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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

If you are an acupuncturist, herbalist, chiropractor, massage therapist, naturopath or other natural-health practitioner, Acupuncture Relief Project needs your help. We have two volunteer programs designed to provide opportunities to serve at our treatment facilities in Nepal.

Filmed and edited by Lubosh Cech, Naked River Films

Special Projects and Advanced Internships

Third World Medicine Immersion Program

Acupuncture Relief Project offers opportunities to well qualified applicants to participate in Special Projects and Advanced Internships. These special projects are developed at the request of local communities and with the express authority of Nepal's Social Welfare Council. 

Special Projects are designed for practitioners interested in a facilitated training experience to learn all aspects of providing primary health services in the third world.

nccaom pda logoThese programs are generally 7-9 weeks which combine an intensive clinic practice with a curriculum that will take your skills to a new level. Whether you are a recent graduate or a seasoned veteran, you will be embarking on an exciting journey not only as a health care practitioner but also as a scholar of the human experience: an adventure of self-exploration and development through service to others.

As a practitioner, this is an opportunity to perfect and learn new skills while witnessing the transformative power of your medicine and serving a community that desperately needs your help.

This Program offers 54 PDAs certified by the NCCAOM


Camps of 7-9 weeks, limited to six practitioners.

Participation Includes:

Visa, Living Expense Stipend, Lodging, Food, Clinic Supplies, Interpreters and Clinic Staff. Also includes 50+ hours of training and team facilitation by a experienced project lead.

Currently we are not accepting applications for this program. Please consider our Bajrabarahi Volunteer Program currently accepting applications for 2023.

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Bajrabarahi Clinic Volunteer Program

Bajrabarahi Clinic Volunteer Program

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The Bajrabarahi Clinic Volunteer Program invites qualified practitioners to work and live at the Bajrabarahi Clinic for a duration which suits their individual situation. Your stay can be as short as three weeks or several months in duration. This program is for people who are comfortable working independently or within a small group. Previous experience living and traveling in the third word is an advantage but not a prerequisite.

We require a minimum commitment of 3 weeks but prefer stays of 5 weeks or longer.


This program is available for up to two practitioners (space is limited) at a time, year-round. 

Participation Includes:

Domestic Transportation, Lodging, Food, Clinic Supplies, Interpreters and Clinic Staff

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Acupuncture Relief Project, Inc. is a volunteer-based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization (Tax ID: 26-3335265). Our mission is to provide free medical support to those affected by poverty, conflict or disaster while offering an educationally meaningful experience to influence the professional development and personal growth of compassionate medical practitioners.

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