Acupuncture For Children?

June 15, 2009 by  
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"Energy Medicine Principles For Parents" by Peter Hanfileti, MD

"Energy Medicine Principles For Parents" by Peter Hanfileti, MD

I am often asked about the safety of acupuncture for children. As an acupuncturist trained to treat adults as well as children I can say with confidence that children can benefit from the holistic medicine model and the application of Chinese medicine techniques, which may or may not include acupuncture.

But I have a confession to make.   I avoid treating children in my acupuncture practice.

I am lucky because my husband, Peter, is a pediatrician who specializes in energy medicine. And even though I have patients who ask me to see their kids, I politely say, “no, I do not treat kids, because my husband is a pediatrician and his specialty is children.” My patients are always happy to hear this, so it is a win-win.

But the truth is, if I did not share an office with a pediatrician, I would refer to another acupuncturist in my local community who did specialize in treating children. That’s just how uncomfortable I am.

From the conversations I’ve had with other acupuncturists, I know I am not the only one who lacks experience and confidence in working with children.

That’s why I am so happy that Peter Hanfileti, MD (yes, my husband) just wrote a book about treating children with energy medicine! Peter is an excellent practitioner who has an amazing track record treating some of the most difficult conditions in children using acupuncture, acupressure, BodyTalk™, colored light therapy, and othe non-invasive energy medicine techniques.

I proofed his book and I learned a TON just from reviewing it!! It’s called, “Energy Medicine Principles For Parents: A Pediatricians Perspective on How Energy Medicine Can Help Your Child”.  (Click on the “New Ebook” button at the bottom of his homepage.)

But I am not the only one gushing about his book.  You can read what others are saying on his letter (here) and learn why having this kind of book available to your patients who are parents is so valuable to them and YOU.

In “Energy Medicine Principles For Parents”, Peter covers:

  • Energy Distribution – How Your Child’s Energy System Works
  • Energy Conservation – How Your Child’s System Protects Itself
  • Energy Hierarchy – How Your Child’s System Follows an Intelligent Priority List
  • Energy Resonance – How Your Child’s Energy System is in Synch with Yours
  • Energy Harmony – How Your Child’s System Fits In With Your Family’s Structure
  • Energy Imprinting – How Your Child’s Age Can Imprint Their Energy System
  • …And so much more, including practical strategies for parents to address their individual child’s needs

But my favorite section of the book is the Case Studies.  That’s because I see the kids who have benefited from his knowledge, skills, and kindness.  It always amazes me when I see a young child in our waiting room yanking on his mother’s arm asking, “Mom, when can I come back to see Dr. Pete?” How many children do you know of who look forward to seeing their doctor??

So if you are one of those acupuncture practitioners who lacks confidence in treating children, or you would like to be able to tell parents that energy medicine is a good choice for addressing the complex needs of kids, then go ahead and check out his website and new ebook.  As always, you are invited to come back here and tell me what you think.

Best Regards,
Lisa Hanfileti, LAc

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Here’s the link to his website again:

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7 Responses to “Acupuncture For Children?”
  1. Great & thanks for sharing your ideas on treating children. I have treated a handful of very small children, but mostly with herbs. I have, however, used acupuncture with children 8 and up, finding them to be really great patients! Some I’ve helped, others I haven’t, but all had positive experiences and were willing to let me treat them. I have a small child of my own now and though she has let me put in a needle here and there, she usually says “no” to acupuncture.

  2. Erik House says:

    I actually want to focus a good chucnk of my study in school on using TCM with chidren and want to make it at least a partical focus for my clinic when I’m done. I can’t want to buy your husband’s book I think it’ll be a wonderful resource for me.

  3. YES! I actually purchased the book and read the whole thing already. I was waiting for this type of book for many years. I am a mother of two and I’m very open to Energy Medicine from my own childhood experiences. My mother didn’t have any book like this one when I was little, so it is so wonderful that Peter made this book available to anyone who is open to it. This is a great introductory book and easy to understand even for people who have no knowledge about Energy medicine.

  4. Hi Erik,

    I am glad to hear that you are specializing in treating children with TCM. We definitely need more practitioners offering that to parents. I hope you also plan on building a website that helps educate people (all over the world) about the value of Chinese medicine for children.

    You can get Peter’s new ebook on “Energy Medicine Principles For Parents” by going to this page of his website:


  5. DDS Beaumont says:

    I have no idea that acupuncture is a good treatment for the children. I thought that it is just for adults. It’s good that it is also good for kids as well.

  6. Liz says:

    I find that when treating children, Tui Na and moxabustion are very effective. Using actual needles can be helpful, but they should not be retained for a very long time and the less used, the better.

  7. I have no idea that acupuncture is a good treatment for the children. I thought that it is just for adults. It’s good that it is also good for kids as well.

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