Welcome to HOPA for Parents
As a parent, you have probably found The Hub of Paediatric Acupuncture (HOPA) because you are concerned about your child’s physical or mental/emotional health. Perhaps you are considering whether acupuncture might be a suitable treatment for them.
We understand that making decisions about your child’s health can be difficult. We hope that you find the information you need here.
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What is paediatric (child) acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of health care that has been practised in different parts of the world for approximately 2500 years. It is a branch of Chinese medicine. Acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques to determine the nature and location of imbalance in the body. The focus is on the individual, as well as the illness. Acupuncturists follow the wise words of Hippocrates who said ‘it is more important to know what kind of person has a disease than what kind of disease a person has’. Every symptom a child has is seen in relation to each other. Treatment involves a variety of different techniques that affect the flow of the body’s qi, or vital energy, and help it to regain equilibrium.
Paediatrics has been recognised as a specialism within the acupuncture tradition for over a thousand years. Chinese doctors understood that children are not simply ‘mini adults’ and that they need different care. They skilfully adapted their diagnostic and treatment methods to suit children.
Over the last few decades, pioneering acupuncturists in the West have further adapted those methods to ensure that acupuncture is a well-tolerated and effective method of treatment for today’s children in the Western world.