“Boy, you sure have your hands full!” These are words I have become accustom to hearing from complete strangers. I have the pleasure of being the mother to two amazing, full of life, and very energetic children. One evening when my son Myko was 4, he was especially wound up at bedtime. In an effort to get him settled enough to get to sleep (and so that I could get some sleep myself!) I decided to give him a simple acupuncture treatment. Well it worked, but that was just the beginning. For the next 4 days, Myko who was typically quite a handful, a bit whiny, and bouncing off the walls, was a completely different child. He was still very full of life and energy, but now his energy was manageable. He was very pleasant, not whiny, and most striking, he was in control of his emotions. He was also more in tune with his body, even letting me know that he needed to rest after a long morning of playing soccer, rather than getting whiny and attempting to push through his fatigue. It was amazing! The treatment did more than just calm Myko and help him sleep, it balanced him. I had given successful treatments before but it wasn’t until then that I really got to experience just how powerful acupuncture is for kids. I realized that there are so many kids that I could help to become balanced, not just my own. So after several years of treating mostly adult patients, I was inspired to follow my true passion and open my pediatric acupuncture practice.
Risi Idiokitas DAOM, L.Ac. is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine currently practicing in Washington, DC and Maryland. She holds a Doctorate Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York, New York where she also received her Masters in Traditional Oriental Medicine. Risi is a board certified Diplomate in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology from the National Certification Committee of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). In addition to being the founder of Healthy Littles, Risi also is an Integrative Medicine Specialist on the PANDA Palliative Care team at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC.