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Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medicine. It has gained mainstream and medical acceptance in the last 10 years. Based on the Chinese belief that illness results from the interruption of qi ("chee") flowing through channels in the body, practitioners insert tiny acupuncture needles at various points along these channels. These needles help restore or re-balance the flow of qi.
Can your child benefit from acupuncture?
Many children are good candidates for acupuncture. Our acupuncture specialists often recommend therapy for children who:
- Are under stress
- Suffer frequent headaches
- Have muscle or skeletal pain
- Have muscle fatigue or soreness
- Feel tense or stiff
- Have a variety of allergic problems, including sinus drainage
- Have abdominal pain
- Have chronic nausea
- Have dental pain
Please note: If your child has headaches or another painful condition, it is critical that you first seek traditional medical care to make sure your child doesn't have a serious underlying health condition.
Lynn Rusy, MD, pediatric anesthesiologist, has offered acupuncture at Children's for many years. Her patients with chronic pain have experienced great results from acupuncture therapy.
About your child's appointments
Dr. Rusy will be your child's acupuncture physician. Each appointment will range from 30 to 60 minutes.
Since many insurance providers will not cover acupuncture, you may have to pay for our services out of pocket.