Backyard Healthcare Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation doing business as Tucson Acupuncture Co-op. We are committed to providing affordable and effective acupuncture treatment to the community of Tucson in a comfortable group setting. Our sliding scale is always  $15 – $35. There is a one-time new patient paperwork fee of $10.

You decide what you can afford. The purpose of our sliding scale is to separate the issues of money and treatment; we want you to come in often enough to really get better and stay better!

We understand that everyone’s situation is different, and our primary goal is to make acupuncture available to you as often as you need it.


We are located at 204 E. Fort Lowell Rd., one block east of Stone Ave. The clinic is on the southeast corner at Estrella Ave.

There is plenty of free parking in our lot and on Estrella Ave., and we are ADA accessible. If coming from I-10, take the Miracle Mile exit and head East.  We are easily accessible by bus or bike (route 19. 34. 6 and the 6th Ave./Fontana Ave. bike route) and we have a bike rack!

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Updates & Press

IT’S TAX CREDIT TIME!! There’s still time — Tax Credit Donations can be made until April 15th, 2018 and still apply to 2017 taxes. Get a free Philadelphia Community Acupuncture/naptime for grownups tote bag with donations of $15 or more!Backyard Healthcare Project is a AZ State Qualifying Charitable Organization, and you can donate the money that you owe in state taxes to us instead, at no cost to you! For individuals, the max amount is $400, and for people filing married jointly, the max amount you can donate is $800. Any donation amount helps us fulfill our mission of providing affordable acupuncture to as many people as possible. Visit our Contribute page for more details and a direct link to donate securely online. We greatly appreciate you picking Backyard Healthcare Project as your charity of choice for your tax dollars!

Thanks to a generous grant from the Phil and Carol Lyons Family Fund held at the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona, Tucson Acupuncture Co-op is pleased to announce that we are now offering three free treatments to military veterans! Military related ID is required for grant compliance – each veteran will receive up to three treatments completely free of charge during the first six months of the program (end of April). If any grant funds remain after this six month period we will open up the remaining free treatments to new or existing veteran patients. Please help us spread the word about this opportunity!

We welcome Whitney Morgan, L.Ac. to our temporary staff! She will be working on Saturday afternoons from 1-4:30 until June, replacing Ellen that day.

Whitney has lived in the southwest since the late 1990’s and been in Tucson for the last twenty years. She graduated from the Arizona School of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine and continued her education in the areas of functional medicine and nutrition. Recently, Whitney made the decision to close her private acupuncture practice and join us here at TACO. Though she has been a desert-dweller for some time now, Whitney plans to relocate to the northwest in the summer of 2018.

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videoCheck out this video of us on Arizona Public Media!
The segment of the show we are featured in starts at the 8:50 minute mark and runs until about the 14:00 minute mark.


TACO is featured in the Feb. 2014 issue of Zocalo Magazine!!  Check us out on p. 44-45.  We’re super excited about it and grateful to Jamie Manser for writing the article!  Here’s the link to the digital magazine.

Help us spread the word!

Let your friends, family, co-workers, and even complete strangers know about Tucson Acupuncture Co-op!  Our business depends on word of mouth, so thank you for helping us spread the word.  Please feel free to take brochures and business cards with you on your next visit.  And if you know of a bulletin board somewhere in Tucson that could use a TACO flier, we can give you one of those at the front desk. You can also stay up to date on all the latest happenings by visiting our Facebook  page. See you in the recliner soon!


As a sixty-three year old disabled individual I walked in slumped over resembling an ape walking with two canes. I had previously heard that acupuncture really worked to lessen or cure pain but after so many disappointments, I was unsure that it could truly help. After my third treatment, I began to actually walk more upright, and I walked into the office with just one cane. I am still getting treated and am improving each week. Tucson Acupuncture Co-op is the real deal! Josh, Brent, and Ellen really care about their patients and want to help us live better more productive lives! Try it and you will experience their genuine care.
I was new to acupuncture before coming to this clinic. The clinic is very soothing, the people at the front desk are warm and welcoming, and Josh and Ellen are both wonderful acupuncturists. I continue to frequent the clinic on a weekly basis for varied reasons. Whether I am seeking relief from physical pain, or emotional distress, I always leave feeling better.
R. H.
Yes, I was a skeptic. I have been a runner over thirty years and have suffered from the same pain in my sciatic area nearly that entire time. I decided to give acupuncture a try, and am now able to sit for long periods of time pain free and recently completed a cross country road trip with NO PAIN. Not a skeptic anymore!  I can run freely and my overall health is far improved. I have had acupuncture in seven POCA locations. TACO is one of my favorites-the brick and lighting are soothing and Josh and Ellen are compassionate and gentle. Thank you!!!
M. C.
Migraines! I began seeing Ellen after suffering from a daily headache for more than 30 years. My neurologist was supportive feeling we had tried every traditional non-invasive option. I was quite unsure what to expect and cautiously optimistic. Now, about six months later, my migraines are substantially less severe than before and I rarely reach for the pain medication. Also, my gastric reflux symptoms are 98% resolved and I lost 12 pounds in the first 100 days. I have come to love my “naptime for grown-ups” days of the week.
E. S.