Electro-acupuncture is application of a pulsating electrical current to acupuncture needles as a means of stimulating the acupoints of the body. Acupuncture operates on the idea that a person's qi, or life force, runs through body along certain meridians, and that specific points on the body correspond with these meridians. When these points are ‘activated' or stimulated by touch, specific complaints of chronic pain or illnesses can be alleviated. Using a gentle electrical current in conjunction with acupuncture needles, is an alternative way to stimulate the point and enhance the qi.
The procedure for electro-acupuncture usually involves the needles inserted as in a traditional treatment, but a small electrode is attached to them. This electrode provides a gentle vibration that stimulates the qi running through these points. It is often very soothing to the patient, providing a soft humming and, essentially, a more fluid treatment. The electrode substitutes the practitioners' hand maneuvering of the needle to activate the acupuncture point. This avoids any tiring of the practitioner, and ensures that the patient receives the proper amount of stimulation needed. Electro-acupuncture treatments are often shorter than regular acupuncture treatments due to the continued, and often stronger, stimulus.
The benefits of using electrical stimulation are:
- Good for treating neurological diseases, chronic pain, spasms, and paralysis.
- Relieve arthritis, Improve blood flow, Reduce postsurgical pain & Restore damaged nerves
- It substitutes for prolonged hand maneuvering. This helps assure that the patient gets the amount of stimulation needed.
- It can produce a stronger stimulation, which may be needed for difficult cases of neuralgia or paralysis.
- It is easier to control the frequency of the stimulus and the amount of stimulus than with hand manipulation of the needles.