Children typically respond very well to Acupuncture and reap many rewards from it. Acupuncture can be a safe and effective treatment for conditions like ADD/ADHD, sinus or respiratory problems, sleep problems, digestive problems, etc. In addition to treating these conditions, Acupuncture boosts the immune system and leaves children with a sense of wellbeing. To the surprise of many parents, most children ask to return for additional treatments.
A child who is diagnosed with or is suspected of having ADD/ADHD may be exhibiting a wide range of behaviors including being inattentive, timid, hyperactive, aggressive, fidgety, easily upset by trivial things, inability to concentrate, mental fatigue, poor memory, poor sleep, nightmares and other behaviors. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can significantly improve these symptoms, especially in children between the ages of 7 and 11. Acupuncture and herbs remove the obstacles to good behavior so the child behaves better and feels better about him or herself.
During a typical treatment, very thin Acupuncture needles (which are called filaments when treating children) are inserted at specific locations and are left in place for 10-15 minutes. Ear seeds, cupping and nutritional counseling are usually also used in treating children. Most children find the experience relaxing and some fall asleep during treatment. Even fidgety children are able to comfortably lie still for the treatment. In some cases, the improvements can be sustained after 8 -10 treatments. In other cases, periodic maintenance treatments are necessary.
Boy age 8, was averaging 9 demerits per week in school for not paying attention, being impulsive or aggressive, talking during class. After the first treatment, his behavior improved significantly and he received only 1 demerit the next week. He continued treatment and his behavior continued to be significantly improved. He was also treated for chronic sinus congestion with excellent results.
Girl age 10, was having difficulty concentrating in school and felt easily confused, was reluctant to do her chores, was irritable and fearful. After the second treatment her disposition and attitude were noticeably better. After the third treatment she was cheerfully doing her chores, was more polite and was sleeping better. After the forth treatment her grades showed improvement.
Boy age 7, whose impulsive and aggressive behavior was resulting in daily problems at school, including daily demerits and a recent suspension. He also had difficulty handling changes in plans. After the second treatment his behavior at school showed significant improvement and he received only 1 demerit at school in the following 3 weeks. He was also better able to handle changes and was more flexible. This child required periodic treatments to sustain the improvements in behavior.