Electro-acupuncture is a subset of acupuncture. In traditional acupuncture, individual tiny needles are inserted into the acupoints. Electro-acupuncture works similarly, with an added electric component. The practitioner passes a mild electric current through the needles during the treatment. The electrical stimulation is not painful; it is more of a gentle vibration that further stimulates those points. Typically, the needles are shorter because they have a stronger stimulus. Just like traditional acupuncture, it can be used to address a wide variety of ailments. It is most commonly used to treat:
This method is known to enhance the healing effects of acupuncture by supplementing an additional stimulus to acupuncture points for natural healing. Electro-acupuncture has been especially effective for treating neurological diseases, paralysis, chronic pain, and spasms. It combines especially well with acupressure to promote blood flow, muscle warmth, pain relief, and removal of blood stasis.