Article by Tom Hurrle
When a child or infant suffers from colic, stuffy sinus, disturbed sleep, or ear infections there is an alternative to medication! Shonishin, which literally means “child needle”, is part of a Japanese tradition that uses highly developed palpatory skill and specialized non-invasive techniques to influence energy (Qi). Shonishin is performed with tools that do not break the skin. These may be pressed, rubbed, tapped or scraped on the skin to give different kinds of gentle stimulation.
Diagnosis begins with talking about the problem, but palpation of the abdomen and the skin is more important to decide where and how to treat. The fingertips of the practitioner seek variations in the texture, temperature and resiliency of the skin. The foundation of treatment is light rapid stroking of the whole body. The amount of pressure and length of the strokes varies with the child’s age and condition. This is followed by a more focused attention to several points or areas. Changes in the skin and the appearance or affect of the child give immediate feedback to the practitioner. Treatments are brief, ranging from less than 5 minutes for infants up to 10 minutes for older children.
The treatment goals are to improve digestion, strengthen the constitution, and introduce a harmonizing influence. This harmonizing influence may occur through shifting the nervous system from sympathetic to parasympathetic dominance, which enhances the child’s self-healing ability and immune function. Conditions treated include: Colic, Diarrhea, Constipation, Common cold, Asthma, Ear Infections, Sleep Disturbance, Bedwetting, Skin Disorders and Hyperactivity.
Treatment is more effective at the onset of a condition. Treatment frequency is 1-2 times weekly. Some conditions may resolve in 1-2 weeks. Chronic complaints require more time. In many cases treatment gives a greater sense of well being, helping to resolve other small day-to-day problems and improve immune function. Parents may be taught techniques to use at home to support the ongoing effect of treatment.
Children are very responsive to this treatment. Their Qi moves fast and close to the surface of the body. Shonishin gives a gentle corrective nudge to open blockages and supplement weaknesses in the circulation of Qi, revealing the state of health that is the child’s birthright.
For more information, please call or e-mail Tom Hurrle, Licensed Acupuncturist at 773-878-7150 or email@example.com.