Electro-acupuncture is a modern technique which augments the use of traditional acupuncture. Needles are inserted on specific points along the body and then the needles are attached using small alligator clips to a unit that generates continuous or intermittent low voltage, low amperage electrical impulses. Variable frequencies and intensities are used, depending on the condition(s) treated. Several pairs of needles can be stimulated simultaneously, typically for 15-30 minutes. This stimulation replaces traditional hand manipulation techniques.
While electro-acupuncture may be used as a component of almost all acupuncture treatments, it has garnered especially good results regarding the treatment of neurological diseases, chronic pain, spasms, paralysis, and sports medicine injuries.
Electro-acupuncture is contraindicated for patients who are pregnant, experience seizures or have a history of heart disease, strokes, or epilepsy. Patients with pacemakers should not receive electro-acupuncture.