Our gentle and nurturing approach to paediatric care aims to support your child development and address common childhood conditions.
Paediatric acupuncture is suitable for children of all ages, from babies through to teenage years. Each treatment is designed to fit your child’s needs and suit their temperament. Based on the age and condition of your child, we use different techniques, including tuina massage, cupping, moxibution, guasha, acupressure, acupuncture and no-needle acupuncture (Shonishin).
We might suggest some lifestyle advices and some simple "home treatments" in order to help your child and support her treatment. Our goal is to design a personal treatment plan that addresses for your child needs and fits into your busy family life.
Paediatric treatment techniques
Tuina is an incredibly effective system of massage which may be used on young children. The movements are selected based on the child's condition and involve stroking and gentle tapping on different parts of the child’s body. I design a specific tuina routine for each child and generally teach it to the parents so that they can perform it at home too.
Shonishin is a Japanese technique. It consists in gentle tapping, pressing or brushing technique on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s energy system and restore health. Shonishin literally translates as sho "little", ni "children, and shim"needle".
Moxa involves warming an acupuncture point with a herb (dried mugwort). A moxa stick is held near the skin and slowly produces a pleasant feeling of warmth, which children often find soothing and comforting. Moxa might be used for instance to address digestive disorders or colds.
Cupping is generally used to address acute conditions, such as cough or cold. A silicone cup is placed on a part of the body and a gentle suction is applied. Children often enjoy the process and tend to find it very fun.
Guasha involves gently scraping the skin with a massage tool. First, organic oil is first applied to the skin; then a smooth-edged instrument is used to stroke the skin, typically in the area of pain.
Acupuncture is a safe and gentle treatment option for children. We use extremely fine needles (0,16mm) and very few needles per treatment. Up to the age of about 7, needles are inserted and withdrawn immediately so the child does not need to stay still for any length of time. If a child is worried about needles, I would first gain her trust and start with non-invasive techniques, such as tuina.
Home treatment and press seeds
At the end of a treatment, I might put a press seed on a acupuncture point to gently stimulate it. Once it is on, the child usually forget about it.
I might also teach you a tuina or shonishin massage to perform at home. It will help your child's symptoms to improve more quickly.