Electropuncture and Electro- acupunture
Electro-acupuncture, the application of a pulsating electrical current to acupuncture needles as a means of stimulating the acupoints, was developed in China as an extension of hand manipulation of acupuncture needles around 1934. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture helps restore balance in the body by activating your “qi” (pronounced “chee”) or life force. A disrupted qi can lead to pain, illness or other conditions.
Electroacupuncture is quite similar to traditional acupuncture in that the same points are stimulated during treatment. As with traditional acupuncture, needles are inserted on specific points along the body. The needles are then attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses using small clips. These devices are used to adjust the frequency and intensity of the impulse being delivered, depending on the condition being treated. Electroacupuncture uses two needles at time so that the impulses can pass from one needle to the other. Several pairs of needles can be stimulated simultaneously, usually for no more than 30 minutes at a time.
This method enhances the function of that specific point and activates different types of regeneration in the body. Besides working through pressure points, the therapy also taps into your nervous system. “Low frequency electroacupuncture is said to be associated with a greater output of endorphins from the nervous system. [These endorphins] circulate in your bloodstream longer, providing an extended period of pain relief compared to acupuncture alone.” The neutrons traveling throughout your body can also provide better tissue healing and wound repair.
It helps to treat a wide range of conditions from anxiety to skin issues to addiction. Recently, researchers found that the treatment can also benefit gut health, particularly for those suffering from chronic constipation. And it may help relieve symptoms of joint pain, fatigue and depression.
Athletes might also see some promising results from electroacupuncture.
The therapy can help with optimal performance and recovery from training sessions thanks to how effectively it releases trigger points. These are bands of hyper-irritated muscle tissues that can come from imbalances in nutrition, overuse, strain or trauma.
With a trigger point technique, you can get the muscle to twitch and then relax. The outcome: a more balanced muscle structure and pain or tightness relief in that particular area. This pay-off usually occurs after one to three sessions.
For example If you’ve broken a bone, electroacupuncture may even help you heal faster. It can stimulate bone growth, nerve regeneration, ligament health and capillary formation. If you have a fracture and apply a low frequency microcurrent, it will help you re-establish the bone matrix and knit the bone faster.
Electroacupuncture has been studied for a variety of conditions. It has been effectively used as a form of anesthesia; as a pain reliever for muscle spasms; and a treatment for neurological disorders. Other studies have examined the role of electroacupuncture in treating skin conditions such as acne, renal colic, and acute nausea caused by cancer medications. There is also some evidence that electrical stimulation of acupuncture points activates the endorphin system, which could lower blood pressure and reduce heart disease.