Your kids have been back to school for over a month now and along with all of the great new friendships they are making comes the sharing of germs. Kids are notorious for coughing and sneezing on their hands and on each other so it’s no wonder why the incidence of colds and flu increases during the school months. In addition to teaching your child to wash his hands frequently and keep her hands out of her mouth, you can also treat those impending colds with natural methods.
Most people associate Acupuncturists with only having needles as a method of treatment when, in fact, we are trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which encompasses many other modalities. For pediatric patients, we can treat them with acupuncture but since many children are afraid of needles from all their doctor appointments, we have other methods of choice!
Known to children as the “tickle machine” we can use mild electrical stimulation to stimulate the acupuncture points to treat them without the use of needles. We may also use various tools to massage and activate the meridians of the body to decrease fever and increase immunity. In addition, we can recommend natural Chinese herbal medicine for your child to increase immunity, lessen the severity of a cold, calm a cough, or even help them to focus better in school. These medicinals are very safe and effective treatments for your children so you don’t always have to use antibiotics (which aren’t effective against viruses anyway) or other stronger medications.