Electroacupuncture: Everything You Need To Know

Did you know that the health of our body depends on the flow of energy in our body? Yes, you heard that right. The energy in our body flows through invisible pathways called meridians in the body. The energy helps in maintaining the balance and also sustain the natural ability to heal ourselves.

But have you thought what happens if this energy flow is disrupted? If the energy flow is blocked, then it imparts negative effects on our health. Then how it can be restored? The answer is simple, we can avail to a treatment known as Electroacupuncture.

Sounds interesting, right? Then let’s get to know more about this treatment.

What is Electroacupuncture?

Before knowing about Electroacupuncture, we should first learn about Acupuncture, the original treatment from where electroacupuncture has been developed.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles at strategic points of your body. A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture was generally used to treat pain. However, due to its immense health benefits, it is now used to treat overall wellness including stress management.

Electroacupuncture is quite similar to acupuncture. Unlike in acupuncture where only one needle is used at a point, in electroacupuncture two needles are applied at a point and a mild current is passed through it.

Therefore according to the proper definition, electroacupuncture is a form of acupuncture where a small current passed between pairs of acupuncture needles. The current is usually between 40 and 80 volts and there is no current transmitted through the body, just enough stimulation to produce a tingling sensation in the body.

According to an acupuncturist, electroacupuncture just modifies the regular acupuncture methods and can effectively restore the health and well-being of the body.

A standard electroacupuncture session lasts between 10 and 20 minutes and works on the theory of energy flow through the body. It believes that some specific points of the body correspond to meridians and if these points are stimulated or activated, some specific aches and pains in the body could be ameliorated.

Some Electroacupuncture benefits

Electroacupuncture is a fairly new treatment procedure therefore there is not much evidence to suggest the effectiveness. However, it has been found to address a range of symptoms and health issues which include arthritis, tinnitus and chemotherapy-related nausea. It can also help in alleviating pain, stress and addiction.

According to a study conducted by a health centre, upon application on people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis or acute pain, electroacupuncture caused a significant reduction in different types of pain and also assisted in improving the movement of the muscles.

The study conducted by a popular scientific journal, it showed that electroacupuncture stimulates increased hypothalamic functions and also triggers the release of mesenchymal stem cells in the body. These cells then multiply and form different tissues in the body demonstrating the fact that electroacupuncture can treat injury-induced pain and also tissue regeneration.

Visibly reduction of vomiting tendencies due to chemotherapy was observed when electroacupuncture was performed upon patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiations.


There are a lot of electroacupuncture uses and one of the most popular is to be used as holistic sports medicine alongside acupressure to treat injuries encountered while playing sports. It has visibly increased energy and blood flow, alleviated pain, warmed the muscle and also helped in removing blood stasis.

How does an electroacupuncture session take place?

You might be inquisitive about knowing how does an electroacupuncture session take place? So let us help you out.

  • Electroacupuncture is conducted by a professional acupuncturist.
  • The professional evaluates the symptoms in your body and select the strategic point for the treatment.
  • Inserts a needle at the point and another one at some distance nearby.
  • When the needles have been placed at the correct depth and right distance apart, electrodes are set up across the needles commented to a special electroacupuncture machine.
  • When the electrodes have been finally set up, the machine is turned on and a low voltage passes through the needles stimulating your meridians. Once you get adjusted to the low voltage, the voltage and frequency are adjusted as required.

A typical session lasts for 10 to 20 minutes and never extends beyond half n hour and to get your desired results you should at least have four such sessions in a month.

Side effects of eletroacupuncture

The most common side effects observed are

  1. Mild nausea and vomiting
  2. Faint dizziness or in some cases fainting.
  3. Uncomfortable pain or light bleeding from the points where the needles have been inserted. Also bruising or redness observed at those points of insertion.
  4. Although sterilized single time usage needles are used for the treatment, there have been some very few cases of infection reported.
  5. The tingling in the body caused due to electric current can cause discomfort to some people. If you encountered irritation at any point of your session, immediately inform your acupuncturist.
  6. If the voltage passed through the needles is very high, it may cause an unpleasant sensation in the body. Electric shocks are also recorded in some extreme cases.

Risks of Electroacupuncture

Electroacupuncture is generally safe and performed by a skilled professional, however, there might be some mishaps which could not be avoided.

Passing of high voltage across the needles and in some extreme cases causing electric shock is the most unfortunate of all.

If electroacupuncture is not performed by professional it may lead to internal injuries and shock and in some rare cases can even cause death.

Always remember that electroacupuncture should not be prescribed to pregnant or breastfeeding women.

People suffering from heart diseases who have undergone a stroke or has a pacemaker inserted in their heart should stay away from this treatment.

Also, people suffering from epilepsy or seizures should not be allowed to avail this treatment.

And with this, we come to an end. An alternative form of acupuncture, electroacupuncture have already made a promising debut. Stimulating the points which are linked to particular symptoms and emulating the blood flow through those points, electroacupuncture has already made a name in alleviating acute pain and aches.

So we advise you to give this treatment a try but remember to avail the treatment only under the supervision of a professional.

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