The thought of sticking needles into your child is possibly more unbearable than suffering through colic and other infant ailments. But did you know that acupuncture can help improve your baby’s health – without needles ever piercing his or her delicate skin?
I know this only because I’ve been receiving acupuncture now for a couple years from an acupuncture physician who specializes in acupuncture for fertility, maternity, and babies.
To give you the background…
I wouldn’t have even thought of acupuncture when I first started suffering from De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, a common problem in the wrist that manifests in many moms who spend a lot of time picking up their little ones. I’d already had two steroid shots, but my hand had become nearly useless from the pain of the inflamed tendons. The doctor said my only remaining option was surgery. But I was breastfeeding, and my baby would not take a bottle. I wasn’t yet ready to wean him.
Then I was introduced to my acupuncturist. With regular treatments over several months, my wrist returned to new – with no medication, surgery, or other medical intervention. I was continuing to lift my child at home as usual all the while.
During my treatments, we had long conversations about how he helps children through acupuncture.
My acupuncturist uses non-insertion techniques to make babies well. The needles are there, but he just brings them near the skin to direct the energy to that point, rather than inserting them. He gains knowledge of the body’s needs by listening to the pulse at different points, and addresses those needs through his treatments.
He maintains that acupuncture can help babies who suffer from things like:
- Bronchitis, pneumonia, chest infections
- And a host of illnesses
To me, it’s near mystical. But he’s a talented healer with an extraordinary sense for what the body needs to make itself well. When I know something isn’t right, I will make an appointment with him as well as my regular doctor. In fact, I’m seeing him now for treatments to help prevent premature labor with this pregnancy. (And I have to say the acupuncture is a lot more pleasant than the side effects of the prometrium my doctor prescribed.)
I haven’t witnessed acupuncture treatments for infants yet, because ours haven’t required it (knock on wood). But I know who I’ll be calling if the time ever comes.