A pilot study undertaken by Canadian researchers suggests that acupuncture may be useful for treating anxiety in children. A total of 20 children with anxiety, aged 8 to 16, were randomised to either receive acupuncture once a week for five weeks, or to go on a waiting list as control. Treatment was individually tailored and combined with cupping and/or ear seeds if appropriate.
After the five weeks, anxiety was significantly lower in the acupuncture group compared to the control group. Acupuncture was judged to be a safe and acceptable treatment for children and adolescents with anxiety.
(Pilot study of acupuncture to treat anxiety in children and adolescents. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 6 April 2018.)