What is Electro-acupuncture?

Electro-acupuncture is the application of a pulsating electrical current to acupuncture needles as a means of stimulating the acupuncture points. It was developed in China as an extension of manual manipulation of acupuncture needles around 1934.

The procedure for electro-acupuncture is to first insert the acupuncture needle as normal, then attach an electrode to the needle to provide continued stimulation.

Although electro-acupuncture may be used as a component of nearly all acupuncture treatments, according to Chinese literature, especially good results are expected from treatment of neurological diseases, including chronic pain, spasm, and paralysis.

Electro-acupuncture uses the same points as traditional acupuncture. Generally pairs of needles are selected to connect to the base unit, and often several pairs of points will be stimulated at the same time.


How does Electro-acupuncture work?

therapy imageElectro acupuncture applies minute micro-amp electrical stimulation to specific places on the body, in order to promote the natural current flow in the tissue, and allow cells in the traumatised region to regain their capacitance and healing.

Our bodies own innate electrical activity occurs at this micro-amp range or lower. This is the main reason that utilising a device that mimics the bodies owns electrical current, can be most effective to correct them. These electrical stimulations typically occur at a sub-sensory level. This is completely the opposite of what most people associate electro-therapy with. People who have had electrical-stimulation, generally have currents at the milliamp level, which is what a TENS machine (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) unit runs at, which is therefore a much higher output.

The injured area has a higher electrical resistance than normal tissue, and this decreased electrical conductance and decreased cellular capacitance leads to impairment of the healing process and inflammation. When electro acupuncture is applied, resistance is reduced, allowing bioelectricity to flow through and re-establish normal function.


What does it feel like?

After you feel an initial low grade sensation of either tingling, buzzing, warmth, throbbing or pulsing, you will be in full control of the intensity. The controls are highly adjustable and, based on patient feedback, the level of impulse can be adjusted to allow for a comfortable treatment. It is not painful and can be very relaxing.


What conditions can be treated with electro-acupuncture?

  • Pain management: Acute or chronic pain, headache and migraine, neck and shoulder pain, lower back pain, sciatic nerve pain, postherpetic neuralgia, fibromyalgia
  • Neurological and motor diseases: Facial paralysis (bell's palsy), trigeminal neuralgia, cerebral palsy, neuritis, nerve paralysis
  • Psychological and nervous conditions: Anxiety, phobias, depression, sleep disorders, stress.
  • Stroke and cerebrovascular: Stroke rehabilitation, post-stroke hemiplegia
  • Dermatological: Itching, acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, urticaria




What we offer and where

Our clinics in Cambridgeshire and London offer Acupuncture, Osteopathy, Naturopathy, Trigger Point Therapy, Sports Injury and Deep Tissue Massage treatments for an extensive range of conditions.

Our Sawtry clinic covers a wide area from Peterborough to Huntingdon and St. Neots, while at the Steeple Morden clinic we receive patients from Baldock and Royston, plus Ashwell and all over North Herts.

From Deeping St James, our most rural clinic attracts patients from Stamford, Spalding and Peterborough.