The short answer is no. The acupuncture needles we use for children are virtually painless. We call them "taps" because it more accurately describes the experience. The acupuncture needles are very thin and flimsy. Many kids feel little to no sensation. Children may feel a little "bug bite" when we insert the tap, but this sensation quickly passes.
How long do you keep them in?
Children are very "yang" in nature. This means that they require very little stimulation to initiate a healing response. Babies and toddlers receive an "in and out" technique with no needle retention. As kids get a little older, the needles are retained for a few minutes to up to 15 minutes.
What if my child does not want to have needles?
This is fine! There is plenty that we can do to effectivley treat them without the use of acupuncture. This includes acupressure, pediatric massage, guasha, cupping, moxibustion, and herbal remedies. Our keiki are assured that they only will get taps if they say it's ok. If they don't want taps at first, often times they will eventually become curious and want to try them. Trust is an important component of our success. They are a very active participant in the process... the way it should be!
Kid's have great mind/body wisdom. Sometimes they will ask for acupuncture because they make the connection that it helps them feel better.
How many times/how often will my child need to come in?
If the illness is acute, such as a virus, ear infection, or acute digestive upset, the child may only need 1 to a few treatments. If the condition is chronic, the child may require a series of treatments before we see results. Every case is unique and personal. I offer phone consultations before the initial treatment to assess whether acupuncture will be an appropriate treatment for your child, and to answer any questions you have: 808 633 6581.
Does insurance cover acupuncture for kids?
Normally, if acupuncture is covered in your plan, coverage is issued for your child. Check with your insurance company to verify this.
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