Electro Stimulation of Acupuncture Points


Electroacupuncture is quite similar to traditional acupuncture in that the same points are stimulated during treatment. As with traditional acupuncture, needles are inserted on specific points along the body. The needles are then attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses using small clips.


These devices are used to adjust the frequency and intensity of the impulse being delivered, depending on the condition being treated, e.g. the high frequency (100 Hz) can provide better postoperative pain control in patients undergoing abdominal surgery compared with low frequency (2 Hz).


Electroacupuncture uses two needles at time so that the impulses can pass from one needle to the other. Several pairs of needles can be stimulated simultaneously, usually for no more than 30 minutes at a time. The electro-acupuncture for certain conditions has better effects than acupuncture without electro stimulation, e.g. parkinson diseases and for PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), although in practice our multichannel laser acupuncture is three times more effective than the electro-acupuncture. 



Lin JG, Lo MW, Wen YR et al. The effect of high and low frequency electroacupuncture in pain after lower

abdominal surgery. Pain 2002; 99: 509–514.