What Can Shonishin Treat?
Shonishin can treat the following common childhood disorders:
- Bronchial Asthma/Chronic Bronchitis
- Convulsions/Seizures (in close concert with a Western Medical physician)
- Chronic Diarrhea
- Chronic Ear Problems (often more effective than antibiotics; may avert surgery)
- Teething Pain
- Chronic Sinusitis/Rhinitis
- Chronic Urinary Tract Infection
Shonishin is a Japanese acupuncture system used for children and is applicable to infants and children from 1 month to 10 years old. It incorporates a unique finger vein diagnostic system enabling the practitioner to ascertain conditions in infants.
Typically, tapping, rubbing and pressing tools are used to stimulate meridians and acupuncture points. For older children, extremely fine acupuncture needles might be used to apply quick stimulation. Generally, needles are immediately withdrawn, which is different from an adult treatment. Thermie-tiger moxa (indirect moxa) may also be used to warm and stimulate the child’s meridians and points.
Shonishin treatments have great potential as an effective supplementary health care technique for children. Many children love their treatments and look forward to the next one because it is non-invasive and painless. Additionally, Shonishin is a practical and cost-effective modality of health maintenance for children.
The usual frequency of treatments is once or twice a week for 1 to 3 months, depending on the severity of illness. A Shonishin treatment can be safely performed within 30 minutes by a properly trained therapist. Once the initial problem is resolved, maintenance treatments may continue once a month. In fact, in Japan, parents bring healthy children to the Shonishin clinic on full moon days to boost their immune system and maintain good health by the stimulation of meridians.
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