My children are 11 and 8 yrs old now and I have been learning more and more ways to help them when they are in discomfort or pain, or when illness sets in. Acupuncture and Shoni-Shin are great tools to help balance the body and relieve pain and shift illness. They stimulate our own body’s healing abilities to overcome illness and pain. 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 is introduced if everyone is comfortable with it.  In Pediatrics the needles are often called “taps”.  They are the tiniest of needles (hair thin). Diet and herbal recommendations are made and a treatment plan is created.

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More and more research is being done to validate the effects of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Here is a wonderful document of evidence based research studies on Pediatric Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.  Wow! Thank you Natalie Chandra Saunders for putting this together!

Evidence Based Pediatric Acupuncture Research 2019