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Acupuncture safe for children?

Written by The Sarcasmist on November 21, 2011 - Comments (4)

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.


  1. My son at age 13 severely sprained his ankle while performing in martial arts. Almost immediately, his Tae Kwon Do Master performed acupuncture on his ankle. The very next day, he was free of all swelling and had no pain. He has not experienced any negative consequences as a result of that treatment. I am a firm believer that in the right hands, acupuncture is awesome. But, be sure you check out the person who is performing any procedure that involves the use of needles, including a sterile environment as well as a proper education and experience. Certainly, anyone who is untrained has no business performing acupuncture on anyone, especially children.

    • Wish I would have had this info a year ago. Went in for surgery in my leg, but the guys wasn’t trained. He seemed legit with the van and all, but I didn’t get any better.

  2. Papa-oo-Mau-Mau

    And I’m a firm believer that sarcasm really doesn’t hold ANY meaning for some people…

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