Acupuncture – Treating Mind and Body Holistically in my Sonoma County Practice

Chinese Medicine has been practiced for thousands of years. Through meticulous observation, East Asian practitioners determined that the body forms patterns of disharmony as a result of the physical and mental stresses of life. By recording the subtle symptoms and shifts that the body and mind display when under stress, they were able to discern early signs of ill health. They discovered that by inserting and manipulating hair-thin needles at specific points they were able to return the body to its natural balance and promote its ability to heal itself.

I have found that using mindfulness and dream work to gather the unique health patterns in your mind and body before applying the acupuncture needles brings profound results.

Acupuncture facilitates the body's ability to heal itself and allows for new patterns of thought and action to be integrated.

New evidence demonstrates that acupuncture is able to elicit the "Relaxation Response," turning the nervous system away from "fight or flight." Under stress, the body releases cortisol and the immune system is suppressed.The fight or flight response to stress has a direct effect on bodily functions such as heart rate, digestion, respiratory rate, vasoconstriction of blood vessels and urination.

It is easy to see how excessive stress leads to unhealthy patterns in the body. The mind's often worrisome or anxious thought patterns push the body to be vigilant and alert, and through mindfulness one can begin to become aware of how such thoughts are felt in the body. The Relaxation Response is a deep state of relaxation and is not equivalent to watching television or reading a book as these don't induce alpha brain wave activity. Other useful methods beside acupuncture that do elicit this deep response are yoga, tai chi, meditation and breathing techniques.                

The Chinese system of medicine can be used safely alongside modern medicine.

Acupuncture is used by millions of Americans every year. I frequently use it to support people with cancer before, during and after their chemotherapy treatments. I have undergone extensive education, including detailed study of human anatomy and training in Clean Needle Technique. I have passed comprehensive national board examinations administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and am licensed by the state of California. As required by law, I use pre-sterilized, disposable, single-use needles to ensure your complete safety.

Learn about my mindful approach to acupuncture.


Sonoma County Acupuncturist
Katherine Pearce, L.Ac.
(707) 481-1635

Offices in Santa Rosa & Forestville

With awareness in the mind and relaxation in the body comes the untangling of stress and unhealthy patterns of thought and action leading to aliveness, health, creativity, and a developing sense of meaning and growth. Many people experience a deepening of relationships with others and themselves.

"Katherine is an amazing acupuncturist! I came to her for help with my hormonal imbalances. I was getting hives all over my face every time my hormones fluctuated as I have a  rare auto immune disease called progesterone dermatitis. I didn't want to do the traditional route of hormone replacement, as I am not a big fan of that form of medicine. I knew there must be a better solution that my body would respond to.

Katherine was able to get rid of my hives through weekly acupuncture sessions. She has also been able to help me with my night sweats and irritability brought on by pre-menopause. I highly recommend Katherine. She is brilliant!"

—Trish P., Santa Rosa