What is Shonishin?


Pediatric Acupuncture

Shonishin is a Japanese term, referring to “acupuncture” for infants and children. In fact, shonishin does not actually puncture the skin at all.

Shonishin uses very light and gentle non-insertive techniques, using a variety of metal tools. These techniques, specialized for infants, babies, toddlers, or adolescents include soothing brushing strokes along the acupuncture channels, light tapping and occasional light touch at a particular point.

Based on the the overall symptoms presented and primary health concerns, a good treatment is able to support the childs base constitution, while also helping to clear the acute health concerns.

After a few visits, we can begin to see changes in the child: sleeping better, less fussy, improved digestion, and much more.

shonishin tools

How can Shonishin support my child?


Elemental Wellness

Many health concerns for children can be understood through the lens of the 5 elements of Chinese medicine: water, wood, fire, earth, and metal. These are constitutional categories that represent a child’s primary illness.

  • Water / Kidney:

Developmental or congenital disorders, bed wetting, weak or reduced immune system, failure to thrive, fear, nightmares, depression.

  • Wood / Liver:

Anger, tantrums, irritability, aggressive behavior, stress, emotional sensitivities, nervousness.

  • Fire / Heart

Emotional stress, trauma, fevers, ear infections, insomnia, seizures, ADHD, depression.

  • Earth / Spleen

Digestive disorders, colic, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, low appetite, anxiety, ADHD, optimal weight.



What is involved in a treatment?


Abundant Health


Shonishin is incredibly gentle and healing. Initial visits las about 30-45 minutes and involve a thorough medical history and quick shonishin treatment for the child. Follow-up appointments are about 10-15 minutes.

After a few treatments, we can begin to see some great improvements in their health: more calm, less stressed, relaxed, etc. Your health consults can also include dietary and herbal recommendations - customized for your child.

These treatments help to reset their health patterns, support the immune system, and return your child to optimal health.

I look forward to working with you!