Is Acupuncture Safe or Effective for Kids?

July 18, 2016 by Dr. Wu

Many Americans don’t believe acupuncture to be an effective treatment for any type of physical or emotional ailment. However, with a 5,000-year history of use for a variety of maladies, it’s obvious that people all over the world don’t share this same skepticism.

In fact, not only is acupuncture good for adults, but it’s also just as effective for kids. At Wu Chiropractic and Acupuncture, our Austin acupuncture specialists employ a variety of ways to provide effective, personalized treatment that’s safe as well as effective.

Understanding Acupuncture

Your body has a variety of interconnected systems that complement each other as well as work independently of one another. You’re probably familiar with several of these systems – the circulatory, lymph, and nervous systems, to name several.

Practitioners of the acupuncture healing system understand that most ailments arise due to an imbalance in your body’s meridian system, or energy system. To improve your condition, the flow of energy throughout your body’s distinctive network of energy channels needs to be balanced.

In fact, your meridian system is more a process than it is a structure housed within your body.

Does Acupuncture Work for Kids?

Many times, doctors generic prescribe medications or treatments that ostensibly treat any child or condition. However, generic treatments are not effective or even adequate to treat your child’s unique ailments or body.

At Dr. Wu’s practice in Austin, acupuncture is not a generic treatment. It can be tailored to the needs of each individual. Therefore, since each child has distinctive needs, acupuncture’s versatility means that it can bring your child relief and better overall health.

Is It Safe for Kids?

Unlike being pumped full of harmful drugs with adverse – or even worse, unknown – side effects, acupuncture is less invasive and involves no drugs at all.

In fact, not only is it safe, but it’s also painless. Each of the needles used is about the width of a human hair. When dealing with children, a skilled acupuncturist uses a special technique to insert and extract the needle so quickly that even an infant might not notice.

However, for any child with an aversion to needles, there are non-needle treatment techniques that are painless and easy to utilize, yet similarly effective.

What about Side Effects?

There could be bruising afterwards, but usually not if the needles were correctly applied. Your child could experience mild muscle spasms or soreness in the treated areas. Some patients also report being fatigued after treatment, a good sign that it’s working.

Don’t be surprised if your child experiences an unexpected emotional release or sensitivity. One tenet of acupuncture is that your emotions and physical state are interconnected, meaning energy treatment for a physical ailment should also stimulate an emotional response.

Since the body’s energy system is being affected, unexpected emotions that have been stifled sometimes come to the surface. Don’t be concerned, as this is normal.

Consult with Austin Acupuncture Specialist Dr. Wu

There are many ways to stimulate an acupuncture point, including the use of a traditional needle or a non-piercing one. At Wu Chiropractic & Acupuncture, regardless the treatment method used, your therapeutic results will be similar. Visit us online or call 512.436.3798 to schedule a confidential, personalized consultation.

If you are looking for a way to help your pain and stress, call Wu Chiropractic & Acupuncture. We focus on getting you healthy from the inside, out.

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Austin , TX 78759
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