‘I’m looking for drug-free treatment for my child’
Up to age 6...
night terror - diarrhoea - constipation - nasal catarrh - asthma - tonsillitis - bedwetting - weak constitution - repeated ear infections - night terror - hyperactivity - irritability
Shonishin (children’s therapy) is a style of acupuncture that developed over 250 years ago in Japan. It is suitable for children from birth up to around the age of 6, and unlike adult treatments does not use inserted needles. Instead it uses specialised rubbing and tapping techniques to stimulate the child’s system and promote recovery. Shonishin works on the principle of ‘less is more’. Though the treatment itself takes only three or four minutes, it can be remarkably effective in treating a variety of common childhood complaints, such as night terror, diarrhoea and constipation, nasal catarrh, asthma, tonsillitis, bedwetting, weak constitution, repeated ear infections, night terror, hyperactivity and irritability.
As a parent, your involvement in your child’s treatment is encouraged, to the extent where you may be asked to carry out the treatment at home.
Martin Dean is a member of the British Acupuncture Council (members will have completed at least three years training to degree or equivalent at an approved college or university, and will be bound by codes of conduct), and is registered with the local authority environmental health department. He is committed to continuing professional development, and training.
Age 6 to 14
For children over the age of six, and depending on age, very lightly inserted needles may also be used along with moxa therapy and other techniques such as cupping and press spheres. The emphasis once again is on very gentle treatment,