On Pins and Needles: Acupuncture is not just for grown-ups.
By seventh grade, Michelle Gellis’s son had spent four years on medication to treat his ADD, and he was sick and tired of it. Acupuncture had worked for an eye condition and asthma in her younger son, so Gellis decided to try it with her son Tyler.
“My son never sat still a day in his life, but as the needles were going in, he fell asleep,” said the Fulton, Maryland mother of three. “It was shocking, because I’d never actually seen my son asleep during the day.” Within three months, despite his mother’s protests, Tyler decided to go off his medication. “I told him he could try it only on the weekend,” she said, “but when he got up Monday he didn’t take it, and he was fine. He never took it again.” Tyler, now 22, graduated from college in May.