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A special treatment for our precious children- paediatrics acupuncture treatment for babies and children.

Scope of  Shonishin:

This is a short explanation about a special technique I am using in my clinic to treat children from infancy to adolescences. This technique is called Shonishin.

Shonishin, based on Chinese medicine theory, was developed in Japan around the 17th century. It had developed due to the need of using a gentle method to treat the children as needles were significally thicker and rougher than to what is available today.  The term Shonishin literally mean in Japanese “children’s needle”.

Shonishin therapy uses non-invasive gentle technique that is well tolerated by babies and young children. It uses a variety of miniature tools that are tapped, rubbed, or pressed onto the body surface. It is a simple, short in duration, non painful and non irritable method. (The Shonishin treatment can compliment the use of special acupuncture technique for kids, or used a stand alone treatment, depends on the child constitution.)

The general treatment can be very useful for fortifying the child’s vital energy and strengthening their constitution. When correctly applied, treatment will not only help symptoms to naturally improve, but will give a greater sense of well-being and help resolve many other small day to day problems, helping make the child less prone to illness.

Shonishin is used to treat a wide variety of problems. The following list includes the most commonly treated conditions:

  • Attention problems in small and school age children, hyperactivity

  • Dream disturbed sleep

  • Digestive disorders – Diarrhoea or constipation, colic for infants.

  • Allergies

  • Chronic stuffy or runny nose (from repeated colds or allergies)

  • Asthma

  • Weakened immune system – the child that catches cold frequently or has        recurrent  viral infections

  • Bedwetting

  • Weak constitution including infants with inadequate weight gain, frail     children that are not as active as others

  • Skin conditions: Eczema, rashes

  • Ear infections, usually chronic or repetitive

  • Treatments before and after immunization

  • Recovering after a course of antibiotics


What happened during treatment?

After a discussion of your child’s symptoms and medical history, the pulse is taken and the abdomen is felt, in order to make a diagnosis. Initial treatment consists of a few minutes of stimulating the channels using Shonishin tools. Particular points may then be stimulated to specifically address the underlying root pattern and symptoms. At the end of the treatment a small ‘press sphere’, a tiny round ball bearing (usually gold or silver), or a small press needle, might be placed on the skin that can be left in for a few hours.

Home Therapy:

After a couple of treatment, I will also teach you, the parent, how to apply some very important steps at home for your loved child. Parental participation at home enhances the healing process and reinforces effects of the treatment. The home treatment involve a lot of soft caring and touching, which can help both the parents and the chills to relax,  develop their relationship, reduce the stress in both sides in rough times of sickness. Regular daily preventative massage by the parents, may increase circulation of energy (Qi) and blood, and may help strengthen the child immune system. The soothing treatment before bedtime can also help with sleeping problems.

So why do kids need complimentary treatment:

One of the reasons young kids get sick often is that when they are born, their energetic system are in the Yang phase, and not fully develop. Their digestive system is the most sensitive and vulnerable, and according to Chinese medicine, most diseases at a young age develop due to poor digestive system. Their body are rapidly growing, they consume large amount of energy, and often too much and inappropriate food, which can result in hyper stimulation of the digestive system, deplete its energy and offers fertile ground for health problems. Treatments will help restore and stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanism, strengthen their digestive system, reduce excess phlegm, clear heat and toxins in their body that accumulate due to medications and immunizations.

One of the more common complaints parents have, are recurrent colds, particularly throughout winter.  Some children with compromised immune systems will tend to bounce from one cold to the next, continually being exposed to ‘bugs’ at childcare centres and school.  Shonishin has proven time and again that it is a fantastic treatment option to help strengthen and maintain a child’s immune system.

***Regardless of the child medical condition, Shonishin should only be administered after you have consulted your medical doctor and is not an alternative for that.

If you are a parent and would like to know more about this wonderful treatment option, please contact me.

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