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Childrens Acupuncture & Tui Na

Chinese medicine has been used to safely treat children in China for thousands of years. As it is a holistic medicine, each child is treated according to their unique pattern of disharmony. It is non-invasive, has no harmful side effects, is a good alternative or compliment to Western Medical treatment and is generally well tolerated by children.

Tara is a trained acupuncturist and Tui na practioner as well as the mother of two young boys aged 17 months and 3.5 yrs. She became interested in treating children through Chinese medicine when her own children succumbed to a wide range of typical childhood illness and her practice grew from there. Children are very pure so they respond very well to this type of treatment as they are unlikely to have many blockages in their meridians, and they can recover rapidly. Tara often gives parents some techniques to use in between treatments.

Which treatment is best for my child?
Different methods are suitable for different children. Some respond well to acupuncture, while others respond better to Tui na (Chinese massage therapy), moxa or (painless) point stimulation with acupressure. Tara can also give dietary advice which may be helpful. Tara sees babies and children of all ages, from a few days old to teenagers. The commonest age group is 1 to 3 years.

What can it treat?

Many childhood illnesses can be treated with Chinese medicine. These include common conditions such as:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Enuresis
  • Night crying
  • Teething
  • Abdominal pain
  • Hayfever
  • Hyperactivity
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Attention deficit disorder

What happens during treatment?
Tara takes a full diagnosis which involves asking the parent and child questions about the main complaint, as well as a full medical history and information about diet and behaviour. Tara makes a diagnosis according to the principles of Chinese medicine and then discusses with the parent which treatment is most appropriate.

This is different to the type of acupuncture practised on adults, as a minimum number of points are chosen, usually between 4 and 6. A tiny sterile needle is inserted into each point with the child seated on the parents knee, and usually causes a slight discomfort but nothing like an immunisation as the needles are very fine. The needle is manipulated very briefly so the child feels a tingling sensation, and then it is withdrawn. The whole process is very quick. Tara uses a special gentle needle technique to cause minimum discomfort to the child.

Tui na:
Tui na is a therapeutic massage therapy and is often the first line of treatment for children in China. It uses the same meridians and points as acupuncture, but stimulates them with massage instead of needles. Children respond to it very well and most children really enjoy it.

Moxa therapy is also based on the acupuncture points, but heat is used instead of a needle. Moxa is a Chinese herb rolled into a tube shape, and the lighted end is used to warm the point. It is a gentle and pleasant treatment, and very good for children who are very sensitive.

Dietary advice
Tara can give dietary advice based along the principles of Chinese medicine that can be very helpful in the treatment of many childhood illnesses.

How many treatments will my child need?
This depends on the pattern your child has, and how long they have had it for. It can take between 1-8 treatments for something simple and more for more complex cases. Tara will discuss a treatment plan with you on your first treatment. Most children respond well to treatment.


£30 per 30 minute session

The practitioners that offer Childrens Acupuncture & Tui Na are...

Tara Rivero Zea

Tara is an acupuncturist, doula and holistic massage therapist. Tara is warm, friendly and professional. She specialises in pregnancy, fertility and children's treatments.

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