Needleless acupuncture is a treatment therapy that uses tools such as tuning forks, cold lasers and TENS point locators to stroke, rub or press the kid’s skin producing gentle stimulation sensations. Generally, acupuncture entails the use of fine needles to puncture the skin on various parts of the body. But since most kids are needle shy or even sensitive to needle piercing, needleless acupuncture comes to their rescue.
This therapy is based on an ancient theory that specific forms of energy (qi) flow throughout the body through channels known as meridians. If the energy fails to flow as expected,different illnesses such as headaches, backaches and stomachaches are likely to occur. Therefore,acupuncture is done with the belief that it helps restore the energy flow, which in turn restores good health.
This form of acupuncture that does not use needles was first used in China before the Japanese adopted it in the 1700s and named it Shonishin, meaning children’s needle. Some people use the term Shonishin to refer to needle-free acupuncture. RAVIVA Healing Center, South Florida, is one of the modern centers offering this therapy.