Electro-therapy was first combined with acupuncture in China in the 1950s. Electro-therapy is safe for long-term use and without known side-effects, and is now widely used in pain management and physical rehabilitation for non-pharmacologic pain control.
- Provokes strong pain control responses through release of the brain’s own opioid neurotransmitters (such as endorphins, dynorphins, enkephalins), as well as upregulation of serotonin, a critical mood stabilizing biomolecule.
- Interrupts pain/spasm cycles, and can facilitate the gains in joint range-of-motion crucial to physical rehabilitation.
- Stimulates proprioceptive nerve fibers, resulting in muscle re-balancing and re-education of hypofunctoning or injured muscles.
- Normalizes local blood flow and lymphatic drainage.
- Speeds up cell metabolism, thus stimulating tissue repair and regeneration.
Properly-applied, electro-acupuncture is no more uncomfortable than and is better tolerated by some patients than manual stimulation of acupuncture needles to bring about pain relief.
7-star (“plum blossom”) and lancet acupuncture.
Superficial puncture with 7-star, 3-edged, and lancet needles can help treat bursitis, tendinitis, blood stasis, ligamentous insufficiency, and chronic myofascial pain resistant to other needle types and techniques, and can also be combined with suction cupping and gua sha for even stronger effects to reduce edema and inflammation and restore normal blood flow in injured muscles and connective tissue.