Treating Children without Needles.

The Japanese developed a whole style of treating children called Shonishin, which I have studied with Stephen Birch. He is one of the wests leading experts on  Japanese acupuncture and author of the book Shonishin.

Shonishin Treatment

Shonishin Treatment

Children are very yang in nature and there energy is often quick to change. The Japanese realised that often less is more in terms of how much treatment you give children and use a wide range of gentle techniques to create a response. Often needles are not used or are a last resort if the problem is particularly chronic. Instead they rely on small tools to tap, rub or stimulate the acupuncture channels and points to create a change.

Children generally enjoy treatment and often respond quickly. Acupuncture needles are not retained as they are with adults, and treatment can be  very quick. With just a few minuets needed for a baby and progressively longer needed as the child gets older.

Children come with all sorts of problems but commonly fall into these areas:

Digestive disorders, colic, diarrhoea, constipation etc

Immune disorders, continual colds, recurrent ear infections,

runny nose, nasal catarrh, asthma

Skin problems such as eczema, urticaria or candida

Night terrors and bedwetting

Weak constitution, “cranky kid syndrome”