Kids Love Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine!
Safe and Effective Natural Treatments for Children.
To help kids feel comfortable, instead of using the terms “acupuncture” and “needle” parents and Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac. will call the treatment “tap-taps”.
Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac. will first demonstrate the tap-tap on a pillow, then she asks the child if they would like to have the tap-taps done to them. If they say no, or if their body language says no, she’ll use the other effective, needle-free, techniques for treatment.
And for those who are needle shy, Juliette will use other techniques such as painless laser acupuncture, microcurrent, shoni-shin tools (non-invasive rounded treatment instruments), and tui-na (pediatric medical massage).
Juliette Aiyana treats all ages from infants and babies to kids and teens.
Acupuncture Can Address Many Pediatric Conditions Such As:
- Food Sensitivities
- Frequent Colds & Flus
- Ear Infections/Otitis Media
- SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder)
- Growing Pains
- Chronic Pain
- Psoriasis, Eczema & Other Dermatological Problems
- Digestive Disorders
- Menstrual Symptoms
- Headaches & Migraines
- Stress & Anxiety
- Autoimmune Disorders
Babies and kids do not need to stay still during the treatments.
Babies and kids are squirmy. Juliette’s style of treatment is relaxed, friendly & playful. She will go with the flow of the child while ensuring an effective treatment takes place.
Needles are not retained in infants or babies and young children. The needles are placed in and immediately removed.
Older children and teens are able to stay still for longer periods of time so we do retain needles in them as long as they are interested in the “tap-tap” treatment.
If children are not interested in acupuncture or if they not tolerant of it, then I use other painless techniques such as cold laser acupuncture, microcurrent, shoni-shin tools (non-invasive rounded treatment instruments), and tui-na (pediatric medical massage).
Treatment Frequency in Pediatric Care
The treatment frequency depends on the needs of each child. If your child has cold or an ear infection then one or two visits could be all they need. Growing pains usually require about 4-5 visits.
Juliette Aiyana recommends one to two visits weekly for two to three months if your child has health problems like seasonal allergies/hay fever, asthma, lowered immune system, ADD/ADHD, SPD, eczema, chronic headaches, anxiety, menstrual problems or other more chronic conditions. After two months the child might need to continue on a less frequent basis.
Home Care Instruction is Provided to Parents
Nutritional support provided to parents is very helpful to help activate their child’s innate natural healing process. Not only do we suggest avoiding the obvious things such as processed foods, sugar, artificial colors and flavors, we also make dietary suggestions about what to include in the diet based on the healing wisdom of traditional Chinese medicine and modern nutritional sense.
Support provided to parents may include:
- How and when to administer herbs, supplements, essential oils and ointments
- How to regulate eating habits and how to feed picky eaters
- How to calm and regulate the child’s sleep patterns
- How to calm and regulate the child’s SPD/ADD/ADHD meltdowns
- How to apply pediatric medical massage/acupressure at home
Acupuncture & Herbs are Safe for Kids
Juliette Aiyana uses sterile, single-use, disposable needles. Chinese medicine has been practiced for over 2,000 years including the treatment of children.
An NIH meta analysis found that, “Within the repertoire of CAM strategies, acupuncture has emerged as a popular method of managing symptoms associated with a variety of medical conditions. Acupuncture is among the CAM therapies most frequently recommended by internists and family physicians and is currently practiced in over 140 hospitals in the United States.”
And the findings of an NIH study, state, “Given the promising trends in the current research, the relative willingness of families to engage in acupuncture and the low risk of deleterious side effects, acupuncture may serve to harmonize Traditional Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine as a means of promoting preventive care and symptom management for children.”
Your Health Insurance Might Cover Treatments
Some insurance companies cover Juliette Aiyana’s acupuncture services as an out-of-network provider.
If you’d like us to check your health insurance benefits, the billing department will need to verify your benefits 72-hours before your appointment date.
Call for details: 646-504-2251