What is Chinese Medicine? : Electric Acupuncture Treatment

SARAH HAUER: Hi. I’m Sarah Hauer. SIG HAUER: And I’m Sig Hauer, and we’re professional practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine. SARAH HAUER: We’re here on behalf of Expert Village. SIG HAUER: And welcome to our video. SIG HAUER: So, I want to show you this. This is an electric acupuncturing unit. There’s quite a few different types and styles. What this does is you can hook up one of these lines to two different needles and in doing that–would you mind holding that for me, Sarah? SARAH HAUER: Not at all. SIG HAUER: Thank you. In doing that, you can create a constant stimulation for a longer period of time. Now, we can–with our hands, we can stimulate needles but to stand here and do that for 15 to 20 minutes is–it kind of wears out the acupuncturist.

So, what we do with the acupuncture needles is we’ll place a little contact clip on there, the second needle for the area that you want to cover here. Now, we will never place a contact on one side of the spine and the other contact on the other side of spine; you never cross the spine. SARAH HAUER: So, don’t do this at home. This is only by trained professionals. SIG HAUER: And if I wanted to do–get the same effect on the other side, I’m gonna–use a whole different contact connection here. So, what we have here is flow from here to here and here to here. And what we will do then is turn the unit on.

So, when we turn the unit on, we have the controls here to control the level. We can control how fast it vibrates and also how intense the electrical charge is. So, we have control of that and I’m always checking in with the patient. Now is that comfortable? Is it too much? Is that comfortable there, [PH] Gina? GINA: Uh-huh. SIG HAUER: Okay. So, we’re going to leave it at that level and we–like I said, we can leave it there for 15, 20, even 30 minutes if we want to. And typically, we check on this very often and sometimes we may come back and change some of the levels when we do this. So that once we’re done with that, we of course turn the machine off first and then we will take off the contacts. The electric acupuncture can be used for many, many different conditions. I’m not going to even try to start listing them. Obviously, muscle tightness or something like that is one of the areas where you may use it, but there’s many conditions that we may use the electric acupuncture.

We tend not to use it that often because we find with just a little bit of hand stimulation, people respond very well typically. Occasionally, we get a stubborn case where we decide to use a little bit of electric acupuncture..