Electro Acupuncture

What Is Electro Acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been used for centuries as a form of alternative medicine for treating various ailments and promoting general wellbeing. In recent years, the use of electric stimulation in combination with acupuncture has become increasingly popular. Electric stimulation, also known as electroacupuncture or electrotherapy, is a method in which small electrical impulses are applied to areas of the body that have been stimulated by acupuncture needles. This combination of treatments can provide a wide range of benefits for patients ranging from improved circulation to increased pain relief.

One of the most notable benefits of electric stimulation in combination with acupuncture is an increase in therapeutic benefit. By delivering electric impulses through the acupuncture needles, this allows a deeper penetration into muscle tissue which can help to break up adhesions and allow more nutrients and oxygen to reach the affected areas. This can help to speed up healing times, stimulate the nerves and muscles nearby, help to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and improve circulation, and reduce discomfort associated with chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia or arthritis.

In addition to improving therapeutic results, combining electric stimulation with acupuncture may also offer some unique psychological benefits. This type of treatment has been found to stimulate production of serotonin and endorphins (the feel-good hormones) which can help improve moods and reduce stress levels. Studies have shown that electroacupuncture treatment can also be effective in improving sleep quality as well as reducing anxiety levels associated with physical pain or mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Finally, another great benefit associated with combining electric stimulation and acupuncture is its ability to treat numerous conditions simultaneously without causing any side effects like pharmaceutical medications often do. Having access to these natural therapies enables healthcare practitioners to provide their patients with holistic care options which may ultimately lead them down on their journey towards achieving optimal health and wellness overall.

Benefits of Adding Electro Acupuncture?

This technique has been used for centuries to treat various maladies and has been proven to be effective for many conditions. Studies have shown electro acupuncture to be beneficial in treating a variety of conditions, such as:

  • Chronic and acute pain, located internally or musculoskeletal in nature
  • Stress and muscle tension/spasm
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Hormone balancing
  • Fertility
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia

Cheryl perming acupuncture on a clients lower legs

One of the most common methods of performing electro acupuncture is through transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). A TENS unit is placed over the area being treated with two or more electrodes attached to acupuncture needles. The electrodes send small electrical pulses through the needles and deep into the tissue which helps to relax tense muscles, ease pain levels, increase circulation in the area being treated and promote general well being. 

Side Effects Of Electro Acupuncture

Common side effects include temporary tingling or achy sensation at the site of stimulation, as well as slight redness of the skin. In rare cases, more serious side effects may occur, such as infection or nerve damage. To reduce the risk of these more serious side effects, patients should ensure they receive treatment from a qualified acupuncturist who is experienced in performing electro acupuncture.

Adding Electro Acupuncture For Fertility

When it comes to fertility treatments and IVF procedures, electro acupuncture can be beneficial in numerous ways. The procedure helps to improve ovulation, increase fertility rates, reduce hormone-related side effects such as nausea and headaches during treatment cycles, regulate menstrual cycles so they become more predictable and boost implantation success rates. Studies have shown that it may even help improve live birth rates when combined with IVF treatments.

Research suggests that electro acupuncture could be beneficial for many types of fertility issues, including polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is a common cause of infertility due to its effects on hormone levels and ovulation dysfunction; however, electro acupuncture treatments have been found to help restore normal ovulation patterns and improve fertility in women with this condition. Additionally, it may help reduce stress levels related to fertility challenges which can also affect outcomes during IVF. 

The process of having electro acupuncture is generally quite relaxing; many patients report feeling warmth or tingling sensations during the session, indicative of the free flow of oxygenated blood being restored. 

People interested in trying out electro acupuncture can expect a variety of positive outcomes from their treatments – from improved overall health and wellbeing due to increased blood flow to higher chances at conception success if undergoing IVF procedures – making it an attractive option for those looking for alternative forms of natural therapy or complementary support during their fertility journey. Furthermore, patients need not worry about potential risks associated with electro-acupuncture as it is generally considered safe when performed by trained professionals who are knowledgeable in this field.

Woman undergoing an electro acupuncture treatment

Electro Acupuncture During IVF Stimulation Phase

Electro acupuncture is becoming increasingly popular among those undergoing in-vitro fertilization (IVF). This type of acupuncture involves using needles to apply electrical stimulation to certain points on the body. This form of treatment is believed to improve outcomes during the IVF stimulation phase and thus increase the likelihood of a successful pregnancy. Electro acupuncture works by reducing inflammation and improving blood flow throughout the body, while also stimulating specific points associated with reproductive health and fertility. This helps to increase the number of mature oocytes that are available during IVF.

