One method we might use during a typical acupuncture session is electrical stimulation or e-stim. This is similar to using a tens unit. The big difference is that with e-stim the electrodes are applied to 2 or more needles that are inserted in acupuncture points. This serves to stimulate those points more giving a stronger effect. We might use this method in many instances such as for back pain, hand of foot pain, or maybe on select points to help with constipation or stomach issues.
Monte Jackson, owner Acupuncture Center of Richmond