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Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that has been practiced for thousands of years. It involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body, called acupoints, to stimulate the flow of qi (vital energy) and restore balance. Acupuncture is used to treat a variety of conditions, such as pain, stress, insomnia, allergies, and more.

Electrical Acupuncture, or electroacupuncture, (EA) is a modern variation of acupuncture that uses a small electric current to enhance the stimulation of acupoints. Electroacupuncture is performed by attaching clips to two needles that are inserted at different acupoints. A device then sends a mild electric pulse between the needles, creating a tingling sensation. Electroacupuncture is intended to increase the effectiveness of acupuncture by providing more consistent and stronger stimulation than manual manipulation of the needles. EA greatly enhances acupuncture therapy’s effectiveness for a broad range of clinical conditions.

Benefits of Electroacupuncture

Electroacupuncture has been shown to have several benefits over standard acupuncture, such as:

  • Increased analgesic effect: Electroacupuncture can activate the release of endorphins, the natural painkillers of the body, and block the transmission of pain signals to the brain. Electroacupuncture can also reduce inflammation and swelling, which can contribute to pain.
  • Improved blood circulation: Electroacupuncture can dilate blood vessels and improve blood flow to the affected areas, promoting healing and recovery.
  • Enhanced muscle relaxation: Electroacupuncture can relax tense or spasmodic muscles, which can cause pain and stiffness. Electroacupuncture can also prevent muscle atrophy and improve muscle strength and tone.
  • Reduced side effects: Electroacupuncture can reduce the need for medication, which can have unwanted side effects or interactions. Electroacupuncture can also reduce the risk of infection or bruising from the needles, as less needles are used and less manipulation is required.

Conditions Treated by Electroacupuncture

Electroacupuncture can be used to treat the same conditions as standard acupuncture, as well as some specific ones that may benefit from the added stimulation, such as:

  • Chronic pain: Electroacupuncture can be effective for relieving pain caused by arthritis, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, sciatica, and more.
  • Neurological disorders: Electroacupuncture can help with conditions that affect the nervous system, such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and more.
  • Gastrointestinal disorders: Electroacupuncture can regulate the digestive system and treat conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhea, and more.
  • Addiction: Electroacupuncture can help with the withdrawal symptoms and cravings associated with substance abuse, such as alcohol, nicotine, and opioids.
  • Depression and anxiety: Electroacupuncture can modulate the mood and stress hormones and induce a state of relaxation and well-being.
  • Women’s health: Electroacupuncture can support women’s health in many ways: relieve nausea during pregnancy, enhance fertility, ease menstrual cramps and endometriosis, alleviate menopause symptoms, and help reduce stress.

What to Expect from Electroacupuncture

Electroacupuncture is usually done in a quiet and dimly lit room, with soothing music or aromatherapy to enhance the relaxation. The acupuncturist will first examine your tongue, pulse, and medical history to determine the best acupoints for your condition. The acupuncturist will then insert the needles at the selected acupoints, and attach the clips to two of them. The acupuncturist will then turn on the device and adjust the intensity and frequency of the electric current according to your preference and tolerance. You may feel a mild tingling, buzzing, or tapping sensation, which should not be painful or uncomfortable. The treatment usually lasts for 15 to 30 minutes, during which you should remain still and relaxed. The acupuncturist will then remove the needles and the clips, and give you some aftercare instructions.

How to Find a Qualified Electroacupuncture Practitioner

Electroacupuncture is a specialized technique that requires additional training and certification. Therefore, it is important to find a qualified and experienced practitioner who can perform the treatment safely and effectively. All Neuropuncture Electroacupuncture Practitioners are licensed to practice electrical acupuncture and have undergone substantial training in the Neuropuncture system. You can find a practitioner here.


Electroacupuncture is a modern variation of acupuncture that uses a mild electric current to stimulate acupoints. Electroacupuncture can offer several benefits over standard acupuncture, such as increased analgesic effect, improved blood circulation, enhanced muscle relaxation, and reduced side effects. Electroacupuncture can be used to treat a variety of conditions, such as chronic pain, neurological disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, addiction, depression, and anxiety.