Acupuncture for Children

By Lawrence Tepper, MS MAC

Does your child hate going to the doctor? Do you have difficulty getting him or her to take medicine? If you answered yes, it may be time to consider Shonishin.

Shonishin is a specialized form of acupuncture for infants and children. It is widely practiced in Japan, where parents regularly bring their children for Shonishin treatments. The term Shonishin translates literally as “children’s needles.”

Painless and gentle, Shonishin uses silver tools to stimulate the meridians and acupuncture points. These tools are stroked, rubbed, tapped, or pressed lightly against the skin to provide different kinds of gentle stimulation. These techniques harmonize and fortify the child’s vital energy. They also help strengthen the child’s developing meridians and organ systems.

Because it is not invasive in any way, children generally enjoy the treatment.

Parents appreciate Shonishin because it offers them an opportunity to be actively involved in the child's healing process. By instructing parents on simple techniques that can be performed at home, the healing process can be made even less stressful for their children.

Treatable Conditions

Shonishin is a universal treatment protocol that can be used to treat many chronic conditions commonly found in children. These include:

• earaches
• headaches
• fevers
• allergies and asthma
• eczema and hives
• digestive problems
• nightmares and sleep disorders

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