Afternoon D & C Dedicated To Mumbai
Home > Mumbai Mix > What A Prick!

What A Prick!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

No, we’re not encouraging you to use bad language, we’re talking about acupuncture! The healing technique is suddenly gaining attention as a treatment for children, says Jagruti Verma

Acupuncture is a traditional form of Chinese therapy that is used to relieve pain. It revolves around the concept of balancing the flow of energy or life forces through certain meridians (pathways) in the body. The process involves inserting fine needles into the body at strategic points in order to attain that balance. It’s recently been in the spotlight for becoming more child-friendly and yes, that sometimes means no needles!

“For children, we use needle-less acupuncture or follow painless acupuncture techniques. So, they don’t have to be held still or sedated to carry out the procedure. Children take the treatment pretty well; in fact, they respond very positively to it,” says Dr. Amrapali Patil, a weight management expert and founder of Trim N Tone clinic.

She explains the circumstances where these treatments are advised. “Acupuncture for children can be carried out for various disorders. It is especially useful in scenarios such as chronic inflammatory conditions that might otherwise require high doses of allopathic medicines over prolonged periods. Acupuncture can be chosen over treatments that present adverse side effects, and is a safe, natural and effective treatment. Disorders such as allergies, asthma and ADHD respond well to the treatment.”

And, even if they do use needles, there’s no need to be worried about your little ones — at least according to Dr. Amrapali. She explains, “There seem to be no risks when a qualified and well-trained acupuncturist, especially one who is also a physician, carries out such a treatment. The dangers are, however, extremely high if an untrained person goes about this and can range from sepsis to perforation of an organ.”

Beware of...
When the equipment is not properly sterilised and the person is not qualified or properly trained, things can go wrong and result in:

  • Pain, bruising and bleeding
  • Aggravated symptoms
  • Soreness
  • Organ injury
  • Serious infections

Things to remember

  • Don’t use terms such as needles, prick or pain.
  • Try to ease you child’s fear, rather than forcing acupuncture on them.
  • Ensure that the person administering the technique is a trained professional.
  • Talk freely about your concerns with the therapist.

Mom to Mom
Now that you know that acupuncture could be good for your children, how would you react? Let’s find out how these moms did.

Ashfin Dadan, a housewife and mother of three from Vikhroli, says, “Acupuncture may be good for children, but I would never get it done for my child because needles and small children just don’t go together! I might agree if it is extremely necessary and I don’t have any other treatment option. My youngest daughter is 2-years-old and of course, she cannot understand the process, but I feel as though it would be subjecting her to uneccesary pain.”

Maheringiz Cyrus Khodaiji, an administration and marketing professional and mother of 13-year-old twins, tells us, “I will look into it. However, because it’s a matter of my child’s health, I will first thoroughly enquire about the same and take a second opinion before getting my child into it. If the therapy is suggested by a doctor, I will be 100% willing to get it done as it will be for the good of my child. The tough part for me, would be to convince my child as every child is worried about getting an injection and this is a course where a lot of needles are involved! So, I will first try to help my child understand that this is not going to hurt, but that it will sort her problems out.”

Dry Needling
Dry needling is a technique that can be easily confused with acupuncture. Manasi Rajadhyaksha, a senior physiotherapist at H.E.A.L. Institute, tells us, “Dry needling is the therapeutic technique based on Western concepts of anatomy and neurophysiology as opposed to the traditional Chinese technique of acupuncture, which is based on energy flow systems and meridian lines. The confusion usually occurs because both use similar apparatus for executing the procedure, i.e. fine sterilised metallic filaments or needles.

Dry needling is part of the manual therapy technique usually used by a physiotherapist to help relieve trigger spots, scarred areas in muscles and overactive/ tight muscles. Because it is an invasive technique, it needs to be administered by experts with in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology. It can be used for children too and has no different effects or side effects. The only barrier that you need to overcome is that of the fear of pain. Most children are afraid in the beginning, but once this fear is cvercome, it is a safe procedure.”

The Acupuncture Kids Spa
The Shenmen Healing Centre in Mumbai has a special acupuncture spa service that has been set up for children between the age ranges of 3 and 16-years-old. They claim that this is performed to empower children with a positive self-image, in a fun and relaxing environment. We asked the owner of the centre, Santosh Pandey, a few questions about acupuncture. Here’s what he had to say.

What are the circumstances under which acupuncture for children is advised?
We recommend two visits every week for two months if your child has health problems such as seasonal allergies such as fever, asthma, a lowered immune system, ADD/ADHD, SPD, eczema, chronic headaches, anxiety or other more chronic conditions. After two months, your child may need to continue on a less frequent basis. If your child has a cold or an ear infection, one or two visits may be all they need.

How do children react when they are told about the needles?
Children feel a little uncomfortable at first and are sometimes scared. We try to engage the child, talking to him or her throughout the process, so that they feel more comfortable; children tend to require much less aggressive needling than adults. This treatment is also known as the tap-tap treatment. We first demonstrate the tap-tap on a pillow, then we ask the child if they would like to have the tap-tap performed on them. If they say no, or if their body language indicates that they wouldn’t, we use other effective, needle-free techniques.

What are the potential risks involved?
There is absolutely no risk involved in the acupuncture treatment for children. Acupuncture for children is virtually painless. Paediatric acupuncturists are trained to use a special needling technique using needles so fine that they are about the thickness of a strand of hair. For young children, a rapid needling technique is used, where the needle is inserted and immediately taken out. Babies and children do not have to sit still for more than a few seconds at a time. Acupuncture can help stimulate the body to heal itself without drugs that may cause unwanted or harmful side effects.

No Comments Posted
Goss & Gloss
Foodies can rejoice as Sofitel Mumbai BKC is ...
Glamour and gastronomy, fashion and flair were th
Back with a bang is Radio Bar on ...
I am really very uneasy and disturbed. I started
Dr. Rajan B. Bhonsle, M.D. (Bom)
Consulting Sex Therapist & Counsellor
Dr. (Mrs.) Minnu R. Bhonsle, Ph.D.
Consulting Psychotherapist & Counsellor
Select Sun sign:
Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 20)
Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 20)You are likely to remain careful and watchful today, foretells Ganesha. And because you'll be invited to parties and other social events, your enthusiasm will remain buoyant. You will also strike the right balance between business and pleasure, says Ganesha.
- Advertising -
It’s the new year and having to cope with the han
Ayurveda expert Mohamad Yusuf N Shaikh suggests s
If you have a scar that is bothering you, here ar
Read More