Electro-acupuncture (EA), or electrical stimulation (e-stim) is the application of a small electrical current to the acupuncture needles. E-stim is a way to provide reliable, consistent stimulation to acupuncture points without prolonged manipulation of the needles by hand.
E-stim generally enhances the effect of acupuncture therapy by raising the level of analgesia and extending the treatment’s effectiveness. The additional stimulation of the acupuncture needles helps to promote tissue repair, as well as healing and regenerating nerve fibers essential to the treatment of many chronic conditions. Because of its pain-relieving abilities, electro-acupuncture is often used in cases of acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain. EA can be used to treat a variety of disorders including pain, muscle spasms, numbness, nerve dysfunction, paralysis and atrophy.