Dr. Mindy Boxer – How Kids Can Benefit from Regular Acupuncture Treatments

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It’s becoming more and more common for parents to look for natural and effective treatment options to deal with childhood health concerns. Acupuncture is a great option for those looking to keep the whole family healthy in both mind and body. It really doesn’t matter how old you are, young or old, families can benefit greatly from regular Acupuncture treatments.

Acupuncture is a natural and safe therapy that takes an individualized approach to both diagnosis and treatment. A common theme you might hear is that Acupuncture doesn’t just treat the symptom, it treats the whole person. This is especially key when dealing with children. It’s important to take the time to understand the lifestyle implications and recognize the signs of potential imbalance and then utilize traditional Acupuncture diagnostic tools including checking pulse vitality or sensitivity to certain points across the body in order to develop a gentle and effective treatment that works with the child’s own energy.

Sometimes, helping a child’s imbalance may involve treatment for the parents as well. Oftentimes, a health issue with the parents impacts the child and vice versa. This is yet another reason why families have been seeking out acupuncture as a natural alternative to whole family wellness. As the parents achieve great results, that can impact the health of the child or as the child becomes well, the parents achieve greater balance as they see the positive impact on their children.

Children’s Issues

There are several health concerns that children suffer from that Acupuncture can help address. Children who suffer from skin conditions such as acne and eczema can suffer from low self-esteem and endure the brunt of bullying from peers because of it. Acupuncture can help young people achieve energy balance and reduce flare ups of these conditions.

Allergies are also prevalent in young children and are usually the result of an overly sensitive immune system. Acupuncture can help moderate the body’s immune responses to address both seasonal, environmental, or dietary allergies.

Children can develop dangerous attitudes toward food as they grow older, and many children also start out as picky eaters. Both issues can lead to digestive problems or, in the worst-case scenario, eating disorders. Acupuncture can help find the imbalance to cure those upset tummies, constipation or diarrhea.

Sleep issues are another problem that children can suffer from that impacts the entire family. From establishing sleep patterns in young babies and toddlers to teenage sleep disorders, acupuncture can improve sleep by addressing the underlying issues that could be causing these disruptions.

What the Research Says

In recent years, researchers have taken a deeper look into specifically how Acupuncture can help childhood health issues. There is an analysis of recent literature that can be very helpful from the National Institutes of Health highlighting several studies.

One study published in theJournal of Alternative and Complementary Therapies found acupuncture to be an effective alternative to treating chronic pain in pediatric patients. The study asked participants various questions regarding pain, nausea, and quality of life both before and after the acupuncture treatments. Study results showed both the parents and the children who participated indicated decreased pain and nausea, as well as increased quality of life after the treatments were finished. While researchers agree more studies need to be conducted, they noted that this is a promising indication Acupuncture can be used to treat pediatric patients with successful outcomes.

If you are looking for a whole family wellness plan, give me a call. I can evaluate what is needed on an individual basis for each family member, including your children. Acupuncture is a great natural alternative without the side effects of prescription medication.


Dr. Mindy Boxer is a holistic practitioner who has grown into her specialties in an organic way. Understanding a range of disciplines allows her to integrate the wisdom of Ancient healing in combination with the most recent innovations in Scientific research. This dynamic blend has enabled Dr. Boxer to help patients in the prevention and treatment of disease for over 25 years.
At age 15, Dr. Boxer began her lifelong practice of Yoga & Meditation, read many Nutrition books, began Juicing her Vegetables, and explored and all Raw Diet.  Recognizing the importance of Nutrition in overall health, she earned her Ph.D. in 1986 in Nutrition and Human Behavior, providing her with a solid foundation to counsel and educate patients on how to attain health and vitality.
Her informative Lectures and appetizing Cooking Classes were the perfect forum to educate the community about the effects of food on Mood and Behavior, as well as in innovative ways to balance Body Chemistry in order to achieve overall well being.
Sensing a need to expand her training and understanding of the human body as a whole system, Dr. Boxer continued her studies in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine,  and in 1993 earned a Masters Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine. She is licensed by the Medical Board of the State of California in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine and is also licensed by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine.
These diverse disciplines give Dr. Boxer a unique view of the human body and how to keep it functioning in an optimal manner. Her practice of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs and Functional Nutrition have a profound effect on Hormonal balance, Rejuvenation, and Immune system enhancement.

Dr. Boxer has a particularly keen understanding of Women’s Health issues including Gynecological irregularity, PMS, Fertility, IUI & UVF support, Healthy Pregnancy & Delivery, and Menopausal issues. Her interest in the human body as a dynamic system has given her the understanding to deal with such problems as improper Digestion and elimination, Cancer Support, Allergies, back pain, tight neck and shoulders, carpal tunnel syndrome, respiratory distress, chronic fatigue, Insomnia, Stress, Anxiety and Depression.
She has also studied the art and science of Homeopathy, earning her Diplomate in Homeopathy from the Hahnemann College of Homeopathy in 1995. This allows her to treat the whole person — physically, mentally, emotionally.
Proper Nutrition, Herbs, Acupuncture, and Homeopathic remedies are the tools Dr. Boxer utilizes to allow the body to heal itself and find its way back to balance. She is dedicated to helping her patients find “Radiant Health and Well-Being.”

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