Shonishin Paediatric Acupuncture
Shonishin - Paediatric Acupuncture Services
Shonishin is a gentle non-insertion style of acupuncture used especially to treat infants and children. It literally means Children’s needle therapy. Shonishin is a unique and subtle treatment method for all ages, from newborns to toddlers and older children.
The Benefits of Shonishin
The treatment involves non-insertion methods, using specialised tools, to rub, stroke, press and tap along the meridians in order to harmonise the distribution of energy throughout the body. In younger children the acupuncture points are not fully developed, so we concentrate more on the distribution of energy throughout the meridians, rather than focusing on specific points, as we would for adults. One of the main focuses of treatment is to apply pain-free techniques which help to harmonise the child’s energy, and often make them calm and relaxed. Shonishin is quite different from what most people would expect of acupuncture, yet these subtle techniques can have very profound effects. Sometimes needles are applied for light contact/touch on the surface of the skin, very rarely for actual insertion.
This 250-year-old method effectively combines traditional oriental techniques with a gentle Japanese style of massage. The tools that we use are made from gold, silver, copper, bronze, titanium and steel and these various metals will have a different affect on the circulation of blood and Qi (energy) in the body. Occasionally we will use other techniques, such as light moxibustion, to gently warm the acupuncture points.
Specific diagnostic methods are used to assess the child, allowing for the difficulties in communicating effectively with infants and young children. Since the techniques are so light, subtle and easy to learn we will often demonstrate simple practices for parents to apply at home. This gives many people a very positive sense of participating directly in the improved health of their children.