Pediatric Acupuncture and Non-Needle Techniques

Orchid offers several non-needle therapies and bodywork including shonishin pediatric therapy, acupuncture, acupressure, and massage. 


Shonishin pediatric acupuncture is a specialized form of treatment for infants and children that became renowned in the 1700s in Japan. To this day, Japanese parents regularly bring children for shonishin treatment, and the shonishin approach is increasing in popularity around the world.


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. 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 


Acupuncture can be gently used with the smallest of patients when appropriate. Our office uses the tiniest of needles for children and may incorporate into the treatment plan alongside of shonishin for optimal results. 


Acupressure is based in Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncture theory. All of our practitioners have been trained in non-needle techniques and can use acupressure to assist patients for whom acupuncture may not be suitable. We often send parents home with acupressure points that can be continued between treatments at home!


Our State and Nationally licensed clinical massage therapist is certified in Infant Massage Training. Check out our events page for information on upcoming classes or to schedule a private session, contact our office!