Dr. Michel Schreiber Dr. Helen Schreiber
Specialists in holistic medicine
Family doctors for parents & children

Laser Acupuncture for Children


Children, like adults, respond well to acupuncture. The proven indications are, among others, pain such as headaches (including childhood migraine), recurrent abdominal pain, acute and chronic respiratory problems such as coughs, bronchitis and asthma, restlessness and sleep disturbances.


In China, children are also treated with the conventional needle. The acceptance of the parents helps the children to be co-operative and makes the work of the acupuncture doctor somewhat easier. With patience and skill, the needle can be applied almost without pain so that the confidence and the acceptance of the child could be assured. With older children, the treatment with needles could work well.


Younger children are often afraid as soon as they see or hear about a needle! And the anxiety is not to be overcome simply with reasoning. We go by the rule, that we do not work against the resistance of the child.  Acupuncture with laser is then a good alternative, which can be used even for infants. “Laser” is an abbreviation which stands for “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation”. It is a beam of radiation in the same direction and thus amplified or strengthened. We use a small gadget in the form of a thick pen ( “Laser pen”) which generates the laser beam using batteries. Instead of using needles, the acupuncture points are stimulated, each for about 1 minute,  with the laser beam emitted from the laser pen which is held directly on the skin where the point is located. The treatment is completely painless and well accepted by children. Precaution measures such as special goggles are recommended.


The treatment can be carried out as the child sits on mother's lap, without fear or pain. The mother could bring a book to read and so distract the child and keep him still throughout the treatment which requires time and patience. Our experience over some 20 years confirm the good effects and the practicability of acupuncture and laser acupuncture for children.