What is Electro-Acupuncture?
EA is using electrical current attached the needles during a typical acupuncture treatment to add additional stimulation to the acupuncture points. The device used is similar to estim or TENS units used during physical therapy or chiropractic treatment, except with electro-acupuncture the stimulation is applied directly to the needle, not through the skin as with TENS units. This allow for a deeper stimulation of the tissues beneath the skin. Electro-acupuncture uses electricity to carry out ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) concepts and principles.
What conditions can be treated with electro-acupuncture?
Most conditions can be treated with electro-acupuncture. In my practice, I use it primarily for patients that seem to need more stimulation than acupuncture alone has been giving them. This happens typically with patients that come into the office with multiple joint/chronic pain syndrome or chronic pain syndromes that have been resistant to other forms of treatment. These types of syndromes can be complex to untangle and often require a multi-faceted approach. I personally have successfully treated everything from high blood pressure, anxiety with panic attacks, and hypothyroidism to joint pain and swelling with electro-acupuncture. The treatment supports the body in both producing and releasing neuropeptides and neurotransmitters with the goal of balancing ‘out-of-balance’ systems to restore health.
Is there any risk involved with electro-acupuncture?
The only risk with electro-acupuncture is the same as acupuncture in general. There is a risk of bruising from the needle. This risk is rare, however, because the needles are super thin and nothing like what you may have experienced with getting blood drawn or getting an injection by your MD.