Acupuncture has been practiced in China for over 2,000 years and is rapidly gaining acceptance in the Western medical community as an alternative or complement to Western medicine. It involves inserting tiny needles into the skin at strategic points to help unblock the flow of Qi (energy) through the body. Acupuncture for children can be a valuable tool for parents who are reluctant to give strong medications to their young children.

“A lot of kids are medication-sensitive, and acupuncture doesn’t have the side effects of medication,” explains Dr. Benjamin Katholi of the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital.  During an interview on NBC News,  Dr. Jeffrey Gold, the program director of Pain Management at the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles explained that “Often within a treatment session we’ll see a kid come in with a 7 out of 10 pain and it will reduce down to a zero or a 1 out of 10 pain within the session”.

And all of this without medication! If this doesn’t convince you, here are 10 more answers to the question: Is acupuncture good for children?

1. Anxiety
Does your child get extra nervous before a big test? Do they complain of tummy aches before starting something new? Acupuncture for children is effective in the treatment both anxiety as well as promoting healthy digestive function.

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