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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Acupuncture Therapy is Safe for Children

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
The traditional method of acupuncture is declared safe and allowed its application in children, when performed by a trained practitioner, Canadian researchers said on Monday (21/11), in the online journal Pediatrics.

Researchers at the University of Alberta previously been monitoring data from 37 studies of acupuncture needles for 60 years in children since birth until the age of 17 years. They assessed the relationship between acupuncture needles and varying levels of side effects in children. Found, of 279 adverse events identified, 253 were mild, 1 moderate, and 25 seriously.

Serious adverse events including bleeding, infection, and heart problems and lung. One child may have contracted HIV. But the researchers said the more serious side effects associated with standard conditions of service providers rather than acupuncture technique itself. They concluded that in the hands of trained, pediatric acupuncture is fairly safe.

The technique of acupuncture has been present for thousands of years. The theory of traditional Chinese shows the placement of the needle to help balance the body's energy flow, which is called 'q'. Acupuncture is often used to treat headaches, migraines, back pain and joint pain, cramps, and nausea caused by chemotherapy. Estimate shows 150,000 American children undergo acupuncture each year.


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