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Unfortunately, those same features help produce a distinction the city&rsquo;s less likely to brag about: it&rsquo;s a regular contender for allergy capital of the United States.</span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ldquo;We are the worst,&rdquo; laughed Angela Buckridge, who practices </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/acupuncture\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">acupuncture</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> at her own clinic, </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/seymour-tn/angies-acupuncture\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Angie&rsquo;s Acupuncture</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">, in nearby Seymour.</span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">But wait&mdash;what does acupuncture have to do with allergies? Well, with more than 50 million Americans suffering from allergies each year, there are a lot of people seeking relief who are dissatisfied with the allergy treatments offered by Western medicine. </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Acupuncture for allergies</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> is one of the most common alternative therapies.</span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Since Buckridge lives and works in one of the most allergen-laden places in the nation, we asked her for insight into how traditional Chinese medicine views allergies and how acupuncture may help treat them.</span></p>\n<h2>How allergies fit into acupuncture&rsquo;s worldview</h2>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Western medicine often treats allergies in isolation. Visit the doctor with sinus congestion and a wheezy cough, for example, and there&rsquo;s a good chance you&rsquo;ll walk out with prescription for an extra-strength antihistamine or maybe a steroid to strengthen your airways. At an acupuncturist, allergies are looked at more as a piece of a puzzle.</span></p>\n<p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t automatically treat allergies because that&rsquo;s what the patient says,&rdquo; Buckridge said. Instead, she and her peers investigate how allergies fit into a larger pattern of well-being. To do so, they rely on a broad assessment of the body, which can range from multiple pulse measurements to a visual examination of the tongue. They also question the client, asking:</p>\n<ul>\n<li><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Does your digestion ever feel slow?</span></li>\n<li><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Do you generally feel warm or cold?</span></li>\n<li><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Do you have any recurrent pain or discomfort?</span></li>\n</ul>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">They want to gain insight into how well the organs are communicating. Acupuncturists believe the body is connected by a system of meridians; when these meridians are unimpeded, energy flows through them freely. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a river running through the body,&rdquo; Buckridge said.</span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">When the meridians are blocked, it dulls the connection between different parts of the body. Allergies could indicate an obstacle to communication with parts of the body that don&rsquo;t sneeze or cough. </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Acupuncture for allergies</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> seeks to remove those blockages.</span></p>\n<h2>The needles go where now?</h2>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Once the acupuncturist has finished their examination, it&rsquo;s time to insert some sterile, hair-thin needles. That prompts some questions: what are the needles for again? And where will they go exactly? (To soothe your nerves right now: they&rsquo;re inserted so shallowly that all most people feel is a bit of pressure.)</span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Acupuncture identifies more than 360 contact points on the body, Buckridge said, and where the needles are placed depends on what theory the acupuncturist subscribes to. Generally, though, by stimulating a contact point (i.e., inserting a needle)&mdash;on the ear, for example&mdash;acupuncture directs energy to its corresponding part of the body&mdash;the spleen, say&mdash;to help restore the unimpeded meridian. </span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">So if you use </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">acupuncture for allergies</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">, there&rsquo;s a good chance the acupuncturist will put needles in places as far away from your sinuses as your feet. The goal is to direct energy to where your body needs help healing itself.</span></p>\n<h2>How long will it take to feel relief?</h2>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Buckridge said that many of her clients experience immediate results. However, instant relief doesn&rsquo;t happen for all allergy sufferers. Some patients require multiple treatments to feel better; those with deep underlying conditions, Buckridge said, might experience worse allergy symptoms before they feel better. There may be heavy blockages to work through, such as scar tissue or calcium deposits. But people who have endured allergies for years may be more willing explore the possibilities of acupuncture.