Electro - Acupuncture

Electro-acupuncture is the application of a pulsating electrical current to acupuncture needles as a means of stimulating the acupuncture points.

Electo- or Electronic Acupuncture was developed in China as an extension of hand manipulation of acupuncture needles around 1934.

The benefits of using electro-stimulation in conjunction with acupuncture include:  


electro acupuncture   Electo-acupuncture substitutes for prolonged hand manipulation, assuring that
      the proper the amount of stimulation is delivered. Extended hand manipulation
      can lead to the practitioner pausing due to fatigue.


electro acupuncture   Electro-acupuncture can produce a stronger level of stimulation, if desired,
      without causing tissue damage associated with twirling and lifting and
      thrusting the needle. Strong stimulation may be needed for difficult cases of
      neuralgia or paralysis.


electro acupuncture   It is easier to control the frequency of the stimulus and the amount of stimulus
      than with hand manipulation of the needles.


More classical style acupuncturists shy away from electo-stimulation since they do not feel the machine can replace the energetic connection and adaptation of technique provided by an experienced practitioner.