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Down to Earth Acupuncture

Down to Earth Acupuncture is a Community Acupuncture practice in Worcester, MA.

Our mission is to make acupuncture affordable so that more people can experience its many health benefits.

New patient appointments cost $45. Follow-up visits are charged on a sliding scale of $25-$45 per treatment. You decide how much you can afford to pay within this range; we will never ask for income verification, and the amount you pay will not influence the care you receive.

Our treatments are tailored to each individual and take place in a group, with patients relaxing in recliner chairs. This community setting is similar to the way acupuncture traditionally is practiced in China.

Find out how acupuncture can help you. Contact us with any questions or schedule an appointment by calling our office or using the online system. You can learn more about Community Acupuncture or even become a member of our cooperative at the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA).

At Down to Earth Acupuncture we treat a wide variety of conditions and a diverse group of patients. We welcome people of all races, national origins, ages, religions, abilities or disabilities, shapes and sizes, incomes, marital statuses, sexual orientations, sexes, and gender identities.


Latest News from the Office

  • 7-Second Acupuncture (9/21/2021)

    Did you know that acupuncture needles begin to make changes in the body the moment they are inserted? And continue to influence the body even after they are taken out?

    Although classically acupuncture needles have been retained for 30 to 60 minutes, this is by no means the only way to practice acupuncture. In fact, one of my most influential teachers, Dr. Richard Tan, taught that pain relief from acupuncture can start in as little as 7 seconds!

    While I don’t claim to be as talented as the late great Dr. Tan, I do find the potential of shorter acupuncture treatments intriguing. So, next month I will have an event to experiment with just this. I will be offering brief acupuncture treatments along with take-home ear acupressure for an introductory price of just $15.

    Here’s how it will work:
    -The date is Monday 10/25 from 3:30-5:30pm.
    -Treatments must be scheduled online and paid for in advance. These treatments are for returning patients only.
    -Treatments will be scheduled during 30-minute blocks. You can arrive any time during your scheduled 30 minutes, first come, first served.
    -Pick one issue to work on. 7-second acupuncture works best on musculo-skeletal issues (back pain, knee pain, etc.), but you can also choose to work on stress, digestion, or something else.
    -Needles are inserted and retained for just a few minutes.
    -While the needles are in, I will place pressballs (“ear seeds”) on your ear for the same issue. These non-invasive acupressure balls will go home with you and can stay on for up to 5 days. You may also choose to only get pressballs (no acupuncture), but the price is the same.
    -Needles are removed, and you go on your way!

    7-second acupuncture is for you if:
    – You prefer shorter treatments or don’t have a lot of time.
    – You would like immediate feedback on how the treatment is working (for musculoskeletal issues).
    – You want to try out ear seeds and have the benefit of your treatment continuing at home
    – You have one main issue that is bothering you (or two very closely related issues such as back pain and sciatica or stress and insomnia).
    – You want to try all this at an introductory discount of $15 (price subject to change in the future).

    7-second acupuncture is not for you if:
    – You like to fall asleep during acupuncture.
    – You have something new or complicated to discuss.
    – You have several unrelated issues that you want to treat at the same time (but keep in mind even longer sessions may not be able to address every issue).

    Schedule your spot for 7-second acupuncture here:

    I will also have a limited number of ear seed pressball kits for sale so that you can continue to treat yourself at home. I have kits for stress, back pain, and weight loss. To see the full array of pressball kits offered, follow this affiliate link:

  • Masks Still Required at DTE (5/25/2021)

    With the governor’s announcement that vaccinated individuals will be exempt from mask requirements starting May 29, many of our patients have been understandably curious as to how this change will affect policy here at DTE.

    Masks will still be required at DTE for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.

    Acupuncture offices in Massachusetts fall under the “health care” designation. Our licenses are issued by the Board of Registration in Medicine, and we have been in close communication with the Board and the governor’s office throughout the pandemic. The new state guidelines allowing for the relaxation of mask rules do not apply to health care offices.

    While I know this may be disappointing to some, and I understand that no one loves wearing masks, the mask mandate will be enforced in our office as long as the Commonwealth requires it.

    Abiding by the necessary regulations allows us to continue offering affordable acupuncture to our community. Please do not ask me to make exceptions or try to engage me in debate on this issue. Please be kind and recognize that we are all doing the best we can and the best interest of my patients and community will always be foremost in my mind.

    If you are not able or willing to continue wearing a mask, you cannot be seen in the office. Remote consultations continue to be available to you.

    I am so thankful for all of the support I have received from my patients and larger community during this time. Let’s continue to work together as we approach the home stretch.

  • Remote Consultations Now Available (10/23/2020)

    First of all, many thanks to those of you who have supported DTE through these uncertain times. I know that some folks do not feel comfortable coming into the office for treatment right now, but you have still been supporting us through social media, word-of-mouth referrals, and buying gift certificates.

