Acupuncture

If you are feeling ill, please DO NOT come in for acupuncture. Surgical masks will be given to all patients at the point of entry into 1340 Boylston Street and masks must be worn at all times in the building. There is no food or drink allowed in the acupuncture room and there may be a short wait if the clinic is at capacity. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Welcome to Fenway Health’s Acupuncture Department

Fenway Health offers three types of acupuncture:

  • Individual Acupuncture

    This service is available for patients of Fenway Health who have their Primary Care established at the health center. By appointment only for pain management, stress management, women’s health, digestion, immunity, and other conditions. The treatment lasts 50 minutes and includes individualized acupuncture points based on your needs. $90 first visit, $70 per follow-up visit. New patients must obtain a referral from their Fenway Health primary care physician before starting acupuncture treatment. To schedule an appointment, please call 617.927.6188.

  • Wellness Acupuncture

    The Group Acupuncture Clinic
    This is a group setting service for smoking cessation, stress, depression, anxiety, insomnia, grief, PTSD, compulsive behavior, and other conditions. Treatment lasts 45 minutes and includes acupuncture points in the ears and on the forehead. All visits are drop-in and no appointment is needed. Starting July 27, clinic hours are Monday, Thursday and Friday from 2:30 pm – 5 pm (you must arrive no later than 4:10 pm to be seen). This is a self-pay service; payment is due at time of service. $20 per drop-in visit or $99 for a 30-day unlimited pass. Located on 7th Floor at 1340 Boylston Street.

  • Acupuncture for Problem Substance Use
    This is an Addiction, Recovery, and Wellness Program group setting service for Fenway patients who either have a current Substance Use Disorder diagnosis, are in recovery, or want to reduce their substance use. If you are already a behavioral health patient at Fenway and have a therapist, tell your therapist that you are interested in detox acupuncture and they will refer you to the service. You can complete the Addiction Recovery and Wellness Program Intake paperwork together. If you do not have a therapist at Fenway, please call Denise Nunez, 617.927.6202, to set up a substance use intake appointment. Once completed, you may attend the drop-in acupuncture clinic. Starting July 27th, clinic hours are Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 2:30 pm – 5 pm (you must arrive no later than 4:10 pm to be seen). Located on the 7th floor at 1340 Boylston Street.
  • Acupressure for Problem Substance Use
    We are also adding a weekly telehealth acupressure group for those enrolled in the Addiction, Recovery and Wellness Program. If you are interested in participating in this acupressure group, please contact Jen Alberti for more information. She can be reached at 617-927-6188 or jalberti@fenwayhealth.org

Please note for Wellness Acupuncture and Acupuncture for Problem Substance Abuse

In order to ensure patient safety, all patients are required to wear a mask for the duration of their treatment and the number of patients in the acupuncture room will be limited.  If you arrive and the clinic is at capacity, there may be a short wait. We do appreciate your patience in order to maintain a safe environment for all.

There is no food or drink allowed in the acupuncture clinic.  Please also refrain from bringing any large bags, backpacks, suitcases, etc. into the clinic with you; you may bring a small, personal item and something to read if you wish.

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

Appointments

617.927.6000

Ansin Building

1340 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215

Hours

    • Monday, Thursday, and Friday:
      2:30 PM–5:00 PM*

      *Please note—The last treatment time will be scheduled for 4:10 PM

 

  • Tuesday and Wednesday:
    8:00 AM–10:30 AM*

    *Please note—The last treatment time will be scheduled for 9:40 AM

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.