Electroacupuncture (EA) is the use of low flow electrical currents via a device that is attached to the needles during an acupuncture treatment.

This electrical current creates a constant stimulation of the acupuncture point influencing the cells, tissues and bodies physiological functioning.

An EA treatment will typically last for 20-30mins with the frequency and intensity of electricity being carefully set according to the patients presenting complaint and physical constitution. The sensation experienced during electro acupuncture is one of tingling or mild involuntary muscle twitches. This sensation tends to ease as the treatment progresses and the surrounding tissues begin to alter and stimulate internal change.

EA has been proven effective in the treatment of pain, muscle spasms, neurological issues, heart disease, hypertension, nausea, weight gain and skin problems.

EA is a very safe therapy option for most, however if you have a pacemaker or history of seizures or epilepsy it is not advisable for you to opt for this style of treatment. Please inform your practitioner if you have any of these devices/conditions.

EA treatments will be individualized for each patient as only a highly skilled practitioner should provide this style therapy. All Spring’s Acupuncture specialists are highly skilled at the application of EA and offer it as an option during treatment where appropriate.

Research References On This Page

A study into the effect of EA on labor pain management that the application of electro-acupuncture at EX-B2 and SP6 acupoints could be used as a non-pharmacologic method to reduce labor pain and shorten the duration of active phase of labor (1).

  1. Dong, C. et al. Effects of electro-acupuncture on labor pain management, Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics, March 2015, Volume 291, Issue 3, pp 531-536 (Link to research)