The principle behind electronic acupuncture is to cause further stimulation to the precisely located acupuncture points by using small electrical currents that are applied directly to the needles inserted into the skin. In the traditional method, stimulation of the body’s qi is done thorough twisting, withdrawing, and reinserting by the acupuncturist or practitioner. Electronic acupuncture, on the other hand, does this more differently, wherein fatigue of the acupuncturist is remarkably reduced, enabling him or her to treat numerous patients simultaneously.
Electronic acupuncture equipment is fundamentally comprised of an a.c. signal generator transformer attached to a multiple output jacks with one pair of probes (at the least). The device would have a plug to engage any of the mentioned output jacks enabling selection between various frequencies and wave shapes of electrical current; likewise to individually adjust and measure the signal height at every output jack. A timer feature would provide automatic turn off of the device based on preset therapy time.
There are currently various types of products and brands of this electronic acupuncture device. Self-portable, hand-held electronic acupuncture equipment for instance, is among these types. Specifically, this device includes:
• hand-holdable casing with an outer surface casing,
• probe to supply current into the skin,
• coil spring for inclining the probe out of the respective casing,
• locating electrical current supply,
• therapeutic current supply (with adjustable tone or relax mode),
• switch assembly for selective supply of locating or therapeutic current to designated probe,
• contact members on the outer surface of the casing that completes electrical circuit of the equipment, and
• switch control.
Research conducted on electronic acupuncture only proved the equipment’s noteworthy advantages over the conventional needle acupuncture.
The traditional needle acupuncture basically involves the insertion of needles into the various pre-located or pre-determined treatment or acupuncture points. This part of the entire procedure however, depends on the type of illness being treated; an apparent invasive process that none would want to bear going through.
Furthermore, the placing of the needles is considerably troublesome, extremely critical even for both the acupuncturist and patient. Based on current research, a standard treatment point is only a half mm across (equivalent to 1/50 of an inch). Plus, the level of skill required in locating acupuncture is considerably high. Even the smallest or slightest error of judgment or positioning can consequently mean a missed latent point and ensuing treatment less efficient therefore unsuccessful.
Generally, skillful and precise needle acupuncture can possibly achieve beyond than a 90% healing effectiveness. However, the treatment can even be more effective when provided to an affected patient on a regular basis for a given series of weeks. Often, a sophisticated, daily treatment is normally impractical among the majority of the people. This is simply because most of these high-quality treatment are costly and given in relatively long periods. Besides, none would certainly want the thought of getting punctured every day with long thin needles.
What Electronic Acupuncture Treats
- To control nausea and vomiting after chemotherapy
- Cure respiratory disorders such as sinus and allergy problems
- Lower high blood pressure and treat anemia
- Cure earaches, headaches and dental pain
- Eliminate sleep disorders like insomnia and sleep apnea
- Cure digestive disorders, including IBS
- Alleviate menstrual problems and cure infertility issues in both men and women
- Relieve anxiety and depression
- Provide assistance with recovery from addictions
- Treat diseases of the immune system
- Aid with diets and weight loss
While not all of the claims have been thoroughly studied and proven in laboratory tests, there are millions who claim to experience relief from these problems as well as many others. As many as 3 million people a year in the United States undergo electronic acupuncture therapy every year for a variety of medical and mental issues.
Most people will need more than one treatment to be effective, with regular sessions necessary to control long-term or chronic conditions. The potential side effects are uncommon and mild. There can be infections at the needle insertion point, but these are avoidable with good sterilization practices. Some patients will feel drowsy or lightheaded and in very rare cases there may be nausea or vomiting. Because of the risk of drowsiness, it is often recommended that patients have a ride home following their first appointment, until they are aware of how they will react to treatment.
Exploring Electronic Acupuncture
Electronic acupuncture refers to the use of pulsating electrical current with acupuncture needles. It is also possible to perform electro-acupuncture without the use of needles. While electro-acupuncture is a relatively recent advancement in the age-old practice of acupuncture, concepts behind this new acupuncture method correspond diametrically with long-held principles.
Acupuncture works on the concept that the life force or qi of a person runs along certain meridians in the body, and there are particular body points that are linked to these meridians. Through the stimulation of body points, specific complaints like chronic pain and illnesses can be eased. And one way of stimulating body points and enhancing qi involves the application of gentle electrical currents.
Electronic Acupuncture: The Difference from Traditional Acupuncture
Electronic acupuncture is fairly similar to old-style acupuncture in terms of the points stimulated during treatment. Just like traditional acupuncture, electro-acupuncture can involve the insertion of needles on specific body points. These needles are attached to a machine that transmits constant electric pulses to the body with the help of small clips. The intensity and frequency of electric pulses can be adjusted through the machine, depending on the kind of condition being addressed. In electro-acupuncture two needles are used at a time to allow electric pulses to travel from one acupuncture needle to another. It is possible to use numerous pairs of acupuncture needles simultaneously in stimulating body points.
One advantage that electro-acupuncture has is that practitioners do not need to be very precise with where the needles are inserted. This is because micro-electric current distributed through the acupuncture needles stimulate a larger portion of the body. Another advantage that this modern acupuncture technique has is it can be practiced without the use of needles. Therefore, this technique can be administered to people who are afraid of needles or those who suffer from conditions that forbids the use of needles on them.
Electronic Acupuncture: Conditions Treated
Electronic acupuncture can address any form of illness that stems from the obstructed and improper flow of qi throughout the body. Acupuncturists can establish whether life force has become stagnant or weak or imbalanced. Through this, they are able to identify which body points need stimulation. Electro-acupuncture is deemed particularly valuable in addressing conditions that involve the accumulation of qi, like chronic pain disorders. This modern acupuncture technique is also helpful in cases that involve a certain level of difficulty in stimulating qi. Electro-acupuncture is also being studied for its ability to address several other conditions; including being a type of anesthesia, as pain reliever for muscular spasms, and as therapy for neurological illnesses. This modern type of acupuncture is also being investigated for its value in treating renal colic, acne and similar skin conditions, and severe nausea resulting from the administration of cancer medications. Evidence also exists for the stimulation of body points with micro-electrical currents to get the endorphin system going so blood pressure can be lowered and heart disease can be reduced.
Electronic Acupuncture: Risks Involved
Electronic acupuncture is not for use on patients who suffer from epilepsy, seizure disorders, stroke or and heart diseases. It should also be not used on people with pacemakers. Electro-acupuncture cannot be performed on the head or throat of a patient, nor can it be performed directly on the area of the chest where the heart is located. Before you try this modern acupuncture technique, it is recommended that you first discuss the latent benefits and risks with the practitioner.