Paediatric acupuncture in the press

Paediatric acupuncture in the press

Shortly before Christmas, I was contacted by The Times health correspondent, who asked me lots of questions about why there had been a big rise in the popularity of paediatric acupuncture.  When the article appeared, as well as including some of my quotes, it also included some negative ones from Professors Ernzt and Colquhoun.  These two men are well-known to those of us in the acupuncture world, because they have made it their mission to discredit complementary medicine.  I was asked to respond to their comments by the British Acupuncture Council.  Here is the link to my response:

https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/public-content/public-pr-blog/6648-rebecca-avern-responds-to-a-recent-article-in-the-times.html

I also created a short video which you can view here to illustrate how well babies tolerate acupuncture treatment.

 

Rebecca Avern

I have been practising acupuncture for 15 years. As well as practising in Oxford, I am both a senior lecturer and clinical supervisor at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine (www.cicm.org.uk) which is the biggest acupuncture training centre in Europe. I have treated both adults and children and whilst the benefits of acupuncture for adults are well-known and well-documented, fewer people are aware of how it can benefit children. I decided that I wanted more children to experience the benefits of acupuncture, and so decided to set up The Panda Clinic. I have to admit to having another motivation - I love being around children and derive great satisfaction when I see children recover from ill health. I am mother to 2 primary school age children. As well as being an experienced acupuncturist, as a parent I have a good understanding of the stress and anxiety that an ill child can induce. I will always do my best to communicate with the parent(s) of a child I am treating as thoroughly and clearly as I can.