Pediatric Acupuncture in the News

Acupuncture’s beneficial effects on children is well documented and some recent headlines caught our eye. Did you know that acupuncture can help soothe colicky babies? Or reduce the pain of cerebral palsy?

A recent study published in the journal Acupuncture in Medicine found that colicky babies cried less when they received acupuncture treatments for 2 weeks. The results also suggested that acupuncture could have a lasting impact since the babies who received acupuncture were still crying less than the babies who did not receive acupuncture 6 days after their last visit. The babies tolerated the acupuncture very well and the needles were only in for 2-30 seconds. Read more details about this exciting study at Time magazine.

Another new study in the journal of Medical Acupuncture found that acupuncture reduces cerebral palsy pain in children. Children with cerebral palsy have complex and distressing symptoms that diminish their quality of life. Medications required to manage pain have many side effects. This well-tolerated, effective therapy can reduce hospital stays and improve quality of life. Read more at Cerebral Palsy News Today.

We often see children for eczema, allergies, headaches and digestive issues. Herbal therapy and Shonishin (Japanese pediatric therapy) are two needle free options that can stand alone effectively to manage these symptoms.


PMS, Cycle Pain & Irritability

So many women come to see me with menstrual complaints. Their flow is too heavy (menorrhagia), it’s painful (dysmenorrhea), the cycle is irregular and many more.

From an Eastern medicine perspective, a woman’s menstrual cycle tells so much about what is going on in the body. Is your pain before, during or after your period? Each one tells me something different about you. Is the pain in the front, in the back, on the sides or all of the above? Again, each one provides a clue as to what is out of balance in your body. Often, emotional symptoms such as irritability, anger or weepiness occur before, during or after the cycle and wreak havoc in personal and professional relationships. Some women only have 2 weeks a month when they feel normal.

One patient came to me with a heavy flow she’d had for many years, for which surgery was recommended. After a couple of cycles with both acupuncture and herbal therapy, her cycles became more manageable and she lost much less blood. Losing less blood is a very good thing. You need that stuff! You will sleep better, your cold hands and feet will get warmer, you will feel more at peace….and did I mention that you will sleep better?!

Want to know what to avoid during your cycle according to Traditional Chinese Medicine? The Chinese don’t eat ice cream or drink cold drinks during their cycle, for example, because it tends to stagnate blood, which means more pain.

I absolutely love telling a patient that she does not have to live with a painful, heavy or irregular cycle. My best reward is seeing the patient’s happiness and satisfaction that comes after 4-5 acupuncture treatments, when symptoms are manageable and life is better. Don’t dread that time of month! Get it fixed.