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Medical Acupuncture Specialist

Mercy Clinic

Rexford Agbenohevi, MD

Internist & Aesthetic Specialist located in Cookeville, TN

Medical acupuncture is an effective method for reducing pain and relieving symptoms of a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. Rexford Agbenohevi, MD, and the team at Mercy Clinic in Cookeville, Tennessee, offer medical acupuncture to alleviate chronic pain, improve allergy symptoms, treat migraines, and more. To see how medical acupuncture can help, call the office or schedule an appointment online with Mercy Clinic today.

Medical Acupuncture Q & A

What is medical acupuncture?

Medical acupuncture is an alternative, holistic treatment with roots in ancient Chinese medicine. This variation on traditional acupuncture focuses on treating medical conditions and relieving pain by stimulating nerves, promoting the natural release of endorphins, and releasing a flow of energy.

Medical acupuncture uses thin needles inserted into the skin in specific areas of the body. The particular placement of the needles stimulates your body's immune, circulatory, and nervous systems, which promotes healing and improves the function of each system.  

Common areas for needle placement include: 

  • Head and face
  • Arms and hands
  • Legs and feet
  • Back
  • Neck

Most people don't experience any pain from needle insertion and report that their acupuncture session helps dramatically improve their symptoms.

What conditions may benefit from medical acupuncture?

Each person has different experiences when they undergo medical acupuncture. For many, medical acupuncture offers significant relief for several acute and chronic conditions, such as:

  • Chronic pain
  • Infertility
  • Stress
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Hormone imbalance 
  • Neck and back pain
  • Digestive problems
  • Strain or sprain injuries
  • Skin conditions
  • Menopausal or menstrual symptoms

Specially trained at Helms Medical Institute in Berkley, California, the medical acupuncturists at Mercy Clinic are highly qualified and experienced. 

What happens during a medical acupuncture session?

During an initial consultation, your acupuncturist takes time to understand your health history, symptoms, and medical diagnosis. Medical acupuncture is a holistic, individualized therapy. Your course of treatment is unique to you and your specific needs.   

A course of medical acupuncture typically includes several sessions over weeks or months. Your medical acupuncture session lasts about an hour and involves three steps:

  • Insertion: your acupuncturist inserts 5-20 needles in select points as you lie comfortably on your back, stomach, or side
  • Manipulation: Needles are moved or twisted
  • Removal: After 10-20 minutes, your acupuncturist removes the needles

Every person experiences acupuncture differently. Some feel energized and energetic after a treatment, while others feel relaxed and calm. Some people have mild reactions, such as nausea or irritation at the insertion sites, which resolve on their own soon after your session.  

To see how medical acupuncture may help your pain or other symptoms, call or schedule an appointment with Mercy Clinic today.