Shonishin- Pediatric Acupuncture

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"It"s well-known that acupuncture is an effective treatment for adults. What most people don"t know is that kids can benefit from acupuncture as well, but their treatment looks a bit different.When kids and babies get acupuncture treatments, sometimes no needles are inserted into their body. This is called Shonishin. Shonishin literally translates as sho "little", ni "children", and shin "needle".Tracing its roots back to 17th century Osaka in Japan (and ultimately to ancient China), this specialized acupuncture technique was developed specifically for infants and children up to the age of nine-- for everything from behavioral and emotional to many physical conditions. It has been used with some success in treating infants and children afflicted with a wide variety of conditions, including colic, indigestion, GERD, constipation, and diarrhea. It has even shown some success in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), allergies, asthma, eczema, hives, bedwetting, and stuttering. Children as young as one month old have been effectively treated.It is a very different style of acupuncture than is typically used on adults."

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