Acupuncture without needles
If you are a baby, toddler, younger child, or if you are just scared of needles; but would still like to gain the advantage offered by acupuncture, well keep on reading because this is for you!!!
The first point I would like to make is that acupuncture is one of the therapeutic tools of Chinese medicine. Indeed, Chinese medicine is made up of 5 systems, or 'branches', and acupuncture is only one of them:
The 5 branches of Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture - Moxibustion - Auriculotherapy
Herbology or Pharmacopeia
Tui Na or Manual therapy - Cupping - Gua Sha
Energetic practice - Qi Gong - Tai Ji Quan
Nutrition - lifestyle advise - Yang Sheng
The good news is that if you are frightened by needles, Chinese medicine has a lot to offer besides acupuncture and a lot can still be done.
This is particularly important for younger children or sensitive persons that do not accept needles that well. If you, or your child, has a complaint and would like to use the strength of alternative medicine to regulate it, but without needles, then that can still be done with Moxibustion, Auriculotherapy, Herbology, Tui Na, Manuel Medicine, Energetic practice, nutrition and lifestyle modifications.
The second point is that acupuncture can also be done without needles. Acupuncture is used to stimulate certain specific zones on the body, called acupuncture points, and that is mostly done with needles. But if a person is afraid of needles, or is too young, we can still stimulate these acupuncture points with different tools such as magnets, acupressure with the hands, laser pen, magnetic pen, etc.
So much can be done without needles and can be just as effective as traditional acupuncture.
Acupuncture without needles is a great alternative for children and those who fear needles.
If you wish to receive support in Chinese medicine, but without the use of acupuncture needles, kindly notify the therapist at the intake or the first session. So much can still be done.
If you would like to know more, please do not hesitate to contact the practice.
* Written by Cedric Mallants / Chinese medicine specialist in Eindhoven