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As a parent, you want nothing more than for your child to be healthy. Regular checkups with your family doctor are an important part of maintaining good physical health. These visits allow for your doctor to detect and correct minor problems before they become major health concerns. 

You may not think of acupuncture as an important piece of your child's health care. However, it can be an essential alternative therapy to help regain and maintain your child's health.

Acupuncture is a whole-body approach to healing; it takes a holistic and nurturing approach to get you healthy. This is done by inserting fine, sterile needles to stimulate important acupuncture points found across the body to help promote healing. In addition to the insertion of needles, other non-needle techniques are used to stimulate the body's natural healing abilities and to bring about homeostasis. 

Acupuncture points activate the body's innate healing abilities acupuncturists call Qi (chee). According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Qi is the vital energy that animates the body and protects it from illness. Qi flows through pathways called channels and provides nourishment to the body's cells, tissues, muscles, organs, and glands. When there is an imbalance or blockage in the flow of Qi, symptoms related to a specific condition may appear. Acupuncture is just one aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCM), there are many modalities within TCM that may effectively contribute to restoring the body's natural healing ability.

Most people experience little or no pain when receiving acupuncture-- in fact, many experience a deep sense of relief, relaxation, and reduction of specific symptoms and signs. 

From a modern scientific perspective, stimulation of acupuncture points causes the release of many nervous system chemicals in our child's brain, spinal cord, and muscles that help restore the body's ability to heal naturally. 

These chemicals provide tremendous health benefits, whether influencing your child's body to heal more quickly or altering how they may be experiencing pain. Regardless, the healing and regenerative properties of acupuncture and TCM are truly amazing; the only way to find out if acupuncture is the perfect treatment plan for you and your family is to give it a try!

Here are a few stressors that can affect a child's health: 

Accidents/Falls: Children often fall and hurt themselves. Physical trauma blocks the free movement of Qi. Eventually, this can lead to less than adequate nourishment for the body and organ systems. Over time it can build up and lead to specific symptoms and signs. 

Environment: Exposure to environmental and chemical hazards can have a direct impact on a child's health. This may make them susceptible to things like colds, allergies, asthma, and digestive troubles.

Diet: A diet lacking gin proper nutrition can affect organ function and eventually overall health and well-being. Acupuncture helps strengthen and support out-of-balance organs.

Emotions: Children may experience unpleasant situations that affect them emotionally. They can internalize the stress from these situations, and over time, this stress can manifest into various signs and symptoms. 

The information above is provided by Acupuncture Media Works (