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Risi Idiokitas

Risi Idiokitas L.A.C., MSTOM is a pediatric acupuncturist and certified herbalist currently practicing in Washington, DC and Maryland. She holds a Masters Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York, New York. Risi has been practicing acupuncture for close to 10 years treating both adults and children. In 2013, Risi founded Healthy Littles Pediatric Acupuncture and now focuses her practice on children. Risi treats children for a variety of conditions including respiratory issues, digestive issues, sleep issues, developmental issues, sports injuries, low immunity, and more.

The focus of Healthy Littles is to help build the immune systems and grow healthy and strong littles. When working with pediatric patients Risi uses several modalities of Chinese Medicine including acupuncture, herbs, cupping, and many other non-needles techniques. In addition to being the founder of Healthy Littles Pediatric Acupuncture, Risi also i s the Integrative Medicine Specialist at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. At Children’s Risi works on the PANDA Palliative Care team to help prevent, reduce, and soothe suffering for children with serious illness.


Please fill out the Pediatric Health History Questionnaire Click Here (to be filled out at least 24 hrs before your appointment).

What to expect on your first visit

  • Preparing your child: Please see this document on how to make sure that your child is prepared for their treatment.
  • Please allow 1 hour for the appointment. In this time, I will do an extensive intake so that I can get a full and complete picture of your child's health.
  • After the intake we will discuss a treatment plan and the recommended frequency of future treatments.
  • The treatment itself will last about 5-15 minutes. Babies and young children stay on Mom or Dads lap for treatment. There are several options for pediatric treatments and needles will only be used with the patients permission.
  • We'll make your next appointment and discuss any recommended homework

Also attached, you have been provided a copy of our Notice of Privacy Practices as required by The HIPAA Privacy Rule.

Please note, there is a $50 cancellation fee for no shows or cancellations made without 24hour notice.


Nearly 38 percent of American adults and 12 percent of children use som form of holistic medicine, according to a 2015 publication from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine. <http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr078.pdf> Being one of the most used complementary therapies, Chinese medicine is very successful in addressing children's issues. Children's young bodies are growing so rapidly that it is easy to affect change using minimal interventions and Chinese medicine theory. A gentle, individualized treatment strategy can be created to support both the child and family. I interpret each individual's unique set of symptoms related to their diagnosis and treat accordingly. Listed below are some of the health concerns that can be addressed with acupuncture.

* ADHD, ADD, Autistic Spectrum Disorders

* Beginning Menstruation Issues

* Digestive Issues

* Low Immunity

* Respiratory Issues

* Skin Issues

* Sleep Issues

* Sports Injuries

* Wellness

* .and more



Parents are often unsatisfied or frustrated with conventional medicine options that they are given when it comes to addressing their children's health concerns. They are often looking for alternatives to treat their child's medical needs because they want to limit the drugs their child is exposed to. Used in China for thousands of years, acupuncture is now gaining a reputation as a safe and effective treatment for children around the world. Acupuncture is an excellent options because it helps the body to heal itself. Acupuncture stimulates several processes in the body that naturally activate the bodies own innate healing potential. With children, this potential is even greater so tapping into it early on in life is a priceless asset for your child.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has been used in China for over 2000 years. It is based on the theory that when there is balance in our body's Qi, we experience optimal health. Qi is the force behind all biological functions and when Qi is unbalanced, lacking, or blocked, symptoms arise. Acupuncture uses very fine needles to balance Qi, allowing the body to heal itself.

Do children really get needles?

Yes! Needles used for acupuncture are much smaller than needles used for blood tests and vaccines. Pediatric acupuncture needles are smaller than the width of three hairs, and insertion is quick and gentle. Commonly, there is no pain or only brief discomfort. If there is any discomfort, it is often compared to a "mosquito bite."

In my practice I call needles "taps" and if a child is old enough to approve or disapprove the use of taps, I only use them with their permission. Parents are often pleasantly surprised with how willing their child is to try taps for the first time - in my practice 97% of my patients agree to try taps at their first visit. For those who are not yet ready for taps, there are several other equally effective non-needle techniques that can be used.

What is a treatment like?

Pediatric treatments are brief and gentle, sometimes lasting just a few minutes. Younger children often sit on their parent's lap for treatment. When taps are used, they are quickly inserted and then removed, or for older children and teens, they may be left in for a few minutes. I always go with the flow of the child and unlike adult acupuncture, children are not forced to be still for long periods.

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