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

Schedule Updates for July!

Saturday, July 15th: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Ellen)
Sunday, July 16th: 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM (Josh)

Tuesday, July 25th: 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM (Josh) and 1:30 PM – 6:00 PM (Brent)

From Tuesday, July 4th through Tuesday, July 18th, you can prepay for 8 treatments on our sliding scale ($120-$280) and you’ll get yourself a stylish punch card as well as a free 9th treatment! Summer is here to stay….come chill out and get an acupuncture nap!

It’s time for the final round of voting in the Tucson Weekly’s Best of Tucson annual survey and Tucson Acupuncture Co-op made it to the top five in the Best Alternative Health Center category! Voting is open through the end of July.

Be sure to check out our latest newsletter!

TAX CREDIT DONATION UPDATE:  It’s not too late! You have until April 15, 2017 to make your donation that will qualify as a credit on your 2016 AZ state taxes. There has also been an increase in the maximum amount taxpayers can claim as a tax credit! This year, taxpayers filing as “single” and “head of household” status may claim a maximum credit of $400. Taxpayers filing as “married filing separate” may claim a maximum credit of $400. Taxpayers that file as “married filing jointly” may claim a maximum credit of $800. Thank you for considering Backyard Healthcare Project as your AZ tax credit qualifying charitable organization! We are accepting donations online, or in person at the clinic in the form of cash, checks, or credit cards, and can provide you with a receipt for your records.  No amount is too small either!  Even if you owe the state of AZ $20 but you’d rather give it to us, we appreciate it!! 

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Also — we need volunteers for the front desk! If you are interested, contact us at and we will give you more details.

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.