Pediatric acupuncture, a gentle and natural option to keep you and your family healthy!

Chronic illness in children is becoming more and more prevalent in this country and around the world with the rates of children affected by chronic conditions reaching up to 27%. If treated with traditional Chinese medicine and herbs, children can avoid introducing potentially harmful prescription drugs or therapies to their bodies. Avoiding harmful drugs can have a long lasting positive affect on their future health.  Firstly, complimentary medicine such as pediatric acupuncture can be an effective non-invasive way to treat illness, disease, and pain. Secondly, It also has the ability to reduce stress and improve mood!

What does pediatric acupuncture treat?

Lets talk about pain, we all have it and unfortunately so do our kids. A 2014 review shows that 30.8% of children suffer from chronic pain. One study showed that pediatric acupuncture helped to reduce pain in children and almost half of the children even had full relief! 40% found a complete resolution of pain symptoms. Thats powerful!

Studies also show that acupuncture has significantly benefited infants that suffer from Colic, stomach upset, and bouts of crying. In a study of 913 infants, aged  0-12 weeks of age, 690 of them experienced relief from symptoms. Symptoms such as inflated stomachs and defecation rate. The rest of the subjects experienced more mild relief. To clarify, almost every baby treated for colic found some relief and no adverse reactions. As a result, using acupuncture to treat infants with colic can benefit the whole family by creating a happier more balanced baby. Therefore a more peaceful environment. Another study on colic showed that pediatric acupuncture helped reduce crying time to less than 3 hours a day. Three plus hours of crying is part of the diagnostic criteria for colic.

One of the more difficult disorders to treat with any medicine is Autism spectrum disorder. Pediatric acupuncture can help to manage and greatly reduce symptoms for these children. Two studies show an improvement in linguistic skills, communication and global function.