Conditions + Treatments

Acupuncture Treatments & Care

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The biggest challenge in pediatric acupuncture is addressing children’s fear of needles. To deal with this issue, Dr. Lin or a member of his staff often spends up to an hour with first-time patients and their families to make them completely comfortable with the procedure.

What should my child expect?

Your child will lie on a padded table. The acupuncturist will insert very thin, solid, stainless steel needles into key points on his or her body. Because the needles are solid, they don’t hurt as much as when using the regular IV needles. Most children feel only minimal pain as the needles are inserted (a tingling sensation), and some feel no pain at all.

Dr. Lin carefully explains the process and can demonstrate it on a child’s toy animal or even on his own hand. Once the needles are in place, no pain is felt and most children begin to feel comfortable and relaxed. Each treatment usually takes between 30 and 60 minutes.

How many treatments do I need?

The majority of patients come weekly for four to six weeks and then return for monthly follow-ups.

Will my insurance cover it?

Despite the documented benefits of acupuncture therapy, some insurance companies do not yet recognize the value. Please discuss your individual needs with us, and we will work to help you regardless of your financial situation or healthcare coverage.

What happens before the treatment? 

The acupuncturist talks with you and your child about his or her health history, including medications, diets and daily habits. The acupuncturist examines your child’s tongue and checks the pulse in both wrists. 

How old do you need to be to receive acupuncture? 

Infants as young as three weeks old can undergo acupuncture therapy.

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