In channel theory, disease is due to blockages in the body’s energy circulation, which can give rise to pain, dysfunction, and emotional imbalances. Basically, treatment is aimed at opening these blockages and promoting a natural, smooth, appropriate circulation of energies in the body. Acupuncture, or the insertion of fine wire-like needles into specific places on the body, is one of the major ways we accomplish this. There are many different styles of acupuncture, and we have studied and practice several different ones, some of which do not require any needle insertion at all, such as some Japanese style techniques or “pediatric acupuncture” techniques.
PEDIATRIC ACUPUNCTURE Children’s energy changes so quickly that we usually use more gentle, subtle techniques with them. There are many methods that can be used, such as magnets, ear pellets, non-insertion acupuncture techniques, massage techniques taught to parents, etc. We have glycerin-based (sweet) pediatric tinctures for many conditions. Sometimes for infants, the mother is given herbs, which help the baby through the breast-milk.