</span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">That&rsquo;s all right with Buckridge, who thinks acupuncture has a deeper purpose. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s about identifying how your body repairs itself,&rdquo; she said.</span></p>\n<h2><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Check out related reads on the Groupon Guide:</span></h2>\n<h3><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/what-is-reflexology\"><img alt=\"Reflexology hero png png\" src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/6LPDXSum3WHgfKzkXw7fU3/Reflexology-hero_png-600x390_png-600x250\" width=\"600\" height=\"250\" /></a><br /></span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/what-is-reflexology\">What the Heck Is Reflexology, Anyway?</a></h3>\n<p><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Turns out tiny spots on your feet can have a big impact on your physical and mental well-being. A reflexology practitioner explains all.</span></em></p>\n<h3><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/how-does-acupuncture-work-fq\"><img alt=\"1F jpg\" src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3K6Z7M1FsvHV3f2zbNT2Q3aoam6q/1F-5760x3456_jpg-600x250\" width=\"600\" height=\"250\" /></a><br /></span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/how-does-acupuncture-work-fq\">How Does Acupuncture Work?</a></h3>\n<p><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese art that Western science is beginning to embrace. Studies show that it may be effective for treating several forms of chronic pain.</span></em></p>","created_on":"2016-03-28T22:44:25.244Z","last_modified_on":"2016-11-10T15:20:43.476Z","last_modified_by":"","location":null,"author_name":"Patrick Doolin","author":"86b857dd-27b8-459d-b66f-c9777c1a5e9c","seo_title":"How Does Acupuncture for Allergies Work?","meta_description":"We talked a practitioner in one of the most allergen-filled cities to learn about acupuncture for allergies.","fb_og_title":"How People Are Using Acupuncture to Fight Allergies","fb_og_description":"An acupuncturist from one of America’s top cities for seasonal allergies explains how traditional Chinese medicine can help.","vhp_desc":"<p>An acupuncturist from one of America&rsquo;s top cities for seasonal allergies explains how traditional Chinese medicine can help.</p>","tags":["style_and_beauty "],"category":"b15cd6b1-5c37-445b-93c4-764e4597f020","secondary_categories":["c0907b1e-2934-4e90-9303-48725a225c47","b15cd6b1-5c37-445b-93c4-764e4597f020"],"published":"PUBLISHED","photos":[],"schemaOrgAttr":{},"permalink":"acupuncture-for-allergies","places":["48174036-6d4a-b06a-768b-014cc408e149"],"id":"a4b046ea-afb1-44e7-8b93-e9058465c88d","published_on":"2016-04-01T19:49:10.909Z","guid":"a4b046ea-afb1-44e7-8b93-e9058465c88d","imageUrl":null,"bodyColumns":"twelve","url":"/articles/acupuncture-for-allergies"}],"featuredArticles":[{"title":"Getting Acupuncture Isn’t as Bad as it Looks ","imported":false,"mobile_title":"","name":"","article_type":"","content":"<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3w8Qe9ZjtN8R5745PhL1sZ1zeesH/Acupuncture_jpg-600x390\" alt=\"Acupuncture\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">I have really bad allergies. I'm talking itchy watery eyes, 500 sneezes a minute, and a runny faucet of a nose, 24&ndash;7. After seeing how miserable I had been feeling, a friend who swears by </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/natural-medicine\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">alternative medicine</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> suggested I look into </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/acupuncture\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">acupuncture</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> treatments</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">. I almost immediately turned that idea down; there was no way I was going to voluntarily let someone stick me with a million needles. </span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">But then I was curious. I had never heard of </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/acupuncture-for-allergies\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">acupuncture</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> treating allergies</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">, but since antihistamines weren&rsquo;t really working for me, I decided that maybe it time to face my fears and give the </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">traditional Chinese medicine</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> route a shot. Below, I use my experience to answer some questions you might have about </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">acupuncture treatments</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">.</span></p>\n<h2>How does acupuncture work?