New Community Acupuncture Clinic Opens on East End; Wildwood Community Acupuncture


Lauren Breau Relaxes in One of the Acupuncture Recliners in the Clinic

Lauren Breau: “The needles used are the size of a human hair. Acupuncture does not hurt!”

By Carol McCracken (Post # 1,198)

“We are trying to reach out to everyone in the community to make sure they have an opportunity to enjoy the benefits of acupuncture. That includes people without health insurance. We charge on a sliding scale according to what you can afford – between $20. – $40,” said Lauren Breau LAc this afternoon at the clinic at 85 India Street, on the Hill.

*Importantly, acupuncture works to relieve pain. That’s all kinds of pain; in the neck, back, joints, and for arthritis. It can also relieve systems of menopause. (including hot flashes) and can help with insomnia and anxiety. Acupuncture is an effective stress reliever, the attractive Breau said. “It’s a treatment that until recently most working class people have not been able to afford. Typically, only those with insurance policies that covered acupuncture could benefit from the treatments,” she said.

Six clients can be treated at the same time in one bright, pleasant room at the Clinic. Treating multiple clients at the same time is cost effective, but in no way diminishes the level of treatment. “There are many of them not practicing any more, but the community model that we utilize here does work because it is cost effective. Treating multiple patients makes it financially sustainble and allows us to give regular care to those patients who need it,” Breau added. She is a Maine native who graduated
from Bowdoin College. Breau helped Daniel Katz and Sasha Rose (owners of Wildwood Medicine, an established wellness clinic on the Hill) open the clinic in July of 2012 with the goal of providing access to acupuncture for those patients who could not normally afford it, or who are without coverage. The clnic has been growing steadily since the grand opening in July.

To schedule an appointment, visit: To read more about the history of acupuncture, check out Breau’s blog post:

* There is a long list of “commonly” treated complaints. Some of them are: hypertensiln, headaches and migraines, nausea and vomiting, menstrual pain and irregularity, menopausal symptoms, poor circulation, immune support, cold and flu, allergies and asthema, arthritis, divgestive problems, skin problems, stress/anxiety/depression/insomnia, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, post-operative pain, sciatica, addictions and recovery, peripheral neuropathy, infertility, male and female reproductive health, adjunctive cancer support and post-stroke recovery.