Katharine Stewart, L.Ac
All acupuncturists can treat pain, anywhere on the body. I have additional training in what’s called Orthopedic or Sports acupuncture. That means that I have more extensive education in treating chronic & acute injures, chronic and acute pain anywhere on the body. Neck pain, back pain, low-back pain, sciatica, hip & knee pain, foot pain, you name it. I look at the whole structure of the body when treating these conditions and do a treatment that can be quite different from others who have not been trained in these specialties. The success rate of getting rid of your pain is much higher than traditional (non-specialized ) treatments.
I have worked in conjunction with midwives to help women with pregnancy issues such as morning sickness, fatigue, back pain, anxiety and postpartum issues, just to name a few. I have worked with pediatric nurse practitioners with babies as young as a day old. Babies can benefit from acupuncture for conditions ranging from pain from tongue-tie surgery, colic and coughs. Kids & teens often are seen for sports injuries, colds & flus, asthma & allergies.
Like so many people who are faced with unexplainable pain and fatigue I also experienced debilitating health issues. Almost over 30 years ago I was in severe pain and had such extreme fatigue that I could not raise my arm to brush my hair or walk to the mailbox.
I searched for answers. My first attempt at finding a solution was conventional medicine. I even visited a medical school in Los Angeles to find an expert opinion. Every doctor I consulted told me that there was nothing clinically wrong with me. I was diagnosed with Epstein-Barr Virus (just like Mono) which they said would probably go away on its own. Some asked me to come back in a year to see if a disease, like Rheumatoid Arthritis, might show up in the blood work so that they could do something for me.
I was only 22 years old!
My mom suggested acupuncture for my pain. I had heard of it once when I watched a program with Leonard Nimoy showing brain surgery with acupuncture for anesthesia. I never thought it would apply to me. And guess what? I just hated needles. I mean, pass-out-hate needles. I remember screaming bloody murder as a kid getting shots.
Desperate for help, I decided to give it a try. I told the acupuncturist that I knew he could not help my condition, but if he could help with the pain, that would be great. He told me that he could help decrease my viral load, and my pain; Chinese Medicine can treat both viruses and pain. This system of medicine has been practiced successfully for thousands of years treating anything and everything known to humans. He also pointed out it didn’t make much difference what the western diagnosis was or wasn’t. I had no clue what he meant, but I didn’t have anything to lose.
The first needle between my eyebrows didn’t hurt at all. Honestly, I was shaking like a leaf! But now pain at all!
My acupuncturist also adjusted my diet. No more sugar junkie attacks. To my surprise, even sugar in fruits was wreaking havoc on my system. It was really hard to change all my eating habits. What a new and strange world for me. Listen, it doesn’t have to be so hard for you. I learned how to make that transition a lot easier and share that with my patients.
Within 6 weeks of two weekly treatments and a very strict diet, I got a lot better. I never personally say ‘cured,’ because many of us do have chronic conditions that can reappear under the ‘wrong’ circumstances. I have had to deal with flare-ups of Epstein Barr virus over the years, and what they now call “Fibromyalgia,” and “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.” I was lucky that when I got sick, those labels did not exist, and I had to seek alternative care.
I am happy to say that I am symptom-free, most of the time. I still can’t eat sugar, or much fruit, or any gluten at all. I take care of my soul and body through regular mediation, and I move my body every day. My search for a cure for myself (without Western diagnosis or treatment) took me on a journey to eventually practice herbal medicine and acupuncture and help others.
I have been in practice for almost a quarter century. Acupuncture is an emergency medicine (how I see it). It works, but it is the day-to-day practices, including food, herbal remedies, movement, meditation & rest, that are the most beneficial and crucial to our health.
Press & Awards
Voted best Acupuncturist by the Santa Barbara Independent newspaper reader poll
Outstanding Faculty Award
Featured on the television show, Sonoran Living Live
Sedona Monthly Magazine covered her twice
Fitness Plus magazine featured her acupuncture/massage therapies
Featured in Seaside Signal
Education & Experience
Master’s in Climate Science and Solutions from Northern Arizona University, 2015.
Bachelor’s of Arts, Anthropology, Arizona State University, Cum Laude, 2002.
Graduated from the (now defunct) Santa Barbara of Oriental Medicine & Acupuncure in 1990.
Founding faculty member at the first accredited herbal medicine and acupuncture college in Arizona, Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture.
Professor of Chinese Medicine for ten years.
Clinic Dean, during our national accreditation process, Acupuncture Chair, And Clinical Supervisor.
Founder and director of the Community Acupuncture & Wellness Clinic in Phoenix, a multi-practice center with Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapist, Massage Therapists, Yoga Instructors, Acupuncturist, and student interns.
Acupuncturist at Los Abrigados Sedona Spa, and the Sedona Racquet Club specializing in spa style acupuncture combined with acupressure massage or hot stone therapy to relieve stress, jet lag, or just to relaxation and rejuvenation.