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Pediatric Acupuncture

Pediatric Acupuncture

Does your child have a health problem that isn’t resolving in a timely manner? Have you tried all Western medical treatments and still not seeing the shifts you hope for? If so, chances are pediatric acupuncture could help.

Acupuncture safely and effectively treats many common pediatric conditions and has been used in China for thousands of years. Our philosophy is that every child is unique and deserves an equally unique approach to their health care. We do our best to focus on understanding your child’s health condition and creating an individual program that addresses your child’s symptoms along with the underlying cause.

We can customize our treatment plan to what is comfortable for both you and your child. We have special needles for pediatric acupuncture (that we call “taps”), which are so fine children usually barely feel them! We also have non-needle options such as laser or electric stimulation tools. Non-needle techniques have a similar therapeutic effect to acupuncture and can be equally effectively. We find that, in most cases, once we build trust and rapport with a child, they will eventually try acupuncture.

We usually incorporate a good amount of home care so you and your child can be an active part of the healing process. This usually includes:

Pediatric acupuncture works well for:

Chinese medicine works to restore balance and helps stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanisms. You can safely use acupuncture and Chinese medicine in conjunction with other medical treatments.

Age 8 years and under

Usually for this age we use non-needle techniques, or quick insertion/Japanese style technique. Occasionally some acu-pressure or TuiNa massage will be quickly performed. The actual time child is receiving treatment is 5-15 minutes, depending on their age, ability to settle and circumstances. The remaining time is spent working on case progress, treatments and home care.

Children Age 8-12 years – “Big Kid”, Tween and Teens- Supporting Adolescence

This is similar to an adult intake session and treatment. For most kids this age they are very comfortable with the “tap” needles and enjoy the full 30-minute rest time with needles inserted. Often we may incorporate other modalities such as cups, laser, electric stim. The focus of these sessions are not only to address any current health conditions but also to establish a healthy rhythm for your child’s body and energetic system. We work together to develop healthy diet, lifestyle and stress coping issues that may be affecting health. We have found this allows a child to be empowered by taking control and accountability for health. It also sets a strong foundation for long-term health and wellness.

Dandelion Wellness Club- This is a Kids Program for kids wanting to explore all the ways natural health care can keep them healthy and strong. Dandelion kids come in monthly for their wellness visit and session. In addition they can sign up to receive our quarterly/seasonal newsletter. The newsletter is geared for kids interests, it includes discussion of current topics, fun ways to support good health care, delicious recipes that are easy to make, and much more.

Distance Pediatric Consultations

If it is difficult to come with your young child, or too far to travel, we can consider a “distance consultation” over the phone. During this appointment we do a very thorough intake and get all the information needed to create a treatment protocol. This can help us determine the root cause of your child’s issue and help you develop a custom-healing program.

“Distance consultations” are available only by our pediatric acupuncture team, limited to availability and usually need to be booked several weeks in advance. Please call for more information on the distance consult schedule.