Why did I decide to work with kids?
Since having my daughter 7 years ago, my idea of health and well being shifted. I began to understand how much one’s health is a foundation you build starting right from childhood. Now with my son turning 4, acupuncture and herbal supplements are the most used and effective treatments in our family. I’ve realized that my passion for Chinese Medicine, naturally extends to treating children. Seeing first hand just how powerful this form of healing is has lead me to expand my practice to working with all ages. Often when the whole family is working actively towards good health, this is a true shortcut to success.
Children’s unique ability to heal themselves, give us the opportunity to influence their health in a very profound way with very little interference. A healthy child would then grow into a stronger, healthier, more confident and balanced adult. Acupuncture can address complaints like: headaches, ear infection, asthma, flu/colds, stomach aches: constipation, diarrhea, eczema, allergies, low immunity, anxiety and emotional imbalances, ADD/ADHD, infant reflux and chronic illnesses.
Is acupuncture safe for my child and how can it help?
Kids respond to acupuncture fairly quickly. I am always amazed how little you need to do with kids to achieve great results. We often start with 8 treatments, once weekly, in which time we will incorporate diet and other lifestyle changes, supplements and/or herbs as well as massage into the treatment.
Acupuncture for children is completely safe! I have had training in pediatric acupuncture and I also always look for warning signs in case a referral to your family doctor is the most appropriate course of action for your child’s well being.
Does my child need to be lying down or sit still with the needles?
No, most kids don’t sit still during the treatment. Usually it is done while they are playing on the floor or in their parents lap – that usually works best! For kids under 8, the tiny needles are gently tapped in and immediately removed. We call them ‘Taps’. I also use ‘buttons’, which look like a bandaid with a 1 mm needle in the middle. Most kids would not see or feel that insertion. I also have tools to stimulate gently the points without needle insertion at all. The treatments are much faster than the adult treatment, fewer needles or buttons are used and that is completely sufficient since children are able to respond much quicker to acupuncture than an adult would. So the treatment sometimes only takes as little as 10-20 min or less depending on the child age and needs.
Children respond so well to Traditional Chinese Medicine modalities such as Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs. They are also often very receptive to acupressure and massage such as TuiNa.
How many treatments will I need?
Every person is different and need to have an independent plan developed that takes into account all complains and the individual healing process. It is recommended to start out with 6-8 weekly treatments. For something that is chronic for example it could take 6 months to a year or longer. It is also always recommended to have maintenance care once in awhile after the body finds its balance to prevent other health issues from developing.
Dr. Dilyana Nestorova, a Registered Acupuncturist & Dr of Traditional Chinese Medicine, received her degree in the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ICTCM) in Vancouver, BC where she completed five years of intense training. Dilyana has since achieved the highest level of certification available in her profession (Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine), and she has attained the licenses of Registered Acupuncturist, Registered TCM Herbalist and Registered Doctor of TCM with the CTCMA (College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of B.C.). She is in her 10th year of practice and she continued to deepen her studies, research and continuing education in her field.
Her approach is holistic and she treats the body as a whole by focusing on the root of the illness beyond the symptoms. She recently began focusing and specializing in family practice, treating the whole family and addressing all age complaints; treating women, men and kids issues.
Dr. Dilyana Nestorova believes that each of her patients has a unique, personal healing journey, and she is dedicated to providing exceptional care and guidance in their process of recovery.
She truly cares about every one of her patients and their well-being. Being a busy mother and a professional herself, she manages balancing her career, family and thrive for optimal health, and she can relate to her patients challenges in all areas.
In her spare time she focus on self-growth and family time. She enjoys an array of health practices in her day and playtime with her kids and partner.
**All services provided by Dr Dilyana Nestorova are regulated by the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of B.C.