Chinese medicine is a safe, natural, and gentle way of addressing many common childhood ailments. From allergies to tummy aches, acupuncture has been used for hundreds of years in China to treat children. Pediatric acupuncture is gaining popularity in the West as parents seek more holistic ways of supporting their children’s health.

At Yinova, we always coordinate your child’s care with that of their pediatrician so that you receive the best of both worlds. Our Yinova moms and dads often tell us that they appreciate being able to use our treatments as a first line of defense before resorting to powerful pharmaceutics with their associated side effects.

What is a treatment like? Every acupuncture treatment is designed to fit your child’s needs and suit their temperament. We have several painless treatment options that do not involve using needles, although our acupuncturists are also skilled when it comes to administering acupuncture with little to no sensation. Alternatives to acupuncture include the use of cold lasers, a special cutaneous skin stimulation machine and a Japanese pediatric massage called Shonishin. All of the herbal formulas we use are manufactured especially for children here in the USA. They are selected for their purity and safety.

From tiny newborns to teenagers, acupuncture and herbs can be a gentle and effective addition to you child’s pediatric care. Our experienced practitioners can support your child by helping to eliminate digestive problems, provide additional immune support, offset behavioral problems, and nullify sleep problems.

Watch here to see Jill Blakeway, Yinova’s Founder, explain how acupuncture and Chinese medicine can be used to treat children. 


Babies who suffer from colic can benefit greatly from acupuncture and acupressure. Our experienced practitioners will also work with the mother to uncover any potential food allergies or irritants in the breast milk or formula. Tiny babies often tolerate acupuncture very well and results are usually seen quickly.


Allergies occur when the immune system mounts an attack on something harmless such as pollen or pet dander. Children are especially prone to allergies as their immune systems develop with growth. Asthma, hay fever, eczema, behavioural problems, insomnia, and digestive problems can all result from underlying allergies and can be treated with acupuncture and Chinese herbs. For many of our pediatric patients, acupuncture brings almost immediate relief. For those children who do not wish to receive acupuncture, our trained staff can perform acupressure and other massage techniques with similar results. Children tolerate acupuncture surprisingly well and needle retention time is adjusted accordingly.


Babies naturally have a very weak digestive tract; problems like colic, acid reflux, hernias, and food allergies can cause discomfort which may disrupt your baby’s sleep patterns. Acupuncture, acupressure, and a gentle, safe pediatric herbal formulas can be an effective way to help correct minor digestive disorders so that your baby’s gut can develop in a healthy way.


Several clinical trials have shown that acupuncture may help improve asthma symptoms in both adults and children. At the Yinova Center, we find that acupuncture to clears phlegm and alleviates wheezing especially well when combined with an herbal formula. Your acupuncturist may also suggest that you explore potential sources of food and environmental allergens.


Bedwetting is a common part of potty training for children, but sometimes it can cause anxiety for both the parent and child. Most children have dry nights by the age of 5, but every child develops bladder control at a different pace. Since this can be a hormonal or neurological issue, acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be an effective treatment.


Insomnia in children can lead to behavioral problems, lethargy, short attention span, and memory problems—not to mention, sleep deprivation for parents. Just as acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be a great natural way to help correct insomnia in adults, it can also benefit children. Our treatments seek to correct the underlying root cause of the insomnia rather than using sedatives to force sleep.


ADHD and behavioral problems in children can often be effectively managed with acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Sometimes dietary changes can lead to a lasting solution for these issues.


Just as acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help manage adult anxiety, it can also be an effective treatment for children. Pediatric stress levels vary as children grow and also differ from child-to-child. We find that children that receive acupuncture at the Yinova Center are calmer after their treatment and this effect can be prolonged with regular treatments.