The term ‘Acupuncture for children’ may raise eyebrows, but it is much safer than you might expect and can help your child overcome a wide range of undesirable conditions. In the clear majority of cases, your child will only need a couple of needles and may require no skin penetration at all.
Many treatments are applied with the fingers rather than needles, which is where the term ‘acupressure’ comes from.
What happens during paediatric acupuncture?
Acupressure can involve rubbing and gently pressing until the right outcome is achieved. Small round balls can also be taped to the body to stimulate the acupuncture point. Sessions normally last no longer than five to ten minutes and we can apply the points several times a week until the child is healthy, happy and has overcome the illness. Prior to the treatment beginning, the practitioner will normally spend time talking to the parent about the condition and how things are progressing, which is why parents are recommended to bring toys or blankets with them to keep their children occupied.
What can paediatric acupuncture treat?
Paediatric Acupuncture is used to treat a wide range of illnesses and problems.
It has been used for more than 2,000 years to speed up the body’s natural healing process, has zero side effects and won’t deplete your child’s chi energy. The chi or energy levels of children are constantly in flux as they develop, but acupuncture techniques can boost chi circulation, help them relax and overcome illnesses and other conditions. Conditions paediatric acupuncture is used for can include behavioural problems, asthma and allergies, coughs and colds, colic, bed wetting, ADHD, infections, stomach pains, fevers and eczema.
The history of acupuncture
Acupuncture is rooted in ancient Chinese medicine and is used by the NHS as well as in private clinics. During Acupuncture treatments, sensory nerves under the skin and inside the muscles are stimulated so the body can produce natural substances, including endorphins for the relief of pain.