</h2>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">As outlined previously in an </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/how-does-acupuncture-work-fq\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">article by the Groupon Guide</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">, the treatment works by stimulating precise contact points that correlate to other areas of the body. This stimulation sends healing energy where it needs to go to clear blockages (such as the ones that cause allergies), and alleviate symptoms. </span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">But even though I understood the basics of how acupuncture was supposed to work, I still needed some professional reassurance. My practitioner was awesome at calming my nerves and told me exactly what to expect. Before we began, he even did a little needling test to determine how sensitive my skin was and it turns out I wasn&rsquo;t very sensitive at all (halleluja!). </span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Which leads me to the big question...</span></p>\n<h2>Does acupuncture hurt?</h2>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Acupuncture needles</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> are sterilized and hair-thin. When my eyes were closed, I couldn&rsquo;t even really tell exactly where my practitioner was placing them&mdash;that's how virtually pain-free the process was. To to prevent any sudden movements from me, he told me where he was placing each needle before inserting them into my skin: on my forehead, nose, and cheek areas, and also down my arms and the back of my hands. Once he was done, he dimmed the lights, left the room and asked me to relax.</span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">It&rsquo;s important to note that although acupuncture doesn&rsquo;t hurt, it doesn&rsquo;t necessarily mean you won&rsquo;t feel anything. All I felt was a slight pencil-poke feeling with no discomfort at all. The treatment is different for everyone and sensations of pressure, warmth or even mild aching are all totally normal. More importantly, they mean that the therapy is working.</span></p>\n<p><a title=\"Try Acupuncture\" href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/acupuncture\" target=\"_blank\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/7cDAdrwYs31mkNc7fnwNdECArGx/Acupuncture_Shop_jpg-600x100\" alt=\"Try Acupuncture\" width=\"600\" height=\"100\" /></a></p>\n<h2>Selfies are a bad idea.</h2>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">I knew I wasn&rsquo;t supposed to really move around so as to not disrupt the needles, but I couldn&rsquo;t help myself... I was dying to see what I looked like! So I carefully reached for my phone and snapped a quick selfie. Bad idea. I freaked out a little when I saw myself because I looked like something straight out of a horror film. Thankfully though, it looked a lot worse than it actually felt. I was so calm and at ease that I'm pretty sure I fell asleep at some point.</span></p>\n<h2>Does it actually work?</h2>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">As I lay there on my back with my eyes closed, listening to the soothing music, I could literally feel my sinuses clearing up. My nose slowly stopped dripping and I could actually breathe through it for the first time in days. I was amazed at how quickly </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">acupuncture</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> worked to relieve my symptoms! </span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">For me, the cherry on top was that the results from one treatment proved to be effective for the entire season. Since then, I make it a point to go once a year right at the beginning of spring so that I can actually stop and smell the roses. Of course results can vary per person, but my only regret is not trying </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">alternative therapies</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> sooner.</span></p>","created_on":"2016-07-25T19:27:23.528Z","last_modified_on":"2016-08-02T19:18:44.198Z","last_modified_by":"","location":null,"author_name":"Anam Ather","author":"cba3f221-830d-4063-b5b8-bbde6cb0d7df","locale":"en_US","seo_title":"Getting Acupuncture Isn’t as Bad as it Looks","meta_description":"Eager to try acupuncture, but scared of needles? 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When incorporated into a healthy lifestyle, therapies like yoga and acupuncture or dietary aids like juice cleanses may help people feel physically or mentally better.</span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Many of these alternative therapies have been shown to be beneficial for grown-ups, at least to a certain degree. But does that also mean they&rsquo;re good for kids? Below, we broke down some popular forms of </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">alternative medicine</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> to see what positives they may (or may not) offer for wee ones.</span></p>\n<h2><a href=\"http://groupon.com/local/yoga\">Yoga</a> for kids</h2>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><img alt=\"alternativemedicine2k16 YOGA jpg\" src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/4PTNNdMxHKDLrsnC1mSaUZkZJDG9/alternativemedicine2k16_YOGA_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Adults often turn to yoga for its physical benefits, as well as its ability to help relieve stress and improve concentration. These are all things kids can benefit from, too. Practicing age-appropriate yoga moves can help kids develop better flexibility and balance. Most importantly, it gets them </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">moving</span></em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> instead of simply sitting in front of a screen. And since all it requires is a mat, it&rsquo;s a great way to get them to be active, even on a rainy day.