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Electro acupuncture is the application of electricity to the needles that had been inserted in the skin. Because the application of electrical current greatly enhances traditional acupuncture, it is used to replace manual stimulation of the needles.

Electro acupuncture, uses a Tens unit, which is a machine which gives an electrical stimulation to points selected by the TCM practitioner. The passage of various types of current between two inserted needles is especially effective in anesthesia. Typical duration of EA application is 15 to 30 minutes. In cases of dental or surgical analgesia the duration may by longer. In treatment of withdrawal from a powerful opiate the duration may be increased to 45 minutes and applied twice a day for 3 to 4 days. Low frequency application (2 hertz [Hz].) always invokes the analgesic and restorative processes of acupuncture. This frequency (2 Hz.) is suitable for use in treating all pain conditions substance abuse, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, vascular or blood distribution problems and organ dysfunction. Higher frequencies (25 to 50 Hz.) are selected where nerve dysfunction or paralysis is involved and this is usually in conjunction with a low frequency (mixed mode). Frequencies of 25 Hz. and above can produce tonic contraction of muscles and is useful in treating certain muscular conditions when applied in discontinuous or mixed mode.

Western physicians began to experiment using the sense electrodes to treat without acupuncture. Acupuncture has been studied by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to treat the following problems as well as some not listed here:

  • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
  • Asthma
  • Dental pain
  • Depression (including depressive neurosis, and post-stroke)
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Facial pain and spasm
  • Fascitis, myofascial pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gastritis
  • Headache
  • Hypertension
  • Knee pain
  • Leukopenia
  • Low back pain
  • Morning sickness/pregnancy nausea
  • Nausea & vomiting reactions to radiotherapy or chemotherapy,
  • Neck pain
  • Periarthritis of Shoulder
  • Post-operative pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Sprain
  • StrokeTemporo-mandibular joint dysfunction
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