When administering an acupuncture treatment, the practitioner is searching for “Qi” and once it arrives at the acupuncture point, that Qi may be manipulated and stimulated manually. Electro-Acupuncture was developed in China around 1934 as an electrical extension of this hand manipulation.
How it works
A pulsating electrical current is applied to the acupuncture needles by attaching electrodes to provide continuous stimulation. This is beneficial to substitute where prolonged hand manoeuvring is required so the practitioner does not become fatigued and the client receives a steady amount of stimulation. It can also produce a stronger stimulation without causing tissue damage and is easier to control the frequency.
Electro-Acupuncture is beneficial as a treatment for acute and chronic illnesses and injuries, as well as complicated cases where extensive manipulation of the needles is necessary and may help reduce total treatment time by providing continuous stimulus. Some pathologies best treated with electro-acupuncture are: pain, flaccidity syndromes, paralysis due to stroke, facial paralysis (various causes), trigeminal neuralgia, sciatica, migraine, periarthritis of the shoulder, injury of knee joint ligaments, tennis/golf elbow, kidney pain, bone fractures, and various acute and chronic gynaecological and abdominal disorders.