Acupuncture, helping you take better care of yourself

Acupuncture is a gentle and effective treatment that brings the body back into balance easing pain, stress and disease naturally and without harmful side effects. If you have questions regarding your specific health concerns I’m always happy to give you a free consultation, either on the phone or in person.

For 2017 I will be travelling back and fore between California and Cardiff. I will next be in Cardiff March 1st. If you need treatment before this date I recommend you call Paul Burdon ( on 02920 140154, like me Paul is a fully qualified & insured Traditional Acupuncturist.

About Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient system of medicine used in China for thousands of years.


Acupuncture is an ancient system of medicine used in China for thousands of years. It is a safe and effective form of medicine. It was introduced to Europe in the nineteenth century. It is now used extensively throughout the West, with over two million treatments given in the UK each year.

Treatment Method

Chinese medicine looks at pain and illness as signs that the body is out of balance. The overall aim of acupuncture treatment is to restore the body’s equilibrium. By inserting fine needles into specific points on the body, shifts are made in the overall condition of the patient’s health and well being. The points used are determined by a careful and detailed gathering of information regarding symptoms and medical history as well as such things as sleeping patterns,appetite and digestion and emotional well being.

Point Selection

The point selection may be modified in subsequent treatments as the symptoms start to shift. The Chinese medical model talks about these shifts in terms of moving energy and changing patterns. This is simply referring to a return to a more relaxed, invigorated and healthier functioning of the body.

How does it work?

How does it work?

  • There are numerous theories about how acupuncture works. Some of these are:
  • Acupuncture stimulates the release of pain-relieving endorphins.
  • Acupuncture influences the release of neuro transmitters, substances that transmit nerve impulses to the brain.
  • Acupuncture influences the autonomic nervous system.
  • Research exploring a number of possible mechanisms for acupuncture effects is ongoing.

Treatment Frequency

Many people turn to acupuncture for help with a specific symptom or condition. Others choose to have treatment to help maintain good health, or improve their general sense of well being. Sometimes all that is required are a couple of treatments for a sore knee or ankle. Other times with more chronic conditions a longer term treatment plan is needed with appropriate goal setting and reevaluation points. Clients generally enjoy the experience of relaxing with the needles and love the way they feel after the treatment, describing it as both calm and invigorated.
Often clients choose to have treatment as part of their ongoing health maintenance at regular intervals.

Conditions Treated By Acupuncture


Acupuncture is an effective way to deal with stress and brings deep relaxation to the body and mind. It is a successful form of preventative medicine, maintaining your health and increasing your sense of well being.

Acupuncture has been proven to work for a wide variety of physical and emotional problems. Conditions that I often treat are:

  • Backache
  • Painful joints
  • Neck pain
  • Carpel tunnel
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Headaches and migraines.
  • Stress, anxiety, depression and addictions
  • Insomnia
  • Irregular or painful periods
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Infertility
  • Sinusitis
  • Digestive problems
  • Arthritis/ Osteo and Rhematoid
  • Labour Induction
  • PMT
  • Dizziness
  • Palpitations
  • Panic attack
  • Nausea
  • Post operative pain/fatigue

I also offer supportive treatments for people with chronic fatigue and people going through chemotherapy.

Many other health concerns can be helped with acupuncture so please call to discuss your specific health situation.

The World Health Organisation publishes a list of all the conditions for which evidence of acupuncture's benefits can be demonstrated. That list is here (pdf).

Coming For Acupuncture Treatment at my Cardiff clinics

I offer a wide range of treatments. If you need further information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Treatment Information:

Before Treatment

I suggest having something to eat before you come, as it is best not to get needled on an empty stomach.

Some conditions can be helped with a specific point protocol(for example, labour induction, Morton’s neuroma ) I will let you know if your concern can be addressed in this way. The initial treatment, including taking a history, will last 60 minutes with follow ups lasting 45-60 minutes.

Your condition needs to be addressed comprehensively. We will need to gain an understanding of your main complaint and your general health and well being. This involves completing a form with questions about your body’s unique signs and symptoms including such things as how you sleep and how your digestive system functions. I want to discover how you are feeling now about your overall health and what you would like to accomplish with treatment.

During the Treatment

During the treatment I will place the needles gently where I think they will be most effective and give you time to relax and assimilate the health benefits. People generally get very relaxed and often fall into a dreamlike state or sleep. I use Japanese needles that are extremely smooth and comfortable and I have a gentle technique that is generally very painless.

