Electroacupuncture (EA) is a relatively modern technique that has become a standard part of acupuncture treatment. It is usually defined as the electrical stimulation of acupuncture points through needles.
EA is used for many of the same conditions as traditional acupuncture, particularly those involving qi and/or Blood stagnation. It is also helpful for relaxation, circulation (for instance, leg ulcers or Raynaud’s syndrome) and muscular problems including some forms of muscle spasm, muscle wasting and paralysis.
EA can be used as an alternative to drugs to induce labour, and is very helpful during childbirth for both relaxation and pain relief, as well as for problems after the baby is born, such as excessive bleeding or difficulties delivering the placenta.
EA may be used alongside traditional acupuncture techniques, or as a ‘stand-alone’ treatment. The use of the equipment allows for stronger and more continuous stimulation of needles that otherwise the practitioner would carry out.