Until i met my wife and she graced me with two children of my own i really had no idea how much i would enjoy being a father... i also had no idea how much you could care or worry for someone else. When they were on their way i began to focus my studies on pediatric modalities. I was sure that nobody would have as vested an interest in my familie's well-being as myself and i was in a unique profession to maximize health and minimize illness. Since then i continue to study and seek out the best health modalities and have helped many children overcome migraines, digestive disorders, sleep issues and anxiety. Natural medicine modalities are effective in treating skin disorders, allergies and even mitigating the side effects of vaccinations while fortifying the body to go thru such processes.

With over a decade of private practice and clinical experience combined with raising 2 children of my own we have culminated a unique combination of modalities appropriate for treating children. Depending upon the child and their condition we can create gentle and effective treatments to maximize health and immunity or help manage more serious conditions by combining classical Japanese acupuncture, Chinese herbal remedies, Chinese massage (Tui-Na), cupping, guasha and pediatric osteopathic and lymph techniques.  Since pediatric patients are often more sensitive and deserve more attention and one on one care we can only offer these services to cash patients and not thru insurance coverage. 

"This style of treatment is perfect for kids and my own children are being raised with these treatments to this day."   -Michael
Michael & His Children Pictured Right (Summer 2017)

Shonishin pediatric acupuncture (sho=little, ni=children, shin=needle) is a specialized form of treatment for infants and children that became renowned in the 1700s in the Osaka region of Japan. To this day, Japanese parents regularly bring children for shonishin treatment, and the shonishin approach is increasing in popularity around the world.

Children’s bio-energetic systems are not fully formed and, being at the most “yang” phase of their existence, their energy (Qi) moves extremely rapidly. Consequently, children’s systems can be easily over stimulated, and health problems can progress rapidly.

Shonishin focuses on gentle, specialized, mostly non-inserted treatment techniques that children find comfortable and even pleasurable. Dramatic results can be obtained even with very light treatment.

The ancient classics of China, such as the Ling Shu, describe nine types of needles, several of which were clearly never intended to pierce the skin. Three of these non-inserted needles — the enshin, the teishin, and the zanshin — are considered basic to the practice of shonishin pediatric acupuncture. Over the years, many additional tools and supplementary techniques have been designed specifically for pediatric therapy.

Shonishin techniques involve rhythmic stroking, rubbing, tapping, and pressing the skin to give different kinds of gentle stimulation. These techniques harmonize and fortify the child’s vital energy, and strengthen the child’s constitution.

Shonishin is used to treat a wide variety of problems, including:

  • Failure to thrive syndrome
  • Weak constitution
  • Colic, excessive night crying, temper tantrums
  • Indigestion, GERD, constipation, and diarrhea
  • Night terrors
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Allergies, asthma, and colds
  • Eczema and hives
  • Ear infections
  • Bedwetting
  • Stuttering
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Spina bifida

The specifics of the treatment (frequency, dosage, strength) depend on the practitioner, the age, and condition of the child, among other factors. Treatments for children are actually very brief: a typical treatment generally lasts only one to five minutes. Generally speaking, the older the child, the longer the treatment. It’s particularly important that the practitioner develops a touch (and a heart) that a child responds to! 

The key to successful Shonishin treatment is “less is better.” The beauty of Shonishin is its simplicity, gentleness, and effectiveness. 

Pediatric Herbal Medicine Is Also Recommended To Yield The Same Safe Results That Adults Have Without Dangerous Side Effects Of Commonly Used Drugs and Anti-Biotics Which Can Be Quite Harmful To A Developing Bodie's Systems