New Sliding Scale Guidelines

Our sliding scale has not changed. Boston Acupuncture Project builds community by providing widely accessible and affordable acupuncture. Boston Acupuncture Project is here for you – and thanks to you. But what does the sliding scale really mean?

We need to average $35 per visit.

We want to keep our sliding scale at $25-$55 for as long as possible. In order to continue to stay open and provide treatments, our clinic needs to average $35 per visit. (This assumes we’re averaging 40 visits per week.) This is a literal average – every dollar counts! But to keep it simple, let’s break it into 3 tiers:

Paying $45 or more helps us keep the low end of the sliding scale at $25, save for emergencies, and potentially even grow to have more open hours, more programs, and more staff.

Paying $35 helps sustain Boston Acupuncture Project financially. Thank you! This is the average payment we need to keep things running.

If you are only able to pay $25, thank you so much – please keep paying $25 per visit.

If you need to pay $25, we want you to pay $25.

No matter how much you pay, we want you to be able to get as much acupuncture as you need to see a real difference in your health concerns. Not only does your life improve, but then you can tell other people about how acupuncture helped you! And that helps us reach more new patients, and fulfill our mission.

So, if paying more than $25 would prevent you from getting as much acupuncture as you need, we do not want you to pay more than $25. We want you to get enough acupuncture. There are also plenty of ways you can help BAP keep our doors open that are not paying more on the sliding scale, if you’re interested!

If $25 puts acupuncture out of reach for you

If you are not able to pay $25 per visit, please talk to your acupuncturist! Generous community members who love getting acupuncture at BAP donate Pay It Forward treatments for neighbors unable to pay $25. (If you would like to donate a Pay It Forward treatment, please click here to visit our donation page.)

We want you to know that every dollar counts.

If you are able, paying above $25 makes a real difference for us.

We are counting on you to ask yourself the question. We can’t stay open if we can’t meet our financial obligations.

How do I know how much I can pay?

This is very personal. Below is one framework for thinking about where you might fall on our sliding scale. Thanks for being thoughtful!

3 bottles under a heading The Green Bottle - where you fall on the sliding scale. Vertical axis is labeled financial privilege - how full the bottles are. Horizontal axis is labeled Personal Financial Experience - what you experience inside each bottle. Bottle on left is full. It says: I am comfortably able to meet all of my basic needs; I may have some debt but it does not prohibit attainment of basic needs; I own my home OR I rent a higher end property; I own or lease a car; I am employed OR do not need to work to meet my needs; I have regular access to health care and financial savings; I have expendable income; I can always buy new items; I can afford time off or a vacation. Middle bottle is half full. It says: I may stress about meeting my basic needs but still regularly achieve them; I may have some debt but it does not prohibit attainment of basic needs; I own or lease a car; I am employed; I have access to health care; I might have access to financial savings; I have some expendable income; I am able to buy some new items and thrift others; I can take a vacation annually or every few years without financial burden. Bottle on the right has very little and says: I frequently stress about meeting my basic needs and don't always achieve them; I have debt and sometimes it prohibits me from meeting my basic needs; I rent lower-end properties or have unstable housing; I do not have a car and/or have limited access to a car but am not always able to afford gas; I am unemployed or underemployed; I qualify for government assistance including food stamps and health care; I have no or very limited expendable income; I rarely buy new items because I am unable to afford them; I cannot afford a vacation or have the ability to take time off without financial burden. Bottom says that Basic Needs include food, housing, and transportation. Expendable income means you are able to buy a coffee, go to the movies or a concert, buy a new book or clothing or similar items every month, etc. Designed by Alexis J. Cunningfolk at WortsAndCunning.com

October 2022 Special Discount for Co-op Members

Co-op Month October 2022 By The Community For The Community Co-ops banner by Shareable.net

October is Co-op Month! To celebrate, BAP offers 20% OFF up to 3 community acupuncture treatments* for co-op members this month.

First Visits for $28 (regularly $35-$65)
Return Visits for $20 (regularly $25-$55)


You can belong to any local co-op (let us know which one!) but we are highlighting our friends at Dorchester Food Co-op.

Dorchester Food Co-op is building a community- and worker-owned grocery store to challenge the traditional food system and instead create an asset that nourishes, employs, and reinvests in the local community.

*treatments/visits being discounted for co-op members are regular community acupuncture treatments in October 2022; this special does not apply to Bubble Blocks and cannot be combined with any other special offers or discounts. Thanks for understanding!

December 2021 Special: 20% off a Return Visit* when you Bring Your Own Blanket

We love keeping people cozy when they’re here for acupuncture! So help us help you by bringing your own blankets.

When you bring your own blankets in December 2021, you can pay just $20 for a treatment* (add $10 for first visits).

What should I actually bring?

We recommend packing a clean, reusable shopping bag with a light fleece throw blanket (or two, or three). You can also add a large towel or small pillow which goes on your lap to hold the blanket above any pins that might be placed in your lower legs.

(If you don’t know, that is how we keep people cozy here: personalized blanket forts.)

Photo by TDM Photography.

