My children are 10 and 7 yrs old now and I have been learning more and more ways to treat them. When they were babies it was easy to do acupuncture on them but when they got a little older I wanted to give them a choice of other modalities. So I learned Shoni-Shin as a complement to Traditional Chinese Medicine. Shoni-Shin is a form of Japanese Acupuncture that uses the same energy medicine and meridians as Chinese Medicine but takes into account the more subtle energy of children; no needles are used to address the same illnesses. Other tools are used and I call them woodpeckers and butterflies. I use these small tools and run over the body to help the flow of Qi. Depending on their age and sensitivity, I may use massage or ear seeds, cupping or guasha. Acupuncture may be introduced if everyone is comfortable with it. In Pediatrics the needles are often called “taps”. Diet and herbal recommendations are made and a treatment plan is created.
Further reading can be found here at kidsloveacupuncture.com.
Here’s a great video further explaining Shoni-Shin.