Pediatric Acupuncture

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Acupuncture for children

Acupuncture is a safe, effective, and natural healthcare alternative for infants and children of all ages. Children are susceptible to infections, respiratory conditions, digestive distress, and sleep and emotional disorders. Acupuncture can remedy common pediatric concerns while simultaneously promoting internal harmony and preventive health.

How does it work?

A typical pediatric treatment includes a consultation, a Chinese medical assessment, self-care recommendations, and treatment with a combination of the following modalities:

  • Shonishin. This is a style of Japanese acupuncture that does not use needles and is painless. A licensed acupuncturist will use small metal shonishin tools to scratch, tap or brush on the child’s skin along the pathway of acupuncture meridians. This gentle treatment relaxes and simulates the body back into balance. Shonishin has its origins in Japan and is still a primary method for pediatric healthcare there.

  • Acupressure. This involves manual stimulation of specific acupuncture points on the child’s skin via a light touch or massage techniques.

  • Acupuncture. This involves the insertion of very thin (as thin as a hair), sterile, single-use needles into the skin at specific acupuncture points on the body. Contrary to what you may think, kids do fairly well with acupuncture! It’s nothing like getting a shot at the doctor’s office, so children often enjoy their visits and leave in a better mood.

On occasion cupping, moxibustion, and ear seeds are called for in pediatric treatment.

What are the Benefits?

Pediatric acupuncture, including shonishin, can be used to treat the following conditions:


  • Allergies

  • Anxiety

  • Asthma

  • Bedwetting

  • Cold and flu symptoms

  • Colic

  • Constipation

  • Cough

  • Diarrhea

  • Ear infection

  • Eczema

  • Headaches

  • Muscle weakness and fatigue

  • Pain

  • Poor appetite

  • Poor sleeping patterns

  • Seizures and epilepsy

  • Stomach aches