Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing modality that uses very thin needles that are strategically placed throughout your body in order to stimulate the “qi,” or life force energy, that will allow your body to heal naturally. When conventional medicine fails, many people turn to acupuncture as a means to relieve a variety of conditions, including acute and chronic pain, such as common low back pain, and other types of pain that are associated with injuries and diseases.
Though it may seem intimidating at first, especially since needles are involved, acupuncture is a surprisingly gentle practice that causes little to no discomfort. Patients from all over the world report incredible results from their acupuncture sessions, and they even bring their pets to acupuncturists for help with pain, the side effects of chemotherapy, and many other conditions that humans can be treated for in the same way.
To learn more about acupuncture, how it uses the various meridians of energy throughout your body, and more, read this blog post. And for more on one very unique form of acupuncture, known as electro acupuncture, continue reading.
Each Acupuncture Session is Customized to Each Patient
Acupuncture is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine that has been growing steadily more popular in the West, and for good reason. Many people are able to finally find relief through this form of healing. And because every patient is treated differently, based upon his or her unique needs and condition, this is not a one-size-fits-all practice either, as acupuncturists understand that what works for one person may not work for another. Today, you can find acupuncturists waiting to help you in many hospitals throughout the United States, as well as private practices, where you will be able to work with a trained acupuncturist who will assess your entire state of health to determine the very best treatment plan for you.
An acupuncturist will focus on getting the qi within you to flow more freely and without any obstructions. By doing so, your body will get back into its natural state of balance and you can return to a state of health without any of the annoying symptoms you had previously been dealing with. This is the goal of acupuncture, and though it may not work for every single person, it does produce positive outcomes for many people of all ages.
During your assessment by an acupuncturist, you will be asked a variety of questions about things that may seem unrelated to your ailment. Questions about your stress level, your bowel movements, your workout routine, how you feel during different seasons of the year, and how you feel when it is hot or cold out, are just a few of the types of inquiries you will encounter. The idea is that, by getting a picture of your entire state of health, including your mental and emotional health, your acupuncturist will be able to target the root cause of your symptoms and address it appropriately. This is very similar to how Ayurvedic healers focus on creating a customized plan for your dosha that may include yoga, meditation, herbs, and special diets. Therefore, expect your first visit with an acupuncture specialist to be quite long.
What is Electro Acupuncture?
Developed in the mid-1900s, electro acupuncture is one of several forms of acupuncture that have been created over centuries. Many feel that electro acupuncture is an even more effective form of this ancient healing modality, and that the effects of the needles tapping into the meridians throughout your body are enhanced, producing even better results.
Those who are diehard fans of traditional acupuncture need not worry because electro acupuncture uses the same techniques employed by acupuncturists for centuries. The main difference, though, is the fact that the needles are able to send electrical pulses or currents into the body because they are attached to a special device.
The electrical currents used in this form of acupuncture have a stimulating and healing effect upon the entire body, especially in the areas that are being treated specifically. Entire organ systems, tissues, and even cells can be stimulated and balanced with these gentle currents of electricity, which do not cause any side effects and are not harmful or painful. Electro acupuncture is also very precise, allowing the electricity to flow to exactly where it is needed deep in the body. This is unlike other electrotherapy options that are available, which merely get the electrical currents to flow across the skin of the patient.
When is Electro Acupuncture Recommended?
Those who are suffering with a variety of conditions can benefit from electro acupuncture, as it can help bring about a state of balance and optimal health by improving your sleep, moods, and ability to move freely without pain. And patients suffering with chronic conditions, in particular, may choose to pursue this therapy to finally get the relief and results they have been waiting for.
Clinical studies are proving–from a scientific perspective–that acupuncture, including electro acupuncture, really does work, especially for those suffering with neurological problems, pain, and muscle spasms. It is also effective in patients with problems maintaining a healthy weight, cardiovascular issues and hypertension, and skin ailments. Even patients suffering with digestive issues, such as nausea, can benefit from this type of acupuncture.
What to Expect During an Electro Acupuncture Treatment
An average electro acupuncture treatment will probably only take about 30 minutes, though your acupuncturist may recommend shorter or longer sessions depending upon your needs. Your health status, the conditions you are suffering from, and your ability to tolerate the electrical currents will help the acupuncturist determine how strong the currents used will actually be. Remember, acupuncture is not a one-size-fits-all treatment plan, so everything will be customized to suit your requirements and get you the relief you need.
Again, the electrical current used during electro acupuncture is gentle yet effective, so there is no need to worry about being in pain. Instead, what patients typically experience is involuntary muscle twitches that are mild, along with some tingling. While these effects are normal, it may be a little strange at first. Rest assured, though, that these are temporary and will resolve when the electrical current is turned off at the end of your session.
Is Electro Acupuncture Safe for Everyone?
For most individuals, electro acupuncture is a completely safe procedure. Those who should avoid this type of acupuncture include individuals with epilepsy or a history of seizures, as well as those with pacemakers. Working with someone who is highly skilled and experienced will ensure you get the perfect dosage of electricity without overdoing it. For example, intense electrical currents should not be used along the midline of your body or in the head.
To determine if electro acupuncture is really right for you, you will need to discuss your condition and your needs with a specialized acupuncturist who knows how to perform traditional acupuncture as well as electro acupuncture. He or she will be able to determine what form of acupuncture would be best for you and if this more powerful type of healing is really necessary for your particular condition.
If you are already an experienced acupuncturist who wants to heal more conditions, such as Bell’s Palsy, consider enrolling in this course. Adding electro acupuncture to your practice will also allow you to heal more individuals whose energy may need a little extra stimulation in the form of electrical currents to really get moving and begin the healing process.