• objective outcomes

    Our volunteers hone their clinical skills by properly assessing their patient's condition and setting achievable outcome goals.
  • training & mentorship

    Acupuncture Relief Project offers meaningful training opportunities and employment to interpreters and local healthcare workers.
  • Patient Education

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

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

    Acupuncture Relief Project offers opportunities for volunteers to gain valuable field experience and earn continuing education credits.
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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

  • Sequelae of Osteoarticular Tuberculosis +

    Rachael Haley BAppSci (TCM)December 2014 OVERVIEW A 58-year-old man, of rural Nepal, presents with left hip pain, reduced 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
  • Typhoid Fever Induced Paralysis +

    32-year-old female presents with left-sided paralysis of upper and lower limbs. At age 12, the patient suffered from 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
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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


Jennie Treating Monk with MoxaWe are winding down our first week working in the clinic and have a few highlights to report.  Our team has come together nicely and we are having a good time together.  We had a lot of ideas of how we thought things were going to go but every day has been slightly different so we adapt to what comes up.   This week has been a bit of a wild ride because we are short on interpreters.  For a few days all of us were in one room with all of our patients (plus a few observers).   We had to share one interpreter, Satya Mohan, who was blessedly patient.  Amazingly, it worked but now we have two interpreters as one of the nuns from last year has graced us with her presence.  The past couple of days we have spread out over two rooms so in comparison it seems quiet.  We’ve now had a chance to see some of the patients a few times this week and are starting to get to know our clinic community.  A few of the patients are quite rowdy and like to tease us.  We are learning a lot and already feel like we are honing our skills to better meet our patients needs.  It takes awhile to establish a rapport with patients but as the week progresses we are getting to know each other which makes each treatment stronger.

Nikole treting in Nepal ClinicOn the home front (which is right upstairs from the clinic), we have a full house.  There are the four of us, Andrew, Nicky the clinic director, Joel from the gompa (monastery) next door, the two nuns Ani Yangchen, and Kolpana as well as rotating sick monks.  A couple of the monks from next door have had the flu so we quarantined them to a downstairs room so that we didn’t end up with a monastery full of sick boys.  The highlight of the week has been the moxa and herbs for rest of the boys.  We line them up to give them moxa on four points for the immune system.  They mostly tolerate us and do a lot of whispering and giggling as we go around.  If only we knew what they were saying.  It is quite the production.  

Allyndreth Taking a Pulse in Chapagon The food is fantastic as we have our own cook.  We even had cake for breakfast the other day.  Nikole’s birthday was on Wednesday so we surprised her with a banana and fig cake that Nicky made in the rice cooker.  It didn’t turn out like we planned so it wasn’t ready that night but with the time difference technically Nikole had her birthday for a day and a half.  You can justify anything if you try hard enough.  

Overall things are shaping up and we are starting to get the hang of it.  We are not as busy as last year yet (probably due to harvest) but this is merciful as we are getting up to speed ourselves.  All of us are learning a few key Nepali words and can now head bobble with the best of them. Tonight, we are treating ourselves to a night in Kathmandu with the B Team women, Sarah and Jackie who have arrived early to trek. 

Heidi Treating Monks in Nepal

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