</span></p>\n<blockquote>\n<h3><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">\"In children&rsquo;s yoga, it&rsquo;s not about getting into a pose and being bendy and flexy; it&rsquo;s about barking in downward-facing dog and mooing in cow pose.\"</span></h3>\n</blockquote>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Yoga may also help boost a kid&rsquo;s confidence and self-esteem. When we last </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/yoga-for-kids-five-ways-to-get-them-started\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">spoke to yoga instructor</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> Jill Carey, co-owner of </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/chicago/smarty-pants-yoga\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Mission Propelle</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">, an organization that teaches yoga in Chicagoland schools, she discussed how the practice could expand children&rsquo;s horizons. </span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ldquo;Occasionally, I&rsquo;ll have a girl say, &lsquo;I&rsquo;m not flexible, I can&rsquo;t do yoga&rsquo;. And then I show her that I can&rsquo;t touch my toes even though I own a yoga company, and that&rsquo;s OK.&rdquo; </span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">She also </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">believes that yoga can stimulate young minds and imaginations. </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ldquo;We combine all kinds of sounds and senses that make it exciting and different from other physical disciplines,&rdquo; she said.</span></p>\n<p><strong>Verdict: </strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Try it!</span></p>\n<h2><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/chiropractor\">Chiropractic</a> for kids</h2>\n<p><img alt=\"alternativemedicine2k16 CHIRO jpg\" src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3oj48We2XnWHuYZb1vVH6mL7UxD3/alternativemedicine2k16_CHIRO_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Most people associate a visit to the chiropractor with a crick in the neck or an aching back. But, as we learned when we last </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/what-does-a-chiropractor-do-sb\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">spoke with </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">board-certified chiropractor</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> Christopher Wolcott of Chicago&rsquo;s </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/chicago/southport-grace-wellness-center\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Southport Wellness</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">, </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">chiropractic care is often used to address all sorts of </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">musculoskeletal and nervous-system conditions, including headaches or wrist or leg pain. As a chiropractor, he said, his job is to consider the body as a whole whose parts can affect one another. As such, some patients come to chiropractors seeking relief for conditions caused by an improperly functioning nervous system, such as an ear infection or asthma.</span></p>\n<p>Experts generally have mixed opinions about whether chiropractic care is effective for children. But most agree that it is not likely to be harmful, assuming treatments are performed by a reputable chiropractor with experience working with children. Most also agree that chiropractic treatment should complement traditional medicine, not replace it.</p>\n<p><strong>Verdict: </strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Speak with your pediatrician about whether your child may benefit from chiropractic treatment before scheduling an appointment.</span></p>\n<h2><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/acupuncture\">Acupuncture</a> for kids</h2>\n<p><img alt=\"alternativemedicine2k16 ACUPUNCTURE jpg\" src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/KE6DPXcbf6mQ72bELXd7xZao3ME/alternativemedicine2k16_ACUPUNCTURE_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">One of the most well-known forms of Chinese medicine,</span> <span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">acupuncture revolves around the insertion of hair-thin needles at specific points in the body. Many modern Western practitioners believe that the needles help stimulate nerves and connective tissue throughout the body and that they may help boost blood flow. Acupuncture is often used to treat a wide range of conditions, from headaches to anxiety.