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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

  • Great American Smokeout: Free Quit-Smoking Treatments (11/9/2021)

    The Great American Smokeout takes place on November 18th this year.

    In memory of my mom, Michaelann Bewsee, who we lost in 2019 to metastatic lung cancer, I am offering free quit-smoking ear acupressure treatments leading up to the Smokeout.

    These treatments consist of tiny pressballs (“ear seeds”) that stay on stickers on the ear’s surface and stimulate acupuncture/acupressure points on the ear. The seeds can be left on for 3-5 days and gently pressed on when stress or cravings arise.

    Anyone who is trying to quit smoking can come in for a free ear treatment on any or all of the days/times below. You do not need to be a current patient to come in for treatment, however everyone will need to sign a consent form.

    Treatments are done on a drop-in basis (no need to sign up in advance), during office hours. You may need to wait briefly if I am with another patient. Drop-in hours are:

    Saturday 11/13 9:30am-1:00pm
    Tuesday 11/16 2:30pm -6:00pm
    Thursday 11/18 2:30pm -6:00pm

    You can also purchase smoking cessation ear seed kits through this affiliate link:

    Thank you for letting me support you in this process.

  • Ear Seed Pricing Update (11/9/2021)

    Thanks to everyone who came out for our 7-second acupuncture and ear seeds event!

    The ear seeds were such a hit that I am updating my pricing.

    To have ear seeds placed as an add-on to acupuncture: $10 for up to 5 seeds

    Replace any regular ear seed with a Swarovski crystal seed: +$2 per crystal

    Ear seeds without acupuncture for returning patients: sliding scale $25-45 (make a regular appointment and specify you only want ear seeds)

    If you buy an ear seed kit in the office or through our affiliate link, I’ll place the first ear for no additional cost.

    We have kits in the office for stress, back pain, weight loss, and smoking cessation. Price is $25 plus tax.

    Many more types of kits are available online:

  • 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:

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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