Acupuncture safe for children?
Canadian researchers have reported that acupuncture looks to be safe for most children. A study of over 1,400 kids showed that only 168 experienced mild adverse reactions such as crying or pain. Only 25 were recorded as having serious adverse reactions (presumably a lot of crying and pain).
“In trained hands, acupuncture seems safe in children,” said the study’s senior author, Dr. Sunita Vohra, a professor in the department of pediatrics at the University of Alberta in Canada. (USA Today)
It is an important thing for such studies to happen because how else will we know whether or not sticking needles into children’s bodies by untrained individuals might be problematic?
Acupuncture is used to treat a variety of problems including pain, nausea, vomiting, anxiety and muscle spasms. Hopefully the 168 kids who experienced pain during their procedures weren’t being treated for pain.