For parents, the rapidly rising rate of disease and disorder in children is alarming, frightening and certainly a wake up call. Autism, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have all been on the rise, and to make parents feel worse, the conditions are being diagnosed at younger and younger ages. Scientists and researchers have studied reasons for these scary trends and, although they havenâ€™t come to any definitive conclusions or cures, the general belief is that overuse of fertility drugs, overmedication through antibiotics and vaccinations for children, and general poor lifestyle choices for parents and baby have all led society down this path. The good news is that, although medications like Adderall often ease a childâ€™s poor behavioral symptoms, holistic and alternative medicine like Acupuncture treatments may actually help change behavior for the better.
To understand how Acupuncture eases and aides crippling symptoms of ADD and ADHD in children, itâ€™s important to understand how the procedure works. Acupuncture is an ancient Oriental medicine, although it is drug-free, which involves a series of tiny, thread-like needles inserted and manipulated underneath the skinâ€™s surface. To someone whoâ€™s unfamiliar with Acupuncture, this may sound painful â€“ or at least uncomfortable. However, Acupuncture and alternative medicine devotees claim itâ€™s entirely pain free â€“ and the results and relief are very worth any risk of discomfort. Additionally, the procedure is completely safe and healthy, even for babies and toddlers as young as six months.
Acupuncture is believed to correct disruptions in the bodyâ€™s natural energy flow, which is why children who suffer with ADD often report relief in symptoms. When a typically unruly child undergoes a series of Acupuncture treatments, it forces the child to sit quietly, reflect and meditate mentally and emotionally, while the Oriental medicine restores calm and cohesiveness physically. The combination of effective therapies often relieves or eliminates symptoms, completely drug-free!