Children with chronic pain get a new lease on life

Seeing people suffer from chronic pain can be difficult, but it’s especially heart breaking when that person is a young child.

For parents and grandparents, watching a child writhing in pain can be a frustrating and helpless experience.

Fortunately, there is a natural and safe way to significantly ease debilitating chronic pain. And it’s without doping children up on the potentially deadly painkillers that the mainstream is foisting on children now, like Oxycontin and Vicodin.

A new study has shown that there’s a treatment that can help manage pain in young children and that has a profound impact on the overall wellbeing of children: Acupuncture.

Acupuncture works by stimulating your nervous system to release pain-relieving endorphins, while producing a powerful anti-inflammatory effect on the body.

We’re talking pain that last months and even years — headaches, abdominal pain, musculoskeletal pain, scoliosis, sports injuries, and Crohn’s disease — that can be successfully treated with acupuncture.

For the study, published in Alternative and Complementary Therapies, researchers put 55 children and teenagers with long-term chronic pain on a tailor-made acupuncture treatment programme.

After each treatment, all of them reported significantly and progressively less pain — an effect that lasted throughout the entire programme.

Perhaps best of all, the children reported less problems in other aspects of their lives: emotional state, social life, and academics. Reducing their pain helped the children go back to school on a regular schedule, get back to their activities, and have fun with other “healthy” children.

Of course, the findings don’t surprise me in the least. As one of the first American doctors to train as a medical acupuncturist, I’ve seen the wonders that this traditional Chinese remedy has had on many of my patients of all ages.

Now, this may be a bit of a prickly subject, especially with the very little ones. Nobody likes the idea of being stuck with a needle so it may take some convincing to get the children in your life to sit still for the treatment.

It’s no magic wand, but encouraging them to try acupuncture could make you a hero when they finally get to experience life pain-free.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing
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Sources:

“Acupuncture safe and effective for chronic pain in children,” Medical News Today, Dec. 21, 2015

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