The answer is, YES! Kids can absolutely get acupuncture. Many times, kids don’t even need to have a needle pierce their skin; non-invasive tools can be used to stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanism. Children are very resilient and have a lot of Qi (pronounced ‘chee’), which allows them to heal much faster than adults. There is a Japanese-style technique called Shoni-shin that uses non-puncturing tools to promote healing in children.
Acupuncture for children can be very effective before any medications need to be used. Reducing medications can help the child continue to build a strong and healthy immune system on their own. It will also prevent future resistance to antibiotics and other drugs.
Pediatric acupuncture can be very helpful in treating cold and flu-like symptoms, headaches, abdominal pain, digestive discomfort, allergies, and many other common issues that children face. Not to mention the adverse side effects of pediatric acupuncture are minimal and usually only include minor bruising.
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