Electro-acupuncture is the stimulation of acupuncture needles with weak alternating electrical currents for therapeutic purposes. It enhances acupuncture’s effects through a device similar to a TENS unit for a broad range of conditions.
How Does Electroacupuncture Work?
How does electro-acupuncture work?
- Activation of the body’s natural opioid systems: Research has found that several types of opioids may be naturally released from your brain into the central nervous system during acupuncture treatment, thereby reducing pain. No medications or drugs are used on the needles.
- Changes in brain chemistry, sensation, and involuntary body functions: Studies have shown that acupuncture may alter brain chemistry by changing the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones. Acupuncture also has been documented to affect the parts of the central nervous system related to sensation and involuntary body functions, such as immune reactions and processes whereby a person’s blood pressure, blood flow and body temperature are regulated.
- Changes in blood flow: Acupuncture alters the circulation of blood to the affected area, resulting in removal of pain causing chemicals, reducing swelling and restoring normal function to the area being treated.
What Does Electro-acupuncture Help?
- Accelerates tissue healing: wounds, skin ulcers, etc.
- Facial Toning
- Acute and chronic pain conditions
- Painful conditions not reacting to manual stimulation
- Acupuncture anesthesia
- Reduction of Immunosuppression
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Traumatic Affective Disorders
- Substance abuse addictions
- And many others…
What Devices Do You Use?
We exclusively use Pantheon electroacupuncture machines. Pantheon Research is the only American, FDA Certified manufacturer of electroacupuncture machines using the symmetrical biphasic waveform.
This unique waveform “provides the most physiological effective treatment” for electroacupuncture protocols while also providing the most comfort for patients. (Bruce Pomeranz, author of Basics of Acupuncture).
- are built to exacting, scientific standards under exceptional quality control procedures
- are calibrated to an accuracy of 99.94%
- have multiple internal features to ensure patient safety and prevent electronic malfunction
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