It's not surprising to me that there are some misconceptions about pediatric acupuncture floating around. Some of the common ones are that pediatric acupuncture is hard and kids don't like it, but the most damaging misconception is that it's unsafe! Some acupuncturists even believe that if you needle babies or kids under age 7 you might permanently damage their acupuncture meridians.
I'm so glad that this misconception has been brought to light because it is without a doubt 100% false!
When I work with kids it's important that whatever treatment I deliver is practical, safe, efficient and effective.
Of course, acupuncture needles are my first choice and I even treat babies with acupuncture. You can click here to see a video demo of me treating a baby with in/out needling.
Seriously, seeing is believing!
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Jake's pragmatic no-nonsense approach to treating children has had a strong influence on the way I approach kids.
I think you'll really enjoy this interview and the clinical pearls he has to share. Watch my interview with Pediatric Acupuncture Expert Jake Paul Fratkin, L.Ac. OMD below:
During the interview, Dr. …
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Shouldn't it be a no-brainer?
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One of the most common things I hear from acupuncturists who are interested in working with kids is they're afraid they might hurt or frighten a child during treatment.
This is totally understandable!
Few of us received enough training to feel totally comfortable treating kids with acupuncture. And no matter how much training you did get, you still have to practice before it becomes easy. Nobody wants to hurt a kid while they're learning.