Electroacupuncture is a term to refer to the application of a pulsating electrical current through specially designed device and attached to the needle ends to stimulate specific acupuncture points.
The device is used to adjust the frequency and intensity of the impulse, and enables the versatility of conditions that can be treated.
The current itself is low which is not transmitted through the body, and just enough to feel a mild pulsating sensation or tingling. The session usually lasts between 10 to 20 minutes.
Electroacupuncture is frequently used to deal with:
post stroke paralysis,
The decision whether electroacupuncture is used for the treatment will be made after initial consultation. It is important to firstly assess whether this therapy would be suitable after reviewing the medical history and nature of the illness.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is not eligible for electroacupuncture?
Patients who have a history of epilepsy, seizures, heart diseases, strokes, or patients with pacemakers must notify the practitioner immediately.
Can electroacupuncture cause side effects?
This therapy is very similar to standard acupuncture, so side effects are similar, with only difference being a possible electric shock that is rare, especially if practitioner is trained and machine is well-maintained.