San Diego Pediatric Acupuncture – For Our Children’s Happier and Healthier Life

The main goal of Makari Wellness is to help your children overcome the difficulties they might be experiencing at a certain age. Our approach includes efficient techniques that promote overall health and improve physical and emotional wellbeing. You can find our licensed acupuncture clinic in San Diego and Oceanside, California.

Our Pediatric Care Includes

Scalp Acupuncture

Scalp acupuncture is efficient for treating neurological conditions in children. It is safe, painless, and drug-free. We combine it with body acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and Acu-Laser for best results.


Moxibustion stimulates energy circulation and promotes optimal health in children. It has proven its efficiency in treating chronic conditions and certain deficiencies in the organism.

Chinese Herbs

Chinese herbal formulas are incredibly convenient in treating infants and children, providing remarkable results after just a couple of sessions.

Pediatric Conditions We Treat

Our children acupuncture therapies are incredibly convenient for treating the following groups of conditions:

Frequent Infections

Our natural and drug-free treatments can help boost the immune system and relieve the symptoms of ear infections. Combined with other therapies, acupuncture can help with a chronic cough or chronic fatigue, provoked by certain organism deficiencies.

Behavioral Issues

Acupuncture and herbs can improve ADHD, ADD, autism, and similar behavioral problems. Besides, these therapies can help your child overcome learning difficulties and motivate them to give their best at school.

Motor Disabilities and Speech Problems

Traditional Chinese Medicine helps to improve motor skills affected by cerebral palsy. It is also efficient in resolving speech problems, such as aphasia and pediatric dysarthria.

Respiratory Problems

Pediatric acupuncture is exceptionally convenient for treating respiratory problems, such as asthma and whooping cough.

Digestive Conditions

Our child acupuncture approach is excellent for treating various digestive conditions, including colic, diarrhea, constipation, and vomiting.

Sleep Difficulties

Bedwetting, broken sleep, and nightmares are some of the problems children face during the night. We can help you, and your little ones get peaceful sleep and wake up rested and fresh.

Emotional Problems

Our treatments include acupuncture for pediatric anxiety, depression, stress, and a failure to thrive due to the pressure children feel at school, bullying, or other problems.

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Why Choose Our Acupuncture for Kids?

You must be wondering how our approach differs from the other types of treatments you have already tried – and the answer is quite simple. Mike Woodworth, a licensed practitioner specialized in pediatric acupuncture, does his job with love, dedication, and compassion. Therefore, he uses comprehensive treatments when approaching the client, providing a high dose of professionalism, efficiency, and understanding.

What to Expect from Pediatric Acupuncture at Makari Wellness?

By focusing on treatments for neurological and brain conditions, we have discovered how amazing our body is. Therefore, the appropriate application of acupuncture and physiotherapy can significantly improve severe infections that Western medicine considers incurable.

At Makari Wellness, you can expect safe, natural, and drug-free therapies combining scalp acupuncture, Acu-Laser, herbs, and moxibustion. Some of the conditions treated by acupuncture for children include:

  • Autism
  • Sequelae (Viral meningitis)
  • Muscle torsions/spasms
  • Brain atrophy
  • Brain anomaly
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Incomplete Brain Development
  • Hemiplegia
  • Paralysis due to brain disorder
  • Vision disorders
  • Learning difficulties

It is vital to start your treatment on time. The earlier you begin with therapies, you can expect faster and much better outcomes.

Pediatric Acupuncture: Essential Facts

Pediatric acupuncture has been used for hundreds of years in China to treat a wide variety of conditions children often suffer from. It has been gaining popularity lately, and more and more parents decide to try it due to its holistic approach that supports their children’s overall health.

However, parents are still doubtful about treating their children with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Most of them are skeptical about needles, some are nervous due to uncertainty, and some are afraid that the condition might worsen. But you shouldn’t be worried.

The first thing you should know is that most procedures don’t start with needles. In fact, most sessions of acupuncture for kids begin with mild electro stimulations of specific acupoints, which don’t hurt at all but are quite pleasant. That way, children feel much more relaxed, and parents start to gain more confidence.

Scalp Acupuncture for Kids

Scalp acupuncture is a science-based approach that combines knowledge about brain function and neuro-anatomy. It is used worldwide to address the signs of neurological conditions such as stroke and autism.

