Electro-acupuncture has been effectively used around the world as a form of anesthesia – a pain reliever for muscle spasms, and a state of the art treatment for neurological disorders.
Electro-Acupuncture is an acupuncture technique that has recently become the norm, across the globe, for treating a number of ailments and conditions. It is believed by some scholars and health specialists that electro-acupuncture was first applied by physicians in Europe some time around the early 1800s. Others believe it was discovered by Japanese scientists in the 1940s who were experimenting with solutions to heal bone fractures more quickly. Whatever origins the technique holds, electro-acupuncture is an increasingly popular form of treatment, and is practiced by experts of traditional Chinese medicine around the world, for a wide variety of conditions.
Differences between acupuncture and electro-acupuncture
Electro-acupuncture shares many similarities with traditional acupuncture in that both techniques are applied on the same points of the body during treatment. In traditional acupuncture, needles are inserted in specific points along the body. With Dr. Basharat’s electro-acupuncture technique, no needles are needed. His specialized electro-acupuncture device delivers continuous electric pulses, and can adjust the frequency and intensity of hte impulse being delivered, depending on the conditions being treated.
The current that is delivered through the specialized device, stimulates a larger area than a needle. Another similar technique is the transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, or TENS, and it uses electrodes that are taped to the surface of the skin instead of being inserted. The main advantage offered by this technique is that it can be used by people who are sensitive to needles or have a health condition that prohibits them from being needled.
Conditions treated by electro-acupuncture
In traditional Chinese medicine, the main cause of illness is the blockage of Qi, at some point in the body. Practitioners of electro-acupuncture are able to determine the flow of Qi, and whether it’s weak, stagnant or generally out of balance. That helps to determine the points to be stimulated. Electro-acupuncture can be especially beneficial for conditions in which there is an excess of Qi, i.e. in chronic pain syndromes, or in cases where the Qi requires external stimulation.
How does electro-acupuncture feel?
The electric current transmitted in small amounts from the tip of the device may cause a tingling sensation in the area that is being treated. Mosty, however, this tingling sensation si not felt.
What are the risks involved in electro-acupuncture?
It is not advised for patients who have a history of seizures, epilepsy, heart disease or strokes, or patients with pacemakers, to use electro-acupuncture.
It is strongly recommended to discuss the potential risks and benefits of electro-acupuncture with their practitioner.