Welcome to Fenway Health's Acupuncture Department

Fenway Health offers Individual Acupuncture.

This service is available by appointment only for patients of Fenway Health who have their Primary Care established at the health center. New patients must obtain a referral from their Fenway Health primary care physician before starting acupuncture. The treatment lasts 50 minutes and includes individualized acupuncture points based on your needs.

As of January 1, 2023, fees are $120 for New Patient visits and $80 for follow-up visits. If you have insurance coverage that includes acupuncture as a covered benefit, please have that information before booking an appointment, including any information about copays and deductibles. For more information, please call 617.927.6300.

Dear Fenway Health community,

Our Behavioral Health acupuncture program will be closing on September 30, 2022. This decision was made as part of Fenway Health’s ongoing efforts to reshape our programs and services to meet the changing needs of our patients and clients. 

The Behavioral Health acupuncture service, founded in 1989 and currently offered through The Addiction Recovery and Wellness Program, has been a valued part of our complementary therapies for 33 years. While program attendance had been declining for a number of years, the program’s temporary shutdown during the early days of COVID19 worsened this and, unfortunately, attendance at our group acupuncture sessions never recovered. 

As always, we strive to remain flexible in adapting our service models to meet changing patient and client needs. As acupuncture in Behavioral Health has become increasingly less utilized, it has become clear that ending group acupuncture will help Behavioral Health deploy resources to services that are more utilized. The current substance use disorder groups that meet on Wednesday and Thursday will continue as part of Behavioral Health’s group program once the Behavioral Health acupuncture service ends. We will no longer have a formally named Addiction Recovery and Wellness Program. 

Our Medical department will continue to offer Medical acupuncture services. 

Thank you all for your understanding as we work to evolve Fenway’s Behavioral Health services to best serve our patients, clients, and community. 


What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture, a traditional medicine of China, is a method of using very fine, sterile, stainless steel needles to stimulate the body’s own natural healing process.

The vital energy of the body is known as QI (pronounced “chee”). Symptoms arise when the flow of the body’s vital energy – QI – is obstructed. Acupuncture aids in removing these obstructions over time and encourages the QI energy to again flow smoothly. Research has shown that stimulating acupuncture points triggers several measurable changes in various body systems including the nervous system and the circulatory system. Acupuncture patients can maximize the effectiveness of their treatment by following proper dietary and lifestyle guidelines.

In an official report from the World Health Organization, Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials, the WHO has listed over 100 diseases, symptoms and conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown. These include:

  • Allergic Rhinitis (including hay fever)
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Cancer Pain
  • Depression
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Facial Pain (Including TMJ)
  • Headaches
  • Hypertension
  • Knee Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Malposition of Fetus
  • Morning Sickness
  • Neuralgia, Post-herpetic
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Post-Operative Pain
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Side Effects from Chemotherapy and Radiation (nausea, fatigue)
  • Tennis Elbow



Call Center Hours:

Ansin Building

1340 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215

A Note About Insurance Coverage

Although many insurance companies cover certain complementary treatments, please be sure to call your insurance company and ask if they cover the service you want.

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