Acupuncture is an ancient modality that is a safe and gentle for individuals of all ages. Acupuncture could be performed with needles or without needles via manual or tool based acupressure.
Shonishin is a form of pediatric acupuncture that does not use needle insertion, but rather stimulates cutaneous meridians and acupuncture points using a specialized metal acupressure tool in order to bring about healing. In Japanese, Shonishin means “little children needle” and is a common, painless, non-invasive form of acupuncture used in children under 8 years old or used in more sensitive patients older than 8 years. Typically, needle insertion can be used for healthy children older than 8 years with consent from a parent. Shonishin visits are quick, enjoyable, lasting less than 30 minutes typically, and can have lasting effects.
Shonishin is a helpful modality for adjunctive care concerning a variety of pediatric conditions including, but not limited to:
- Sleeping problems
- Lingering coughs
- Ear complaints
- Environmental allergies
- Emotional swings or outbursts
- Congenital concerns