Acupuncture in Santa Monica, Los Angeles

Pediatric Care

The efficacy of acupuncture is proven in adults but, until now, there has been very little research to support the efficacy of acupuncture in children. However, the use of acupuncture to treat medical issues from colic to ADHD in children is gaining popularity. A recent study showed that the use of acupuncture as a treatment for lazy eye is as effective as the traditional eye patch treatment. Another study found that acupuncture can help alleviate nausea and pain associated with chronic illness in children.

According to Dr. Gold, a leading specialist at Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, current research indicates that acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are beneficial in addressing many problems associated with both acute and chronic pain. Conventional medications can be combined with acupuncture to reduce common side effects that often come with higher doses of drugs.

A paper recently published by Dr. Gold and his colleagues in the journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine concludes, “Given the promising trends in the current acupuncture research, the relative willingness of families to engage in acupuncture and the low risk of deleterious side effects, acupuncture may serve to harmonize Western Medicine and TCM as a means of promoting preventive care and symptom management for children.”

References: Pediatric Acupuncture: A Review of Clinical Research, Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. January 10, 2008;  Jeffrey I. Gold, Colette D. Nicolaou, Katharine A. Belmont, Aaron R. Katz, Daniel M. Benaron and Wendy Yu