Electroacupuncture for Pain Management: Why it Works

A review in this month’s edition of the journal Anesthesiology investigates the mechanisms of electroacupuncture on both inflammatory and neuropathic pain. Electroacupuncture blocks pain by activating a variety of bioactive chemicals through peripheral, spinal, and supraspinal mechanisms. Research indicates that the treatment inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain more effectively at 2 to 10 Hz than at 100 Hz. Additional studies suggest that electroacupuncture, when combined with low dosages of conventional analgesics, provides effective pain management while avoiding side effects and adverse events from opioid medications. Read the report abstract here.

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