Treating children with acupuncture has recently started to gain popularity. It is a safe and effective way to treat conditions in children, such as asthma, diarrhea, loss of appetite, chronic pain and eating disorders.
It can even be used to treat emotional disorders like attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Acupuncture has also been used to treat symptoms caused by chemotherapy, like nausea and vomiting.
The biggest hurdle in treating children with acupuncture is a psychological battle of the child conquering his or her fear of needles.
In cases where children aren't able to overcome their fear of needles, there are other alternatives to acupuncture: Shonishin and tui na are two types of treatments, which are similar to acupuncture and can treat most of the same conditions, but do not use needles.
Tui na massage is a needle-free technique that is very effective in treating conditions. The drawback of tui na when used to treat children is it takes a longer time to administer than acupuncture or shonishin; therefore, the child may become restless.
Shonishin is very beneficial for the child's nervous system. It is great for respiratory and digestive ailments. This technique uses small, metal tools to bring the child's qi (life force or energy flow) to the surface of the skin. Shonishin uses the same acupuncture points, except it is done by rubbing, instead of piercing, the skin. It is a great technique for children, not only because of its healing capabilities and because of the absence of needles, but also because children look upon it as a game. They can be entertained by playing with the tools while treatment is in process, making the session fun and fast.
All of the Oriental medical treatments mentioned above are great treatments for existing conditions in children as well as great preventative treatments. They can help to create an emotional balance in children, which is particularly useful in this day and age with the large amount of over-stimulation in our society. Another great benefit of using these treatments is that they are safe and effective and don't have the negative side effects, as do pharmaceutical drugs.
For more information about treating children with acupuncture, please contact Pacific College: (800) 729-0941, or visit www.PacificCollege.edu.