Shoni-shin, or Japanese pediatric acupuncture is a type of acupuncture designed specifically for the treatment of children. This style of treatment was developed hundreds of years ago in Japan where it remains a main modality in pediatric health care. According to Chinese medical philosophy, a child’s energy is very near the body’s surface and easy to access, which is why children tend to respond so quickly to treatment. Shoni-shin is a unique and painless approach to acupuncture that does not use insertive techniques. Specialized needles are used to scratch, tap, or brush over the acupuncture pathways of the body, and many children describe it as a tickling sensation on their skin. It is often a very fun and relaxing experience for the child. Shoni-shin is offered by Jenn Collins, L.Ac & Julie Bibleheimer L.Ac.


Like traditional acupuncture, Shoni-shin can treat a wide variety of health issues. Pediatric treatments work best when offered at the very first onset of symptoms, and when administered this early, Shoni-shin can be a fantastic alternative to the overuse of antibiotics. Another very good use for the treatment is preventative care. Shoni-shin is an excellent way to rebuild the immune system in children who tend to get sick frequently. Oriental medicine serves to improve immunity and strengthen the overall constitution of the child. Infants to age 10 can benefit from this type of acupuncture. Chinese herbal medicine is very often used in conjunction with Shoni-shin. The herbs help to reinforce the acupuncture and in some cases may be used independently.

The following conditions can be helped with Shoni-shin:

  • Earaches
  • Fevers
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Digestive Complaints
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Teething
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Behavioral Emotional Problems
  • Sleeping Problems
  • …and more!

“Our journey starts from day one, and it’s never too early to tackle health from a different perspective”  – Soma Glick L.Ac.


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“I like it. It feels good and it helps me feel better.”
Ben Jurisch, age 6

“I really like shoni-shin and the moxa feels really good on belly and my sore places.”
Jade Hunter, age 5

“My son is more peaceful and calm after the treatments, and afterward his skin has a beautiful, healthy glow to it. His runny nose stops and doesn’t come back with regular Shoni-shin treatments. I feel that his immune system is much stronger than before we started coming to Jenn. The treatments always seem to make him very peaceful…he sits still the entire time and loves it.”
Reba Mitchell, mother, age 29

For more information call Ashland Holistic Health at (541)482-1650 or email us at info@ashlandholistichealth.com.