Free Acupuncture!

Free Ear Acupuncture!

5NP is an ear acupuncture protocol that  is a powerful tool that helps relax and soothe the nervous system and supports and eases tension in the body and mind. 

Recently passed law in RI allows for additional professionals to be trained to use this protocol. 

Come support the training of social workers, drug and alcohol counselors, Peer recovery counselors, mental health counselors, and nurses who are learning to use 5NP in their work. 

Join us Saturday 7/9
9am to Noon

Parking on Westminster Street

No appointment needed.
Bring a mask.

More free ear clinics coming: Saturday 7/23

Friday 9/9

Friday 9/23


POCA AAT Training in Providence

Providence Community Acupuncture
Friday and Saturday July 8+9, 2022


Friday July 8, 8:30AM-4:30PM

Saturday July 9, 8:30AM-1:00PM

To complete this course and receive certification trainees must attend both dates listed above and at least one of the following supervised practice sessions: 

> Saturday July 23, 1-4PM, 

> Friday September 9, 3-6PM

> Friday September 23, 3-6PM

Sign-ups for additional practice sessions will happen during the training.

Please note: Every trainee will need to determine the applicability of 5NP in their state/workplace.

Rhode Island law allows LMHC, LICSW, LCDP, CDCP, nurses, and peer recovery coaches who have completed this training to practice 5NP.

CT, ME, NH, VT, as well as many other states, have their own laws regulating the practice of 5NP. A MA bill is currently pending.



Cost: Sliding Scale $250-$350  

**A limited number of lower-cost registrations $150-$250 will be made available on a first-come basis. These registrations are specifically for attendees that through this certification will be able to practice 5NP in their work as Peer Recovery Specialists, Licensed Chemical Dependency Professionals, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, and nurses.**

Please complete the application (link below) if you are interested in attending and you will be sent the  registration/payment link once it is ready to go.


young lords

Black History and Acupuncture

The quote below is exactly the experience of so many acupuncturists (including us)  and reveals a glaring omission in acupuncture education about the importance of Black history in the story of acupuncture in America.

“I attended a masters degree program in the US for Chinese medicine, and in the 3.5 years it took to complete the program to become a licensed acupuncturist, I was never taught a crucial piece of history about acupuncture in America: it was first popularized by black and hispanic people.

The story I was taught was that Nixon went to China in 1971 and while he was there, a reporter from the New York Times, James Reston, had to get an emergency appendectomy. When the hospital used acupuncture for his pain relief, he was so stunned about how well it worked he wrote about in the newspaper. This was the first formal introduction of acupuncture to the public and started a gradual interest among mostly white men to professionalize acupuncture within school settings and state regulations.

What my teachers left out of this history, is a much more interesting story: outside of Asian-American communities, members of the Black Panthers and Young Lords, two very important civil rights groups, were actually some of the first people in the US to widely practice acupuncture. Here’s an abbreviated history:”

read the rest of this article here…The Little-known History of Acupuncture Racism and Civil Rights in America

Check out this zine “Acupuncture is Activism.” The zine tells an often neglected history of Black healthcare justice activism and its connection with acupuncture in America. Lots of great links to other resources too!

Sign a petition for immediate compassionate release of one of community acupuncture’s elders.

Read more about the real history of the Black Panther Party

and about the radical roots of community acupuncture.