Chinese medicine is a highly effective treatment for many paediatric diseases. It can reduce the amount of conventional drugs children are required to take, as well as being an effective method of preventing illness and reinforcing the constitution of weak and sickly children. According to Chinese medical theory children correspond to spring, the dawn, the rising of yang within yin. A characteristic of their energy is its volatility, which means rapid changes in the state of their health. They get sick very easily, yet respond to treatment just as quickly. When they are ill, it is often possible to balance their energetic systems using small and gentle interventions. Chinese medicine accomplishes this very effectively.
Acupuncture treatment for children is simpler than in adults. The needles are thinner, the number of points less, and the stimulation time is short. If our needle technique is good, the insertion will be painless. The child will recognise the sensation of the arrival of the qi - we feel that it is better for them to live this experience than to be distracted away from it. When we treat older children, we show them the needle, ask permission and say “now let’s see if you feel a “zzz” inside - tell me when it happens”. If they are smaller we may say “now let’s touch two points and we see if they talk to each-other”
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