Acupuncture for children
Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for all ages.
One of the reasons I love treating children is because children can be extremely responsive to very gentle, minimal treatment- and this means that we can treat issues and imbalances in a simple way before they become deeper seated, complicated by medications and their side effects, or other compounding situations that we often see in adult or chronic issues.
Also, of course, any problem affecting a child affects the whole family! So often by relieving the child's symptoms, we are also treating the parents' stress and health- so everyone's a winner!
The main technique I use for children is a Japanese technique called Shonishin that takes advantage of their sensitivity to re-balance their energy, and usually does not even involve needles. The aim of treatment is to fortify the child’s vital energy and strengthen their constitution. Treatment will not only help symptoms to naturally improve, but will give a greater sense of well-being, and help strengthen the body's natural healing abilities, helping make the child less prone to illness.
Shonishin, like Traditional Chinese Medicine, is an holistic means of treating an individual.
This means that each child coming in will be treated as a unique case and have their treatment tailored specifically for them.
The frequency, dosage and strength of therapy, for example, will depend on the individual's constitution, medical history, age, and symptoms.
As with adult acupuncture, Shonishin has been seen to offer a safe and viable alternative to pharmaceuticals in the treatment a wide range of problems- from behavioural and emotional imbalances to more physical conditions. It has been used in treating infants and children afflicted with a wide variety of conditions, including colic, indigestion, GERD, constipation, and diarrhoea. It has even shown some success in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), allergies, asthma, eczema, hives, bedwetting, and stuttering.
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