Morning Break: 10:30am – 10:45am
Afternoon Break: 3:00pm-3:15pm
Shonishin: Japanese Acupuncture for Children
Stephen Birch PhD, MBAcC (UK), lid NVA (Holland)
With Acu/TCM playing a huge role in helping so many young parents conceive and give birth. There is a massive need to help these newborns with all the benefits of TCM before the antibiotic roller coaster ride begins. Shonishin (children’s needle therapy) is a unique and specialized pediatric style of acupuncture that developed over 250 years ago in Japan, and is used to treat a wide variety of health problems. It recognizes the fact that children do not like needles, and instead utilizes specialized treatment techniques, many of which are non-invasive and thus not frightening to the child.
In ancient China, when acupuncture was first being described, nine kinds of needles were described, several of which had rounded ends that are rubbed or pressed on the skin instead of inserted into the body. In Shonishin, following these ideas, a variety of instruments have been developed that can be pressed, rubbed, tapped or scraped on the skin to give different kinds of gentle stimulation. When applied for short periods of time in simple systematic patterns, these simple treatment techniques have been found effective for a wide variety of pediatric problems from birth through age five. As children get older, and/or their problems are more difficult or stubborn, specialized acupuncture techniques and insertion methods have also been developed and tailored to match the needs of children, so that they are comfortable and not aversive for the child or parent.
The general treatment can be very useful for fortifying the child’s vital energy and strengthening their constitution. When correctly applied, this treatment will not only help symptoms to naturally improve, but will give a greater sense of well-being and help resolve many other small day to day problems, helping make the child less prone to illness. The basic treatment has the added advantage of being easily taught to parents so that they can use it regularly at home, thus increasing frequency of treatment and allowing parents to participate actively in the treatment of their children. This tends to reinforce the effects of treatment, and helps make the treatment more enjoyable for everyone.
This one day workshop will give an overview of how to handle pediatric patients and the basics of the general Shonishin root treatment with tapping and stroking. The techniques will be taught hands-on with demonstration and practice.
Aims and objective of the course:
- To help the participant understand basic issues about handling and treating pediatric patients.
- To learn skills and methods that allow performance of core (root) treatments that facilitate improved wellness and healing in the patient.
- To be able to perform the techniques of treatment.