The Pain Management Clinic at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles is collaborating with Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Los Angeles to create a pediatric acupuncture program to help children manage chronic pain.
The Pediatric Acupuncture Program, which began treating patients in January, uses an integrative approach that brings the benefits of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to children suffering from chronic pain.
“Current research indicates that acupuncture and TCM are beneficial in addressing many problems associated with both acute and chronic pain,” said Jeffrey I. Gold, director of the Pediatric Pain Management Clinic, and assistant professor of clinical anesthesiology and pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine.
“We are excited to bring acupuncture to the patients at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles,” said Johnathan Heywood, Yo San University’s president. “This is an extraordinary opportunity in integrative medicine that offers our students another layer of richness and opportunity in our unique program.”
The Pediatric Pain Management Clinic currently offers the acupuncture treatments once a week, with plans to increase the frequency in the future. There also are plans to develop joint research projects and studies in integrative medicine, combining acupuncture with Western medicine in pediatric care and treatment.