Your First Acupuncture Visit to my Santa Rosa or Forestville Practice

When you arrive for your first acupuncture appointment I will ask you to complete an intake form which asks questions about your current state of health, past illnesses and your emotional well being. This information is important because the holistic approach of Chinese medicine takes everything into account. Your current symptoms may not seem related to past health issues, but our bodies are complex landscapes and everything that happens to them leaves its mark.

Chinese medicine never separated the mind and the body in the same way as happened in the West. We will look at how you relate to various emotions and also at any situations past or present that may be impacting you now. We will look at stress in your life and how you deal with it. In this way we can gain an understanding of your main complaint and your general health and well being.

If you recall your dreams, I invite you to write them down and bring them with you so we can explore your associations to the images.

Where are the needles placed?

The acupuncture points I choose will depend on the condition we are treating, but you can expect approximately 20 needles. Once they are inserted, I will leave you to lie comfortably for about 20 minutes with the needles in place. I play relaxing music or if you prefer quiet, that's fine ... it's your choice. Many people find acupuncture treatment deeply relaxing, and it is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep during this time.

It is best to have eaten something before your appointment. After treatment I suggest not exercising or drinking alcohol for the rest of day in order to derive the most benefit from the session.

See what conditions I treat.

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.