Common childhood illnesses such as asthma, digestive disorders, allergies and immune deficiency respond very well to acupuncture. Acupuncture can also effectively treat problems with sleep, anxiety and attention in children.
When treating children fewer needles are used and the treatments tend to be short. The age at which a child can begin receiving acupuncture treatments depends largely on the child’s temperament, level of maturity, ability to understand the nature of the procedure, and the child’s willingness tolerate the needles. In some cases it may be appropriate to treat a child as young as five or six years of age with acupuncture.