What is electro-acupuncture

electroacupunctureElectro-acupuncture is a form of acupuncture where a small electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles to augment the stimulating effects of needles. It’s been found to be quite effective for many conditions but particularly useful for pain syndromes and post-stroke rehabilitation. Electro-acupuncture has been used successfully in treating vomiting and nausea with patients undergoing chemotherapy as well.

 

Short History of Electricity in Healing Arts

Since Egyptians used electric catfish ina bathtub for therapeutic purposes in 2750 B.C., electricity has been used for healing for a very long time. In the 1700’s, Germanphysicians used static electricity to treat paralyzed patients, and Benjamin Franklin used electricity to treat convulsion. In 1853, Dr. Holl from Pennsylvania used direct current through acupuncture needles to treat leg fracture for the first time! In 1934, China first published a book describing a technique using electricity through acupuncture needles. Since the 50s, Chinese hospitals used electro-acupuncture for surgical anesthesia.

Effects of Electro-Acupuncture

Research has shown that electro-acupuncture stimulates the release of neurochemical substances such as endorphin, the body’s natural painkiller, and causes changes in acetylcholine level thus affecting the conduction of neuro signals. Even though electro-acupuncture is commonly used for pain disorders, it can also be used for emotional problems such as depression and anxiety. Electro-acupuncture has been applied successfully for the following conditions:

  • pain syndrome
  • immune disorders
  • skin disorders
  • Bell’s palsy
  • infertility
  • erectile dysfunction
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • menstrual disorders
  • and much more

Electro-acupuncture doesn’t replace traditional acupuncture, but rather enhances and supplements the standard acupuncture method, and turned out to be a quite useful as an adjunct technique. Do you want to know if you can benefit from electro-acupuncture? Let us know. You can use the link to send us your question, or call for a free consultation.