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UCLA Arthur Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center

An ancient form of healing that has been used to manage musculoskeletal pain, stress, migraines, and more. Our licensed practitioners are committed to improving student health.

Currently Located at CAPS (John Wooden Center West)

As of Monday, May 1, 2023: Acupuncture Services will be located within the UCLA CAPS Center in the John Wooden Center West Building. We will be closed April 20-28 to complete the move to our new space.

Acupuncture is a treatment modality used in traditional Chinese Medicine, which has been practiced for thousands of years and continues to be used in health care systems throughout Asia. Methods of researching acupuncture and the body of existing evidence continue to grow. Acupuncture recruits the body’s natural healing process by inserting thin filiform needles to specific points, commonly known as “acupuncture points.” Chinese Medicine includes other modalities such as: moxa, cupping, gua sha, electrical stimulation, ear seeds, lifestyle changes, diet, and Qigong, which can all assist in the therapeutic process. Acupuncture can manage, but is not limited to, musculoskeletal pain, mental health, stress, women’s health, gastrointestinal disorders, and migraines.

A list from the WHO (World Health Organization) for what disease, symptoms or condition acupuncture has shown effective treatment for:

  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
  • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
  • Biliary colic
  • Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
  • Dysentery, acute bacillary
  • Dysmenorrhoea
  • Epigastralgia
  • Acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
  • Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
  • Headache
  • Hypertension, essential
  • Hypotension, primary
  • Induction of labour
  • Knee pain
  • Leukopenia
  • Low back pain
  • Malposition of fetus, correction of
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Neck pain
  • Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
  • Periarthritis of shoulder
  • Postoperative pain
  • Renal colic
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Sprain
  • Stroke
  • Tennis elbow


Initial appointments are available for self-scheduling through the Patient Portal. For follow-up scheduling, please contact the main scheduling desk at (310) 825-4073, or the rehabilitation office at (310) 794-4923.

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Important Notes on Scheduling:

No more than one acupuncture appointment is allowed per day. If, when self-scheduling, you book two appointments on the same day, one will be cancelled by the clinic.

Please only schedule one evaluation at a time. During your initial assessment the acupuncturist will discuss any need for future evaluations or follow-ups.

If you are requesting rescheduling or cancellation within 24-hours of your appointment, a $20 late fee will be assessed to your BruinBill account.


  • Monday & Friday: 8:20am – 4:00pm
    (Lunch Closure: 12:40-1:40pm)
  • Wednesday: 9:00am-4:00pm
    (Lunch Closure: 12:30-2:00pm)


UCLA Counseling & Psychological Services Center

John Wooden Center West Building #1405 & #1407

221 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Map of Ashe Center

On Appointment Day

  • BruinCard
  • Complete your Questionnaire and sign the Acupuncture Consent form in The Ashe Center Patient Portal.
  • Check your insurance eligibility prior to your appointment.
  • Arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time
  • NOTE:The cut-off for check-in is 5 minutes after the scheduled time of your visit. If you arrive after this time, you will not be able to be seen and the $20 missed appointment fee will be assessed to your account.
  • Wear comfortable clothing for your visit
    • (i.e. if you are coming in for your knee, wear shorts or sweatpants to where the knee can be easily exposed)


Patients eligible to be seen are current students, past students of the most previous academic term, and other UC campus students.


Currently registered UCLA students


  • Acupuncture Visit - Follow Up $15
  • Acupuncture Visit - Initial $15


Currently registered UCLA students who have waived UCSHIP


  • Acupuncture Visit - Follow Up $40
  • Acupuncture Visit - Initial $60


Currently registered UCLA students who have waived UCSHIP and bought BruinCare to get unlimited access to core services during the academic year


  • Acupuncture Visit - Follow Up $40
  • Acupuncture Visit - Initial $60

Fee for Service

Students from other UC campuses or UCLA students who are not currently registered, such as during summer session or who were registered in a recent term


  • Acupuncture Visit - Follow Up $40
  • Acupuncture Visit - Initial $60


Deneke Buford, L.Ac

Licensed Acupuncturist

buford, deneke