When energy (Qi) or blood does not flow smoothly, the body becomes prone to pain and all kind of illnesses. To help the blood and energy circulate more effectively, an acupuncturist may insert needles at certain points and then attach them with the small clips to an electrical device which generates electrical current similar to human bio-electricity. Electrical impulses provide increased stimulation to the several needles simultaneously. The acupuncturist can regulate frequency and intensity of the impulse to meet the patient's health needs.
The treatment usually lasts for 20-30 minutes and is not considered painful. The patient just feels a little vibration at the point. Electroacupuncture relaxes the muscles and is very effective for chronic pain cases. It also assists in healing from injuries and may be helpful for some skin conditions.
Electrostimulation is not for everyone. For instance, it cannot be used on people with seizures, heart disease or strokes and on patients with pacemakers or metal implants.
Electrical stimulation with a special device can be used as a non-needle alternative treatment.