Electro-acupuncture works magic for alleviating pain

A patient sprained her lower back while moving her furniture came to me for acupuncture. She complaint that the pain was so severe that she can hardly walk and got up from bed. After one session of electro-acupuncture, her pain reduced 50%. After 3 sessions she was so grateful that she could be her normal self again. As she was amazed by the miraculous effect of the therapy, I told her that electro-acupuncture is also recommended by WHO for different pain conditions. In some cases, patients were even able to reduce or stop their pain medications.

So what is electro-acupuncture?

Electro-acupuncture is similar to acupuncture but an enhanced version. It is particularly good for treating pain and I often apply electro-acupuncture for patients who suffer from acute and chronic pain like neck and sciatic pain, sprained ankle, headache, obesity as well as some difficult neurological conditions such as Parkinson Disease, Stroke and Bell’s Palsy.

How does it work?

In standard acupuncture, needles are inserted on acu-points and electro-acupuncture will work on pairs of those treatment points. Once the needles are inserted to the appropriate depth and angle, electrode-clips will be used to connect selected pairs of needles to a special electro-acupuncture device that generates continuous and mild electric pulses, resulting in a vibrating sensation or muscle contraction. This will create stronger stimulation to acupoints than hand manipulation techniques and thus activate a stronger flow of Qi and Blood.

Researchers found that the different frequencies of electro-acupuncture can stimulate the release of different opioid peptides thus effectively control pain. Besides, the strong reaction produced will excite the nervous system, increasing metabolism, aiding circulation, improving nutrient uptake in tissues and helping the absorption of fluid, all-in-all help your body get back to a balance state.

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