Preventative Care with Acupuncture
As the summer comes to a close and the school year begins, it is important to keep your child’s immune system strong! Instead of fighting pesky colds, coughs, ear infections and the like, we can take some preventative measures!
Acupuncture for kids is a growing holistic modality in the United States. “Shonishin” is a gentle, non-invasive form of Japanese acupuncture for children. This type of acupuncture does not use needles like the ones commonly associated with adult acupuncture, but various tools that are used to gently activate acupuncture points and energy channels.
Shonishin was developed in Japan over 250 years ago. Shonishin in Japan is offered once per month during the week of the full moon and is a primary way they utilize to strengthen vitality and maintain wellness in children. This type of therapy is also very effective for symptoms and diseases that have already arisen in a child and treatments are typically done more frequently in addition to the use of herbs and dietary therapies.
RHYTHM OF HEALTH CARE
With regular monthly health care, both parents and children begin to see that the rhythm of caring for self is an ongoing process that continues throughout life. Instead of tending to the symptoms of disease states that have already arisen, the allopathic perspective, acupuncture for kids (and Chinese medicine in general) emphasizes wellness and the care that it takes to maintain.
When a child receives 12 treatments per year at one per month, problems that might arise due to weather, diet, emotions, or lifestyle can be avoided and/or clearly seen by the practitioner and the child’s treatment can be tailored for these specific issues and tendencies.
COMMUNITY & PLAY
The once per month Children Wellness Days are created with emphasis on community and education. Children can be themselves and are invited to play and be silly while parents who are unsure of the process of shonishin will be invited in to see treatments of other children. This creates openings for networking for parents and foundations for long-term friendships. Also, regular Shonishin treatments help strengthen the parent-child relationship and can improve the spiritual and emotional development of the child.
15 MINUTES IS ALL IT TAKES
Children’s Wellness visits are usually very short, appointments being only 15 minutes with the actual shonishin treatment taking no more than 5 minutes. Occasionally, a more in-depth lifestyle or dietary counseling or home treatment teaching is needed with the parent and a follow-up appointment (sometimes via phone) is scheduled. This allows the parent to spend the time needed to become part of their child’s ongoing care.
Children’s Wellness Days
call 738-7654 to schedule your appointment
sliding scale $15-30 (cash or check only)
bring/schedule all your kids for same time treatments!
all children welcome any age, any condition!
Tuesday, September 9th, 1pm-5pm
Tuesday, October 7th, 1pm-5pm
Thursday, November 6th, 1pm-5pm
Thursday, December 4th, 1pm-5pm
Bellingham Natural Family Medicine
Bellingham, WA 98225