Children, Acupuncture, and Traditional Chinese Medicine

I have found children to be especially responsive to Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.

I have seen many children in the clinic with conditions such as eczema¹, sleeping issues², colds³, migraines 4, hay fever5, and asthma6.

The research on the clear benefits of acupuncture for these conditions is mixed, click on the numbered links above to review the evidence.

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine does offer a natural approach to health care for kids and they usually love it!

The technique I use with children is gentle and painless. The needles are very small and fine and are rarely felt by the child. Needle free techniques can also be used if the child is afraid of needles. Such as laser acupuncture (pictured here..  

I have seen babies as young as a few weeks old through to teenagers with Chinese Medicine.

Unlike Western drugs that can have unwanted side effects, Acupuncture is well tolerated, and research articles recognise no fatal side effects, with the benefit of likely calming the child as well7.

There are some simple and easy techniques and acupressure points that you can take away, to use at home, and continue the beneficial effects of the treatment.

Acupuncture can be used for a wide range of conditions in kids8.

It is so lovely to see children leave the clinic happier and more comfortable. And of course, this means happier parents too!



Written by Dr. Kate Howden

Dr. Kate Howden is an empathetic and caring practitioner, with over a decade of nursing experience, in both general and psychiatric nursing. And now years of experience as a Chinese Medicine practitioner. She takes a holistic approach to client care and loves seeing people feel better about themselves.

Kate has a particular passion for women’s health. She is a mother with her own children and stepchildren and understands the many challenges women face. Kate also has experience in treating withdrawal from drug and alcohol addiction.

She enjoys regular games of netball and long walks with her partner.

Click here to book an appointment with Kate.  



8. Gold, JI, Nicolaou, CD, Belmont, KA, Katz, AR, Benaron, DM & Yu, W 2009, ‘Pediatric Acupuncture: A Review of Clinical Research’, Evidence Based Complementary Alternative Medicine, Vol. 6, No. 4, pp. 429-439.

7. Yang, C, Hao, Z, Zhang, LL & Guo, Q 2015, ‘Efficacy and safety of acupuncture in children: an overview of systematic reviews’, Pediatric Research, Vol. 78, pp. 112-119.

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