Dr. Angelica Kokkalis, O.M.D L.Ac.

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Electro-Acupuncture Effective in Treating PTSD

Research shows that soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) given hypnotherapy treatment while using electro-acupuncture for 30 minutes at the same time can be useful in alleviating the symptoms these patients experience (Ref.1) and is twice as effective as traditional acupuncture. A recent PTSD study on the effects of electro-acupuncture confirms this.

What is Electro-Acupuncture?

Electro-acupuncture is a complementary medical treatment that has been authorized by the FDA. It uses electrically-conducting polymer pads or EKG pads instead of traditional acupuncture needles. Not only is this method needle free, but the weak electrical impulses that are used with electro-acupuncture treatment double the effectiveness of the older acupuncture method.

History of Electro-Acupuncture

Professor Ji-Sheng Han from the Beijing Medical University conducted systematic experiments to study the phenomenon of electro-acupuncture (Ref. 2). Dr. Han did 30 years of experimentation and also observed patients very closely. He explained that traditional Chinese acupuncture points were merely spots on the body where electric currents are picked up easier and transmitted to the brain.

1: George A. Ulett, M.D., Ph.D. and SongPing Han, B.M., Ph.D.: “The Biology of Acupuncture”, copyright 2002, Warren H. Green Inc., Saint Louis, Missouri, 63132 USA

2. J.S. Han: “The Neurochemical Basis of Pain Relief by Acupuncture”. Vol. 2. Hu Bei Science and Technology Press, Beijing, 1998 (784 pages).