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Electro-Acupuncture is quite similar to traditional acupuncture, the major difference being that electro-acupuncture involves a small electric current that is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles. No current is actually transmitted through the body, as there is only enough stimulation for the patient to feel a small pulsating sensation.  The sensation is similar to a tapping or buzzing and is very mild, allowing the patient to relax for the duration of the treatment; most people find it to be quite a pleasant experience! By using a slight electrical current in addition to acupuncture needles, we are left with an alternative way to stimulate the point and enhance the qi. Electro-acupuncture can be used to restore health and well-being, and is a great option for patient’s seeking treatment for pain.


The procedure involves the use of needles like traditional acupuncture, and then the needles are attached to a device that creates electric current using small clips. Depending on the condition being treated, these devices can adjust the impulses to different frequencies and intensities. Additionally, two needles are used at a time so that the impulses can pass from needle to needle, therefore several pairs of needles can be stimulated simultaneously. In acupuncture, practitioners determine whether chi is weak, stagnant, or out of balance, indicating the points in need for stimulation. This also applies to electro-acupuncture and while electro-acupuncture may be used as a component of almost all acupuncture treatments, it is especially useful for conditions where there is an accumulation of chi such as chronic pain syndromes, spasms, and paralysis.


Electro-Acupuncture is a therapy that may be used to treat a variety of health related problems

  • Chronic pain

  • Neurological diseases

  • Muscle spasms

  • Blood flow (removing blood stasis)

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Kidney pain

  • Tennis Elbow

  • Abdominal pain

  • Intestinal adhesion pain

  • Bone fracture

  • Facial paralysis

  • Hemiplegia

  • Paraplegia

  • Gastric spasms

  • Dysmenorrhea

  • Post-chemotherapy vomiting

  • Acne, renal colic, and acute nausea caused by cancer medications

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