As a parent, I often find myself deliberating over the “best” health decisions for my children- what should/shouldn’t my kid eat, what products I should avoid, when I should call the pediatrician about that months-long runny nose.  Sometimes, I make the mistake of relying on Google for answers (we all know what rabbit hole that leads down).  When it comes to parenting, no amount of reading, evidence, or advice will prepare you for the decisions you will have to make concerning your child’s health.  But did you know that there is an alternative treatment that is gentle, calming, and HIGHLY effective for so many childhood ailments?

Shonishin is a Japanese-style form of acutherapy.  While traditional acupuncture uses very fine, small needles, Shonishin utilizes different tools that are gentle, non-invasive, and highly effective for children.  Shonishin techniques are applied directly to the surface of the skin, rather than using needle retention that traditional Chinese acupuncture exercises.  Treatments typically last from a few minutes to 15 minutes, depending on the age of the child and the condition that is being treated.  The best part of Shonishin is that it is effective for all ages! Newborn to adults, shonishin is a wonderful style of treatment for any person that is sensitive to needles.  

But what is Shonishin actually able to treat? Using different tools, this form of acutherapy is extremely effective for treating infant reflux, sleep issues, anxiety, ADHD, tummy troubles, and more.