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Free Acupuncture and Yoga Resources for Veterans (Boston Area)

Acupuncture Resources for Veterans:

Veterans Community Acupuncture Project
monthly drop-in community-style acupuncture for veterans and their families
Saturdays 1-3 PM (next clinics May 21, 2011 and June 18, 2011)
Charlestown Yoga
191 Main St.
Charlestown, MA

Metrowest Veterans Acupunture Clinic
drop-in, community style acupuncture

Framingham Location
Saturdays 10-12
St. Andrews Church
3 Maple St.
Framingham, MA

Worcester Location

Seconnd Wednesday of each month from 5:30-7:30pm

Dodge Park Rest Home (rear entrance)
101 Randolph Rd.
Worcester, MA 0160

For more information: (508) 890-8899

Pathways to Wellness
free, private treatments for veterans in supervised student clinic
1601 Washington Street
Boston (South End)
617-859-3036 x0

Free Yoga (and more) for Veterans:

There and Back Again
Offers free reintegration support using yoga, meditation, and holistic therapies

Charlestown Yoga
191 Main St.
Charlestown, MA 02129
free yoga class for veterans, Saturdays at 12:30


February 26, 2010 at 1:50 pm Leave a comment

Boston Veterans Community Acupuncture Project

The Veterans Community Acupuncture Project offers free weekly acupuncture for veterans. Acupuncture can treat pain, stiffness, headaches, insomnia, digestive problems, anxiety and many other issues. It is also extremely relaxing!

Treatment is done in a community-style format, which consists of:

  • treatment is done in a group, seated in chairs
  • acupuncture needles on ears only
  • treatment lasts 20-45 minutes (you decide how long you want to stay)
  • uses sterilized, single-use disposable needles only
  • needles are tiny (about the width of a hair) and virtually painless
  • all volunteers are professional acupuncturists licensed by the Massachusetts state medical board

All veterans are welcome to attend. Please feel free to bring a friend or family member to join us for a treatment.

Our services are strictly confidential. We are an independent group of volunteers, not affiliated with any government agency or veterans’ group, and do not share records with any other organizations or individuals.

A recent study funded by the Department of Defense on using acupuncture with veterans to relieve stress and improve quality of life showed extremely positive results. We have already treated many veterans during our pilot project earlier this year, and got very positive comments from people who attended.

Our program is offered one Saturday per month at the Charlestown Yoga studio, 191 Main St., Charlestown. For the current schedule, visit

For more information on the program, call Pathways to Wellness at 617-859-3036  x24.

If you would like to support this effort, we need to raise about $5000 to cover the cost of supplies for one year of the program. You can make a tax-deductible contribution at Thank you!

October 18, 2008 at 1:05 pm 1 comment

Free Acupuncture for Veterans

I am excited to be a part of a new program to help veterans returning from Iraq and Afganistan. Two Boston-area clinics, in Arlington and Boston, will provide free community-style acupuncture treatments for veterans and their families and caregivers.  Similar clinics are beginning in locations across the country.  The programs are inspired by Acupuncturists Without Borders’ nationwide effort to respond to the stress and trauma experienced by veterans returning from war. I will be volunteering as an acupuncturist and doing outreach and organizing for the project.This program will be open to veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as veterans from other wars or conflicts. Some clinics may also offer treatment to close family members, who are also affected.  The Arlington, MA clinic is open for clients (contact number below); the Boston clinic is expected to open in the next several months. Watch this blog for updates!

Community acupuncture is a simple but powerful approach to treating stress and trauma. Treatments are done in a group, seated and clothed, and consist of needles on the ears only. This style of treatment was used for AWB’s programs in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and was very well-received. Participants reported that it helped with anxiety, depression and insomnia; many others found relief from physical ailments as well. The feedback from an AWB pilot program for Veterans in Albequerque has also been very positive and encouraging.

To learn more about the veterans’ program (including an up-to-date listing of clinic sites around the country), how acupuncture can help with post-traumatic stress, and AWB’s work with Hurricane Katrina survivors, visit  For information on the Arlington, MA clinic, call 617-849-4928.

February 12, 2008 at 3:12 am 3 comments


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