Electro-acupuncture is a type of acupuncture therapy that uses a small electric current to stimulate the acupuncture needles. During an electro-acupuncture session, electrodes are attached to the acupuncture needles, and a small electric current is passed between them. The frequency and intensity of the electric current can be adjusted based on the condition being treated. For example, a higher frequency may be used to treat acute pain, while a lower frequency may be used to treat chronic pain.
Electro-acupuncture is often used to treat pain and musculoskeletal conditions, as well as other health conditions such as digestive disorders, menstrual cramps, and neurological disorders. The electrical stimulation is thought to enhance the effects of the acupuncture treatment by increasing blood flow, releasing natural painkillers, and stimulating the nervous system.
Electro-acupuncture is generally safe and well-tolerated, but like all forms of acupuncture, it should be performed by a licensed and experienced acupuncturist.