Yes! Absolutely! As a holistic medicine, acupuncture and Chinese medicine are ideally suited for both general health maintenance and the management of acute and chronic health issues in children. Acupuncture and herbal medicine are especially effective at treating conditions for which western medicine does not have highly effective treatments.  Frequent colds and flu, chronic ear infections, colic, digestive upset, teething pain and dermatological conditions are just a few of the most conditions I see most frequently in my clinic.

When working with infants and children in my practice I always go to great lengths to make sure both parents and children know what’s going on and what’s coming next throughout the course of the intake and treatment. When working with infants and children I primarily use a technique called “shonishin”. The word “shonishin” literally translated means “child’s needle”. It is a Japanese rendering of an older Chinese term with the same meaning. Shonishin is a method of acupuncture treatment ideally suited to babies and small children because most of the methods used in shonishin do not involve the use of needles. Instead a wide array of tools are used that can be tapped, rubbed, or pressed onto the surface of the body to provide a very gentle, non-invasive and effective treatment.

My clinic is very child friendly and there are toys and books in the treatment rooms used for children, as well as comfortable seating for the parents. Coming to the clinic should be an enjoyable process and I find that most children are quite happy to come for their check-ups and treatments. If you have questions about how acupuncture and chinese medicine could be helpful for your child please contact me to set up a phone consult.

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