How Can Pediatric Acupuncture (Shonishin) Help Your Child?

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Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to prevent illness, balance qi and bring homeostasis back to the body, and shonishin, a needleless treatment, can offer the same benefits to children.

What is Pediatric Acupuncture (Shonishin)?

Similar to acupuncture, shonishin uses the body’s meridians as a guide for blocked qi, but does not use needles, making it the perfect treatment for children, those who don’t like needles and even infants.

Literally translated as “little” (sho) “children” (ni) and “needle” (shin), shonishin was developed in China specifically for infants and children up to seven. It gained popularity in the Osaka region of Japan in the 1700s, where it remains a popular treatment.

Because children are not fully developed, their bioenergetic systems are in a “yang” phase. This means that their qi moves quickly and that their organs responsible for creating qi deplete their resources much faster than adults. Because of this, hyperstimulation may occur, which is a catalyst for many health issues in children (source).

A practitioner performing shonishin will take this information, along with a child’s unique constitution to best treat them from the inside out.  

See how it’s done here.

Shonishin Methods

While needles are not used, there are many similarities between acupuncture and shonishin. With children, practitioners put pressure on specific points along the body’s 12 meridians to stimulate qi. Needled are not required because qi is much easier to reach in children than in adults.

Instead of needles, other small instruments may be applied to aid the practitioner. Tools like the enshin, the teishin and the zanshin help acupuncturists tap, scrape, poke, rub, etc. to gently stimulate the child’s energy and strengthen their constitution.

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Treatment details (frequency, strength and dosage) will depend on the child’s age, health and other factors. Most practitioners will keep sessions under 20 minutes, and best results are seen with regular upkeep; however, this greatly depends on each child’s constitution, specific condition, healing process, etc.  

Additionally, other TCM methods, such as cupping, gua sha and acupressure, may be used in conjunction to shonishin. At Blue Creek, each of our practitioners work closely with their patients to determine a personalized treatment plan. This can also include at-home care that can reinforce the shonishin, but also help the parent and child bond through therapeutic touch.    


The Benefits of Shonishin?

Shonishin is a painless, non invasive treatment that is completely safe for children of all ages, making it a great choice for parents looking to avoid the side effects that many medicines have.

It has been shown to improve an array of health conditions, including:

  • ADHD
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Bedwetting
  • Behavioral issues
  • Colic
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Eczema
  • GERD
  • Hives
  • Indigestion
  • Sleep issues
  • Skin disorders
  • Stuttering

Whether your child deals with a chronic health condition or if you just want to help them stay balanced, shonishin is a safe and effective treatment! Call us at (303) 573-7484 to schedule an appointment today!


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