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Acupuncture for children has helped with a wide range of ailments, from headaches to the effects of asthma and ADHD, it is a safe alternative to pharmaceuticals that many parents do not want their children taking. Increasingly, more parents are turning to acupuncture as an effective and necessary method of reestablishing and maintaining health within their children’s constitution.

The benefits to treating children in your practice go above and beyond simply helping a child. Illness such as asthma can be a life changing experience for them. Asthma and other chronic illnesses account for countless hospital visits and missed days of school — not to mention sports and other social activities they are unable to participate in due to illness. Restoring the health of a chronically ill child gives a new dimension and richness to their life that they may have never had before.

Preparing For Your Child’s First Acupuncture Visit

You’ve decided to bring your child in for acupuncture treatment and now you’re wondering what you’re going to tell them about their initial visit.  In order to help explain to your child what is involved with an acupuncture treatment we’ve got a few pointers to help you out.  If your child is old enough to understand what is going on with their body, explain to them why they are coming in for an acupuncture visit.  Let them know you’ll be discussing their problem with the acupuncturist.   

Acupuncture in Children’s Terms:

“Acupuncture helps the body heal itself.  Our bodies are designed with great healing powers, but sometimes bodies need a little help to heal and that’s what acupuncture does.  It also helps the body heal faster.  The acupuncturist is a like a detective that is searching for the root cause of illness and then uses special spots called acupuncture points to begin the healing process.” 

Sometimes bringing a favorite toy gives them comfort if they are feeling scared or apprehensive.  Sometimes even the bravest kids don’t want to try acupuncture right away.  That’s alright, we have other non-needle techniques we can use that have a similar therapeutic effect as acupuncture.