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Electroacupuncture is an acupuncture technique that, comparatively speaking, has only recently come into use. Some scholars believe electroacupuncture was first used by physicians in France and Italy as far back as the early 1800s. Others attribute its discovery to Japanese scientists in the 1940s who were interested in making bone fractures heal more quickly. Still others claim that electroacupuncture wasn’t really developed until 1958, when acupuncturists in China began experimenting with it as a form of pain relief. Whatever the case, electroacupuncture is an increasingly popular form of treatment, and is used by practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine for a wide array of conditions.

Electroacupuncture is quite similar to traditional acupuncture in that the same points are stimulated during treatment. As with traditional acupuncture, needles are inserted on specific points along the body. The needles are then attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses using small clips. These devices are used to adjust the frequency and intensity of the impulse being delivered, depending on the condition being treated. Electroacupuncture uses two needles at time so that the impulses can pass from one needle to the other. Several pairs of needles can be stimulated simultaneously, usually for no more than 30 minutes at a time.

The Benefits of Electro-Acupuncture

While electro-acupuncture may be used as a component of almost all acupuncture treatments, it is has garnered especially good results regarding the treatment of neurological diseases, chronic pain, spasms, and paralysis. Also, holistic sports medicine commonly uses electro-acupuncture for injuries. When combined with acupressure (the stimulation of acupuncture points with the use of the practitioner’s hands and gentle massage, instead of needles), electro-acupuncture has been proven to promote the flow of qi and blood, relieve pain, and warm the muscles, removing blood stasis (a blockage, or poor circulation).

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. The procedure is not to be performed on a patient’s throat or head, nor should it be done directly over the heart. Patients usually do not feel the electric current and the side effects, at most, can be minor bruising or bleeding.

According to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, illness is caused when qi does not flow properly throughout the body. Acupuncturists determine whether qi is weak, stagnant or otherwise out of balance, which indicates the points to be stimulated. Electroacupuncture is considered to be especially useful for conditions in which there is an accumulation of qi, such as in chronic pain syndromes or in cases where the qi is difficult to stimulate.

A recent study involving participants suffering from mild to modern carpal tunnel syndrome measured the impact of electro-acupuncture treatment over a period of 17 weeks. “Those who underwent electroacupuncture treatment reported less disability and less severe symptoms, plus more function and more dexterity,” according to an article by the Chicago Tribune. Though there wasn’t a significant decrease in pain, for individuals suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome electro-acupuncture is a less expensive and welcomes option— compared to invasive procedures like surgery.

Another study published by Stem Cells Journals, titled “Electroacupuncture Promotes Central Nervous System-Dependent Release of Mesenchymal Stem Cells” found that electroacupuncture stimulation increased hypothalamic functional connectivity in human subjects and triggered the release of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) into the bloodstream. These cells then multiply and become various types of tissues, demonstrating electroacupuncture’s ability to treat injury-induced pain and tissue regeneration.

As the body of scientific studies grows, more and more health practitioners will turn to licensed acupuncturists to provide effective and quality treatment.

For more information, Please call Bluemoon Acupuncture and Wellness Center (520)505-1442

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Unique Benefits of Acupuncture for Women

By: Vanessa Vogel Batt, L.Ac., MSTOM

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine offers unique benefits for women. From the beginning, this ancient medicine recognized two principal forces which power our lives and control our body’s ability to heal itself. Introducing yin and yang—Yin represents feminine qualities and yang represents the masculine ones. Maintaining the balance of these two powers within a patient’s body is the goal of every practitioner of acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

For centuries now, there has been an emphasis on treating problems that only women experience. Specific to women. The biological processes of menstruation, pregnancy, breastfeeding and menopause are obviously unique to women. It is interesting to point out that these natural life events may be regarded as especially yin experiences.  Nourishment, intuition, growth, passivity, receptiveness, darkness, cold, night, and winter is just some of the qualities and things associated with yin forces.  For instance, at the time of menstruation some women report mood swings and cramps which may provoke a more thoughtful, reclusive time of the month. The emotions and body may feel sensitive and remaining more quiet and still may be in order.

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can address symptoms associated with menstruation, whether they are emotional or physical, or a combination of both. In some cases there may be a sensation of cold or pain in the area of the lower abdomen. The warm, relaxing smoke that emanates from moxibustion therapy is often used as a palliative measure as it helps nourish the blood and relax the muscles. Feeling safe and trusting your practitioner of acupuncture and Oriental medicine is especially important at this time.

Another time in a woman’s life where trust in her practitioner is vital is during pregnancy. The gestation of a fetus is a wonderful example of a yin event. Hidden deep in a mother’s abdomen, the creation of a new life silently takes place. In order to nourish the new growth within, a mom-to-be will take measures to protect herself and her unborn child. A practitioner of acupuncture and Oriental medicine can treat conditions that only pregnant women experience.

One such condition is morning sickness, a condition of mild to extreme nausea. Contrary to the name, it can occur at any time of the day. Since pharmaceutical drugs may harm the fetus, drug-free alternatives must prevail. Even Chinese herbal formulas and certain herbs must be scrutinized first to ensure no harm comes to the baby. However, acupuncture needles, or acupressure, at certain points on the body can provide relief from nausea without any nasty side effects.

Some of these acupuncture points may help men who experience nausea, of course for other reasons, as well. It is important to remember that humans are a mixture of yin and yang forces. This means women can express masculine traits and men can express female traits.

Traditionally women have been given the freedom to express their emotional state while men have been denied that experience. However, according to the philosophy of acupuncture and Oriental medicine, not crying when one is upset can be harmful. Tears of sadness are a form of healing and to not let them flow can produce negative effects.

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help regulate the emotional state. There are many points, especially on the ear, which have the ability to calm the shen. The shen is a philosophical concept described as spirit, mental functions and consciousness. Acupuncture assists emotions to settle into equilibrium, and a new perspective arises.

Any woman needing help adjusting to a new phase in life, from menarche to menopause, can benefit from the ancient wisdom of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. With hundreds of years’ worth of experience, there is no reason not to make an appointment and start experiencing the benefits from it now. For more information,

Please call Bluemoon Acupuncture And Wellness Center  (520)505-1442

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