• Effective Treatment

    Frequent, focused treatments allow us to see positive changes in a patient's condition quickly.
  • Providing Access

    According to the World Health Organization, Nepal's healthcare system ranks 150th in the world with less than one doctor per 6000 people.
  • Patient Education

    By providing simple explanations, we help patients understand their health concerns and make informed choices regarding their care.
  • Building relationships

    Learning to understand each other and truly listen is the first step in building trust and lasting friendships.
  • 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.
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Our Mission

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

Our Clinics

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

Our Partners

Influencing government policy and achieving educational goals. Read More

Volunteer With Us

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

Our Evidence

Case studies and field research helps us analyze our efficacy. Read More
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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

  • Painful Ulcerations of the Throat with Chronic Sinusitis +

    28-year-old male presents with chronic sinusitis, nasal blockage, throat pain and ulcerations for 18 months. The patient also Read More
  • Bilateral Hip and Low Back Pain +

    19-year-old male presents with trauma-related chronic hip and low back pain with limits in range-of-motion that interferes with Read More
  • Neck Pain with Radiation +

    40-year-old male presents with right-sided neck pain, without nerve radiculopathy, down the arms bilaterally. He has seen his Read More
  • Low Back Pain with Radiation +

    30 year old male presents with severe back and left leg pain, exhibiting postural deviation as a way Read More
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Compassion Connect : Documentary Series

  • Episode 1Rural Primary Care

    Episode 1
    Rural Primary Care

    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 2Integrated Medicine

    Episode 2
    Integrated Medicine

    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 3Working With The Government

    Episode 3
    Working With The Government

    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 4Case Management

    Episode 4
    Case Management

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

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  • Episode 5Sober Recovery

    Episode 5
    Sober Recovery

    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 6The Interpreters

    Episode 6
    The Interpreters

    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 7Future Doctors of Nepal

    Episode 7
    Future Doctors of Nepal

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

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  • Compassion Connects2012 Pilot Episode

    Compassion Connects
    2012 Pilot Episode

    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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From Our Blog


Acupuncture Relief Project  | Good Health Nepal | Kuong Wang

Nepal and people who live in this country, the Nepalese; where do I begin?  It was sensory overload the moment our flight landed in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal.  The first thing that hit me was the humidity and not being able to read any of the signs nor comprehend what people were saying.  At that moment, it finally kicked in that I was totally at a foreign country, far away from home.  To a foreigner like myself, things seem chaotic.  There are no traffic lights for vehicles, motorcycles, or pedestrians while everyone travels in all directions; however, to my amazement everyone is in harmony.  There is order in a seemingly ocean of chaos. 

Acupuncture Relief Project  | Good Health Nepal | Kuong Wang

Nepal is a true third world country that is now in a worsen shape by a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck near the capital a year and a half ago.  The rebuilding process is slow at best.  Many buildings are still in shambles and are at a state of disrepair.  The earthquake was a detrimental blow to their livelihood for a country that does not have significant goods to export or commerce and relies solely on tourism to survive.  What we believe as our most basic rights for standard of living back at home do not even register here.  Their infrastructure is almost non-existent.  There is no waste management made evident by trash popping up everywhere and the only way to “get rid of garbage” is to burn them.  There are daily rolling electrical blackouts that last hours at a time.  Water treatment facilities are not available.  Public transportation involves packing 50 people in a beat up bus that should only carry 30 with plumes of thick black smoke billowing from the exhaust.  All these are just part of the daily lives at the capital city and imagine what it is like outside the capital!

Acupuncture Relief Project  | Good Health Nepal | Kuong Wang

Despite the insurmountable disadvantages stacked up against the Nepalese, I consistently see how Nepalese truly are - friendly and cordial.  Strangers will greet each other and carry on conversations like they are best friends.  You don’t see anger, impatience, or frustrations on their face.  You don’t see people yelling at each other.  You don’t see road rage.  Don’t misunderstand the situation here, they do live in a stressful environment with very little means and few opportunities to better their life.  If you have an opportunity to ask them questions, you will hear that they are stressed about life, yet they find a way to coexist and live happily, without lashing out at others.

Acupuncture Relief Project  | Good Health Nepal | Kuong Wang

I have connected with my patients and the Nepalese culture on a deeper, more meaningful level than I would have expected.  I have realized how diverse and social culture driven the Nepalese are.  There are no strangers in Nepal!  Everyone pitches in wherever help is needed.  People make the best of what they have without complaint. They have graciously welcomed us and helped us to ease into their life as one of their own, while opening up and entrusting our ability to see and treat them.  They feel grateful and indebted to have the opportunity to receive treatments, to tell their story, and to ease/improve their sufferings.  

Acupuncture Relief Project  | Good Health Nepal | Kuong Wang

One patient I will never forget and will think of fondly years from now far away is my diabetes patient who initially came in for hip pain.  Upon further questioning, I learned that she has Type 2 diabetes who is on the maximum daily dose of Metformin and has recently stopped her insulin shots.  The reason for stopping the shots was that they were expensive and that the pharmacy informed her that the insulin bottle needs to be refrigerated, which is a luxury she does not have.  Most people here do not have own refrigerators.  I felt a deep sadness that a refrigerator could be in the way of someone’s health.  At the same time, I was glad that I could inform her that insulin does not require refrigeration anymore as long as used within 28 days while stored away from extreme heat.  In addition, Metformin by itself is not enough to control her diabetes and that insulin is necessary to stabilize her blood sugar.  Her blood sugar test taken was three times the upper limit for a diabetic.   She was reluctant to go back on the insulin shots and just wanted treatment for her hip pain.  I realized it was going to take a while to convince her; thus, I comprised and agreed to treat her hip pain first, but she needed to revisit on a daily basis.

Acupuncture Relief Project  | Good Health Nepal | Kuong Wang

My goal is simple: to try to persuade her to restart her insulin shots.  Every day I worked on easing the hip pain while trying to convince her that she must go back on insulin quickly and to explain the severity of what could happen without stabilizing her blood sugar level meant possibility of losing limbs or worse, death.  It took numerous efforts and persuasions, but she is now back on insulin and is able to walk without much pain.  She feels happier and is able to sleep through the night.  What made her change her mind about insulin is not crucial, but I believe one main reason was the fact that she felt she was not just a case study but also a person with people who were genuinely concerned for her well-being.

Acupuncture Relief Project  | Good Health Nepal | Kuong Wang

I thought I was going to come in and sweep Nepal and its people off their feet by showing them what I could offer, but in reality, they were the ones who showed me what I have been missing out.  Of course, they would like to have clean running water, not having to deal with air pollution, poverty, and a shadowy future, but Nepalese live with dignity and composure.  I do not see any poopy face.  I do not hear Nepalese complaining about things they do not have.  Everywhere I go, I see bright smiles on their face and genuine content blessed with what they do have.  I walk away receiving so much more in life than what I have and will offer to them.  --- Kuong Wang

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