What Is Acupuncture & Electroacupuncture?
Acupuncture is the process of inserting fine needles into specific points on the body in order to relive pain. This is a safe and effective procedure, often used as a successful alternative to medication or surgery. Acupuncture can cause pain relief where traditional medicine has failed.
Electroacupuncture is the passing of a small electric current between two pairs of acupuncture needles. It is also called Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (PENS). PENS is often used to treat pain and nausea.
What Is Acupuncture Used For?
Acupuncture is used to:
Acupuncture needles are solid gold, silver, or (usually) stainless steel. They measure 13-70 mm in length and are very fine. Because they are rounded (but sharp) at the tip, they do not slice through tissue. This makes it highly unlikely that they will cause bleeding or damage underlying structures. You will experience a dull, heavy, or aching feeling when the needle is correctly placed. They are left in place for 15-30 minutes. The practitioner may manipulate the needles, including:
Acupuncture points (acupoints) are places on the skin with a lower electrical resistance than the surrounding skin. This network of points was mapped out by the Chinese many centuries ago. Energy (“qi”) is thought to flow through the body via these points in different pathways. Acupoints can be located via anatomical landmarks.
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