An extremely low current of electricity will stimulate an Acupuncture point in just a few seconds instead of the 30 minutes needed to get the same effects with a needle. So not only is it PAINLESS and safe, it is a quick, convenient and effective adjunct to chiropractic care.
While needles are best known technique in the system of Acupuncture, many other techniques are used.
Moxibustion is a system of heating an acupuncture point with a burning herb called moxa to stimulate the point.
Cupping will stimulate the point with heat and a vacuum by placing a small warm cup over the acupuncture point. The initial warmth will soften the point, making it more susceptible to stimulation. The cup will create a vacuum as it cools, offering even more stimulation.
Acupressure is a quite common form. It utilizes a specific massage of the Acupuncture points.
In modern era of acupuncture, electrical stimulation has been added to the system. An extremely low current of electricity is extremely effective.
Also low level laser issued to stimulate the points.
All techniques work on the same principle, stimulating the correct points
When using a needle, because the needle is extremely small, it is usually painless. However, after 20 to 30 minutes the needle creates a "current of injury". This extremely low current of electricity is what actually stimulates the acupuncture system. This current can be duplicated electronically. It requires only a few seconds to accomplish the same or better results in the vast majority of cases.
Treating symptoms is the most basic approach. Several points are selected for each symptom. Typically, the most severe symptoms are treated first.
An Oriental system of balancing opposites, known as the system of Yin/Yang treatment attempts to treat at a more foundational level.
The Five Element approach goes to a deeper level yet. The Five Elements are Earth, Metal, Water, Fire and Wood. It works on a system of stimulation and control. For example, water controls fire, while wood stimulates fire.
My favorite system though takes a functional approach. By testing all of the major acupuncture pathways in a prioritized order, we can treat the highest priority pathway and allow body to focus its healing energy. The following sessions will treat the next highest priority once that one is "clear". This process continues until all of the pathways are "clear". Quarterly rechecks are usually recommended at that point.