Acupuncture had widely spread out in the Western world some time ago, more and more people have been enjoying the benefits of this ancient Chinese practice for quite some time now. It has been demonstrated that acupuncture is an excellent treatment for chronic pain, depression, Bell’s Palsy and other health conditions. But, let me tell you one thing, acupuncture isn’t just for adults, as kids may be immensely benefited from this therapy too.
Acupuncture is becoming a relatively popular treatment for kids from birth to age 17. Kids and teenagers are not only using acupuncture for pain but also are benefited in the treatment of several conditions, including sleep problems, anxiety, fatigue, headaches, reflux, nausea and stomach pain, bone and joint pain, ADHD, asthma, allergies, bedwetting and drooling.
How does pediatric acupuncture help different conditions?
Some studies have shown that acupuncture may ease asthma symptoms in children and adults, as it alleviates wheezing.
Is very reasonable that babies have weak digestive tract; problems like colic, acid reflux, hernias, and food allergies can cause a lot of discomfort in babies. Acupuncture and pediatric herbal formulas is a beneficial way to aid minor digestive disorders so that your baby could develop.
Bedwetting is a normal process in the potty training for children, but this can also cause anxiety in the child. Usually, kids have dry nights by the age of 5, but sometimes bedwetting can be a hormonal or neurological issue, acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be a useful treatment.
Insomnia also is a common issue in babies and toddlers but also can cause attention span, and memory problems and also can cause sleep deprivation for parents. Pediatric acupuncture and Chinese herbs can bring a great deal of help to correct insomnia in children, healthily and naturally. The treatment aims to fix the underlying cause of insomnia rather than using sedatives to force sleep.
Acupuncture therapy as a complementary treatment
Most parents who genuinely believe in the power of Chinese and Oriental Medicine use acupuncture as complementary medicine or treatment to pediatric care. These therapies allow practitioners to address some of the gaps in pediatric care, such as environmental toxins, emotional care, sleeping patterns, colic, and reflux.
Kids with some chronic inflammatory conditions who take medicine have acupuncture sessions as part of complementary treatment because sometimes, medication isn’t enough.
Chinese medicine believes that each child is unique and the treatment should be customized to meet the child’s individual needs. Although the procedure is the same for both, kids and adults, there are some small differences. Acupuncture as most of us know, involves the insertion of very thin needles in specific areas of the body, to stimulate stagnant energy to flow properly again around the body.
These same principles apply to children, none the less, children only need a quick in and out insertion rather than leaving needles on the skin for 10-15 minutes. These needles are even more delicate than the one’s places on adults, so the child barely notices them. In children’s acupuncture, it’s vital to understand that not many acupuncture points need to be stimulated as the energy in them is so new that can be quickly restored and balanced.
As we mentioned before, the treatment for every child is different, and all aspects of the kid’s health are taken into account. When visiting the therapist for the first time, test on physical health like digestion, sleep, energy, immune function, diet and environmental well being and toxic load are examined.
Upon revising the child’s health history and patterns, pediatric acupuncture may be aid with either: Herbal medicine, non-needle techniques, Chinese pediatric massage, dietary modifications
Shonishin the no needle therapy
Shonishin is a non-insertive Eastern medicine technique to improve the health of your baby and children. Shonishin means Children’s needle therapy, and although no needles are inserted, small metallic tools are gently rubbed into children and babies’ skin to stimulate energy channels that will have fantastic effects on their organs. This type of no needle therapy treats a large variety of conditions in the early stages of life until when children are five years old.