Acupuncture and acupuncture-related therapies have shown particular promise in the treatment of many paediatric disorders. Furthermore, acupuncture is considered safe and well-tolerated with a very low risk of serious adverse effects.
Paediatric Acupuncture is a specialist area within Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and practitioners are required to complete additional training. If you would like to know more, the Evidence Based Acupuncture organisation has produced a document compiling all the recent studies involving paediatric acupuncture.
One of our greatest fears as parents is that our children might become sick and just like you, I wanted to do everything I could to prevent this. What I have learnt has revolutionised how I think about illness in my children and will help me to make better decisions for my children's future. I hope that I can empower other parents with knowledge that will help them too.
What to Expect.
Contrary to popular belief, Acupuncture is actually a very gentle way to treat illness and can help with many conditions. We can even treat using non-needle techniques such as low level light lasers or flower essences.
Chinese medicine views illness as an imbalance so it is always our aim to treat the root cause rather than simply abating the symptoms as this gives the best chance for long term recovery.
Acupuncture treatments for children differ to adult treatments. We do not expect children to sit still for long periods and the needles are only inserted for a very short amount of time. We may also use cupping or acupressure if applicable.
Initial appointments are 1 hour and follow up treatments last 30 mins.
Working with children requires a whole new approach. Children are often talked about or talked over by adults and Doctors. My aim is to empower children to feel heard and to be able to tell their story in their own words, whilst also understanding things from the parents point of view.
Children can come into clinic looking terrified and unsure of what is going to happen, but they leave with a big smile on their face feeling like they have achieved something special. This gives me the greatest job satisfaction.
During the treatment I work with the child to make sure that they are comfortable with where we place the needles. It's OK for them to say no, we can always find alternative places or even use different techniques altogether, such as, laser acupuncture, flower essences, nutrition or bio-resonance.
Please note that in the United Kingdom it is obligatory for a parent or guardian of a child under the age of sixteen to seek conventional medical help for a minor. Complementary medicine of any form does not constitute `conventional medicine’.
Please also be aware parents or guardians must be present at all times during the treatment of minors (under 16yrs).