• Research Focused

    Conducting research studies and documenting patient cases helps us analyze the efficacy of our clinic and contribute to the body of evidence that supports our project model.
  • more than acupuncture

    Our volunteers include massage therapists, chiropractors, physical therapists, naturopaths, as well as nurses, nurse practitioners and allopathic physicians.
  • Cultural Immersion

    Before we can provide effective medical care we must first learn to understand how our patients live.
  • rural nepal

    Home to eight of the highest mountains in the world including Mt. Everest, Nepal remains one of the poorest countries in the world.
  • Effective Treatment

    Frequent, focused treatments allow us to see positive changes in a patient's condition quickly.
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Our Mission

Our unique model provides effective, efficient, primary care in rural Nepal. Read More
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Our Clinics

Since 2008, our clinics have provided over 350,000 primary care visits. Read More
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Our Partners

Influencing government policy and achieving educational goals. Read More
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Volunteer With Us

We need your help. Serve others while learning new skills. Read More
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Our Evidence

Case studies and field research helps us analyze our efficacy. Read More
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VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY CARE CLINICS IN NEPAL

Nepal remains one of the poorest countries in the world and has been plagued with political unrest and military conflict for the past decade. In 2015, a pair of major earthquakes devastated this small and fragile country. 

Since 2008, the Acupuncture Relief Project has provided over 300,000 treatments to patients living in rural villages outside of Kathmandu Nepal. Our efforts include the treatment of patients living without access to modern medical care as well as people suffering from extreme poverty, substance abuse and social disfranchisement.

Common conditions include musculoskeletal pain, digestive pain, hypertension, diabetes, stroke rehabilitation, uterine prolapse, asthma, and recovery from tuberculosis treatment, typhoid fever, and surgery.

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Featured Case Studies

  • De Quervain’s Syndrome +

    57-year-old female presents with hand tingling and severe wrist pain that began 9 months prior to visiting the Read More
  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis +

    10-year-old female presents with active phase of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) as demonstrated by multiple articular bony joint Read More
  • Dupuytren’s Contractures +

    58-year-old male presents with persistent contraction of 3rd, 4th and 5th fingers of right hand. He reports it Read More
  • Emotional Depression +

    40-year-old woman presents with depression, emotional stress and dream-disturbed sleep. She presents with a secondary complaint of chronic Read More
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Compassion Connect : Documentary Series

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    In the aftermath of the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake, this episode explores the challenges of providing basic medical access for people living in rural areas.

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    Episode 1: Rural Primary Care

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    Acupuncture Relief Project tackles complicated medical cases through accurate assessment and the cooperation of both governmental and non-governmental agencies.

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    EPISODE 2: INTEGRATED MEDICINE

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    Cooperation with the local government yields a unique opportunities to establish a new integrated medicine outpost in Bajra Barahi, Makawanpur, Nepal.

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    EPISODE 3: WORKING WITH THE GOVERNMENT

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    Complicated medical cases require extraordinary effort. This episode follows 4-year-old Sushmita in her battle with tuberculosis.

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    EPISODE 4: CASE MANAGEMENT

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    Drug and alcohol abuse is a constant issue in both rural and urban areas of Nepal. Local customs and few treatment facilities prove difficult obstacles.

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    EPISODE 5: SOBER RECOVERY

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    Interpreters help make a critical connection between patients and practitioners. This episode explores the people that make our medicine possible and what it takes to do the job.

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    EPISODE 6: THE INTERPRETERS

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    This episode looks at the people and the process of creating a new generation of Nepali rural health providers.

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    EPISODE 7: FUTURE DOCTORS OF NEPAL

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    In this 2011, documentary, Film-maker Tristan Stoch successfully illustrates many of the complexities of providing primary medical care in a third world environment.

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    COMPASSION CONNECTS: 2012 PILOT EPISODE

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From Our Blog

 

Acupuncture Relief Project  | Good Health Nepal | Jesse Jory

Nepal for me was a practice in being comfortable with the feeling of groundlessness. 

Have you ever been on a suspension bridge?  

Nepal, I came to learn, is full of suspension bridges.  My experience as a volunteer acupuncture physician was analogous to crossing a suspension bridge.  After our first week arriving at camp we had our first Saturday off.   It was decided that we would take hike into the local mountains to visit a village.  The day was perfect, the sky clear and we were all excited to venture out and explore.  We visited the villagers high in the mountains of Suping overlooking Bhimphedi.  Our trusted guide Tsering informed us we would be crossing a suspension bridge on our decent back down.  I immediately began to have anxiety as I have a fear of suspension bridges. That feeling of groundlessness gave me a pit in my stomach and sweaty palms as we started our decent and got nearer to the bridge.  

You see groundlessness, insecurity,  vulnerability and even uncertainty or fear are generally words that are associated with a negative connotation.  Most of us try to avoid situations that make us feel this way.  Our psyche from an early age on tells us that feeling this way should be avoided.  When we got to that bridge even Nani the dog did not want to cross it!   She proceeded to try to climb down cliffs edge before being retrieved and carried across.  Well, a long story made short is that we all made it across the bridge on that beautiful afternoon, even Nani the dog!  Some of us held each others hands, some of us had to be carried and others walked right across.  What stuck with me about my experience was why I felt this way?  How could I relate this experience to my daily life. Specifically,  how can this feeling of groundlessness be made into something positive. The bridge was a small part of my experience in Nepal, but it represented of the totality of my experience in so many ways.

Acupuncture Relief Project  | Good Health Nepal | Jesse Jory

As the weeks past I realized that this feeling kept showing up in many different ways.  From seeing a patient in the clinic and not knowing what to do,  to wondering if I had the skills to treat 20 patients a day.  In fact, even prior to starting out on this journey, I wondered if I had the knowledge to practice medicine in a place so far from what I was comfortable with.  When I reflect back on the beginning of my journey at Earth House in Kathmandu it is very much the same as that sunny afternoon on the mountainside preparing to step across the suspension bridge, a feeling of excitement mixed with uncertainty and even vulnerability.  

During my stay at the camp over the seven weeks I made my way back to that suspension bridge.  With the help of a truly remarkable brother, who took the time and had the patience to allow me to become comfortable with the feeling of groundlessness.  I sat on the middle of that bridge, I meditated on that bridge while villagers passed me by, and I even stretched out on my backside on the middle of that bridge.  I became comfortable with being uncomfortable!  It wasn't easy, and I am not saying that the next ‘suspension bridge’  I cross will be any easier, but I have a new found idea of what it means to be present in those feelings of “groundlessness” and how those moments can be a place of great learning.  

I've come to understand a little deeper that we are in all this together, interconnected and we have the ability to make positive shifts with one another in places that are challenging and “groundless” while doing good in the world. --- Jesse Jory

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