Children are our life and as parents, we will do anything to prevent them from suffering. There are times when medication is not the answer to alleviating discomfort within our children because of the side effects and reactions that may occur. As a mom of two little boys, and as a Holistic Medicine Practitioner, I know firsthand the benefits of holistic treatments. Becoming aware of what our children are consuming, including medications, is vital in protecting our children’s immune systems.
Acupressure is a form of therapy similar to acupuncture that is part of the comprehensive medical system of East Asian Medicine. According to this study, acupressure has been known to alleviate symptoms in children including stomachache, nausea, high fevers, toothache/teething, sleep disturbances, anxiety, and more. Acupressure is a technique where you use either a thumb or pointer finger to press on a specific area, similar to an acupuncture point, on your child’s body.
The points we choose are measured by proportions and landmarks within the body. When performing an acupressure point, it is important to find the areas of tenderness, press down with firm pressure, and do clockwise circular motions while instructing the child to breath deep for 5-10 breaths. If the child is not old enough to be instructed to breathe, you can hold each point down for a total of 10-30 seconds.
Children are the most likely to feel the benefits of acupressure faster than adults because they have an exorbitant amount of energy. In East Asian Medicine, we call this “Yang” energy and this energy can help a child to heal faster. Often they do not need to receive acupuncture needles, but rather acupressure can be just as effective.