I suggest not exercising or drinking alcohol for the rest of the day in order to derive the most benefit from the session.Both during and after acupuncture people describe feelings of relaxation and invigoration.I want you to look forward to your acupuncture and always try to make it a relaxing and enjoyable time away from the stress of daily living.


Acupuncture Testimonials

“Katherine’s acupuncture treatments helped me recover from numerous ailments, including neck and back pain, anxiety due to work and relationship stressors, and a general lack of physical energy. She was always present with my immediate needs and provided immediate relief while helping me address the underlying causes of my discomfort. She is a true healer and her work is completely effective.”

50 year old woman - perimenopausal symptoms, back and neck pain and stress.

“I have been to four different acupuncturists and Katherine is the best. She combines gentle touch with professional confidence. Just talking to her makes me feel better and the treatment finishes the job.”

61 year old woman - Parkinson's symptoms and general health maintenance.

“Wonderful relaxing treatment. Always look forward to it.”

29 year old woman - stress and general health well-being support.

“Katherine’s care has been a godsend for me. She has been of enormous help with a wide variety of problems. She is a loving, giving and healing person and has much improved the quality of my life.”

80 year old woman - arthritis and general health maintenance.

“I came to see Katherine after 2 years of struggling with infertility and 2 failed IVF cycles. I was desperate and exhausted but Katherine’s wisdom helped me to develop a new perspective on my struggles and to regain hope. By deeply integrating the body and mind she guided my focus to where energy was blocked and why I’d been stuck. My work with her was profoundly transformative and I will be eternally grateful to her, not only for my beautiful new daughter, but also for the way her kindness, support and insight guided me to a richer understanding of life.”

42 year old woman - fertility and general health and well-being support.

“Working with Katherine on treating my ulcerative colitis with acupuncture has enabled me to deal with my illness without the side effects caused by the prescription medications I had been taking. She has a warm and calming personality and I thoroughly looked forward to our treatment sessions. I believe acupuncture has kept me mostly symptom free for over 6 years.”

40 year old man - ulcerative colitis for 20 years.

“I was suffering with chronic sinusitis, using nasal steroid sprays continuously. I had completed 3 months of antibiotics and had taken oral steroids for 10 days. When I stopped the medicines, all my sinus symptoms returned. Then I decided to try acupuncture with Katherine. I have been receiving acupuncture for approximately 2 months now and the benefits have been tremendous; the symptoms are much better. I would highly recommend this to anyone who has sinus problems.”

36 year old man - chronic sinusitis.

“When I first started seeing Katherine I had been trying to get pregnant for five years. She worked with me emotionally and physically to help me strengthen and rebalance which allowed me to carry a healthy baby to term. My daughter is now five years old and I am so grateful for the work Katherine did with me to bring this lovely being into the world.”

48 year old woman - fertility and general health and well being support.

Katherine Pearce Acupuncture

I am a licenced acupuncturist with a Master’s Degree in Chinese Medicine and have been practising in California, London and Wales for the last 18 years.

I originally studied and trained as a social worker in the UK thirty years ago. I first came across acupuncture in 1991 while living in New York City. At the time I was suffering from terrible sinus headaches and struggling with stress. After just a few acupuncture treatments my sinus headaches went and have never returned and I felt a clarity and relaxation that allowed me to handle the stress of life much more effectively.

To understand how this medicine had helped me, I enrolled in a medical anthropology class looking at various cultures’ medical systems and how their history and philosophy had created different ways of addressing ill health. I then decided to embark on a four year Masters Degree in Chinese Medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. Since 1998 I have been in full time practice and have given thousands of treatments to patients with widely varying conditions.

In California I worked for twelve years with a medical doctor who specialised in integrative health for those suffering with chronic disease and those wanting a more holistic approach to their medical concerns. I also undertook an extensive amount of personal study on the influences of the mind on the body. I have taken mindfulness workshops studying how working with the mind can be used to aid health and well being in the body. I use this along with my experience of Jungian therapy, when appropriate, to help patients look at how their emotions may be creating obstacles to realising their optimal health and happiness.

I like walking and cooking and eating healthy, delicious food.

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For 2017 I will be travelling back and fore between California and Cardiff and will next be in Cardiff March 1st.
If you need Acupuncture treatment before March, I recommend you contact Paul Burdon ( on 02920 140154, like me Paul is a fully qualified Traditional Acupuncturist.

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