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.

 
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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.

 

 
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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!