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WHAT IS SHONISHIN?

Shonishin is a Japanese form of “acupuncture” (though there is no puncturing of the skin) that is specifically designed for the treatment of infants and young children.

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

How might acupuncture work?

Acupuncture is one of the key components of the system of traditional Chinese medicine. A whole medical system that originated in China. It is based on the concept that disease results from disruption in the flow of qi and imbalance in the forces of yin and yang. Practices such as herbs, meditation, massage, and acupuncture seek to aid healing by restoring the yin-yang balance and the flow of qi. (Traditional Chinese Medicine). It is believed that there are 12 main meridians and 8 secondary meridians and that there are more than 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body that connect with them.

Preclinical studies have documented acupuncture’s effects, but they have not been able to fully explain how acupuncture works within the framework of the Western system of medicine that is commonly practiced in the United States. It is proposed that acupuncture produces its effects through regulating the nervous system, thus aiding the activity of pain-killing bio chemical’s such as endorphins and immune system cells at specific sites in the body. In addition, studies have shown that acupuncture may alter brain chemistry by changing the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones and, thus, affecting the parts of the central nervous system related to sensation and involuntary body functions, such as immune reactions and processes that regulate a person’s blood pressure, blood flow, and body temperature.

Will insurance companies cover acupuncture and Shonishin?

There is no insurance company that will cover Shonishin and because of this it will be offered on a sliding scale, ranging from $5 to $45 that you will be asked to pay at the time of service.

A few insurance companies will not cover acupuncture at all, but many state that they will cover it under certain circumstances based on the diagnosis and the patient’s plan. This will have to be figured out on a case by case basis. If you are interested in utilizing acupuncture for your child (when it is determined to be an appropriate therapeutic modality), we will request that you research whether acupuncture will be covered under your plan and if there are any restrictions prior to the visit or during the visit. We are happy to provide you with diagnosis codes and acupuncture codes so that you can investigate this. If your insurance company does cover part or all of the cost for acupuncture you will be required to pay a copay at that visit. If your insurance does not cover acupuncture at all you will be required to pay a same day amount at the visit.

What does acupuncture feel like?

Acupuncture needles are metallic, solid, and hair-thin. People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal pain when the needles are inserted. Some people are energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed. Improper needle placement, movement of the patient, or a defect in the needle can cause soreness and pain during treatment. This is why it is important to seek treatment from a qualified acupuncture practitioner.

How widely is acupuncture used in the United States?

Acupuncture is one of the key components of the system of traditional Chinese medicine. A whole medical system that originated in China. It is based on the concept that disease results from disruption in the flow of qi and imbalance in the forces of yin and yang. Practices such as herbs, meditation, massage, and acupuncture seek to aid healing by restoring the yin-yang balance and the flow of qi. (Traditional Chinese Medicine). It is believed that there are 12 main meridians and 8 secondary meridians and that there are more than 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body that connect with them.

Preclinical studies have documented acupuncture’s effects, but they have not been able to fully explain how acupuncture works within the framework of the Western system of medicine that is commonly practiced in the United States. It is proposed that acupuncture produces its effects through regulating the nervous system, thus aiding the activity of pain-killing bio chemical’s such as endorphins and immune system cells at specific sites in the body. In addition, studies have shown that acupuncture may alter brain chemistry by changing the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones and, thus, affecting the parts of the central nervous system related to sensation and involuntary body functions, such as immune reactions and processes that regulate a person’s blood pressure, blood flow, and body temperature.

How can I get refill for my child’s medication?

If you are on a routine medication that can be called into the pharmacy, please contact the pharmacy first for your refill. If your prescription is out of refills, the pharmacy is supposed to contact our office to get further refills authorized by the ordering provider. If you are having any issues with a refill please reach out to our office. Frequently we may not have received a request from your pharmacy.

If you have a prescription that is a controlled medication, such as Ritalin, Concerta, and Adderall, etc., please contact our office and the receptionist will forward your request to the ordering provider.
We do ask that you give us at least 48 hours’ notice on all refill requests.

What is your stance on alternative medicine?

I am a board certified pediatrician who looks at the whole child in order to encourage optimal health. I am often finding that dietary changes can prevent chronic ear infections, GERD, migraine headaches or even behavioral challenges. There are also a number of very talented alternative practitioners with whom I work in our area.

Western medicine has some very important tools and is exceptional in life threatening situations. Alternative/complementary medicine offers a more holistic perspective to tackle those challenges that may not be life threatening but are impacting our quality of life.

I also offer acupuncture and shonishin (a needle-less acupuncture from Japan for infants and children) for a variety of issues including migraine headaches, recurrent abdominal pain, sleep disorders, anxiety, trauma and post-concussion syndrome.