Electro-acupuncture is quite similar to traditional acupuncture in that the same points are stimulated during treatment. But the mild electric pulses strengthen the movement of stagnant Qi, which is the cause of pain.
According to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, illness is caused when Qi does not flow properly throughout the body. Acupuncturists determine whether qi is weak, stagnant or otherwise out of balance, which indicates the points to be stimulated.
Electro-acupuncture 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.
How is it done?
As with traditional acupuncture, needles are inserted on specific points along the body. The needles are then attached to a device that generates continuous 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 time so that the impulses can pass from one needle to the other. Several pairs of needles can be stimulated simultaneously.
The lower frequencies bring about a relaxation effect and the higher frequencies are more tonifying or useful to move resistant qi blockages.
Electro Acupuncture is useful for tennis elbow and many other muscular-skeletal conditions.
Electro Acupuncture helps to induce labour in women who are past their due date. It is also great for reducing the pain of labour.
How does it help?
- Electro-acupuncture is especially useful for cases where strong stimulation is needed.
- It greatly helps painful conditions, such as back pain or joint and muscle pain.
- It is used to help bring on labour in overdue pregnancies.
- It is also used to facilitate labour and reduce the pain of labour and the needles can be retained for extended periods.
- Used at very low frequencies, it assists relaxation where someone is very stressed.