Electroacupuncture is stimulation of certain acupuncture points by low level electrical current for certain medical benefit.
The needles are inserted on specific acupuncture points along the body. Electroacupuncture uses two needles at time so that the impulses can pass from one needle to the other. The needles then attached to a device using small clips and that generates different electric pulses. Devices adjust the frequency and intensity of the impulse being delivered, depending on the condition to be treated. Several pairs of needles can be stimulated simultaneously for about 20 minutes.
Because the current delivered through the needle stimulates a larger area than the needle itself. Therefore practitioner does not have to be as precise with the point of insertion of needles. Moreover Electroacupuncture can be employed without using technique called trans-cutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, or TENS. It uses electrodes that are taped to the surface of the skin instead of being inserted. People with phobia of needles can use this method.
It has been effectively used as a pain reliever for muscle spasms; and a treatment for neurological disorders, as a form of anaesthesia. Other studies have examined the role of Electroacupuncture in treating acute nausea caused by cancer medications skin conditions such as acne and renal colic. Electrical stimulation of acupuncture points could lower blood pressure and reduce heart disease as it activates the endorphin system.
Is it painful?
There is no pain or even discomfort. You may experience a tingling or numbness sensation while being treated with Electroacupuncture, due to the electric current. We gradually increase intensity of current from zero till when you start feeling the tingling sensation. We will keep level to comfortable level you want .
Are there any contraindications?
Electroacupuncture is not be used on patients with pacemakers, heart disease or strokes or on patients who have a history of seizures, epilepsy. It should also not be performed on directly over the heart, a patient’s head or throat. The current should not travel across the midline of the body, when needles are being connected to an electric current
Are there any risks involved?
There is no risk involved. Before trying Electroacupuncture we make sure to discuss the potential risks and benefits.