Acupuncture can be a great way to help kids with a variety of issues, from behavioral problems to digestive troubles. In pediatrics, acupuncture is becoming more and more popular. Acupuncturists with a license who specializes in treating kids are in high demand. These pediatric acupuncturists are assisting kids where others are unable to, and for many of them, it is saving their lives.
If you’re thinking about trying acupuncture for kids, here’s what you need to know.
What Is Acupuncture for Kids?
Thin needles are inserted into the skin at particular points on the body during acupuncture, an ancient Chinese medical procedure. The goal of acupuncture is to stimulate the body’s natural healing process and promote balance and well-being. Acupuncture has been used to treat a variety of issues in kids, including:
- Digestive problems
- Ear infections Headaches
- Learning disabilities
- Pain relief (including postoperative pain)
How Does Acupuncture for Kids Work?
The exact mechanism by which acupuncture works is not fully understood, but there are several theories. One theory is that acupuncture helps to release endorphins, the body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals.
Another theory is that acupuncture works by stimulating the nervous system and improving circulation. This stimulation then triggers the release of chemicals and hormones that help to promote healing. Acupuncture is generally considered safe when performed by a licensed professional. There is a small risk of bruising or bleeding at the needle site. Infection is also possible after an acupuncture treatment, but it is very rare.
What to Expect During Acupuncture for Kids?
Acupuncture treatments for kids are generally shorter than treatments for adults, lasting about 15-20 minutes. The number of treatments will depend on the child’s condition and how well they respond to acupuncture. Some children may only need a few treatments, while others may need more.
Before the treatment begins, the acupuncturist will take a medical history and ask about the child’s symptoms. The acupuncturist will then examine the child and look for any signs of imbalance. Acupuncture needles are very thin and are usually not felt when they are inserted. Some children may feel a slight prick when the needle goes in. Others may feel nothing at all.
Once the needles are in place, the child can relax and rest for a few minutes. The needles will then be removed, and the child can go about their day as usual.
Are There Any Side Effects Involved?
Most kids tolerate acupuncture well and have no side effects. However, some kids may experience temporary side effects such as:
- Soreness at the needle site
If you’re considering acupuncture for your child, it’s important to find a qualified practitioner like Brandenton Acupuncture and Wellness. Look for someone who is licensed and has experience treating kids. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has published guidelines for the use of complementary and alternative medicine in pediatrics. These guidelines can help you make informed decisions about acupuncture for your child. For more information about acupuncture for kids, don’t hesitate to call us today!