There’s no denying…we need more treatment options for those dealing with ADHD and for those on the autism spectrum.
With the numbers rising every day these children deserve options.
Acupuncture may seem like the last thing you want to take your child who gets over stimulated easy, your child that can’t sit still, or even your child that can be impulsive or aggressive to, but we are here to tell you the treatment is far from what you think it may be.
The treatments are painless, some involve ZERO needles, and they can be fun and interactive!
Each child is so genuinely unique, it’s time we start treating them as so.
Chinese medicine is rooted on five key elements. These elements are Fire,Wood,Earth,Water, and Metal. Each of us are innately more prone to one element type. We look,we act, we process and feel like a certain element. Think of it like our Chinese horoscope. Kids have primary elements as well.
And that’s where chinese medicine becomes pretty unique because we can treat the child based off of their specific element type and gain a better understanding of why they act or feel certain ways. Once we have this knowledge it’s also extremely helpful to the parents because they can process better with their child.
Read more if you want to understand your child a little better!
“Dr. Cowan, who studied Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with Efrem Korngold, co-author of the modern TCM classic, Between Heaven and Earth, has spent the better part of 20 years verifying the Five Elements typology. He has amassed a vast video library of thousands of kids across the developmental spectrum, and he believes the elemental tendencies begin to show themselves within the first year or two of life.
Wood types are very physical. They’re the leaders. They’re competitive and want to be first. They always want to win, to be in front. They’re pioneers who see a path and want to take it. Natural leaders, they can usually win the enthusiasm of peers. Since they live primarily in the physical world, they often act out physically when stressed, becoming aggressive, argumentative, “in your face.” Under duress, they become the restless and assertive “Wild Child.”
Fire types are jovial pleasure-seekers. They like to relax, socialize and have fun. They often seek thrills and excitement, and love to entertain others. They’re fascinated by sensory stimuli and often get carried away by the “carnival” of light, sound and image that the world presents. They often dislike school because it is not fun; the dislike grows as they get older and the workload intensifies. They try to make things more amusing by becoming the “class clown.”
Earth types are all about the social world. They view their worth in terms of interpersonal relationships, and constantly seek social contact. They want to fit in, and often play the role of peacemaker. These are the constant-talkers who get in trouble because they can’t contain the need to connect with others. Quiet study periods are torture to them. Social matters are foremost in their minds, and they fret incessantly about who’s talking to whom, who’s mad at whom, and who will sit with them at lunch. This all seems far more important than their lessons. They are the “worriers”
Metal types are highly sensitive and detail-oriented. They see things few others do, and have an innate sense of order, beauty and perfection. They seek control and like to see their visions met. They value precision; where a Wood or Fire type might gloss over details, a Metal type digs right in. The downside is rigidity and inflexibility. They get stuck in their own vision of right or wrong, leaving no room for others. They have difficulty letting go of small details, get anxious when something’s not done “right,” and become negative when they feel out of control.
Water types think and feel very deeply. They live in the realm of ideas and imagination, and have only a modicum of interest in the physical, practical world. They’re natural wisdom-seekers, and have a rather advanced interior world for their age. They often seem to be “off somewhere.” They’re not particularly concerned with punctuality, and respond to time-pressures and other external demands by disconnecting, staring out the window, or retreating to their inner world. Unlike Woodtypes who become confrontational, or Fire types who seek thrills, Water kids become withdrawn in chronic stress situations.
All people manifest all of the elements to some degree, but if you observe yourself and others carefully, you’ll see that a certain element tends to predominate. In a healthy adult or child, the elements are in balance, so that even though one tendency is most prominent, it is well-tempered by the others.”
However you could see where if there becomes an imbalance and one predominates , issues may arise. We work closely with the children we see, determining what elements are imbalanced and where we can direct the treatment by choosing points along the associated elemental meridians.
Below are a few of the benefits children with ADHD or on the spectrum may receive while pursing acupuncture treatments.
ADHD and Autism may have general symptomology for diagnosis, however we truly believe each child presents uniquely and we intend to provide customized treatments for your child.
We offer free consultations if you would like to speak with a practitioner first on if this is a good fit for your child!