Japanese paediatric acupuncture, Shōnishin has been successfully adopted in Japan since the 18th century. Unlike the classical needle-acupuncture Shōnishin is a non-invasive treatment method. For the child the treatment provides excellent stimulating properties and is very comfortable as there is no pinprick! It involves a rubbing and tapping technique on the skin surface which is quite painless.

Shōnishin has an effect on the meridian system as well as on the autonomic nerve system. Thereby energetic and autonomic disorders which are attributed to causing problems or diseases are treated in a smooth and effective way.

Shōnishin is suitable for children of any age, from new born babies and toddlers up to school-children – both for prophylactical and therapeutical purposes.

Does Shōnishin hurt?

This form of Acupuncture is based on the idea that any distress to a child is likely to interfere with any positive healing effect and recognises that children just don’t like needles. So the rubbing and tapping is quite painless and most children enjoy the experience and become very relaxed during treatment.

What conditions can Shōnishin treat?

Shonishin is used to treat a wide variety of problems. The following list includes the most commonly treated conditions:

  • irritability, impatience, excessive crying at night in infants;
  • hyperactivity;
  • attention problems in small and school age children;
  • dream disturbed sleep;
  • indigestion;
  • diarrhoea;
  • constipation;
  • allergies;
  • chronic stuffy or runny nose (from repeated colds and/or allergies);
  • asthma (including allergic asthma, exercise induced asthma);
  • weakened immune system – the child that catches cold frequently or has recurrent viral infections;
  • bedwetting
  • weak constitution, including infants with inadequate weight gain, frail children that are not as active as other children
  • ear infections, usually chronic and repetitive;
  • birth trauma;

Shonishin has proven particularly effective in treating motion-impaired children suffering from blockage of the joints, KISS Syndrome or spasticity especially when treated within the first eight months.

What to expect from a Shōnishin treatment

Treatments for children are actually very brief: a typical treatment generally lasts only five to ten minutes. Generally speaking, the older the child, the longer the treatment.

Parental Involvement at home

Shonishin offers a real alternative to medication in the treatment of all kinds of childhood health problems. Behavioural, emotional and physical problems can all be treated effectively. An enormous benefit in this type of treatment is that parents can actively continue treatment at home. After three treatments in clinic I can judge how the child is reacting to the treatment and will be able to show the parent how to apply any treatment at home on a regular basis, this often has extremely good results.

My specialist training in Shōnishin was done with Stephen Birch and Tomas Wernicke, both of whom are well known specialists in the area of pediatric acupuncture and practice in Amsterdam and Germany respectively. The training in Shōnishin is certified and accredited by the Japanese Scientific Society of Pediatric Acupuncture (Nihon Shōni Hari Gakkai)