is the application of an electrical current to acupuncture needles to stimulate healing within the body. Electro-acupuncture is similar to traditional acupuncture in that the same points are stimulated during a treatment. As with traditional acupuncture, needles are inserted on specific points along the body, and the needles are then attached to a modality that generates a continuous electric pulse using small clips.
Although it looks a bit frightening, it is a very modernly used technique. While receiving electro-acupuncture, an individual may feel a slight sensation in that specific area, but the process is not painful at all. The feeling has been described as that of leaning your arm against something that is vibrating—you feel a hum through your arm but there is no pain.
Benefits of electro acupuncture 1) reduces pain 2) improves muscle stiffness 3) benefits in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis 4) helps in weight loss and obesity and Stop Smoking
It helps reduce total treatment time by providing continuous stimulus. It is easy to control the frequency of the modality, and it can be customized to produce a stronger current as needed
Patients with the following conditions may benefit
According to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, illness is caused when qi does not flow properly through the body. Acupuncturists determine whether qi is weak, stagnant or out of balance, which indicates the points to be stimulated. Electroacupuncture is considered to be especially useful for conditions in which there is an accumulation of qi, such as in chronic pain syndromes, or in cases where the qi is difficult to stimulate. Using a gentle electrical current in conjunction with acupuncture needles is an alternative way to stimulate the point and enhance the qi.
Are there any risks involved? Electro acupuncture should not be used on patients who have a history of seizures, epilepsy, heart disease or strokes, or on patients with pacemakers. It should also not be performed on a patient's head or throat, or directly over the heart. Another recommendation is that when needles are being connected to an electric current, the current should not travel across the midline of the body (an imaginary line running from the bridge of the nose to the bellybutton).