Shonishin is a Japanese form of acupuncture that was specifically designed in the 170’s to treat infants and children up to the age of 12. Rather than insertion of needles, Shonishin uses a group of gentle techniques with special tools to brush, tap, or rub the surface of skin. This painless technique provides stimulation over specific acupuncture points and meridians of the body, to help increase the vital energy of the child while strengthening their constitution.
Shonishin acupuncture can be used to treat acute and chronic childhood illnesses such as:
- Digestion problems
- Abdominal Pain
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Sleep problems
- Urinary disturbance, Bedwetting
- Behavioral or emotional problems
- ADD, ADHDv
- Skin conditions, eczema
- General weak constitutions
- Failure to thrive syndrome
When it comes to treating potential lifelong ailments it is important to treat early on in life, making them more manageable and reducing the risk of it leading to greater problems down the road, giving your child a greater opportunity to grow into a healthy adult.
Infants and children are great recipients of Shonishin because they respond very quickly to treatment especially when treated at the onset of the symptoms. This reduces the need to treat with pharmaceuticals and antibiotics reducing the risk of overexposure.
Fortunately children respond much faster to acupuncture than adults, therefore shorter duration and frequency is needed for full recovery. Parents often notice that their child’s symptoms improve after the initial visit.
Preventative treatment can be administered once a month to ensure proper immune function and prevent any lingering ailment from turning into chronic problems.