United For Health

Hope on the Go Mobile Clinics

Our mobile clinics provide acupuncture and other health and wellness services in underserved, culturally diverse communities, and high schools and colleges in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are also available to contract with businesses to offer their staff treatment for their wellbeing and overall health.

What You Can Expect

All acupuncture treatments through United for Health are provided by licensed acupuncturists and consist of the insertion of three to five sterilized disposable needles into specific points in each ear. Each point stimulates an internal body function, such as the central nervous system, liver, the kidneys, and lungs, subsequently reducing depression, pain, anxiety and cravings for alcohol and/or drugs. Needles remain in the ear for 30 to 45 minutes. 

Once the needles are in place, patients find the treatment to be relaxing. Acupuncture stimulates the body to produce endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine which help to relieve stress and other mental health symptoms . With regular treatments, people have reported better sleeping, feeling more rested, and having more energy. Acupuncture supports the recovery process at every stage to help you establish balance and harmony in your life.

Lifelong Medical Care Acupuncture Clinic
3260 Sacramento St.
Berkeley, CA 94702

Mobile UCB Student clinics:
UC Berkeley Campus
Moffitt Library Clinics
Berkeley, CA 94709

UC Berkeley Coops Clinics
2424 Ridge Road
Berkeley, CA 94709

Frequently Asked Questions

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture works by stimulating designated points on the body via the insertion of very fine needles. These points correspond with the functions of the brain, internal organs and other bodily processes as defined by the principles of Chinese medicine. The needles stimulate the blood and energy to flow, removing blockages that are causing pain or fatigue; hooking into a body wide system of pathways and meridians to start the healing process.

Does acupuncture hurt?

There’s just a slight pinch when the needle enters the skin similar to a fingernail. The needles are as thin as a hair, solid and flexible. There’s no tissue damage like the bleeding or bruising when you get a shot/IV. Treatment time is around 30 minutes because it takes a few minutes for the effects “to kick in”.

How often should you get acupuncture treatment?

Ear acupuncture can be done daily and the effects are stronger and longer lasting if done close together; which is very effective for mental health and substance use issues. Full body acupuncture treatments for acute or chronic pain should be given from 1-3 times a week, depending on the severity of the symptoms to speed up the healing process. Usually 4-10 sessions are suggested for chronic conditions.

Are the United for Health treatment services free?

Most of our services are free and covered by grants, so there is no barrier to treatment for unhoused and low- income folks. Some of our Hope on the Go Mobile Clinics ask for donations to pay for our treatment costs if not covered by grant or company money.

Can we schedule a Hope on the Go Mobile Clinic as a school, nonprofit, church or company?

Yes! We work with many nonprofits and local businesses/companies to provide care on a one time or reoccurring basis. To schedule a consultation, please contact hope.unitedforhealth@gmail.com.

Support United For Health

Our UFH staff has treated, trained, supervised, and mentored hundreds of students and volunteers who play a vital role at our program sites. Join us in moving forward the lives of those who need help the most in our community. United for Health depends on funding from foundations, corporations, local businesses, and caring people like you to sustain our wellness services; helping those in need to move their lives forward.

Partner With Us

United for Health’s mission is to provide health care that is completely accessible to our patients. Our services are free so there are no barriers to the essential treatment they need. We partner with city officials, community groups, and companies to expand our services and reach broader communities. Let’s connect!