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Chicago Acupuncture for Children

Contrary to what most might think, acupuncture treatment for children can have positive results on pediatric conditions. Evidence has been collected regarding acupuncture’s effectiveness when treating postoperative induced nausea, pain symptoms, asthma, and allergic rhinitis in children among other conditions. Many have argued against the use of alternative medicine such as acupuncture therapy for children, yet the chances of an adverse event (side-effect) happening has been reported to be approximately the same, if not lower, than a person who takes medications for the same conditions.

If your children are suffering from chronic pain, severe allergies, asthma, or any other ailment, we at Progressive Acupuncture Wellness Center in Chicago would love to sit down and discuss whether or not acupuncture therapy can help your children. Call (773) 786-9119 to schedule an appointment today.

The fact of the matter is that everybody has an opinion about healthcare when it comes to the treatment that their children receive, as they should. Realistically, research cannot tell you whether you should seek or refuse alternative medicine treatment based on the findings of a report. Still, the debate is understandable based on the lack of research about pediatric acupuncture therapy. In fact, PubMed Central published its most recent findings of pediatric acupuncture, which highlighted the insufficient amount of research available to analyze, stating, “While acupuncture holds great promise as a treatment modality for diverse pediatric conditions, a significant amount of additional research is necessary to establish an empirical basis for the incorporation of acupuncture into standard care” (Gold et al.)

In basic terms, what this means is that researchers are still gathering data about acupuncture therapy for children to determine its effectiveness or ineffectiveness. For instance, controlled studies of acupuncture in pediatric patients are currently being performed at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco, and the results have found that acupuncture is extremely effective in “managing nausea after surgical removal of tonsils and adenoids and following eye surgery to correct strabismus. It has also been shows to help reduce chronic headache pain in children” (Lingaas). UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco has continued their research and has incorporated acupuncture into pediatric care at UCSF.

At Progressive Acupuncture Wellness Center in Chicago, we believe that acupuncture therapy can have effective results for both adults and children, and the research on acupuncture therapy to treat pediatric conditions has only scratched the surface with how people can benefit from acupuncture treatments. As acupuncturists, however, we understand how effective acupuncture therapy can be for adults and children with certain conditions, and we have seen the results first hand.

For more information on how acupuncture therapy can help your children contact Progressive Acupuncture Wellness Center at (773) 786-9119 to schedule an appointment today.

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