Treat your kids to acupuncture

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Most people are familiar with using acupuncture for adults. But how about treatment for your kids? There are so many benefits in treating young children with acupuncture.

You can start treatment on babies as young as two weeks old. The youngest client I have treated was a baby who was just six weeks old. He was having digestive problems and colic as a result of being over fed, and we got amazing results with acupuncture.

Young children are very yang in Chinese medicine (they are active, dynamic and energetic) so they respond very quickly to treatment and often recover a lot faster than adults. When I was in China studying at the Zhejiang hospital in Hangzhou there were so many children coming in for treatment – it was normal for them to see an acupuncturist regularly.

What to expect during treatment?

When people think of needles they often cringe. This feeling is intensified when they think of needles and their child.  Acupuncture needles are painless and are only retained in the body for a quick second then taken out. The baby doesn’t even know the needles went in. We also have other treatments we use to treat paediatric conditions effectively like diet therapy, pediatric herbs, take home press seeds, which are applied to the ear on specific points. We also use  moxa stick and Chinese herb mugwort which is good to assist with the digestive system and can be used in baby massage.

For the first appointment we talk over what the health concern is. We then look at the tongue and pulse, which reflects what is going on internally. The Chinese Medicine diagnosis will determine what treatment is given.

Children respond well to treatment and usually need only one or two treatments to see their symptoms improving.

 Common illnesses treated with Acupuncture

  • Constipation
  • Asthma
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Hyperactive
  • Fever
  • Bed wetting
  • ADD and ADHA
  • Insomnia
  • Digestion problems, over feeding, colic
  • Cough
  • Otitis media, reoccurring ear infections
  • Anxiety   

Strengthening the digestive system to treat illness

In TCM it is extremely important when we are treating children to support their digestive system.  Children’s spleen energy is often insufficient according to Chinese medicine theory.

Children’s spleen and stomach are immature because they are still growing and developing, and not as strong as adults are.

Food stagnation or food accumulation – not digesting food properly – is very common in Chinese medicine. Children’s digestion can be easily damaged by taking antibiotics, poor diet, eating too many cold, raw or sweet foods can weaken the spleen and stomach according to Chinese medicine.

Cooked foods are easily digested; mashed veggies are the preference for the stomach and spleen to digest. Avoid dairy, milk products as this creates more mucus or what we called damp in the body in Chinese medicine. This can manifest as phlegm in the body, cough or cause digestion problems.

Until next time,





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