What is Electro-Acupuncture?
Electro-acupuncture is a form of acupuncture in which pairs of acupuncture needles are attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses between them. Another term is Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (PENS). The acupuncture needles are inserted in the usual way and manipulated by hand to achieve de qi then electrodes are attached to the needles to provide continued stimulation.
Electro-acupuncture can be especially helpful with neurological diseases, including paralysis, pain, numbness, and muscle spasms. It can also be used to treat internal as well as external trauma and therefore works well on chronic and acute conditions.
It can produce a stronger stimulation than manual manipulation without causing tissue damage associated with repeated twirling, lifting and thrusting the needle. Stronger stimulation may be needed for difficult cases of neuralgia or paralysis.
It is easier to control the frequency and amount of the stimulus than with hand manipulation of the needles.
Electro-acupuncture can act as another set of hands, providing stimulation to the acupuncture needles whilst the practitioner carries out another part of the treatment.
What are the contra-indications for electro-acupuncture?
Electro-acupuncture is not suitable for people fitted with a pace maker fitted. It is also not recommended for people who have a history of seizures, epilepsy, heart disease or strokes.
Does electro-acupuncture hurt?
No, electro-acupuncture is not painful, however, you may experience a tingling sensation during the treatment due to the needles being stimulated.