When you think of the acupuncturist’s art, you probably picture an ancient technique relying on tools and technologies that have been available for thousands of years. And you would be right — up to a point. Today’s practitioners, however, have employed modern-day refinements to make this traditional healing method even more powerful and efficient than ever before. Chief among these new touches is the practice of sending electrical impulses through needles, a technique known as electro-acupuncture.
How does this technique work, and what advantages does it offer over traditional methods? The fundamental principles are actually the same. In both cases, the acupuncturist inserts fine needles at precise points on the body called meridians. The placement of needles at specific meridians restores the normal flow of qi energy, an imbalance of which can cause illness or disease. Modern medical research shows that it also releases endorphins, natural substances that relieve pain and promote a sense of wellbeing.
The electrical approach uses the same meridians and placement techniques, except for the fact that pairs of needles are inserted at each meridian, instead of a single needle. The needles are then attached to a device that generates small amounts of electric current, which then passes between the pairs of needles in pulses. The use of electricity has two primary beneficial effects on your treatment. First, the current applies the beneficial stimulation to a larger area, compensating for any tiny inaccuracies in needle placement. Second, the current permits deeper, more powerful stimulation of the meridians, so we can achieve more healing in less time.
Discover Electro-acupuncture for Yourself
If you would like to find out whether this natural, non-invasive form of treatment can help relieve your chronic pain or other health condition, come visit our clinic. Dr. Lok will be happy to evaluate your condition and then recommend the right form of therapy to help your achieve a higher quality of life. Try this modern spin on ancient technique for yourself!
Have you ever received a medical treatment that involved electricity? What were the circumstances?