Acupuncture Program

Acupuncture is an integrative therapy based on a form of medicine that is several thousand years old. During acupuncture, very fine needles are inserted into specific points on the body, known as acupuncture points. Stimulating these points is believed to activate the body’s natural healing ability, reduce pain, and promote physical and emotional well-being.

The Acupuncture Program at CHOP offers acupuncture, when appropriate, as a complement to the existing care plans of children and young adults with a variety of symptoms and medical conditions.

Who we are

The American Academy of Pediatrics published a report concluding that acupuncture is considered safe when performed by appropriately trained providers. At CHOP, acupuncture is provided by physicians who have specialized training in acupuncture, as well as trained acupuncturists with experience treating pediatric patients.

Our team has a particular interest in treating children who have complex medical conditions. We offer acupuncture services in consultation with the team of providers your child is already seeing. Our goal is to integrate acupuncture into your child’s existing treatment plan to provide the best care possible.

What we do

Your child will first undergo an evaluation. Our team will review your child’s health problem and determine which acupuncture points should be stimulated.

During an acupuncture session, your child will lie down as the acupuncturist inserts very fine needles into the skin. These needles will access acupuncture points in order to restore balance to the body.

The needles often remain in place for 10 to 20 minutes. These needles are sterile and are used only once. Most patients will need six to 12 treatment sessions, and other acupuncture-based treatments may also be suggested.

Who we treat

Patients with pain and nausea may find acupuncture helpful. These patients may include those being treated by:

If you believe your child may benefit from this service, please contact us directly or speak with your team of physicians about a referral to our program.

Our research

We recognize that studies which will help to define the role of acupuncture in the care of children with complex conditions are necessary. Over time and through research, our team will seek to refine the use of acupuncture to treat chronic illnesses.