People often ask what the youngest age that I can treat is. I’ve treated patients as young as 2 months and as old as 97. Babies, kids and teens respond to acupuncture just as well as adults.

But Aren’t Kids Afraid of Needles?

Yes, many are. Chinese Medicine has special pediatric techniques just for this reason. A combination of acupressure and pediatric tui na (chinese medical massage) provides the same effects as acupuncture, minus the scary needle experience.

Some kids want to be brave and try needles (maybe because Mom or their big sister did) anyways. Kids do not need to lay on the table and rest with needles in for 20-30 minutes like adults do. Because their qi is so strong and pure, a quick in-out of the acupuncture points is all that’s required to bring kids into a state of balance.

Acupuncture and herbs are an effective option for parents not experiencing success with western medicine for their children’s health issues, or those simply seeking a more natural approach.

The Most Common Health Issues I Treat in Children:

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Anxiety
  • ADD/ADHD/ Autism
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Coughs & Colds
  • Ear infections
  • Eczema
  • Growing pains
  • Headaches
  • Rashes
  • Stress
  • Tummy aches

What About Teens?

To say that teens go through a myriad of challenging physiological changes and stressors would be an understatement (as any parent of a teen would attest to). The teen years are hard! Really hard! Whether it’s menstrual problems, acne, mood ups and downs or simply stress, there is plenty of room for improvement. Since acupuncture works as a cortisol regulator, it is effective for treating both hormonal issues as well as stress-related symptoms.

From my experience, teens benefit greatly from the integration of body, mind and spirit gained through acupuncture. They appreciate the opportunity to connect with themselves amidst the chaos. Acupuncture helps them learn to listen to their bodies and begin to take responsibility for their health. Most teens tolerate needles well, though needle free techniques may still be used for those with any needle phobia.

The Most Common Health Issues I Treat in Teens:

  • Acne
  • Amenorrhea
  • Anxiety
  • Colds & Flu
  • Depression
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Digestive issues
  • Eating disorders
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Migraines
  • Pain
  • PMS
  • Sleep disorder
  • Sports injuries
  • Stress

Acupuncture for kids and teens is a holistic approach to healthcare. Consultations and treatments typically include dietary and lifestyle recommendations, as well as herbs and nutritional supplements where indicated.