</span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">One area that may be of particular interest for parents: allergies. As we recently reported, </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/acupuncture-for-allergies\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">acupuncture for allergies</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> is one of the most commonly sought forms of </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">alternative medicine</span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">. </span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Why? </span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">&ldquo;Western medicine often treats allergies in isolation,&rdquo; Angela Buckridge, who owns </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/biz/seymour-tn/angies-acupuncture\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Angie&rsquo;s Acupuncture</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> in Tennessee, told us. &ldquo; &hellip; At an acupuncturist, allergies are looked at more as a piece of a puzzle.&rdquo; </span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">While there&rsquo;s little data to verify the efficacy of acupuncture in either adults or kids&mdash;especially for treating anything besides pain or migraines&mdash;studies have shown that it is at least safe for kids treated by a trained practitioner. </span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">However, the bigger issue may be whether your kid can handle the idea of all those needles, which don&rsquo;t hurt but may be scary looking.</span></p>\n<p><strong>Verdict: </strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Sure, as long as your kid is OK with needles.</span></p>\n<h2>Juice cleanses for kids</h2>\n<p><img alt=\"alternativemedicine2k16 JUICE jpg\" src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/EBETCvmkgPmRUTw6b5cLGEnEUJD/alternativemedicine2k16_JUICE_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Juice cleanses continue to be popular with adults looking to </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/weight-loss\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">lose weight</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> or boost their body&rsquo;s detoxifying powers, but a growing number of companies are now marketing the cleanses to kids as well. Many parents may wonder if the juices&mdash;often loaded with fruits, veggies, and, in some cases, protein&mdash;might be a great way to get a picky eater to get the vitamins and nutrients they need. </span></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Of course, a juice cleanse isn&rsquo;t easy, </span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/i-survived-my-very-first-juice-cleanse\"><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">as our own tester discovered</span></a><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">, so it&rsquo;s no wonder that some experts are skeptical about cleanses that cater to kids. Dr. </span><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Marisol Gonzalez, an adolescent-medicine specialist, told the </span><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">New York Post</span></em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"> that she advises against such a restricted diet for children: &ldquo;Your body needs a certain number of calories for your heart to beat. If [you cleanse] before puberty, you can delay growth.&rdquo; She also raised concerns that following such a regimen at a young age might lead to eating disorders in the future.</span></p>\n<p><strong>Verdict: </strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Skip it</span><strong>. </strong><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">While</span> <span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">it certainly wouldn&rsquo;t hurt for a child to incorporate the vitamin-packed juices into their normal lifestyle, kids need a well-balanced diet to support their growing minds and bodies.</span></p>\n<h2><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">Check out related reads on the Groupon Guide:</span></h2>\n<h3><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\"><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/yoga-for-kids-five-ways-to-get-them-started\"><img alt=\"Teodora Lotus Mudra jpg jpg\" src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2pNvfmsxdzSb9CDqpqfXzYGQjUu1/Teodora_-_Lotus_Mudra_jpg-600x399_jpg-600x250\" width=\"600\" height=\"250\" /></a><br /></span><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/yoga-for-kids-five-ways-to-get-them-started\">Kids May Not Be Zen, But They'll Do Yoga If Parents Keep 5&nbsp;Things in Mind</a></h3>\n<p><em><span style=\"font-weight: 400;\">An expert in yoga for kids demonstrates how to adapt the practice for a child&rsquo;s attention span.</span></em></p>\n<h3><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/cooking-with-kids\"><img alt=\"kids cooking teaser jpg\" src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/gF7vqaJMSDVmvaGW3THSWA/kids_cooking_teaser_jpg-599x250\" width=\"599\" height=\"250\" /><br /></a><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/articles/cooking-with-kids\">Three Keys to Making Any Meal Kid-Friendly</a></h3>\n<p><em>There&rsquo;s a fine line between a picky eater and a connoisseur. Turn your child into the latter with these three tips from cookbook author Leanne Brown.