Why should I bring my own blanket?

We don’t want to get rid of our blankets – but the time and cost of doing laundry, with pandemic precautions, in the winter, may become unsustainable. Please help us out by bringing your own.

The fine print

*This special applies only to regular community acupuncture treatments – not Bubble Blocks – in the month of December 2021. This special cannot be combined with any other offers, specials, or coupons.

Masks and appointments are required. Please see our COVID-19 precautions for more information.

The clinic will be closed the last week in December, so book online soon!

November 2021 Special Offers

Our sliding scale prices of $25-$55 per treatment are already very affordable compared to most. But we like to do something special for our anniversary. BAP celebrates 3 years open in Hyde Park this month! So we present:

3 ways to get a free or discounted treatment

Wear Swag

Wear your Boston Acupuncture Project T-shirt or hoodie to the clinic to get one free treatment* in November 2021. T-shirts and hoodies are available for purchase online through the end of the month – visit our campaign on Bonfire and buy yours now.

purple v-neck t-shirt, orange pullover hoodie, and blue unisex t-shirt that say I nap with my neighbors at Boston Acupuncture Project

Join P.O.C.A.

Current members of the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture get $20 treatments* all month long plus a free treatment* the week of your birthday. You can join for just $25 a year, Visit POCAcoop.com for more information.

Row of patients reclining to get acupuncture at BAP with POCA logo

Use B-Local

Pay with Boston Points on the B-Local App and you can get a treatment* for just 20 Boston Points in the month of November. Read more about the B-Local App on our website, or download from the App Store or Google Play.

B-Local App from the City of Boston. Earn Points. Support Local Businesses. Hand holding phone showing app.

*All discounts apply to regular community acupuncture treatments only. These discounts do not apply to Bubble Blocks and cannot be combined with any other coupons or special offers. Thanks for understanding!

Acupuncture For Allergies

Hi everyone, Ren here with a PSA about acupuncture for seasonal and environmental allergies.

Personally, I used to be one of those people who could not go anywhere without a packet of tissues. Since I was a kid, my eyes would swell up and my nose would be stuffy at the slightest environmental allergen. It wasn’t until I started getting regular acupuncture in my twenties that I realized life could be different for me!

If you’re interested in having a better Spring (or Autumn) this year, try getting a series of acupuncture treatments in the season leading up to your worst allergic time.

Based on your exact symptom picture, your acupuncturist will recommend a treatment plan for you. Regular acupuncture treatment really can make a huge difference. Acupuncture also works great alongside other treatments, so it’s not like you need to give up your allergy meds cold turkey or anything.

But don’t take my word for it. Here are a few studies showing acupuncture’s effectiveness for allergic rhinitis (basically, seasonal and environmental allergies):

Affordable acupuncture means you don’t have to suffer! Book an appointment today.

(If this will be your first visit, please note that we are doing tele-health intakes until further notice, so please make a tele-health intake appointment first! Our New Patient Process explainer is here.)

Keeping Our Doors Open – How You Can Help

Community acupuncture would not exist without you, and your participation.

Headline in purple: How Community Acupuncture Works. Top box in orange says: 1 acupuncturist, 1 patient, $120. Image shows acupuncturist with pale skin and gray hair next to one head/torso representing one patient. Middle box in Blue says: 1 acupuncturist, 2 to 4 patients, $30 to $60. Image shows acupuncturist with dark brown skin and black hair with 3 heads/torsos representing 3 patients. Bottom box in green says: 1 acupuncturist, 5 to 8 patients, $15 to $25. Image shows acupuncturist with brown skin and brown hair with 6 heads/torsos representing 6 patients.

Boston Acupuncture Project works to make acupuncture more affordable and accessible, so we can make a difference in people’s lives! But we need your help. The way we keep our prices low is by giving a LOT of treatments.

Telling others about Boston Acupuncture Project is the #1 most helpful thing you can do to help us stay open. (After making sure you get enough acupuncture yourself, of course.)

Here are a few other things you can do to help:

  • Tell your other health care providers how acupuncture is making a difference for you. (We want them to send more patients here.)
  • Put up a BAP flyer – maybe at work, your local coffee shop, community center, place of worship, anywhere you go where there is a bulletin board. Flyers are available at the front desk – just ask.
  • Give BAP a good review online, to tell the world about why they should come here for acupuncture!
  • Share our posts on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. (Yes, it makes a difference!)
  • Bring your own blanket(s) to your treatment to help us save on laundry time and money.
  • Pay for your treatments with cash, if you have the means.
  • Throw in a few extra dollars if you pay with a credit card. (Every credit card payment sends a slice of that money to the processing company.)
  • Slide up the scale – but only if you’re able to do this and still get enough treatments to feel better. If you’re paying online, consider buying yourself “gift certificates” of $30 or $40 per treatment.
  • Make a one-time or recurring donation to Boston Acupuncture Project – these general donations will help us cover rent, electricity, supplies, and other basic expenses.
  • If you have pre-paid treatments you’re not using, consider letting us know you want to Pay It Forward
  • Let your family and friends know that acupuncture can help them just like it’s helped you. You can even book a Bubble Block appointment to come in all together.
  • Come in for acupuncture! Don’t forget about how great you feel with regular acupuncture treatments.

