Children can respond extremely well to acupuncture treatments. The delicate Japanese style of acupuncture techniques mean that once the child's initial anxiety of experiencing something new and different, children find treatments enjoyable, relaxing and often look forward to coming in for treatment. For children under the age of 12 years, shonishin techniques are used for treatment. Shonishin does not involve inserting needles into the body. Special non-insertive instruments are used on acupuncture points and meridians over the child's skin in accordance with specific treatment principles.
Children as young as one month old can be effectively treated with this non-needle acupuncture technique. This Japanese method of treatment consists of light tapping or rubbing at specific points along the acupuncture meridians. Since children are quite sensitive change and have a lot of energy, shonishin can be extremely effective at restoring balance and health. Shonishin treatments are performed quickly, usually within 15 minutes is most effective when given several times per week until symptoms are alleviated. Once the initial problem is resolved, treatments should continue on a maintenance level, usually once per month. Parents are often taught massage techniques to use at home to help their children flourish. Other methods used in treating children which do not involve needling include magnet and ryu (press ball) therapy, cupping, massage and light microcurrent electrical stimulation. Herbal and homeopathic formulas may also be used. Common pediatric conditions treated include but are not limited to:
- digestive disorders
- bed wetting
- inability to concentrate and focus
- teething pain