Acupuncture for babies and children

Pain-free, non-insertive and gentle treatment

Babies and children respond very well to acupuncture; they usually respond more quickly and generally require less treatment than adults. With Shonishin pain-free paediatric acupuncture, most children really enjoy coming in for treatment.

Shonishin: Japanese paediatric acupuncture

Shonishin is a highly specialised non-insertive acupuncture system for babies and children up to 14 years of age (children 15 and above are treated as adults). Symptoms associated with a wide range of conditions* can be assisted with Shonishin, including:

• Respiratory conditions, e.g asthma, allergies, chronic coughs and colds, excessive phlegm, recurrent infections
• Skin conditions: eczema, atopic dermatitis, urticaria
• Digestive problems: constipation, diarrohea, stomach and abdominal problems
• Emotional: anger, frustration, grumpiness, low mood
• Urinary problems
• Ear, nose and throat: nasal congestion, sinusitis, ear infections
• Musculoskeletal: growing pains
• Other conditions.

A Shonishin session for your child starts with complete health history, which often gives insights into the current problem. Diagnosis of the child’s condition includes very light touch of the energetic pathways on the arms, legs and belly and the affected area. The treatment begins with a special Shonishin massage, which parents are taught to do for their children at home. Babies and children usually love this part of the treatment. Next, special non-insertive tools are used to balance the energetic pathways to enable the child’s natural self-healing mechanisms to activate and address the main symptoms. Lastly, moxibustion may be applied to points on the body to support growth and development.

*Please note that under national law claims of efficacy of treatment are required to be made with reference to evidence of a high standard. Any conditions mentioned on this website have been listed based on a range of strong evidence to inconclusive evidence. For any clarification you please view the Acupuncture Evidence Project.