Acupuncture for Children: SHONISHIN
What is Shonishin
Generally speaking, acupuncture as most people know it, is rarely used for children, as most are scared of needles. However, did you know there is a great style of acupuncture especially for children? It is called "SHONISHIN".
Shonishin is a Japanese style acupuncture that was developed for children 250 years ago, using the 2000-year-old theories from Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Treatment involves specialised techniques using various blunt Shonishin tools for touching, rubbing or massaging along the acupuncture meridian and surface of the body. It is painless and does not frighten children. Actually, most little patients love this style of acupuncture.
Although, it is a very gentle technique, it can resolve symptoms quickly.
The delicate skin and tissue of children transmit changes to the body very easily and creates faster healing than in adults, while using very small amounts of stimulation. The treatment not only resolves the symptoms, but also increases children’s vital energy and strengthens their immunity.
Because children respond very quickly, treatment takes no more than 15 minutes with an initial appointment of 30 minutes for diagnosis.
To improve results, children are sometimes prescribed herbal medicines, to support the treatment.
Shonishin is used to treat a number of problems, including:
- Night crying, night terror
- Sleep issues
- Digestive disorders (Indigestions, colic, reflux, constipation, diarrhea)
- Weak constitution
How many treatments needed
Shonishin treatment is good for infants and children aged three month to 10 years old.
Normally Shonishin is applied 3 to 4 times for mild symptoms. Many children also come to have Shonishin once a month for general wellbeing.