Children’s Health

Chinese herbs for Children in Boulder

Shonishin and Pediatric Acupuncture Treatment in Boulder, CO

Children as young as one month old can be effectively treated with a non-needle Oriental Medicine acupuncture technique called Shonishin. This Japanese method originated several hundred years ago in Southwest Japan and consists of light tapping, brushing or rubbing at specific acupuncture points or along entire channels. During a shonishin treatment, no needles actually pierce the skin, and most children enjoy and look forward to their treatments. Because children are quite sensitive and have a lot of energy, Shonishin is extremely effective in balancing a child’s energy patterns and restoring their natural state of health without actually inserting needles. Older children can also benefit from shonishin, and other Chinese Medicine techniques, such as moxibustion or cupping may also be appropriate for children.

Some common childhood conditions that are treated with Shonishin are:

  • Digestive disorders
  • Asthma
  • Bedwetting
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Eczema
  • Insomnia
  • Hyperactivity
  • Emotional distress
  • Teething
  • Sinusitis

Children and Chinese Herbs in Boulder, CO

In many cases, children’s conditions can be most effectively treated with a combination of shonishin and Chinese herbs. Dietary modifications may also be recommended. Most of the time getting your child to take herbs is not problematic because of the small doses that are used for children. Most conditions that Chinese herbal medicine treats in adults can also be effectively treated in children.