Well, wince no more: Clinics around the country are using needle-free versions of acupuncture on kids. The most common type, a Japanese style called shoni shin, involves gently tapping or massaging the child's body along pressure points. Another kid-friendly method uses a small penlike device that delivers warm, ultralow electrical currents to trigger points.
One or two sessions may be enough to treat something like an earache, says Susannah Grace Carleton, a pediatric acupuncturist in Boulder, CO. Chronic conditions, like bed-wetting, may require a few months of treatment. Ask your child's doctor for a referral or visit the website of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine