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Paediatric insomnia: using acupuncture to help babies, children and teenagers sleep


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The course will look at sleep from the perspectives of both Organ/pathogen imbalances, as well as disharmony in the Five Elements. It will illustrate how the quality of a child’s sleep is always intimately linked with other aspects of their emotional and physical life. It will include case histories, photographs and videos of treatments.

Sleep problems are a common reason for babies, children and teenagers to be brought to the clinic. Good sleep is fundamental to a child’s development, health and well-being. However, poor sleep not only has a deleterious effect on the child, but also on the entire family.

Acupuncture is a fantastically effective tool to help a child achieve better sleep. However, the diagnosis and treatment of childhood insomnia varies greatly from the treatment of adult insomnia.

The aim of the course is to enable practitioners to feel confident to:

  • Make an accurate diagnosis of a baby, child or teenager who is not sleeping well
  • Formulate an effective treatment strategy with acupuncture, paediatric tuina and lifestyle advice
  • Implement the treatment strategy in a child-friendly way

Learning objectives:

  • To identify what is physiological and what is pathological in terms of sleep patterns in children of all ages
  • Key aetiologies involved in sleep conditions in babies, children and teenagers
  • Sleep as a reflection of a developmental stage in the child
  • Key patterns of imbalance involved in sleep conditions
  • Effective treatment methods using acupuncture and paediatric tuina
  • Different approaches needed when treating babies, compared with young children, compared with teenagers
  • Confidence in discussing necessary lifestyle changes with parents and children


  • ‘To sleep like a baby’: what is ‘normal’ at different ages
  • Babies: aetiology of sleep problems   
  • Babies: the process of diagnosis
  • Babies: patterns of imbalance
  • Babies: treatment approach and methods
  • Children: aetiology of sleep problems
  • Children: the process of diagnosis
  • Children: patterns of imbalance                 
  • Children: treatment approach and methods
  • Teenagers: aetiology of sleep problems
  • Teenagers: the process of diagnosis
  • Teenagers: patterns of imbalance
  • Teenagers: treatment approach and methods
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Rebecca is a senior lecturer, clinical supervisor and teaching clinic director at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine (CICM) in Reading, UK. Soon after qualifying in 2001, she spent 4 years working alongside and assisting Giovanni Maciocia in the writing of Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine. She studied paediatric acupuncture with Julian Scott. In 2012, she founded an acupuncture centre for the treatment of children in Oxford – the Panda Clinic. She is the author of the recently published textbook Acupuncture for Babies, Children and Teenagers: treating both the illness and the child. She teaches paediatrics at undergraduate and post-graduate level, most notably a year-long paediatric diploma at CICM.

$75.00 USD

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