Commonly Used Shonishin Tools at Loveland Acupuncture
What we like to do, to make it more fun for both the pediatric patient and the practitioner, is to have the children name each tool that is used in their treatment. This encourages children to be more involved with their session and makes the experience more like a game.
At Loveland Acupuncture, the type of Acupuncture for Children we do is called Shonishin. Shonishin Pediatric Acupuncture treatments involve no actual needle insertion at all. Loosely translated, Shonishin means: (sho) "little" - (ni) "children" - (shin) "needle," but again most treatments are needless. The focus is to provide children and babies with gentle and specialized treatments so that they may find the treatments comfortable and even enjoyable. It is amazing how this light touch technique can produce dramatic results.
Q.: Why is this method so effective for children?
A.: Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, children and babies are very receptive to this type of treatment because their bio-energetic systems, though not full mature, is very superficial and moves very quickly. As a result, they systems are/can be easily stimulated. This theory also explains why they can get sick or develop health issues at the drop of a dime.
With our Licensed Acupuncturist your child's Shonishin treatments will be made specific to his or her individual need. Through these treatments, your child's vital energy (Qi) and constitution will be strengthened.
Here are some common symptoms that Shonishin can treat:
- Failure to thrive syndrome
- Weak constitution
- Colic, excessive night crying, temper tantrums
- Indigestion, GERD, constipation, and diarrhea
- Night terrors
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Allergies, asthma, and colds
- Eczema and hives
- Ear infections
- Bedwetting, urination issues (ie. UTI)
*The specifics of your child's treatments (number and frequency) will depend on his/her age and condition. First treatments typically last around 60 minutes and all return treatments will be about 30 minutes. Feel free to Call (970-599-1027) or contact us if you have any questions.
**At Loveland Acupuncture we do also offer traditional (needle) acupuncture treatments for children if that is what your child prefers.