Electricity in Auricular Acupuncture

| July 21, 2011 | 0 Comments | 341 views

Electricity is one of the most common methods used in auricular medicine. Many research studies relate to the use of electroacupuncture for the detection and treatment of illness. Many healthcare professionals use electric stimulation for both diagnosis and treatment of the patient. However, I personally do not like using electrical machines for treatment. There are voluminous journal articles and books, which expertly discuss this modality in depth. A considerable number of these can be found in the bibliographies listed at the end of each chapter.

Table 6.3 Home Care for Magnet Therapy

  Your practitioner has prescribed ___ magnets for you. Wear these for 4 to 6 hours during the day for as long as prescribed by the practioner. Remove the magnets if they are in any way uncomfortable. If you have a pacemaker, defibrillator, ear implants, are pregnant, or have any metal implants in your body, you should not use magnets. Do not wear magnets if you are sensitive to electromagnetism or are an epileptic. Remove all jewelry when wearing magnets, especially ear jewelry. If your symptoms worsen, remove the magnets. Never wear the magnets to bed, as they may fall off, stick to a different or inappropriate ear point, or fall into the ear canal. Remove magnets before receiving x-rays, MRIs, or other similar diagnostic techniques. Magnets are for single patient use. Do not share or trade magnets with other people.
 If you have any questions or problems, please contact your practitioner.

If you have an electrical acupuncture machine with a point detector, such as an AWQ 100B, you may use the probe to scan the ear. Do not swab the ear with alcohol prior to performing this step, as the alcohol removes pathology in the ear, such as suppurations, and changes the electrical potential in the ear, which is what the electrical apparatus is trying to detect.

Scanning of the ear can be used diagnostically for detection of possible pathology. Low electrical resistance, or inversely stated, increased (higher) conductivity can be detected on acupuncture points on the body and on the ear. When pathology develops, the auricular point representing the diseased organ or body part has an even higher degree of electrodermal activity. This increase in conductivity registers with the electrical machine as a beep. Katsusuke Serizawa explains, “Studies on the response of the viscera to auricular points have shown that a change in electroconductivity of corresponding auricular points may be induced by a pathological change in certain regions of the organism. The extent of this response is directly proportional to the degree of the seriousness of the disease.”12 Interestingly, Joseph Helms writes that “electrical instrumentation does not distinguish between old and new problems. However, pain is most likely to be an added characteristic for the active point.”13 As you systematically touch the points in the ear, carefully apply equal pressure or the points may register differently. If an area is pressed repeatedly, changes in electrical resistance develop. Other factors, such as age, weather, excess perspiration, excess wax accumulation, and even a history of working indoors, affects the electrical resistance in the ear. For these reasons, electricity is not my preferred method of treatment.

Electroacupuncture is absolutely contraindicated for patients with pacemakers, as electroacupuncture has been shown to electromagnetically interfere with the pacemaker function. Electroacupuncture should not be used on patients who cannot tolerate a strong stimulus. To achieve an anesthetizing effect, electroacupuncture is the modality of choice. How to use electroacupuncture for anesthetization is beyond the scope of this discussion.

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