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What is Electro-Acupuncture?


Electro-Acupuncture is quite similar to traditional acupuncture.  As with traditional acupuncture, needles are inserted at specific points along the body.  The needles are then attached to a device that generates electric pulses, using small clips.  These devices are used to adjust the frequency and intensity of the impulse being delivered, depending on the condition being treated.  Electro-Acupuncture uses two needles at a time, so that the impulses can pass from one needle to the other.  Several pairs of needles can be stimulated simultaneously, usually for no more than 30 minutes.


The theory behind Electro-Acupuncture is that electricity amplifies the effects of acupuncture, further invigorating the body’s energy, as well as relieving pain.  The electricity encourages additional physical processes beyond the stimulation of qi.  When combined with acupuncture, electricity encourages the body to release neurotransmitters that act as natural painkillers.


What conditions can electro-acupuncture treat?


  • Paralysis

  • Acute and chronic pain conditions

  • Painful conditions that are nonresponsive to manual stimulation

  • Immunosuppression

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Traumatic Affective Disorders

  • Substance abuse addictions

  • Depression

  • Xerostomia


Electro-Acupuncture also accelerates tissue healing, for wounds, skin ulcers, and beyond.  It is often used for facial toning, as it stimulates the facial muscles, and it has been effectively used as a form of anaesthesia.


In the United States, Electro-Acupuncture has been studied for a variety of conditions.  Studies have examined the role of electro-acupuncture in treating skin conditions such as acne, as well as renal colic, and acute nausea caused by cancer medications.  There is also some evidence that electrical stimulation of acupuncture points activates the endorphin system, which could lower blood pressure and reduce heart disease.


Electro-Acupuncture can be especially helpful with neurological diseases, including paralysis, pain, numbness, and muscle spasms.  It can also treat internal and external trauma, and it therefore works well on both chronic and acute conditions.


Does electro-acupuncture hurt?


Patients may experience a tingling sensation while being treated with Electro-Acupuncture, which is most likely due to the electric current.  In most cases, however, the effect produced by the current is unsubstantial; in other words, the tingling sensation will not be felt.  Some minor bruising or bleeding may occur, which is the result of a needle hitting small blood vessels.


Are there any risks involved with Electro-Acupuncture?


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.

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