Acupuncture Benefits Cognition in Children

Acupuncture benefits cognition in children: Research


Researchers conclude that acupuncture benefits cognition in children with mental retardation. The research team also found that acupuncture improved social adaptability. In this randomized study, participants were placed in either a medication group or an acupuncture group. The medication did not provide any statistically significant improvements. Acupuncture improved both the intelligence quotient and the social adaptability score.

A total of 60 children with mental retardation were randomly divided into an acupuncture group and a medication group. The acupuncture group received primary acupuncture point stimulation at acupoints Sishencong, GB13, Niesanzhen, GV17 and GB19. The medication group received piracetam tablets. Piracetam is a nootropic drug that is a cyclic derivative of GABA. It is sometimes taken as a cognitive enhancement drug, however, its primary clinical application is for cortical myoclonus. A course of treatment totaled 4 months of either acupuncture or piracetam ingestion. Efficacy was evaluated following a course of treatment using the China-Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children and the Infant-Junior School Student Social Life Ability Scale.

Piracetam failed to create a significant clinical benefit for the patients. Acupuncture improved the final intelligence quotient, the social adaptability score and the performance intelligence quotient. Neither group made a significant change in the verbal intelligence quotient.

In related research, investigators discovered that acupuncture can “effectively relieve child autism symptoms and enhance the intelligence, language ability and social adaptive ability.” The research documented that age was not a factor. The 4 to 6 years of age group improved and the 2 to 3 years of age group improved similarly. The scalp acupuncture treatment principle used in the study was “regaining the consciousness and opening the orifice.” A similar study concluded that scalp acupuncture combined with language therapy “has a significantly positive effect on language development in children with autism.” In yet another study, 12 acupuncture visits using electro-acupuncture improved functions in children with autism. Electro-acupuncture caused improvements in language comprehension and self-care ability for the children in this randomized, double-blind, sham-controlled, clinical trial of acupuncture for the treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Huang, J. B., H. F. Cao, J. Hu, L. H. Liu, Z. Wang, and H. Lin. “Clinical research on children mental retardation treated with acupuncture.” Zhongguo zhen jiu= Chinese acupuncture & moxibustion 33, no. 8 (2013): 682.

Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2011 Aug;31(8):692-6. Treatment of autism with scalp acupuncture. Li N, Jin BX, Li JL, Liu ZH. Neuro-Rehabilitation Department, Nanhai Women and Children Hospital Affiliated to Guangzhou University of CM, Guangdong, China.

J Altern Complement Med. 2008 Mar;14(2):109-14. Scalp acupuncture effect on language development in children with autism: a pilot study. Allam H, ElDine NG, Helmy G.

Altern Med Rev. 2010 Jul;15(2):136-46. Randomized controlled trial of electro-acupuncture for autism spectrum disorder. Wong VC, Chen WX. Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Queen Mary Hospital, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.

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Blessed Heart, Body and Soul

Why Blessed?

Blessed to be in your true, divine nature and know that truth from the spirit of your heart.

Blessed to be in your body, love your body and treat it as your temple.

Blessed soul because beauty lies in your depth.

The definition of blessed is holding in reverence.

Revere, honor and worship your heart, body and soul first and that love will emanate outwards and attract love because that energy is a magnet.

I am a mother, first and foremost, of three beautiful, children.

I am definitely blessed with their presence.

I have an acupuncture practice and am grateful to practice Chinese Medicine. I have learned much over the last 10 years of this medicine and will always continue learning and adding to my practice because that is what adds depth and breadth to what I do. And I love it!

My practice is a general practice, with much of my focus on women’s health and pediatrics due to my initial interest in women’s health through nursing and then pediatrics, due to having three children of my own. I am often adding new information to my education, like Body Talk and more recently, Esoteric Acupuncture and Sports Medicine. Sports Medicine and treating pain is pretty basic in the acupuncture world and I am ready to treat more of it. It’s very satisfying for the client and the practitioner to see that pain subside. I have spent the last 3.5 years doing Crossfit and know the benefits of acupuncture for injuries sustained in that environment.

I was grateful to be a labor and delivery nurse prior to becoming an acupuncturist.

I had the privilege of seeing over 300 babies enter the world and take their first breath.

Talk about reverence and miracles.

That one makes you drop to your knees.

The greatest miracles seem to be the most natural: a baby being born, a sunrise, the way the light hits the mountains on a fall afternoon in Colorado, listening to your own breath inhale and exhale, how our bodies operate perfectly everyday without us having to consciously do a thing, a sunset.

Being a labor and delivery nurse allowed me to make a conscious, educated decision about having three home births, knowing that babies have no more than 20 minutes of distress lent to them for a solid survival.

That experience was a miracle every time!

Let’s talk about how powerful that experience (birth) is, let me just add right here that the power of a woman in that moment is monumental enough to move mountains. That IS the type of power women possess. Every woman possesses that strength, whether that child comes into the world vaginally or via c-section, or in her life outside of childbearing. The power that our bodies contain is AMAZING.

That experience led me to holistic health, I just knew I wanted to help harness that power that all of us have in our bodies to heal. Our bodies inherently know how to heal. If the human body is given the right messaging, it knows what to do with the message and the brain connects the dots to heal.

Again, blessed.

Reverence and awe for the human body.

The greatest gift of my acupuncture practice has been being able to treat my family. Chinese medicine has carried my children through childhood without use of antibiotics and doctors visits. The continued use of the gifts of herbal medicine and acupuncture (needle less shonishin for children) help all of us through our health difficulties.

I also use food for health and truly believe that is where most of our health decisions are made.

But these days, it’s hard to make positive food choices as we are bombarded all the time with unknown elements, food sensitivities, leaky guts, choices between organic and non organic, grass fed and grain fed beef, antibiotics in our food and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). It gets really overwhelming!

In my private practice, I treat many pediatric clients and adults who suffer from food sensitivities and leaky guts.  Food sensitivities are increasingly common and alarming.

I am becoming more and more convinced that a diet consisting of lots of vegetables, meat, small amounts of grains, nuts, seeds and small amounts of fruit is the best way to eat. I think you can throw some dairy in there, too, but it’s gotta be hormone free and antibiotic free.  No processed food and no GMO’s (which is so hard, because they are not labeled). Processed food is creating very unhealthy societies in developed countries, as we know. The miracle of our bodies does not know what to do with chemicals and additives and plants that are created in a lab. Real food from the earth, natural food seems like the only way our body knows how to survive in a healthy way.

I am also convinced that exercise and spiritual practice is vital to our well being and health.

I am looking forward to sharing information regarding acupuncture practice, research, nutrition information, dietary, lifestyle, exercise and spiritual thoughts… It will constantly be a work of progress coming from new ideas and exciting research that I come across.

Looking forward to this journey with you!

With love and in reverence,