Electrical acupuncture or electroacupuncture is a relatively recent acupuncture technique used in pain management. Developed in Europe during the 1800s, this modern form of traditional Chinese medicine connects metal needles to an electrical device. Unlike traditional acupuncture, the placement of these electrically-charged needles does not need to be precise.
As a pain management technique, electroacupuncture uses several pairs of needles for up to 30 minutes at a time. These needles are attached to the electrical device with small clips, and used to adjust the frequency and intensity of the impulse that’s delivered. By using multiple needles, electrical acupuncture can send these impulses from one needle to another.