What is electro-acupuncture
Electroacupuncture 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. Electroacupuncture 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 in a bathtub for therapeutic purposes in 2750 B.C., electricity has been used for healing for a very long time. In the 1700s, German physicians 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 fractures for the first time! China first published a book that described a technique using electricity between acupuncture needles in 1934. Since the 50s, Chinese hospitals used electro-acupuncture for surgical anesthesia.
Effects of Electroacupuncture
Research has shown that electroacupuncture 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 nerve signals. Even though electroacupuncture is commonly used for pain disorders, it can also be used for emotional problems such as depression and anxiety. Electroacupuncture has been applied successfully for the following conditions:
- pain syndrome
- immune disorders
- skin disorders
- Bell’s palsy
- erectile dysfunction
- irritable bowel syndrome
- menstrual disorders
- and much more
Electroacupuncture doesn’t replace traditional acupuncture, but rather enhances and supplements the standard acupuncture method, and turned out to be quite useful as an adjunct technique.
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