A Gallery of Electroacupuncture Treatments
Elizabeth Eberius, MAcOM, LAc.
Published April 19, 2019
In medicine, the term electrotherapy can apply to a variety of treatments and has been used for thousands of years. Electric fish were used therapeutically in the Fifth Dynasty Egypt. However, the first recorded medical treatment with electricity dates back to the mid-1700s.
Electroacupuncture (EA) was developed in the 1900s and has been shown to significantly enhance traditional acupuncture treatments. EA is widely accepted in the field of orthopedics and physical therapy for pain management, neuromuscular dysfunction, joint mobility, tissue repair, blood flow, and edema.
EA works similar to a TENS Unit to stimulate the nerves and adjust the messages of pain that are being sent to the brain. However, because the electrodes are attached to needles which are inserted subcutaneously, electrical current is able to travel through the tissues without encountering resistance from the skin.
A consistent movement of charge is called an electric current. This can create chemical, physical, and thermal effects. It can also influence the body at different levels -- cellular, tissue, segmental and systemic.
In my experience, patients report significant changes and improvements with EA. I've created a small gallery of "Electroacupuncture Art" below displaying a variety of conditions with positive feedback post-treatment.
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