Acupuncture for Babies, Children and Teenagers written by Rebecca Avern of The Panda Clinic

I am the author of a major textbook on paediatric acupuncture which is published by Singing Dragon. The book is for acupuncture practitioners who already treat children or would like to treat children.  It is the first acupuncture text to discuss many 21st century conditions commonly seen in children, such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and many mental/emotional disorders.  It places a big emphasis on 21st causes of disease in children, which have not previously been written about in Chinese texts.  It also brings together many varied treatment approaches, thereby showing that acupuncture is an acceptable treatment for the vast majority of children.

The book is available here on Amazon: Acupuncture for Babies, Children and Teenagers


Chinese Medicine for Childhood Anxiety and Depression is a book for both parents and practitioners.  It shows how a child’s mental-emotional health is intrinsically connected with core elements of their everyday life.  It suggest an approach to preventing and healing anxiety and depression that involves neither medication nor financial investment.

Part 1 explains Chinese medicine concepts related to mental-emotional health in a way that is accessible for those with no prior knowledge.  It includes chapters on how to recognise a child’s Five Element imbalance and how children of each element type need a different kind of nurture and lifestyle to remain mentally-emotionally healthy. 

Each chapter in Part 2 examines a particular pillar of mental-emotional health, such as connection, family life, emotions and diet through a Chinese medicine lens, and is full of practical tips. 

The book is available here on Amazon: Chinese Medicine for Childhood Anxiety and Depression

Journal Articles

Helping Babies, Children and Teenagers to sleep with acupuncture

(European Journal of Oriental Medicine 2019)

A Day in the Life of the Panda Clinic

(European Journal of Oriental Medicine 2014)

Cancer is a Word not a Sentence

(European Journal of Oriental Medicine 2011)

When Blood Runs Too Thick: Recurrent miscarriage, blood clotting and acupuncture

(European Journal of Oriental Medicine 2005)


Book Reviews

A review of Julian Scott’s book ‘Autism and Acupuncture’

(Journal of Chinese Medicine 2018)

Some reviews of my book

  • I have to say, I was hugely impressed with Rebecca’s book – I did not expect it to be so concise and all encompassing. It is truly now the ‘go to’ textbook for both students and practitioners focussing on paediatrics in Chinese medicine, and as far as I see, it is unrivalled! I will most certainly be recommending it to all of our Xiao Er (paediatric) Tui Na students, as well as the students on our Acupuncture and Tui Na diplomas (Rob Aspell,  Course Director, Xian Tian College of Chinese Medicine)
  • In Acupuncture for Babies, Children and Teenagers Rebecca Avern provides us with a comprehensive exploration of childhood and the treatment of common childhood conditions. The book stands out for its exploration of the psycho-emotional realm, the interpersonal skills needed to work with children of differing ages, and the integration of both Traditional Chinese Medicine patterns with Five Phase dynamics. For practitioners working with children, this source will be a valuable reference for common conditions and patterns, including acupuncture and Tui Na protocols to initiate care, and considerations regarding the child’s experience and how to optimize interpersonal connections.  (David W. Miller, M.D., FAAP, L.Ac., Dipl. OM)
  • This book is a delight. It is a wonderful resource for acupuncturists who deal with children, or indeed the parents of children. As well as being packed with wise advice about the causation and treatment of childhood illness, its descriptions of childhood illnesses are systematic, thorough and beautifully presented, and enriched throughout with case vignettes. (Dr. Clare Stephenson MA(Cantab), BM BCh (Oxon), MSc (Public Health Medicine), LicAc (Licentiate in Acupuncture)
  • Rebecca has an engaging, warm teaching style which is reflected throughout this beautifully written book. It is thorough, clear and fully informed by her own learning and extensive experience. In short, it is an invaluable resource for students, teachers and practitioners of acupuncture who are interested in the treatment of children and adolescents, and I can see that the day will very soon come when we will all wonder how we ever managed without it!  (Julie Ann Reynolds, Joint Principal of the Acupuncture Academy, Leamington Spa, UK)
  • Any practitioner of Chinese medicine who wishes to expand their knowledge of pediatrics need not reach for other texts; Rebecca Avern thoroughly and thoughtfully presents the subject in exquisite detail. Every pediatric issue, from history, background, diagnosis, and treatment is analyzed. A smart and sensitive exploration of childhood ailments for the 21st century. (Dr. Melanie Katin, DAMC, L.Ac. Faculty, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.)