Electroacupuncture Electroacupuncture Machine Therapy

Electroacupuncturists
use an electrical current, along with needles or electrodes, to stimulate
acupuncture points. This technique can be used for most of the same conditions
as traditional acupuncture. According to the National Center for Complementary
and Alternative Medicine, studies show that electroacupuncture may help alcohol
addiction, cancer pain and chemotherapy-induced nausea.

Electroacupuncture Technique

The most
common way to use this technique is to insert the acupuncture needles and then
attach small clips from an electroacupuncture machine to the needles. The
acupuncturist attaches the clips to two needles at the same time so that the
electrical impulses can pass from one needle to the other. The acupuncturist
can adjust the frequency and intensity of the electrical impulse, based on the
condition being treated and sensitivity of the patient.

The
second way to perform electroacupuncture is to attach electrodes from an
electroacupuncture machine directly to the acupuncture points without using
needles.

Voll Electroacupuncture

In the
mid-twentieth century, German medical doctor Reinhard Voll studied acupuncture
and set out to find a way to measure the energy running through the meridians.
Voll developed a device to measure the body’s ability to conduct energy.

Using the
device, he found that healthy acupuncture points had a normal range of
electrical conductivity, and that readings outside of this range indicated problems
in the tissues and organs associated with the points. Voll also found that he
could measure the effectiveness of herbal remedies for a person by placing them
near the patient while taking their readings.

This
technique is commonly called EAV (electroacupuncture according to Voll). Voll
electroacupuncture is controversial and is not widely available, and medical
studies have not proven its effectiveness.