Medical Acupuncture | Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition | UC Davis Children's Hospital

Pediatric Specialties

Pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition

Medical acupuncture

Watch Videovideo iconDr. Lorimier performing acupuncture on a patient.

Pediatric gastroenterologist Arthur de Lorimier, M.D., trained in medical acupuncture at the Helms Medical Institute. He practices this ancient Chinese medicine art form in his care of young patients presenting with variety of GI conditions, including:

  • Chronic abdominal pain
  • Chronic nausea 
  • Anxiety related to gastrointestinal conditions

As a retired Army medical officer, Dr. de Lorimier saw firsthand how medical acupuncture has revolutionized the care of returning war veterans with a variety of conditions including chronic pain, post traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse and chronic anxiety. Many of these patients reported positive outcomes as a result of their acupuncture treatment. This exposure prompted Dr. de Lorimier to pursue this training in order to better care for his pediatric patients without necessarily resorting to medication.

Patients can expect a first time visit to last at least one hour and involve a proper medical history and explanation of planned therapy. Subsequent visits follow, typically on a weekly basis. These visits include the placement of needles in various parts of the body. While the placement of acupuncture needles is not absolutely pain-free, the pain involved is minimal and offset by the usual therapeutic results.


Referrals and appointments

Families have access to the region’s only pediatric gastroenterology services with the added convenience of two clinic locations.

For referring physicians, please use our Pediatric Gastroenterology Referral Guidelines for information on patient referrals and required documentations.

Referral Guidelines (PDF)

Gastroenterology and Nutrition Clinic

2521 Stockton Blvd., 2nd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95817

The pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition clinic is located in the Glassrock Building on the UC Davis Health campus.

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Carmichael/Citrus Heights Clinic

7551 Madison Ave.
Citrus Heights, CA 95610

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For physician referrals or appointments


To see one of our specialists, a referral is required from your child’s primary care physician.