Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing technique which the practitioner use thin disposable needles to penetrate the skin to stimulate certain points on the body known as acupuncture points or acu-point. I always combine Acupuncture with Cupping, Moxibustion, Electric stimulation and Herbal medicine to achieve the best outcome.
Electroacupuncture is quite similar to traditional acupuncture in that the same points are stimulated during treatment. 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. Electroacupuncture 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, usually for no more than 30 minutes at a time.
The advantage of electroacupuncture is that the current delivered through the needle stimulates a larger area than the needle itself, that promotes energy and blood flow.
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. Electroacupuncture 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.
Electroacupuncture has been effectively used as a form of anesthesia; as a pain reliever for muscle spasms; and a treatment for neurological disorders. We also use electroacupuncture in treating depression and insomnia, as there is evidence that electrical stimulation of acupuncture points activates the endorphin system, which could enhance mood and relax the body and mind.