Long-term childhood illnesses are increasing with 13–27% of children now being affected by chronic conditions.
Paediatrics is considered a specialist area in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) & Acupuncture. Children have the ability to grow and change rapidly and this gives them the ability to heal much easier than adults.
Various reviews have found acupuncture and acupuncture-related therapies to show particular promise in the treatment of paediatric pain, cerebral palsy, nocturnal enuresis, tic disorders, amblyopia, nausea and vomiting, digestive disorders, autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), and respiratory disorders. Furthermore, acupuncture is considered safe and well-tolerated with a very low risk of serious adverse effects.
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We all want our children to be strong & healthy without getting ill, but getting sick is a natural way for them to build a healthy immune system. It is only natural that as parents we want to reduce their pain and make them well again as soon as possible.
My own children are my greatest teachers and the reason why I chose to study paediatric acupuncture. What I have learnt has revolutionised how I treat illness and will help me to make better decisions for my children's future.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
Contrary to popular belief Acupuncture is actually a very gentle way to treat illness and can help with many conditions. Chinese medicine views illness as an imbalance so it is always our aim to find and rebalance the root cause rather than simply abating the symptoms only to have them recur again.
Treating children differs to adult treatments. It is unrealistic to expect children to slay still for 20-30 minutes with needles in. Our powers of regeneration reduce as we get older therefore in babies & toddlers the needles can be inserted then removed almost immediately with only 5-10 points used. Teenagers may be asked to lay for 10-15 mins whilst needles are inserted.
Follow up treatments are only 30 mins maximum as the treatment is generally repeated after a quick catch up on progress. Treatment plans are discussed at the first appointment but as a general rule, the longer a condition has persisted, the longer it will take to treat.