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 moving on December 31st (and will be closed that day only)! As of January 1st 2016 we will be in our new location 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

Starting October 21st — free acupuncture for veterans!  Thanks to a grant from the Phil and Carol Lyons Family Fund held at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, we are able to offer 100 free treatments to veterans. For the first six months, each vet can receive up to 3 free treatments, and unlimited after six months (until supplies run out). Check out our latest newsletter too!

Starting November 1st, the clinic will have slightly different hours. Monday and Wednesday 11-6, Tuesday 9:30-6 and Thurs through Sunday, 9:30-4:30.  Also the clinic will be opening at 2 pm on Halloween (Oct. 31st).  We apologize for any inconvenience, and will do our best to accommodate last minute appointments as well as walk-ins!! Promise. We want to see you in the recliner.

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We have raffle tickets for sale at the clinic for the Jim Click Mustang raffle! Get one for $25 or 5 for $100. 100% of proceeds from tickets sold go to Tucson Acupuncture Co-op. Check out this link for more details!

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.