</em></p>","created_on":"2016-04-12T18:55:50.548Z","last_modified_on":"2016-11-10T15:20:18.374Z","last_modified_by":"","location":{},"author_name":"Shannon Grilli","author":"6191c7ba-2a86-4dae-86c6-40a5eadf818c","locale":"en_US","seo_title":"Is Alternative Medicine Right for Your Child?","meta_description":"We look at four trends in alternative medicine, ranging from yoga to juice cleanses, to see if they’re a good fit for kids.","fb_og_title":"Is Alternative Medicine Right for Your Child?","fb_og_description":"More and more people are turning to alternative therapies to complement traditional medicine. But should they book appointments for their kids, too?","vhp_desc":"<p>More and more people are turning to alternative therapies to complement traditional medicine. But should they book appointments for their kids, too?</p>","tags":[],"category":"c0907b1e-2934-4e90-9303-48725a225c47","secondary_categories":["c0907b1e-2934-4e90-9303-48725a225c47","24be88b3-f7e1-4c32-ace2-8186f9594b1c","b15cd6b1-5c37-445b-93c4-764e4597f020","373d93cd-f886-4a84-8b14-174785bd4ce6","2157eb9c-f86a-4c7e-b672-5f350a6cda67","c0907b1e-2934-4e90-9303-48725a225c47"],"published":"PUBLISHED","photos":[],"schemaOrgAttr":{},"permalink":"alternative-medicine-for-kids","places":["7205e6fc-758d-b06a-9053-014cec88c2c1","b0029dfb-0152-b06a-768a-013a950b19f9","48174036-6d4a-b06a-768b-014cc408e149"],"id":"4a49eeb8-7358-4a72-b0a8-5de96657c4b6","published_on":"2016-04-27T19:04:06.078Z","guid":"4a49eeb8-7358-4a72-b0a8-5de96657c4b6","imageUrl":null,"bodyColumns":"twelve","url":"/articles/alternative-medicine-for-kids"},{"article_type":"NATIONAL","author":"df385855-6978-440d-b5a2-7d14dc0f0515","author_name":"Groupon Editors","author_page":false,"category":"b15cd6b1-5c37-445b-93c4-764e4597f020","city_guide_banner":{"source":null,"caption":null,"link":null,"image":null},"content":"<p><strong style=\"font-size: 1.5em;\"><iframe src=\"//www.youtube.com/embed/ki1uymU4W3Y?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0\" width=\"100%\" height=\"400\" frameborder=\"0\"></iframe></strong></p>\n<p><strong style=\"font-size: 1.5em;\">What is acupuncture?</strong></p>\n<p><a href=\"http://www.groupon.com/local/acupuncture\" target=\"_blank\">Acupuncture</a> is an integral part of traditional Chinese medicine. Today, licensed practitioners use it to treat a variety of conditions, most notably chronic pain. During the procedure, they insert very thin, disposable needles into the skin at specific sites, which adhere to ancient maps of energy meridians that traverse the body.</p>\n<p><strong style=\"font-size: 1.5em;\">What does acupuncture do?</strong></p>\n<p>How acupuncture works on a physical level is something that Western medical practitioners are just beginning to understand. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) posits that acupuncture balances &ldquo;chi,&rdquo; also known as life force, which is believed to flow through specific pathways in the body.</p>\n<p>The meridian or pathway points of TCM do, by and large, correspond to specific nerves and organic structures in the body. Many Western practitioners therefore believe that the use of needles and pressure may stimulate certain nerves and possibly boost blood flow.</p>\n<p><strong style=\"font-size: 1.5em;\">What are the benefits of acupuncture?</strong></p>\n<p>Many people turn to acupuncture to address ailments that Western medicine has failed to resolve or for which the treatments come with significant side effects. It&rsquo;s also frequently recommended by Western practitioners as a complement to their treatment plans.</p>\n<p><strong style=\"font-size: 1.5em;\">What are some of the issues said to be addressed by acupuncture?</strong></p>\n<p>The most common ailment that acupuncture treats is chronic pain. <a href=\"http://nccam.nih.gov/health/acupuncture/introduction#hed3\" target=\"_blank\">Several studies</a> suggest that lower-back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis are conditions that may respond positively to acupuncture. Studies have also shown that acupuncture may be effective for treating tension headaches, migraines, and chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.</p>\n<p>Other ailments said to be ameliorated by acupuncture include, but are not limited to, fibromyalgia, menstrual cramps, dental pain, and nicotine addiction. However, there is less clinical evidence to support the efficacy of acupuncture for many of these conditions.</p>\n<p><strong style=\"font-size: 1.5em;\">Is there downtime?</strong></p>\n<p>There is rarely downtime associated with acupuncture when it&rsquo;s performed by a licensed practitioner.</p>\n<p><strong style=\"font-size: 1.5em;\">How often should appointments be scheduled?</strong></p>\n<p>According to the <a href=\"http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/acupuncture/basics/what-you-can-expect/prc-20020778\" target=\"_blank\">Mayo Clinic</a>, a common treatment plan may include 6&ndash;12 sessions scheduled over the course of several months. The exact treatment plan will vary depending on the condition you&rsquo;re treating and how you respond to each treatment. Speak to your practitioner to learn more about the typical treatment course for your ailment.</p>\n<p><em>Read more about acupuncture and its applications at the National Institutes of Health&rsquo;s <a href=\"http://nccam.nih.gov/health/acupuncture/introduction\" target=\"_blank\">National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine</a>.</em></p>","created_on":"2014-10-17T21:27:21.000Z","deal_keywords":[],"fb_og_description":"Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese art that Western science is beginning to embrace. 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