Electroacupuncture

Electroacupuncture on the back

Electroacupuncture on the back

What is Electroacupuncture?

Electroacupuncture is one of the most effective ways to treat pain. Electroacpuncture uses a small amount of electrical current from a 9 volt battery to stimulate acupuncture points. Alligator clips are attached to acupuncture needles which are connected to the ectro-stimulation unit. When the unit is turned on, the current is adjusted until the client feels the stimulation.

Instead of alligator clips, a metal probe can be used to stimulate individual acupuncture points without needles. This probe can also locate acupuncture points especially on the ear for auricular therapy.

How does Electroacupuncture work?

Several different wave forms, frequencies and current strengths are used in electroacupuncture. The current stimulates the point on the skin or through the needle the same way continuous hand manipulation of the needle stimulates the point.

How does Electroacupuncture feel?

There can be a mild pleasant buzzing feeling. The needles and muscle tissue may twitch with the current but should not be painful. The level of stimulation may be adjusted during the treatment as the body gets used to the stimulation.

What is Electroacupuncture used for?

Electroacupuncture unit

Electroacupuncture unit

Microcurrent is useful in improving circulation and facilitating tissue regeneration. It is now being used by medical doctors to facilitate healing of complex fractures. Electroacupuncture is one of the most effective ways of treating pain. It is particularly useful for treating paralysis where strong stimulation is needed to bring the Qi to the paralyzed area. Electroacupuncture is also used for infertility treatments and anesthesia during surgery.

Who should not use Electroacupuncture?

This type of acupuncture is not appropriate for all patients. Inform your practitioner if you have a history of heart disease, seizures, bleeding disorders, pacemaker or other metals or are pregnant.