Natural Care for Kids

Benefits of Acupuncture for Children

Children are especially responsive to Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. I have treated many conditions ranging from eczema to bed wetting in children, with great results. It offers a safe, natural and effective approach to health care for kids and they 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. I have treated babies as young as a few weeks old through to teenagers with Chinese Medicine.

Unlike Western drugs that can have unwanted side effects, Chinese Medicine has a very low probability of causing adverse effects1 and has the benefit of calming the child as well.

I can also teach you some simple and easy techniques. Such as acupressure points that you can take away, to use at home. And continue the beneficial effects of the acupuncture treatment.

Some of the conditions that acupuncture has been used widely for with children are:

  • Constipation
  • Colds, Sore Throat, Tonsillitis, Hay fever
  • Sleep problems
  • Eczema
  • Asthma
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Bed Wetting
  • Tic Disorders
  • Nausea & Vomiting
  • Pain
  • Mumps
  • Lazy eye 2

With acupuncture being such an excellent anti-inflammatory and boost to the immune system3, it is effective across many childhood disorders and complaints. Babies and children have an immature immune system which means that they catch most viruses going around.

Sometimes it feels like there is hardly a break between the tonsillitis, ear infections and runny noses. Chinese Medicine can help your child recover more quickly and therefore feel better sooner.  

It is so lovely to see children leave the clinic happier and more comfortable.

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.

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  1. Jindal, V, Ge, A & Mansky, PJ 2008, ‘Safety and Efficacy of Acupuncture in Children. A Review of the Evidence’, Journal of Paediatric Hemotology Oncology, vol. 30, no. 6, pp. 431- 442.
  2. Yang, C, Hao, Z, Zhang, LL & Guo, Q 2015, ‘Efficacy and safety of acupuncture in children: an overview of systematic reviews’, Pediatric Research, no. 78, pp. 112-119.
  3. Arranz, L, Guayerbas, N, Siboni, L, De la Fuente, M 2007, ‘Effect of acupuncture treatment on the immune function impairment found in anxious women’, The American Journal of Chinese Medicine, vol. 35, No. 01, pp. 35-51.
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