HFA specializes and takes pride in treating children from birth through to adulthood.
From infancy to about age 10 we use Shonishin (show-nee-shin), a painless, gentle approach to acupuncture that uses non-insertive silver tools to stimulate meridians and acupuncture points. The tapping and brushing of the tools promote the circulation of Qi and Blood and benefit the child’s developing meridians. It stimulates the function of the immune system and relaxes the nervous system.
In our culture, antibiotics are over-prescribed, suppressing the pathogenic influence and leading to a chain of chronic problems in the future. Shonishin, an essential treatment modality for children in Japan, can be considered an alternative to the overuse of antibiotics.
Shonishin has a long history in treating:
- colds and flu
- acute and chronic cough
- ear infection
- allergies, asthma, eczema
- colic, diarrhea, abdominal pain
- nightmares, sleep problems, bedwetting
- attention deficit disorder
Until about the age of 10, a child’s meridian system is close to the surface of the skin and is easy to access. Because of this, children respond very well to treatment. Parents can see immediate results while participating in the child’s healing process knowing they aren’t overwhelming their child’s system with antibiotics or other “scorched-earth” style treatments.