A pilot study carried out in Canada suggests that acupuncture may be useful in the treatment of paediatric anxiety. Twenty children with anxiety, aged 8 to 16, were randomised to either an acupuncture group or a waitlist control group. Participants received acupuncture sessions once per week for five weeks. Acupuncture points were selected individually for each participant at each treatment session based on TCM diagnosis and tenderness on palpation of Japanese hara points. Needling was combined with cupping and ear seeds where appropriate. After five weeks of treatment, anxiety was significantly lower in the acupuncture group compared with the waitlist group. Acupuncture was judged to be a safe and acceptable treatment for children and adolescents with anxiety.
Pilot study of acupuncture to treat anxiety in children and adolescents. J Paediatr Child Health. 2018 Apr 6.