Studies have shown that electro acupuncture can result in better outcomes during IVF, such as improved implantation rates and higher live birth rates. This is due to not only an increase in oocyte maturity, but also an improvement in embryo quality. In some cases, electro acupuncture treatments combined with traditional Chinese medicine have been found to improve these outcomes even more significantly than when either treatment was used alone.

Utilizing electro acupuncture during the IVF stimulation phase may also reduce the risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) as well as other adverse effects associated with fertility drugs such as headaches and nausea. It can also help alleviate anxiety and depression which can be common for those undergoing fertility treatments.

Using Electro Acupuncture To Prepare for Implantation or IVF Transfer

Research has found that electro acupuncture can help prepare the uterus for implantation by reducing inflammation, relieving pain, regulating hormones, and increasing blood flow. 

One study conducted in 2018 showed that women receiving 10 weekly sessions of EA had significantly improved indicators of fertility such as increased egg quality, improved embryo development, increased implantation rates, and higher pregnancy rates after IVF compared to those who did not receive treatment. Similarly, another study conducted in 2020 found that women undergoing EA treatment before IVF had a significantly lower risk of miscarriage than those who did not receive treatment, suggesting a possible protective effect against miscarriage during early pregnancy.

Furthermore, EA has also been found to be effective at reducing stress levels which can often impact fertility outcomes negatively. A study from 2021 revealed that women who received EA treatments rated their stress levels significantly lower compared to those in the control group. Lower stress levels can help create an environment more conducive to implantation and pregnancy success by relaxing the uterine muscles and decreasing cortisol levels which can impede conception or lead to miscarriages if too high.

Frequency Specific Microcurrent For Pain

Acupuncturists often use a different type of electro stimulation to help improve our patients’ health. Frequency specific microcurrent (FSM) is a type of electrical stimulation treatment used to manage acute and chronic pain. It involves the application of low-intensity, low-frequency current to specific parts of the body through electrodes that are placed directly on or near the skin. This technique has been shown to be effective in reducing pain by stimulating nerve cells and altering their activity.

The benefits of using FSM for chronic pain management have been well documented in recent studies, with many showing significant reductions in intensity or even complete relief from symptoms after regular treatments. For example, one study found that after receiving eight weekly sessions of FSC therapy over three months, patients experienced a 75% reduction in lower back pain intensity compared to those who did not receive any treatment at all. Other reports have indicated that it can help with conditions such as migraines, nerve damage caused by diabetes or trauma, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome and sciatica.

What To Expect During FSM Treatment

With FSM treatment, each session typically lasts between fifteen minutes and one hour, depending on the area being treated and the patient’s specific condition. During a session, an electrode is placed over the point being targeted and a small electric charge is applied for several minutes at a time. The intensity can be adjusted according to individual tolerance levels as needed.

Overall, frequency specific current therapy offers an effective alternative to more traditional forms of electrical stimulation treatments for managing both acute and chronic pain conditions. Unlike other treatments which rely solely on masking the sensation of pain without addressing its root cause, FSM focuses on targeting and alleviating the source of discomfort itself – thus providing long-term benefits for those suffering from persistent conditions like arthritis or fibromyalgia. In addition to its well-established safety profile and efficacy rates in clinical trials involving hundreds of participants so far – overall this noninvasive treatment offers promising results for anyone looking for an effective solution to their ongoing issues with pain management.

What Is The Difference Between Using Electro Acupuncture and FSM?

The primary difference between electrotherapy and FSM is their respective levels of effectiveness in addressing certain medical conditions. Electrotherapy provides less precise stimulation than FSM because it does not target specific tissues or bioelectric frequencies; instead it stimulates all tissues indiscriminately with higher intensity currents. Electrotherapy benefits larger areas, vessels, and nerve pathways in the body.  In comparison, FSM is much more precise due to its ability to match tissue frequency with exacting accuracy; this makes it ideal for those with a very specific chronic condition who needs ongoing care without increasing their discomfort level any further.

While both types of electrical stimulation have their pros and cons depending on the particular condition being treated or desired outcome sought after, it’s important for practitioners to evaluate each case carefully before deciding which therapy best suits their patient’s needs. Ultimately, it comes down to choosing a therapy that will provide maximum comfort while still achieving optimal results in healing or pain relief.