Acupuncture for children is part of a holistic approach to medicine. Rather than treating your child as a part of a herd, they are treated personally and individually. Holistic medicine relies on treating the child as a whole person, not just a symptom. Treatments use natural methods that stimulate the body to heal itself without harsh and harmful drugs.
Acupuncturists will offer wellness checkups to ensure that any health issues are found and treated early. Unlike conventional health care an acupuncturist will be more likely to address nutrition in a natural way, as well as offer information about vaccines and environmental toxins. The concept is to treat the child as a whole being, not just when they are sick.
Acupuncture treatments are custom to each child according to their personality and temperament. All aspects of the health of the child are considered: nutritional, mental, emotional, physical and environmental. The child would have a full exam then discussions with the parents about the child’s history and current issues. Treatments may include more than just acupuncture in a holistic plan for wellness. These may include herbal remedies, other non-needle techniques, massage, chiropractic, dietary and nutritional suggestions.
What conditions are treatable with acupuncture and a holistic approach?
- Infant reflux
- Ear infections
- Coughs & colds
- Sinus infection
- Constipation & Diarrhea
- Colic and Tummy Aches
For adult patients that have acupuncture treatments they are amazed that children are treated as well. They think because of the needles and the ways that adult treatments are completed that it would be very hard for a child to lie still with needles in them for a half hour. But that is not how children’s visits happen. Usually a visit is about an half hour, but that is mostly discussion about what is happening with the child, why they are visiting today and recommendations for solutions at home. If needles are used it is for maybe 2-10 minutes of the visit, many times in small children they are not even aware of the needle insertion because they are preoccupied and the procedure is insertion and immediate removal.
As children get older and they have had vaccines, they associate needles with pain. Some children are treated with non-needle techniques until they build trust in the treatment. Around ages 8-12 children are more tolerant of the needles and they begin to realize that their conditions improve during or shortly after the treatment, so they are willing to and enjoy coming back.
Coordinating treatments for children may include chiropractic treatments, acupressure treatments, diet is also a very important factor in the body wellness and healing, herbal and alternative medicines play a role as well. Children will build a relationship with a practitioner allowing them to trust the treatments, once they begin to see that it works they are great patients, sometimes better than adults.
Most children that are treated by acupuncturists have parents that have had treatments. Or the parents are seeking out less dangerous, toxic treatments for their children and themselves. Starting children very young can be a great way for the child to be comfortable with treatments as they grow. They build a relationship with the practitioner and that trust allows them to be relaxed and not question treatments.
Acupuncture and chiropractic treatments are safe and effective for children for many health issues. Having your child treated by a licensed and well trained practitioner can alleviate many childhood illnesses and complaints safely and effectively.