What is Electroacupuncture?
Like traditional acupuncture, electroacupuncture involves the insertion of very thin, single-use, sterile needles into acupuncture points located on the body. Once the needles have been inserted, small clips are attached to the shaft of the needle, which are in turn attached to wires. These wires lead to a small device that sends a very mild alternating current into the needle. The device is used to adjust the intensity, as well as the frequency, of the current. The patient may feel a mild pulsing or tingling sensation, but no pain.
What Can Be Treated?
Electroacupuncture is used primarily for the treatment of acute and chronic pain. This includes muscle spasms and cramping, as well as conditions such as sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, and frozen shoulder syndrome. It is often utilized when traditional acupuncture is unable to resolve pain. Some studies suggest that electroacupuncture can be useful for the treatment of certain skin conditions, kidney disease, and the side effects of chemotherapy, and new research shows that it can effectively lower blood pressure and treat heart disease.