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Shonishin Treatment

Photo of Shonishin Tools

Pediatric acupuncture is called Shonishin in Japanese. Shonishin’s gentle, mostly non-invasive treatment techniques involve non-inserted needles– the enshin, the teishin and the zanshin. Experienced practitioners rhythmically stroke, rub, tap and press the skin to produce a variety of gentle stimulation sensations. Rounded tools, including rods of stone, shell, silver, or gold, are typically used. Sometimes a press sphere–a tiny round ball–is taped in place and left for a few hours to stimulate an acupuncture point. These techniques serve to harmonize and boost a child’s vital energy as well as treat a myriad of pediatric medical conditions.

Kecskes, Alex A. “Shonishin: Pediatric Acupuncture.” Pacific College, 8 Jan. 2019,

Shonishin tools used in treatment.

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