Treating Children with Shonishin

Acupuncture is a complete system of medicine and one of it’s tools is the acupuncture needle or “taps” as i call them with the kids. There are plenty of non-needle techniques to move the qi or energy in the body.

Today I’d like to share with you about Shonishin, a little known acupuncture tool that is used specifically for children. Shonishin meaning “little children needle” is a technique that originated in Japan. In fact, it is not a needle but rather a series of small metal tools used to gently tap and rub along the acupuncture points and meridians.

It is customary for children to receive monthly shonishin treatments as a way of strengthening the immune system and preventing frequent sicknesses. It can also be used to address specific ailments.

It is said that Shonishin was taught to the Japanese farmers by the moon fairies, and therefore children typically receive this treatment each month at the full moon. And according to this legend, the full moon in August is the most potent time to receive this treatment.

In honor of this tradition, I am adding office hours on the actual August full moon, Monday, August 7th from 10am-5pm in addition to my regular Tuesday office hours. And on August 7th and 8th, I will offer pediatric treatments for $65 which is $10 off the regular pediatric fee.

And, remember that I am happy to treat the grownups too. I take time to listen to you and to understand your main symptom AND everything else that you notice in your body, mind and spirit. If you are ready to start feeling better everyday, I encourage you to begin or resume your regular acupuncture treatments now.

Here is a short video for a simple breathing technique to help you relax and sleep well. Hint: watch the baby’s belly.

In Wellness,

Rachel Kriger, M.Ac, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.
Licensed Pediatric & Family Acupuncturist
Founder Points Of Return Acupuncture
(215) 495-3229

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