Pediatric Acupuncture

Pediatric Acupuncture

Kids love acupuncture too!

If your child has a health issue acupuncture and herbs may be able to help.

Acupuncture safely and effectively treats many common pediatric conditions. At our clinic, we believe that every child is unique and deserves an equally unique approach to treatment.

We focus on understanding your child’s health condition and creating an individual healing program that addresses your child’s symptoms along with the underlying cause.

Treatments may include a combination of acupuncture or non-needle techniques:

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Acupuncture may be used for the following conditions:

Aren’t kids afraid of needles?

Many kids are leery of needles after getting shots or blood draws, but pediatric acupuncture is completely different than a shot.

We refer to the very fine pediatric acupuncture needles as “taps.” The term “tap” refers to the rubbing and tapping that is done to desensitize the point before we tap the needle in. Most kids are pleasantly surprised with how easy and painless acupuncture is.

Does my child have to do acupuncture or are there other options?

We have many different treatment options for children, so acupuncture is optional. On the first visit, we will show your child what “taps” are and ask if they’d like to give it a try. When most kids see how easy and fast it is, they’ll try it.

It is important for us to build trust with your child. So, if your child is still reluctant, we can switch to non-needle techniques like acupressure, micro-current, cold laser, magnets, ear seeds, or pediatric massage.

We will never pressure or force your child to have acupuncture done.

Non-needle techniques have a similar therapeutic effect to acupuncture and can be effectively used instead. We find that, in most cases, once we build trust and rapport with a child, they will eventually try acupuncture.

Treatment Frequency

Acupuncture is a process, not a procedure. We do not know how your child’s body will respond until we try a few sessions. Almost everyone will need a series of treatments to get the best results. You should notice positive changes within the first five appointments; however, a typical course of treatment is one or two times a week for 5 to 10 weeks.

Can my child still take medications or undergo Western medical treatments?

Yes! Chinese medicine works to restore balance and helps stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanisms. You can safely use acupuncture and Chinese medicine in conjunction with other medical treatments. We will work with your child’s doctors to facilitate your child’s healing.