Kate offers acupuncture treatments for children and adults. She has finished a one year course with Julian Scott- an expert in paediatric acupuncture. Kate offers gentle laser treatment to children who cannot have needles.
Acupuncture for children
Acupuncture is suitable for children of all ages, from newborn to teenage years. They are sensitive to their surroundings and respond to any unusual conditions in their lives. New food that is hard to digest, change of school or childcare, conflicts with siblings etc. can easily cause imbalances that if unresolved can quickly develop into health problems. Acupuncture and other modalities of Chinese Medicine (moxa, cupping, tuina, guasha, acupressure) aim to resolve those imbalances and provide a smooth transition into an adult life. It can also be used as an adjunct to conventional pediatric care.
The first visit last about an hour. After establishing the general nature of child’s complaint, careful observation and asking various questions, Kate will make a diagnosis in terms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The treatment itself is very different than treatments for adults, it is much quicker and can last from few seconds to 5-15 minutes, depending on the age of the child. Most time is spent gathering information and making sure child is comfortable.
Kate uses a special needling technique and offers smallest needles (size of a strand of hair) for her young patients. As a paediatric acupuncturist, Kate understands that not every child will undergo acupuncture. A child is never forced to have acupuncture treatment and there are several other non-needle treatment techniques that your acupuncturist may use. They are easy, painless and have a similar therapeutic effect to acupuncture. Moxa – a method of gently warming specific acupuncture points, massage and acupressure can also be used, some techniques can be taught to parents to carry on at home. Kate also offers laser treatment (a needle free alternative).
Babies and children usually respond very quickly to the needle and non-needle treatments. They may experience a significant relief in symptoms immediately or shortly after the treatment. If child presents with chronic condition it is expected that a gradual improvement in the condition is achieved.
Number of treatments required varies from child to child and depends on many factors: condition treated, TCM diagnosis, child’s constitution. For simpler patterns it can be one to ten treatments, ten to twenty for others, while some deeply rooted conditions may require many more treatments. Treatment is suited to child’s individual needs and adjusted with the progress.
WHO suggests benefits from acupuncture for:
– Digestive problems: tummy aches, diarrhoea, nausea and vomitting
– Weak immune system
– Respiratory disorders: cough, tonisilitis
– Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections
– Broken sleep
Monday to Friday
£50 - first appointment (40-60 min), £30 for follow ups (30-40 min)
from 3 months on