Electroacupuncture is based on the same principles and theories underlying needle acupuncture. According to the fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the human body is an entity traversed by a vital energy, the Qi, which flows along well-defined channels (the meridians) that, running through the entire body, connect all organs and systems into a functional unity.
Along the meridians lie numerous acupuncture points, through which the Qi’s flow can be influenced. In the Chinese conception, diseases set in as a result of a disorder in the regular Qi’s circulation in the body.
During an acupuncture session, the therapist seeks to clear blockages or stagnation of the Qi by inserting needles in a targeted manner into specific areas of the body (acupuncture points). With electroacupuncture, these needles are electrically stimulated so that they can release a weak current into the tissues around the respective acupuncture points. According to the TCM Theory, this stimulates the Qi’s circulation.