Acupuncture is a wonderful medicine for children. It has a long and venerable history in Asia, and it is growing in popularity in the West. Pediatric acupuncture includes many gentle modalities such as NAET, contact needling, non-retention needling, shonishin (Japanese technique of gently stimulating the meridians) and massage.
Acupuncture is used to treat a wide variety of childhood problems, including:
- Failure to Thrive Syndrome
- Weak Constitution
- Colic, excessive night crying, temper tantrums
- Indigestion, GERD, constipation and diarrhea
- Night terrors
- Allergies, asthma and colds
- Eczema and hives
- Ear Infections
Furthermore, acupuncture is effective for treating adolescents with acne, gynecological conditions (in girls), eating disorders, emotional problems and sports injuries.
The affect of acupuncture on young people can be profound. Research shows that children miss less school, sleep better and are more able to participate in extracurricular activities as a result of treatment.
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