Electroacupuncture (also called E-stim) is a specialized therapeutic method in which a small electrical charge is applied to needles that are already inserted into specific acupuncture points. Electroacupuncture is a modified form that uses two needles instead of one in an acupuncture point. A mild electric current passes between these needles during treatment. This current generally applies more stimulation to acupoints than needle twirling or other hand manipulation techniques an acupuncturist might use. The electric current is passed between the two needles and is particularly helpful in increasing the effects of pain control and muscle relaxation.
Does it hurt?
The electrical current used in e-stim acupuncture doesn’t act on you directly. While you might feel some tingling or vibration, you shouldn’t feel any pain during the treatment, aside from a quick pin prick when the needle is placed. Many people report not feeling any pain, even with needle insertion.