    I would love to be able to expand my in-office hours, but with Worcester schools offering only remote options, we have not found a child-care situation that would work for our family. Thank you for your understanding!

    In the meantime, I will be once again offering remote consultations through the winter (and perhaps permanently). These consultations can be used for questions about acupressure or general health, ear seeds kits, or traditional Chinese herbal medicine.

    The cost of a remote consult is $30 for a 20-30 minute consult. This cost does not include the price of herbal medicine, ear seeds, etc. And as with all services, 24-hours’ notice is required for changes and cancellations.

    I am most excited about the herbal medicine consults. Herbal medicine has been a passion of mine since even before acupuncture school. Unfortunately, the cost of maintaining an herbal inventory as well as the time required to educate patients about the benefits of traditional herbal medicine has meant that I haven’t promoted herbs much in the past several years.

    Luckily, I have found an online service that allows me access to a vast number of traditional herbal formulas that can be conveniently shipped to your home! These formulas generally come in capsule or tablet form, and two or more formulas can be combined to better suit your needs.

    Traditional Chinese herbal medicine can be used to help with many conditions, including (but not limited to): stress/anxiety/depression, headaches and body pain, digestive issues, seasonal allergies, and women’s health conditions.

    While most people can benefit from traditional herbal medicine, there are some instances where I wouldn’t advise it. I will not provide herbs for pregnant or breastfeeding women, or for patients on anti-arrhythmia medication or bloodthinning-medication (a daily aspirin regimen may be ok with approval from your doctor). Also, if you are taking more than 2-3 Western medical prescriptions, please contact me first to see if herbs would be appropriate.

    You also must be a Massachusetts resident for me to provide a remote consult.

    If you are currently coming in for acupuncture treatment and your case is relatively straightforward, you do not need to make a separate remote consult appointment for herbs (however, if I feel that your case is quite complicated, I will advise doing a consult).

    For both in-office and remote herbal consults, I am offering a one-time 20% discount on your first herbal order from now through November 30.

    Remote consultation appointments are now available through our online scheduler. If you don’t find a time that works for you, feel free to reply to this email to ask about additional times.

    Any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

Office Hours

2:30pm – 6:00pm
2:30pm – 6:00pm
9:30am – 1:00pm
9:30am – 1:00pm
By Appointment Only.
Hours subject to change

Emily is friendly and professional. First and foremost, she listens and remembers. The treatments themselves are almost completely painless and during them I find myself more relaxed and breathing more deeply than I thought possible. Since beginning treatments with Emily, the frequency and severity of my migraines has lessened to the point that I’ve been able to resume more normal activities and she has completely eliminated the accompanying facial pain, which had previously been a daily problem. Overall I have more energy and look forward to the sessions and the relief and sense of well-being that I leave the office with.

I suffered a low back strain and tried for three days to manage the pain and muscle spasms on my own. After just one acupuncture treatment with Emily, my pain was dramatically reduced and my mobility was restored by 80 percent. As a health care professional of 19 years and a business owner, I have experienced a good deal of physical ailments ranging from the common cold to whiplash, as well as stress, anxiety and insomnia. Over the years I have depended on acupuncture as a consistently effective treatment that leaves me feeling relaxed, pain-free and energized.T.S.

I had experienced chronic pain for almost a year when I began acupuncture therapy with Emily. After just a few visits, my pain became more manageable and I found myself becoming more active again. I am now able to go up to a week at a time without any pain. With each visit to Emily, I continue to improve.M.S.

Emily is amazing and has a terrific ‘bedside manner.’ I always feel relaxed and refreshed after my treatments.S.M.

Emily took the time to listen to me and was very caring. She was very thorough in her diagnosis and helped with the digestion problems I’d been having.J.B.

In the summer of ’07, I began to experience severe pain, weakness and numbness in my right hand and forearm. My doctor recommended surgery. I decided to try acupuncture since I wanted to avoid surgery. After 4 or 5 acupuncture treatments with Emily, there was significant improvement in my arm. The pain and numbness decreased and the strength returned. I most highly recommend acupuncture therapy!M.I.

Emily’s sessions have allowed me to approach work and life with renewed energy and vitality.L.K.

After trying so many medical and alternative options I feel acupuncture finally eliminated my migraines. Thank you Emily! I continue to get a treatment anytime I have a cold, allergies, or pains and I think it always helps.A.C.

In an effort to reduce daily stress, I have tried many different modalities…..and acupuncture works the best! I am able to have sessions regularly and as a result I feel very calm and centered on both emotional and physical levels. Emily is extremely knowledgeable. She has a kind, gentle, healing touch and she is an amazing gift to us all! Thank you, Emily for making community acupuncture accessible and affordable for everyone in the Worcester area !

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