At Metro Acupuncture, we understand the concern parents have about their children’s medical treatments. Acupuncture, a branch of East Asian medicine, is not just for adults. Acupuncture for pediatric patients offers a gentle, holistic approach to wellness that can provide relief from conditions like headaches, digestive disturbances, pain, ADHD, and mood disturbances in a way that is significantly different from pharmaceutical management. We at Metro Acupuncture, an Atlanta acupuncture clinic, have been working with pediatric patients since 1998 and we’ve witnessed first-hand how well children respond to acupuncture and the positive outcomes it can produce. 

Dispelling the Fear of Needles 

It’s common for children to be wary of needles due to experiences with vaccinations and blood draws, which use larger hypodermic needles designed to inject or withdraw fluids. However, the needles used in acupuncture are different. 

Hypodermic needles are typically thicker and can be painful, as they are designed to penetrate deeper into the body. These needles are hollow and create a hole in the skin. In contrast, acupuncture needles are extremely thin, about the diameter of 3-4 human hairs, and are designed to be virtually painless. They do not inject or withdraw fluids, which minimizes discomfort. An acupuncture needle is solid and creates a separation in the skin rather than a hole like a hypodermic needle. 

Why Pediatric Acupuncture? Safe and Effective 

Acupuncture stimulates the body’s own healing mechanisms without the need for pharmaceuticals, making it an exceptionally safe option for children. We treat a range of pediatric conditions with acupuncture, such as headaches, migraines, anxiety, depression, digestive disturbances, fatigue, chronic upper respiratory issues, ADHD, and pain. Acupuncture addresses symptoms and provides the body a chance to deeply rest, promoting natural healing. 

Many children who visit our Atlanta acupuncture clinic for the first time are anxious about the thought of more needles, but they quickly learn that acupuncture needles are different. An acupuncture needle is extremely thin and painless. Not only are the treatments painless, but the release of endorphins during the treatment also creates a setting for restorative rest and calm, unlike anything they may have experienced in a long time. 


Metro Acupuncture offers a comfortable environment where children can receive acupuncture treatment for their individual needs, helping them achieve natural relief without discomfort. As more parents seek holistic treatment options, pediatric acupuncture remains a top choice for its gentle effectiveness and benefits. If you are considering acupuncture for your child, I encourage you to reach out to us via phone or email. We would be glad to answer your questions and ensure that your child is a good candidate for acupuncture. If you would like to schedule an acupuncture treatment for your child today, you can do that here.