Thank you for participating in community acupuncture!

January 2021 special offers

New Year, New Patient Special: $21 for 2021

For January 2021 we’re offering a New Patient Special: your first visit with us is only $21 when you pay with cash in the clinic after your treatment.

This special is only good for the month of January 2021. So make your tele-health intake appointment online, or text or call 617-506-3868 to get the ball rolling on a fabulous new year! Click here to read more about our New Patient Process.

Massage Discount With Acupuncture Treatment

Our friends at 4 Corners Yoga + Wellness are offering $20 off a full-priced massage of 60+ minutes, when you come in for an acupuncture treatment at Boston Acupuncture Project! This offer is now extended through Feb. 28, 2021.

Left hand side of image shows massage therapist in 4 Corners Yoga + Wellness T-shirt massaging someone's leg. Right hand side of image shows  someone in a recliner getting acupuncture with the camera focused on a hand with a needle in it; Boston Acupuncture Project logo over the recliner. Banner at bottom says Massage + acupuncture!!! The word EXTENDED is in yellow across the image.

Massage & acupuncture work so well together. Why?

  • Even one acupuncture treatment may start to reduce an area of radiating or referring pain, so a massage therapist can spend more time focusing on where the pain is really coming from.
  • Getting acupuncture before massage can help reduce your pain and get you into relaxation mode, so that your massage therapist can spend more time on the therapeutic part of the massage – or you can just enjoy it more!
  • Getting acupuncture after a massage can help the results of the massage “stick” better – your muscles can stay more relaxed, your range of motion improved, etc. for much longer when these two are combined.

So book your appointment at Boston Acupuncture Project today – use our online scheduler (just click here) or call or text 617-506-3868 if you don’t see a time that works for you. Please remember that NEW patients need a brief tele-health consultation before a first in-person visit!

State of the Clinic: to stay open, we need to raise prices.

Community acupuncture clinics (like us here at Boston Acupuncture Project!) work to keep care accessible, and we rely on many people paying a reasonable amount for every treatment to cover our expenses. That’s why we count on you to tell people in your life about Boston Acupuncture Project and how they should come here for acupuncture!

Part of being accessible means staying open. To do that right now, we have to raise prices. Our new sliding scale, starting Monday, November 16, will be $25 – $55 for return visits, plus a $10 intake fee for first visits only.

If this puts acupuncture out of your reach, please talk to your acupuncturist – we can almost always work something out. 

For the clinic’s health, Boston Acupuncture Project needs around 20 people a week to pay $25, 10 people a week to pay $35, and 5 people a week to pay $45. Right now (as of October 2020) we are averaging about 22 treatments per week, with an average payment of about $22 per treatment.

Overall, we need to increase the number of people getting acupuncture here, and also the average payment per treatment, so that the clinic can stick around for years to come.

Headline in purple: How Community Acupuncture Works. Top box in orange says: 1 acupuncturist, 1 patient, $120. Image shows acupuncturist with pale skin and gray hair next to one head/torso representing one patient. Middle box in Blue says: 1 acupuncturist, 2 to 4 patients, $30 to $60. Image shows acupuncturist with dark brown skin and black hair with 3 heads/torsos representing 3 patients. Bottom box in green says: 1 acupuncturist, 5 to 8 patients, $15 to $25. Image shows acupuncturist with brown skin and brown hair with 6 heads/torsos representing 6 patients.
Thanks to Shanell Rodriguez of Boise Acupuncture Coop for this image of How Community Acupuncture Works. When an acupunk treats more people per hour, each of those people can pay less for their treatment, while keeping the acupuncture practice sustainable and available for everyone.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

Socktober special

UPDATE: we are extending our sock drive until November 7, 2020.

This month, BAP collects new, white socks for patients at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.

When you bring in a NEW (unworn, unopened) package or pair of white socks, you can get a return visit for just $10, or a new patient visit for only $15.

Make your payment in the clinic with cash or card, and bring the socks with you when you come in for treatment. White crew socks are the #1 recommended type of sock (as pictured below).

Stock photo of Hanes white Cushion Crew socks
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Pay It Forward Treatments

Big glittery letters say PAY IT FWD in alternating red and blue. Below this is a single alphanumeric code hand written in red marker on a piece of paper and attached to the wall with a push pin.

We are formally offering pre-paid Pay It Forward treatments for those who cannot afford to pay anything at all.

How will this work?

To donate a Pay It Forward Treatment, you can:

  1. Use your own pre-paid “5 for $85” package or any remaining gift certificates on your account – just email or call, and let us know that you would like your remaining treatments to be paid forward.
  2. Make a donation online and – after you hit the “donate” button – select “Pay It Forward” from the dropdown menu.
  3. Make an extra cash payment in the clinic, and write “Pay It Forward” on the envelope.

To receive a Pay It Forward Treatment, please talk to your acupuncturist.

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