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Kid's Tummy Ache and Constipation? Try a Warm and Safe Alternative to Medication

Updated: Jan 3

Do you wish you could help your little one when he or she complains of a tummy ache?

Well, you can with a simple demonstration and instructions from a Licensed Acupuncturist.


Childhood constipation can be caused by numerous factors. Commonly, anxiety or other emotional state can slow down the bowel movement making eliminating difficult especially for young children. Other causes could be medical conditions such as hypothyroidism, or Hirschsprung’s disease which is usually found in boys with Down syndrome. Diabetic children also suffer a high risk of constipation. Changes in diet including an increase of sugar or altering levels of electrolytes can worsen constipation too. Children with nervous system disorders such as cerebral palsy, mental retardation or spinal cord problems are likely to suffer from chronic constipation because they spend prolonged time in one position.

Some medications are known to constipate: over the counter cold and antacid medication, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, chemotherapy and narcotics are all likely to constipate.

Easing Constipation

Acupuncture can regulate digestion and aid elimination.

A common modality of treatment employed by traditional oriental medical practitioners (acupuncturists) is moxibustion. Moxibustion is the practice of burning mugwort. Practitioners use moxibustion (or moxa for short) to warm regions and acupuncture points with the intention of stimulating movement and promote circulation.

Do It Yourself...!!!

A simple 5-10 minute treatment using a cigar form of dried mugwort burns at one end to warm the belly induces intestinal peristalsis. A licensed acupuncturist can demonstrate to a parent or counselor how to use the moxibustion stick safely and effectively. It is best to do in a ventilated room or outdoors.

Moxa pole does not touch the skin, only warms the channels

Esther Hornstein is a New York State licensed acupuncturist and diplomat in acupuncture.

In her Therapeutic Holistic approach, she addresses Pediatric ailments, Men & Women’s health, Pain management and overall Wellness.

Her private practice is in Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel.

To make an appointment you may:

call or WhatsApp : 054-719-9600

e-mail :

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