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Electroacupuncture Melbourne

What is electro-acupuncture?

Electroacupuncture (electro-acupuncture) is an acupuncture technique that pairs of acupuncture needles are attached to a electro-acupuncture stimulator, which generates electric pulses. It has been used for a wide array of conditions, especially for musculo-skeleton conditions. It usually has good result for pain relieving.

Electroacupuncture and traditional acupuncture – the difference

Both uses the same points as traditional acupuncture.

Electro-acupuncture use electric current to stimulate the acupuncture points. While traditional acupuncture don’t use electricity current, but only with traditional acupuncture techniques. It manually stimulate the needles and promote Qi (vital energy).

Generally two needles are selected to connect to the stimulator. A few pairs of points can be stimulated at the same time. After you get the “De Qi”(de Chi, means “get or feel the energy”) sensation, your acupuncturist will turn on the electro-stimulator.

You may feel the electric pulse. Based on what condition you have, we can help adjust the frequency and intensity of the electro-acupuncture stimulator.

Electro acupuncture is usually used to stimulate muscle and nerve, aiming to promote circulation, reduce inflammation. It may be used to accelerate the recovery of injured muscles or damaged peripheral nerves.

Benefit of electroacupuncture

A various of conditions may be benefit with electro-acupuncture. Such as:

Pain management

Headache, neck shoulder pain, lower back pain, sciatica nerve pain, etc.

There are evidences indicate that electro-acupuncture stimulates the body to generate endorphin, which help relieving the pain and relaxing the body. The pulse on the muscles also stimulates the local area. It is believed to improve circulation and reduce inflammation.

Reduce the severity of arthritis

Relieve varies stress related symptoms

Managing symptoms such as muscular tension often associated with asthma

Contradictions of electroacupuncture

Electroacupuncture is generally considered safe and well-tolerated. However, there are some contraindications and precautions to be aware of when considering electroacupuncture:

1. Cancer or Tumors: Electroacupuncture should not be used directly on or near tumors or cancerous lesions. It’s crucial to inform your acupuncturist about any cancer diagnosis and ongoing treatments.

2. Epilepsy or Seizure Disorders: Individuals with a history of epilepsy or seizure disorders should exercise caution when considering electroacupuncture. Electrical stimulation may trigger seizures in sensitive individuals.

3. Implanted Medical Devices: Patients with metal implants in the area where acupuncture is intended should consult with their healthcare provider and acupuncturist to determine if electroacupuncture is safe.

4. Cardiac Conditions: Patients with pacemakers or other implanted electrical devices should proceed with caution with electroacupuncture, and should alway  with fully qualified experienced acupuncturist. 

5. Metal Allergies: Some individuals may have allergies or sensitivities to the metals used in acupuncture needles. It’s essential to inform your practitioner if you have a known metal allergy or sensitivity.

6. Skin Conditions: Electroacupuncture should not be performed over broken or irritated skin, skin infections, or rashes. The electrical stimulation may worsen these conditions.


Does electroacupuncture hurt?

Same as traditional acupuncture, you may feel the “De Qi” sensation (reported as pressure, slightly tingling sensation). Once the electric stimulator has been turned on, you may just feel the pulse without pain from the needle.

Is electroacupuncture safe?

Same as acupuncture, electro-acupuncture has little risk. Occasionally bleeding bruising or soreness may occur at the insertion sites. However, with a good acupuncturist, the risk can be reduced to minimal and usually no damage to your body.

Safety if the first priority at Almond Wellness Centre. All of our acupuncturists are well trained fully qualified and experienced practitioners.

Is electroacupuncture safe during pregnancy?
The electrical signal from electroacupuncture has analgesic effect. It disrupts pain signals and stops them reaching your brain. No matter you are have acupuncture for fertility, or already pregnant using electroacupuncture does not harm to you and your unborn baby. 
Electroacupuncture should be used with caution during pregnancy, especially on the lower back during the first trimester of pregnancy or on the abdomen during the whole stage of pregnancy.
There are also some specific acupuncture points should be avoided to prevent potential contractions or other adverse effects. 
You should always consult with a fully qualified practitioner experienced in prenatal care like our practitioners at Almond Wellness Centre.
How many voltage is electroacupuncture?

The voltage we use at our clinics is 9 volts maximum.

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