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Dr. Alex Tatevian has maintained a monthly acupuncture column in the health section of the Federal Hill Gazette since 1999.      
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  Federall Hill Gazette; October 2003

Acupuncture for Kids: Laser is an Option.

   Q: My question is could acupuncture help my 5- year old child? Do you even take patients as young as 5? Your response would be very much appreciated.
   
   A: Acupuncture is commonly done with children 4 years old and older.
    My personal experience goes back to 1985 when I participated in a comprehensive program for rehabilitation of children with asthma and chronic respiratory disorders. The ages ranged from 5 to 12 years old. The clinical results were excellent.
   
   Needling, however gentle and painless, can be psychologically disturbing for young kids. It is sensible to use acupuncture laser on children instead of acupuncture needles. Laser acupuncture for children has become the common practice in Europe within the last several years.
   
   Laser is the acupuncture technique; a perfect example of the blend of state-of-the-art technology with ancient tradition. This technique uses a low energy laser beam (also called Low Level Laser, or "cold" laser, or "soft" laser, or Low-Intensity laser) to substitute for acupuncture needles. Don't confuse this with laser pointers. The lasers for acupuncture are sophisticated and quite expensive devices that produce focused and coherent light beams of specific waive lengths of the spectrum.
   
    The advantages are that this method is non-invasive, quick, absolutely painless, very safe, and provides fast clinical results.
   
   Laser Acupuncture has definite advantages over needling the acupuncture points:
   - It is aseptic and non-invasive;
   - It is absolutely painless;
   - It is has no side effects if used properly.
   - It is ideal for use on painful points or in patients with needle-phobia.
   - Children tolerate laser acupuncture very well.
   
   You can find out more about laser acupuncture on the web site www.DoctorGetWell.org .
   
    Alex Tatevian, DA
   
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   Alex Tatevian, DA
   Acu Well Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine
   141 Airport Road, Warwick, RI 02889
   Phone (401) 738-9355
 
 
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