Shonishin is a specialized technique that dates back to the 1700s as a treatment for children as young as one month old. Once renowned in the Kansai region of Japan, this technique is slowly gaining popularity in other areas of the world.
Treatment involves the use of energy stimulation techniques as well as herbs to treat fever, bronchitis, colic, teething, hyperactivity, urinary tract infections, nosebleeds, urticaria, sinusitis, sore throat, eczema, asthma, diarrhea, constipation, insomnia, tantrums, bedwetting, hives, ear infections, rhinitis, and influenza. Specialists that offer this treatment insist that it is the best alternative immune booster for children as it offers less exposure to chemicals in the form of medication.
Specialized tools are used to tap, press and brush over the body’s acupuncture points eliminating the need to penetrate the skin. In older children, however, extra fine sterile acupuncture needles are used for quick stimulation and removed immediately. Since the treatment is ideally meant to offer no discomfort, it is not astonishing for children to look forward to their next session.
Did you know that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is treatable with Shonishin Pediatric acupuncture? The condition of a sick child determines if the herbs that are administered are in the form of pills, granules or liquid. These herbs must be tested for heavy metals and other impurities before they are used.
Before commencing treatment, the medical practitioner must establish the medical history, emotional state and stress manifestation of the child. This is the initial assessment and it is not different from western history analysis. Traditional facial diagnosis, energy flow along the energy channels and appearance of the tongue comprise the second level of assessment which determines the kind of treatment that will be used.
Effectiveness of the treatment
The rate of energy flow in a child’s body is faster than that of an adult so it is expected that improvement will be notable within 24 hours. The initial appointment for a child lasts an average 45 minutes with subsequent visits taking less time. For chronic conditions, repeated visits should be adhered to for any change to occur.
Shonishin pediatric acupuncture thrives on the principle of using less therapy on children for maximum benefit. It may seem like the medication offered is too little as compared to what one has been exposed in the past but the potency of the herbs requires for the limited administration. At times, no medication is given because the stroking and taping are enough to energy that will balance the energy distribution in the body. This results in healing and regains of body strength.