Because their bodies are so sensitive, children respond especially well to Chinese Medicine and about 20% of our patients are children under 12 years of age. They are usually children of our adult patients who are having adverse reactions to standard treatments and medication for childhood problems such as asthma, allergies, anxiety, Lyme, and various developmental disorders.
It is important to realize that the foundational principle of Chinese Medicine is to harmonize the entire being from both a physical as well as energetic standpoint. There are many ways to do this that do not involve needles.
Although pediatrics is a specialty within acupuncture, and some children do not mind being treated with needles designed for pediatric care, most children will not tolerate a treatment that involves needles.
Fortunately, there are many ways to harmonize and balance the meridians of the body that do not involve needles. A fear of needles does not mean that a child will be unable to experience the life changing benefits of this time-honored natural medicine.
In our practice, we use a device called the Arthostim to stimulate pressure points without the use of needles. The Arthostim delivers a gentle vibrating pulse to the pressure points without breaking the skin or causing any pain. We also use a combination of acupressure and nutritional healing to treat common childhood complaints. In lieu of needles, the acupuncture points are stimulated using painless non-invasive methods to achieve an effect that is almost as powerful as regular acupuncture. The treatments are completely painless, non-invasive, and most sessions take less than 10 minutes to perform so the kids don’t mind them at all.
Are the needle-free treatments as powerful as regular acupuncture? No, it’s almost as powerful but not quite. Nothing is as powerful as the traditional method of using needles because nothing else (in my experience) delivers as much of a powerful signal to the nervous system. The needle-free treatments will usually get the job done although it may take about 30% longer to see the results. In other words, an issue that would normally take 6 treatments to correct with traditional acupuncture may take 8 treatments with the needle-free methods. The results will still be there with the needle-free method, but it may take a bit longer.
Over the past three years or so (since early 2007), our clinic has been treating a rather large number of children suffering from various forms of Lyme disease and Autism Spectrum Disorder. This is a very controversial topic but I am happy to report that we treat these children using the same three-step procedure we use on everyone else: detoxification, nutritional therapy, and restoration of the communication grids (acupuncture meridians). The only difference is that we tend to use needle-free methods so the children are not afraid to come to the office .
If your child has been diagnosed with Lyme or Lyme co-infections (bartonella, babesia, etc.), please read our article on Pasteur vs. Bechamp to get an idea of our thoughts on the issue.
The most common childhood disorders that we see, in addition to Lyme and ASD, which also respond extremely well to Chinese Medicine include, but are not limited to:
Skin Disorders (Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Learning and Developmental Disorders