Since 1975, offering acupuncture and cupping therapy for back pain, fertility, weight loss, anxiety, and more. Memphis's original board certified, licensed alternative medicine clinic.
Our mission has always been to provide quality holistic and alternative medicine to patients across the Mid-South. If you're considering acupuncture or cupping therapy for the first time - whether you're dealing with infertility, sciatica and back pain, seasonal allergies, or any number of other conditions - we're here to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible by empowering you with knowledge about the benefits you could gain from acupuncture and what to expect from your first visit.
Conveniently located in East Memphis near I-240 and Poplar Avenue. View Map >
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of alternative medical treatment developed in China more than 5000 years ago. Sterile, disposable, hair-thin metal needles are pushed into the body at certain places called "acupuncture points" There are more than 2,000 such points throughout the body.
Acupuncture points are believed to stimulate the central nervous system. This, in turn, releases chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain.
Acupressure is the practice of acupuncture, but without the needles. Whether or not acupuncture or acupressure will be administered depends on the patient and the condition to be treated, along with other factors you can discuss with your practitioner upon your initial visit.
These biochemical changes may stimulate the body's natural healing abilities, to help patients with conditions like infertility, sciatica and back pain, seasonal allergies, and fix any number of other physical and emotional conditions.
What is Cupping Therapy?
Cupping therapy is another form of alternative medicine in which suction is created on targeted areas of the skin using medical grade plastic cups. Acupuncture and Acupressure Center was the first to introduce cupping therapy in Memphis and has continued to administer it with excellent results.
Elite athletes like Michael Phelps have put cupping therapy in headlines across the country, and for good reason. Cupping is used in over 60 countries to treat a broad spectrum of conditions such as headaches, back pain, digestive problems, and infertility.
Dr. William Osler, considered the Father of Modern Medicine and one of the founders of Johns Hopkins Hospital, recommended cupping beginning in the early 1900’s, though it has been practiced for nearly 5,000 years.
Can Acupuncture Help Me?
The World Health Organization has presented the following diseases, symptoms, and conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown based on data from controlled clinical trials:
- Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
- Alcohol dependence and detoxification
- Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
- Bronchial asthma
- Cancer pain
- Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
- Female infertility
- Hypertension, essential
- Irritable colon syndrome
- Knee pain
- Lower back pain
- Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic
- Morning sickness
- Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Stiff neck
- Tennis elbow
- Tobacco dependence (Smoking, dipping, etc.)
- And more...
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Does acupuncture hurt? It's the question we get most often, and it's a good question. The fact is, acupuncture treatment rarely hurts, if ever. Many of our patients come regularly for therapeutic and relaxation treatments, which would be difficult to do if there was any substantial pain involved at all.
Our patients have also remarked that most deep tissue massages cause more discomfort than an acupuncture, acupressure, or cupping session.
Read on to learn about the five sensations that you may feel during an acupuncture treatment, and to hear what our patients had to say when we asked them whether or not acupuncture hurts.
Why Choose Us?
Since 1975, Acupuncture and Acupressure Center has been offering acupuncture and cupping therapy to help patients in Memphis and across the Mid-South live in wellness.
Barry Song, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., has worked as a board certified, licensed acupuncturist in Memphis for 25 years. Barry took over the clinic in 1993 after a five-year apprenticeship under Ik Hwan Chang, who pioneered acupuncture treatment in the region and established Acupuncture and Acupressure Center as the area's first Traditional Chinese medicine clinic.
Barry has received a Diplomate of Acupuncture (NCCAOM), meaning that he has completed four academic years of education at the master’s degree level in an acupuncture program accredited by the ACAOM, the only accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education as the authority for quality education and training in acupuncture and Oriental medicine.
Did you know some acupuncturists only receive 20% of the training of a board certified, licensed practitioner?