Carolyn DewIn November 2012, Carolyn had the opportunity to travel to the beautiful Himalayan Tibetan community of McLeod Ganj, India where she completed a two-week intensive focused on Women’s Health and Paediatrics with renowned paediatric TCM specialist Soma Glick.  During this intensive course and clinic she studied Sho-Ni-Shin, Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, and Chinese Diet Therapy.

She also had the opportunity to utilize these techniques by offering free treatment to infants, children, women, and mothers, most of whom were Tibetan refugees from local villages in the Darhamsala area. This hands-on experience was rewarding as she saw a wide variety of conditions and interesting cases that she would otherwise not have see in Canada.

Carolyn found her time in India unforgettable and has so much gratitude towards Soma and her husband Somnath, the small group of Western colleagues that completed the course with her, the people of the Tse-Chok-Ling Monastery, and the local people of McLeod Ganj. She treasured the experience of working with the local women and children and was amazed by the profound effects she observed applying Shonishin techniques to infants and children. She has since brought these skills and practical experience back with her and looks forward to continuing her work with children in her practice.

About Paediatric Treatment:

Sho-Ni-Shin is a needle-less acupuncture system used for the treatment of children’s disorders which originated several hundred years ago in Southwest Japan. This non-invasive and painless method of treatment is very comfortable for infants and children. Shonishin’s hands on approach allows the practitioner to build a good rapport with the child as most children learn to love their Shonishin treatments and look forward to being treated again.

Shonishin is an effective modaility for treating many paediatric conditions. Some common childhood illnesses that respond to Shonishin therapy include:

  • asthma and bronchitis
  • chronic colds and low immunity
  • bedwetting
  • convulsions and seizures
  • colic and constipation
  • chronic diarrhea
  • chronic ear problems
  • eczema
  • fever
  • habitual nosebleeds
  • hives and uticaria
  • insomnia
  • hyperactivity, ADD, and ADHD
  • teething
  • chronic sinusitis and rhinitis
  • chronic urinary tract infection

Typical frequency of treatment is once or twice a week depending on the severity of the illness, for one to three months. A shonishin treatment can be safely performed within 20 minutes. After the initial problem is resolved and your child’s health has returned to a good state, treatments can continue on a maintenance level once a month if your next goal is to improve immunity and prevent reoccurance by strengthening the digestive system and addressing any other constitutional weakness your child may have. Shonishin is a practical and cost-effective modality in the treatment of childhood disorders, for health maintenance, and in preventative medicine in infants and children. If you have any questions or would like to speak to Carolyn about your child’s specific health concern, you may contact her at carolyn @

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