When working with children, the tiny needles are often referred to as “taps,” to avoid the association with the much larger needles they may have come into contact with at another medical office. Some children are ready to accept “taps” right away, and others need time to warm up to the idea. At The Acupuncture Den, children are never forced or tricked into treatments they aren’t ready for. A number of very effective non-needle techniques are also available to treat kids who aren’t ready for “taps.” Acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years, including on kids. Qi, or life energy, travels throughout the body along pathways which have been mapped over time. When the body is out of balance, the Qi does not course these channels smoothly. Acupuncture, the insertion of extremely thin needles into points along the channels, is a method of tapping into and regulating the Qi, thereby helping the body and mind to rebalance and heal.