About Us


Alternative Medicine in Shelton.

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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Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center in Shelton, Connecticut, helps members of the community achieve optimal wellness using alternative healthcare 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, facial treatments, Usui Reiki, Sound healing and aromatherapy, which help balance body, mind, and spirit.
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 healthcare 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 also help support the body for autoimmune diseases.
Other successfully treated conditions include pelvic floor, eye diseases, mild depression, addiction, allergies, chemotherapy side effects, and children’s health issues, including anxiety, ADD/ADHD, and bedwetting.


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We treat patients like we would like to be treated.

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  • Nutrition Response Testing®️

    We offer Nutrition Response Testing®️, which addresses the whole body to correct internal imbalances that cause many medical conditions.

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  • Massage & Manipulation Techniques

    The practice offers many different forms of massage and manipulation techniques depending on the needs of each patient.
    Options include shiatsu, Usui Reiki, Tui Na, So Tai, Swedish massage, deep-tissue massage, trigger-point therapy, and acupressure.

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  • Facial Rejuvenation

    Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center offers facial rejuvenation and low-level LED light therapy to help patients look and feel better.

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  • Women’s Health

    We offer help with women’s health concerns like fertility, menstrual issues, hormonal imbalances, and libido.

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  • Men's Health

    We offer help with men’s health issues, including erectile dysfunction, prostate issues, and libido.

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Degree & 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.