All the physiological processes in the body are the result of energetic interactions across defined pathways called meridians. The energy flow through these meridians allow for cell metabolism, circulation, reproduction, repair, warming, and health of all the tissues in its distribution. Disease or dysfunction is the result of disruption or imbalance in the flow of vital energy through this system. Pain, swelling, and inflammation are all manifestations of this imbalance.
Acupuncture points are places along the channels where we can influence the flow of this vital energy. By strategically placing needles in acupuncture points we can restore balance and move this vital energy or Qi, to or from the problem area. As a result the tissue can resume normal function and healing occurs.
With electro-acupuncture some of the needles are hooked up with electrodes so we can send a small electrical current through the needles. This strongly increases the pain relieving effect of acupuncture as well as reduces muscles spasm. Electro acupuncture is frequently used for the treatment of strokes where the current is applied to needles on the scalp.