This October, I’m writing every day about holistic healing.
When I took Baby Bear to the pediatrician today, I dressed him down to his diaper before the doctor rhythmically brushed his body with what looks like a tiny wire broom and rubbed spots on his head with a pointy metal tool.
Tonight, I expect him to sleep well.
Shonishin it’s called, a 400-year-old form of Japanese puncture-less “acupuncture” primarily used to treat babies and children.
It’s quick, gentle, and completely safe.
Dr. Pakhi’s using the technique to help our poor baby sleep, and it’s working. NAET provided one puzzle piece (no more terrified screaming in the night), the Baby Sleep Site’s gentle sleep learning another (baby goes peacefully to sleep by himself now), and now shonishen is dramatically reducing his night wakings (even the ones when he would simply cry out for 20 seconds).
I mentioned yesterday that we’ve endured 4 to 8 wakings per night from our 13-month-old for a few months. The morning after his shonishen treatment last Tuesday, I texted a friend,
Glory hallelujah! He woke up ONE time last night. One. ONE ONE ONE.
I was a wee bit excited. I don’t even remember the last time he woke up just once!
Within days, my husband and I started feeling well rested again. Now we’re working on night weaning, which is going far more smoothly and peacefully than I expected.
I love modalities like shonishin because they correct underlying imbalances, not just suppress symptoms. In other words, they really heal. The body is more whole after this kind of work, more alive, more resilient.
According to the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, shonishin can help treat many childhood health problems:
Shonishin is out there and growing in popularity. If you’ve got an ailing child, it’s well worth a shot. Keep your eyes peeled!
Our pediatrician: Pakhi Chaudhuri, M.D., in Durango, CO
Treating Children with Oriental Medicine by Soma Glick (she says she sees shonishin work especially well for digestive and respiratory problems)
Shonishin: Japanese Pediatric Acupuncture (the only English-language professional textbook on shonishin)