There are several types of scalp acupuncture. Differences between them include the needle location, needle manipulation, and needle retention time. A licensed scalp acupuncturist will focus on specific areas of the head to address the particular condition.

Once inserted, the needles are gently stimulated either manually or electrically. A patient may be asked to concentrate on the specific area in order to promote the movement of the body’s energy to that part.


Scalp acupuncture is exceptionally convenient for improving motor skills and speech abilities affected by autism or cerebral palsy. It can significantly promote children’s neurological development and encourage energy flow and blood circulation, vital for their general health.

Ear Acupuncture for Kids

Children diagnosed with ADHD, ADD, or similar behavioral disorders can benefit from ear acupuncture. This acupuncture style is often combined with other TCM therapies, including herbal formulae, in order to deliver the best possible results.

As its name says, ear acupuncture includes the insertion of small needles into each ear’s specific points, depending on the condition treated. Apart from addressing the condition itself, Traditional Chinese Medicine brings balance to the body, brain, mind, and behavior. That way, a child will feel improvements in every sphere of their life, both physical and emotional.

Moxibustion for Kids

Moxibustion is another TCM technique that involves the burning of moxa (mugwort) on specific acupoints on the body. The burning process promotes healing, strengthens the blood, stimulates the flow of vital energy (qi), and helps maintain general health.

Moxibustion is an entirely safe and pleasant treatment suitable for both children and adults. It is beneficial for treating weaknesses and chronic problems, and it is usually used with acupuncture to deliver the best results to your little ones.

Acu-Laser for Kids

Laser acupuncture, also known as Acu-Laser therapy, is an innovative treatment solution that involves a precise, low-level laser stimulation of acupoints. It is widely used for many acute and chronic conditions, and it is an essential part of pediatric acupuncture at Makari Wellness.

Acu-Laser therapy is relaxing and painless, especially since practitioners use a soft laser to stimulate the points. Its main goal is to charge the weakened cells, which brings the following health benefits:

  • Increased nerve activity
  • Increased blood and energy circulation
  • Cellular detoxification
  • Neuro-stimulation and neuro-regeneration
  • Optimized cellular metabolism.

Soft laser therapy’s advantages are diverse, but the most prominent one is the needle-free approach, convenient for kids. A licensed acupuncturist may it alongside other TCM treatments to provide more measurable results.

Pediatric Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs

To deliver the most notable results, pediatric acupuncture is often used together with Chinese herbs. Adequate herbal formulae are effective for children and infants, and they are often used in the same way as the therapies for adults.

The exact herbal therapy will be prescribed by a licensed Chinese herbalist, who will consider the child’s age and a particular diagnosis. The most commonly treated conditions include colic, fever, cough, and vomiting, but Chinese herbs can also be pretty beneficial for more complex behavioral disorders such as ADHD.

Chinese herbs are generally safe and free of side-effects. They can help relieve the symptoms of digestive problems and strengthen all the organs that might be causing inconveniences and digestive discomfort. Since these therapies don’t involve pharmaceuticals, there is less chance of allergic reactions and other side-effects.


Pediatric Acupuncture FAQs

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding pediatric acupuncture:

How Old Does My Kid Need to Be to Receive a Treatment?

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding pediatric acupuncture:

What Happens Before the Treatment?

The acupuncturist will ask you everything about your child’s health history, medications, diets, daily habits, and other health-related questions. A practitioner may spend up to one hour with you and your child to make you comfortable with the procedure.

What to Expect from the Acupuncture Treatment?

A practitioner will start with the insertion of small, thin, and sterile needles into the acupoints on your child’s body. The treatment usually lasts from 30 to 60 minutes. The needles will be removed if a child feels any discomfort. Depending on your kid’s condition, he/she may receive weekly treatments for 4 to 6 weeks.

Makari Wellness: The Most Efficient San Diego Pediatric Acupuncture

With more than 15 years of professional experience in treating childhood illnesses, Makari Wellness has become a well-known clinic specializing in pediatric acupuncture in San Diego, CA.

Mike Woodworth, a licensed acupuncturist, makes sure families live their best life, filled with happiness and health. Contact us at (888) 871-8889 and experience the best San Diego pediatric acupuncture treatments.