Electrostimulation is commonly referred to as electroacupuncture. Electroacupuncture is quite similar to traditional acupuncture in that the same points are stimulated during treatment. As with traditional acupuncture, needles are inserted on specific points along the body. The needles are then attached via small clips, to a device that sends electrical currents or pulses into the body. These devices are used to adjust the frequency and intensity of the impulse being delivered, depending on the condition being treated.
Electrical currents have stimulating effects, which can influence the cells, tissues and entire systems. Electroacupuncture uses two needles at a time so that the impulses can pass from one needle to the other. Several pairs of needles can be stimulated simultaneously, usually for no more than 30 minutes at a time. During electroacupuncture, you may experience tingling or mild involuntary muscle twitches. These are normal, temporary effects of the electricity entering the body.