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22-24 May 2015 – A Workshop on Shonishin: Japanese Acupuncture for Children

If you book this workshop before the 1st March 2015 you will receive this 3 day course for €295 and after the 1st March it will be €350. If you have done any Stephen Birch courses and wish only to do the 3rd day for €110.

May 22-24, 2015 (Friday/Saturday 10.00-17.00 + Sunday 10.00-16.00)
Venue: Dublin

To book, call Mags on 061-276532 or email her at
CPD points: 30

Instructor: Stephen Birch PhD, LicAc (USA), MBAcC (UK), lid NVA (Holland).
Shonishin (children’s needle therapy) is a unique and specialized pediatric style of acupuncture that developed over 250 years ago in Japan. It recognizes the fact that children do not like needles and has instead developed specialized treatment techniques, many of which are non-invasive and thus not frightening to the child. In ancient China, when acupuncture was first being described, nine kinds of needles were described, several of which had rounded ends, that are rubbed or pressed on the skin instead of inserted into the body. In Shonishin, following these ideas, a variety of instruments have been developed that can be pressed, rubbed, tapped or scraped on the skin to give different kinds of gentle stimulation. When applied for short periods of time in simple systematic patterns, these simple treatment techniques have been found effective for a wide variety of pediatric problems from birth through age five or so. As children get older, and/or their problems are more difficult or stubborn, specialized acupuncture techniques and insertion methods have also been developed and tailored to match the needs of children, so that they are comfortable and not aversive for the child or parent.

The general treatment can be very useful for fortifying the child’s vital energy and strengthening their constitution. When correctly applied, this treatment will not only help symptoms to naturally improve, but will give a greater sense of well-being and help resolve many other small day to day problems, helping make the child less prone to illness. The basic treatment has the added advantage of being easily taught to parents so that they can use it regularly at home, thus increasing frequency of treatment and allowing parents to participate actively in the treatment of their children. This tends to reinforce the effects of treatment, and helps make the treatment more enjoyable for everyone. This style of pediatric acupuncture can be used by any acupuncturist regardless of general style of practice. In addition to the basic root treatment, a simplified form of Keiraku Chiryo (Japanese) ‘Meridian Therapy’ will be taught as a second root treatment system using non-invasive methods. In order to target symptoms, very light needling, moxa and other light, painless treatment methods will be taught.

Shonishin is used to treat a wide variety of problems using these specialized approaches. The following list includes the most commonly treated conditions: irritability, impatience, excessive crying at night in infants; hyperactivity; attention problems in small and school age children; dream disturbed sleep; indigestion; diarrhea; constipation; allergies; chronic stuffy or runny nose (from repeated colds and/or allergies); asthma (including allergic asthma, exercise induced asthma); weakened immune system – the child that catches cold frequently or has recurrent viral infections; bedwetting; stammering or stuttering; weak constitution, including infants with inadequate weight gain, frail children that are not as active as others; rashes, for example nettle rashes; urticaria; eczema; hernia; ear infections, usually chronic and repetitive; neurological problems resulting for example from cerebral palsy.

Stephen Birch is an international expert on Japanese acupuncture and author of the book ‘Shonishin’ published in 2011 by Thieme Medical Publishers.

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