Electro Acupuncture – The History And Use

medical mannequin with electro acupuncture pointsThe accepting of this ancient therapeutic process has evolved. It has grown over the use of sharpened stones, bones and needles to electric acupuncture now referred to as electro acupuncture.

Electro acupuncture is a form of acupuncture where a small electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture points. Some acupuncturists argue that this practice is particularly useful in addressing pain and can restore health and well being of those that have undergone it.

They stressed on the better part of the regular use of acupuncture. This procedure is based on measurements or therapy derived from the traditional Chinese medicine of acupuncture, using modern electronics. Dr. Christopher (a French acupuncturist) was the first to coin the term “electro acupuncture.”

1953 saw Werner and Voll develop an instrument for applying electro acupuncture to the skin without the use of needles. The tool was able to locate acupuncture points, render them electrically measurable, enable electric treatment to be given and then to be remeasured electrically to assess the effects. While electro acupuncture isn’t entirely new, it’s more popular now than the old method.

Inflammatory Pain

Inflammatory pain is a type of pain that is caused by an infection, injury, or other inflammatory processes. It can be very intense and difficult to relieve. There are many different types of inflammatory pain. Some examples include:

  • Acute pain is the most common type and typically lasts for a few days to a few weeks
  • Chronic pain, which can last for months or even years
  • Neuropathic (nerve)pain is caused by damage to nerves in the body

There is no one specific cause of inflammatory pain. However, many factors may contribute, including:

  • Infection – The most common sources of inflammation are viruses and bacteria. These infections can cause skin rashes, fever, and chills. They can also lead to more serious conditions like meningitis or pneumonia.
  • Injury – Inflammatory pain may be caused by injuries

illustration of skin rash

Neuropathic Pain

Neuropathic pain is chronic pain caused by damage to the nervous system. The damage may result from an illness, injury, or disease. Neuropathic pain may involve any body part but is most commonly felt in the limbs and feet. Symptoms of neuropathic pain can vary widely and may include:

  • -Numbness or tingling in the affected area
  • -Shooting, stabbing, or burning sensations
  • -Apinsia (paralysis) of the extremities
  • -Paresthesias (tingling or numbness) throughout the body

Electro Acupuncture Activating qi

Acupuncture, in its traditional method, helps to restore body equilibrium by stimulating your “qi” (pronounced “chee”) or vital energy. When qi is disrupted, it can lead to pain, illness or other conditions. Acupuncture helps to open blockages in the body.

Microcurrent is added during this procedure even though the process of application is same as the traditional method. Furthermore, the frequency of the electrical current flowing through the wire to the body will be adjusted by practitioners. The approach, according to Folckomer, boosts the performance of a certain region and induces diverse forms of regeneration in the body.

Electro acupuncture can be used to address a wide range of conditions from anxiety to skin issues. It has also been discovered recently that it may help gut health, especially in people with chronic constipation. It may also relieve symptoms of fatigue, joint pain, and depression.

Auricular Acupuncture

Auricular acupuncture is a type of acupuncture that uses needles to address ear problems. Auricular acupuncture is often used to help with ear pain, waxing and waning of hearing, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and other ear problems.

It is based on the energy that travels along pathways in the body called meridians. The theory behind auricular acupuncture is that by stimulating specific points in the ear, you can improve the overall health

Several points in the ear have been traditionally used for auricular acupuncture. These include the outer edge of each ear lobe, behind and below the eardrum, and on either side of the eardrum.

Athletes and Electro Acupuncture

While electro acupuncture works on several symptoms, it can also bring about promising results in athletes with injuries that range from muscles to the bones. Because of how effectively it releases trigger points, the therapy, according to Peter Dubitsky, may help with optimum performance and training session recovery.

Some athletes experience hyper-irritated muscle tissues. This happens because of imbalances in nutrition, muscle overuse, strain or trauma. “With a trigger of point technique, you can get the muscle to twitch and then relax,” says Dubitsky.

Electro acupuncture has a way of bringing about relaxation in patients. Some patients have described the feeling as being relaxing, spacey or drained. It may also bring about soreness the very next day depending on the technique used.

Pain Relief

The procedure works by sending small, low-voltage pulses through the body. These pulses cause localized pain relief and can also help to improve circulation and reduce inflammation. Electroacupuncture is effective for many chronic conditions, including lower back pain, neck pain, and headaches.

Electroacupuncture may also help with the management of chronic pain in adults. It is considered safe and effective for chronic pain. The therapy has been shown to reduce pain and improve function and quality of life effectively.

Bell’s Palsy

It is sometimes used for Bell’s palsy, a condition caused by damage to the facial nerve. Electro acupuncture may help reduce swelling and pain in the face and improve mobility in the face. Further study is needed to confirm these findings and determine if electro acupuncture can help reduce the number of skin lesions in Bell’s palsy.

Electro Acupuncture For Animals

Electroacupuncture is a form of acupuncture that uses electrostimulation to help animals. It is said to be more effective than traditional acupuncture because it can penetrate deeper into the body and stimulate different brain parts.

veterinarian looking at a horseHorses, in particular, are considered valuable animals because their large muscles and organs make them susceptible to many illnesses and injuries. Stimulating specific points may help restore balance and reduce inflammation, which is why electro acupuncture for horses is effective.

No More Needles

Electro Acupuncture is a form of acupuncture that does not use needles. It uses small electric currents instead to stimulate the body’s meridians. As a result, Electroacupuncture is often less painful and more effective than traditional acupuncture.

There are many benefits to using Electroacupuncture, including that it can be used to help with a wide range of conditions and is often more effective than traditional acupuncture. Additionally, it is less invasive than conventional acupuncture and does not require patients to stay overnight in the hospital. As a result, Electroacupuncture is an excellent option for those looking for an alternative to traditional acupuncture.


Electro acupuncture has come a long way and has come to be accepted. It is also safe and doesn’t leave side effects at the end of the day. An ancient practice that was inculcated into modern medicine and then fine-tuned to meet the requirements of the day.  Both the BioScan MSA and BioScan SRT utilize the principles of electro acupuncture.  Please contact us to learn more on how BioScan can be integrated into your practice.


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