The Hub of Paediatric Acupuncture (HOPA)

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Rebecca Avern

BA (Hons), FBAcC, Dip Paed Ac

I founded the Panda Clinic in Oxford in 2013. It was the first acupuncture clinic solely for the treatment of babies, children and teenagers in the UK. Today, the Panda Clinic is still thriving and growing. In my clinical work, I have seen time and again how acupuncture early in life can change the course of a child's health. I treat children of all ages for a wide range of conditions. Whenever possible, I teach parents Chinese medical massage techniques they can use on their children in between treatments. This means the child heals more quickly and needs fewer sessions.

As well as my clinical work, I am the author of a paediatric acupuncture textbook which is used in colleges all over the world (Acupuncture for Babies, Children and Teenagers - treating both the illness and the child). I am also the author of a book for parents and practitioners called Chinese Medicine for Childhood Anxiety and Depression. I teach paediatric acupuncture to practitioners in the UK and internationally.

I am the founder of the Hub Of Paediatric Acupuncture (HOPA). My vision is that HOPA will support more practitioners to treat children and that, in turn, more children will receive the many benefits of acupuncture.

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46-48 Godstow Road, Wolvercote, Oxford, UK
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Age groups treated
Babies, Toddlers, School-age children, Adolescents
Languages spoken
English
Professional body
British Acupuncture Council
Specialisms
Mental-emotional health, Neurological condition, Digestive disorders, Headaches, Sleep problems, Developmental disorders, Bedwetting, Urinary tract infections, General conditions of childhood, Allergies, Pain, Asthma
Certified training
Licentiate in Acupuncture from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine (2001). Diploma in Paediatric Acupuncture for the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine (2013)

FAQs

What is the youngest age that I can bring my baby to see you?

Newborn, and even premature babies, can come for acupuncture treatment. However, at this age, we would normally use non-needle techniques rather than needles.

My teenager wants to come for treatment but finds it hard if she is asked lots of questions about herself. Will this be a problem?

No, not at all. One of the wonderful things about Chinese medicine is that we can diagnose through observation so we don't need to ask too many questions. Having said that, if your child wants to talk, then that is fine too and can be an important part of the treatment.

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What is the youngest age that I can bring my baby to see you?

Newborn, and even premature babies, can come for acupuncture treatment. However, at this age, we would normally use non-needle techniques rather than needles.

My teenager wants to come for treatment but finds it hard if she is asked lots of questions about herself. Will this be a problem?

No, not at all. One of the wonderful things about Chinese medicine is that we can diagnose through observation so we don't need to ask too many questions. Having said that, if your child wants to talk, then that is fine too and can be an important part of the treatment.