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One of the advantages of the Shonishin approach is that parents can apply a limited form of the treatment at home on a regular basis which can greatly speed up recovery.
Acupuncture for Children
I practice Shonishin, which is a non-invasive style of acupuncture used on children, developed over 250 years ago in Japan. My incentive to study Shonishin was to help me to treat my own children and the children of my patients. My own boys love it and I am consistently surprised at how effective such a short and simple treatment can be.
The shonishin methods do not use needles. Instead, a variety of instruments are used that can be pressed, rubbed or tapped on the skin to give different types of gentle stimulation. When applied for short periods of time in a simple treatment pattern, the techniques have been found effective for a variety of paediatric problems from birth to six years. For older children or if a problem becomes more stubborn, regular acupuncture can start to be used, using very gentle needle techniques.
Some common paediatric problems, which may be treated with shonishin include:
- Behavioural/emotional/sleep problems
- Abdominal Pain
- Stomach Problems
- Vomiting milk
- Stubborn, poor appetite
- Urinary disturbances
- Ear infections
- Nasal Congestion
- Developmental problems
- Recurrent respiratory tract infections
- Growing pains