation with foods or herbs, moxibustion (using herbs to gently warm acupuncture points), cupping and massage. Often it is enough to use massage along meridians or points, or to use other tools to work on the body that are not inserted.
Children’s bodies are still developing and therefore they respond differently to treatment than adults. If needles are used it is often only one or two and the needles may not be retained. In other words, they respond well to very gentle treatment, and of course it is always with their consent!
Simple massage techniques as well as nutrition advice are usually given to parents to continue treatment at home.