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Acupuncture, Nutrition Counseling and Weight Loss located in Stratford, CT
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About the Practice

Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center in Shelton, Connecticut, helps members of the community achieve optimal wellness using alternative health care solutions drawn from a variety of Eastern and Western therapies and techniques. Joseph Downer, LAc, and his staff have expertise in a wide range of approaches, including many forms of massage, acupuncture, Chinese medicine, and Chinese physical medicine, as well as martial arts including karate, jujitsu, and qigong, which help balance body, mind, and spirit. The practice also offers Nutrition Response Testing®️, which addresses the whole body to correct internal imbalances that cause many medical conditions.

Using an integrated combination of these studied and tested techniques, the experts at Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center design a customized treatment plan to help each patient achieve their health care goals. These treatments help patients seeking relief from all types of pain, including nerve, muscular, and arthritic pain, as well as neuropathy and headaches.

They offer help with women’s health concerns like fertility, menstrual issues, hormonal imbalances, and libido, and with men’s health issues including erectile dysfunction, prostate issues, and libido. They also help support the body for autoimmune diseases. Other conditions successfully treated include eye diseases, mild depression, addiction, allergies, chemotherapy side effects, plus children’s health issues including anxiety, ADD/ADHD, and bedwetting.

The practice offers many different forms of massage and manipulation techniques depending on the needs of each patient. Options include shiatsu, Usui Reiki, Thai massage (for the table), Swedish massage, deep-tissue massage, trigger-point therapy, and acupressure. In addition, treatments such as Nutrition Response Testing®️, supplements, and Chinese medicine are available. Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center also offers facial rejuvenation and photon (light) therapy to help patients look and feel better about their appearance.

Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center serves members of the Trumbull, Easton, Monroe, Newtown, Fairfield, Shelton, Milford, Orange, New Haven, Bridgeport, Oxford, Derby, Ansonia, and Stratford communities in Connecticut.

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  • Degree and Certifications

     Master of Science in Acupuncture (M.S.AC.), Tri-State College of Acupuncture 2009

     Master Practitioner Nutritional Response Testing™(Levels 1-15), Ulan Nutritional Systems 2018

     Certified KAMPO (Japanese Herbology) Practitioner, (Post Graduate Certification-300 hours)Tri-State College of Acupuncture 2018

     Certified Advanced Japanese Acupuncture Practitioner, (Post Graduate Certification-300 hours) Tri-State College of Acupuncture 2017

     North American Detox Association (NADA) Specialist, Lincoln Recovery Center 2007

     Micro Acupuncture 48 Certification, Dr. Andy Rosenfarb 2018

     Certified Battlefield Acupuncture Practitioner. 2015

     Certified Facial Rejuvenation Practitioner; Instr. Virginia Dorian 2007, 2015

     Certified ELR (Electrical Light Facial Rejuvenation) Practitioner; Instr. Darren Starwynn 2006, 2012

     Certified Facial Cupping Practitioner; Contemporary Cupping Methods Certification Program 2013


  • Our Mission



    Our Mission at Stratford Wellness Center is to help empower our community to find alternative healthcare solutions to their unique and ever-changing wellness needs.

    Customized Treatment Plans



    Stratford Acupuncture and Wellness Center’s customized treatment plans are tailored to you and your specific healthcare needs and goals. The true beauty of Nutrition Response Testing, Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is that they recognize that you are as profound and unique as the natural wonders of both the physical world and the universe that surrounds you.



Words from our patients

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    "If you have ever given acupuncture even a passing thought, take the step and give Stratford Wellness Center a try. They are really helping me get healthier."

    Wendy R.
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    "I continue to see Dr. Downer once a week In order to stay strong and healthy."

    Wanda C.
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    "He is more knowledgable about how to heal the human body then any Doctor I ever met!! I feel very privileged and grateful to be able to go to him for treatment."

    Edward S.
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    "I made two more appointments that week, and by the end of the third appointment, I was completely pain free."

    Mary F.
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    "I decided to try acupuncture back in February, it’s changed my life, not just helping to manage my pain, but change my mindset. Joe & Liz are wonderful!"

    Jackeline M.
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    "Joe and Liz are wonderful! I have been going since March. I started with a Groupon to see if I would like it, and I now have a year subscription."

    Jennifer K.
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    "Stratford Accupunture and Wellness is not only CLOSER to home but Joe and Elizabeth are very knowledge, careful and amazing."

    Herminio P.


Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center
1000 Bridgeport Ave
Shelton, CT 06484
Phone: 959-600-6335
Fax: 203-345-9827

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