Shonishin for babies and children

Shonishin (children’s needle therapy) is a unique and specialised style of acupuncture developed over 250 years ago in Japan for babies & children. Children & their parents love Shonishin because it is both gentle & effective.

No Needles

Shonishin practitioners recognise that children do not like needles. Shonishin techniques are non-invasive and therefore non-scary. Typically, treatment consists of gently stroking, rubbing or tapping the skin with a variety of rounded silver, gold and stainless steel tools. Without penetrating the skin, these different kinds of surface stimulation have a strong therapeutic effect.

When applied for short periods of time in simple systematic patterns, these techniques have been found to be very helpful for both parents and their children.

What happens during the treatment?

Shonishin is all about bringing  things back into balance. To evaluate your child’s health, we usually start with a chat to understand your child’s condition and medical history, taking the pulse and pressing the tummy gently to get an idea of what’s going on.

Initial treatment consists of a few minutes of stimulating the channels using Shonishin tools. Particular points may then be stimulated to specifically address symptoms. At the end of the treatment a small ‘press-sphere’ (a tiny round pellet of gold or silver), might be taped on the skin that can be left on for a few hours.

Home Therapy

Shonishin is a whole treatment for your child in several steps. Whilst some of these steps can only be done by an acupuncturist, other techniques can be taught to parents, so that the effects can be reinforced by regular application at home. This approach is appreciated by parents who welcome the opportunity to participate more actively in their children’s wellbeing.

Scope of Shonishin

Shonishin is typically used from birth through to age five or older. The general treatment can be very helpful for supporting your child’s vital energy and health. When correctly applied, Shonishin is very relaxing and gives a sense of well-being. It is a valuable support to parents, enabling them to reinforce these techniques at home.

Our daughter had a terrible flare up of eczema after having steroid and antibiotic treatment for pneumonia. It was all over her body, the worst it had ever been. Nothing we usually did was helping. So thankfully we found Marian, and using her gentle shonishin method, really helped to calm her sensitive skin and body. It got her to sleep, rest and become calmer. Her skin became much less red and itchy. Also her appetite improved along with her mood. She was very happy to come and see Marian, as it's such a quick non invasive treatment, and she could see it was helping her! It really has helped her, and we are so thankful to have found Marian.


Many thanks for the fantastic job you have done to help Thomas's congestion. His immune system has improved dramatically over the month he received the treatment.

Immune Support For Babies

I took my 18 month old baby to Marian to treat her digestion and eczema. Marian's calm friendly approach immediately put my daughter at ease and she was soon looking forward to regular sessions with the 'tap tap lady'! Within six sessions my daughter's eczema has reduced considerably and her digestion has improved. It's not easy putting one's toddler in the hands of someone else but I never doubted Marian's wisdom. I would highly recommend her. Thank you Marian for all your support.

Eczema & Constipation - Toddler