In this podcast Pia and I discuss the application of acupuncture for children. There are different thoughts as to when it is appropriate to use acupuncture for children. Some feel that children should not have acupuncture treatment until they are 7 years old for girls and 8 years old for boys.
My understanding is that this is often the case for children when using abdominal acupuncture because of the nature of it and the effect that it can have on the pre heaven Qi. Pia has made me re think this and she tells me how abdominal treatment for a very ill 13 month old toddler who had paralysis and a multitude of other issues due to excess phlegm. She described how effective a very gentle abdominal treatment was and how the little child started to move its limbs during the treatment. As Pia says sometimes we have to weight up the pro’s and con’s and, lets face it, if we can give some relief to a seriously ill child with a very poor prognosis well then what harm can we do?
I talk about some of the children I have worked with using abdominal and how they prefer the more gentle approach that abdominal offers. We chat at length about the attitude of parents and how they can instill fear where there might not have been any in the child before. Often it is important to calm the parent more than the child about what the needles feel like and the effect they can have.
This topic is very close to my heart and I have used acupuncture on all of my children. The earliest session I gave my youngest was when she was 5 weeks old. A couple of drops of blood from the ear apex resolved a very gooey and unsightly conjunctivitis within an hour. Hopefully this podcast will encourage you to use acupuncture more on children and we can give children more options for problems such as ADHD and ADD, rather than the use of methamphetamine and similar amphetamine based pharmaceuticals that are currently used to give children more focus. I appreciate that these drugs can be very effective but wouldn’t it be great though if acupuncture could offer more !