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.