Acupuncture with Electro-Stimulation

Acupuncture with electro-stimulation is a relatively modern invention that involves an electrical current passing through a pair of needles.

An electro-acupuncture device creates a continuous electrical pulsed current, which is passed through the wires. The wires are clipped to the acupuncture needles inserted into the body. Electro-stimulation vibrates the needles producing a mild tingling sensation. In ancient China, doctors used to rotate the needles to amplify the effect of the  treatment. However, no human can vibrate the needles as rapidly and continuously as an electro-acupuncture device can! This is an example of synergy between the ancient medicine and new technology that we can harness for the benefit of our patients. We choose the intensity and frequency of the electrical pulses depending on the patient’s diagnosis and constitution. Treatments involving electro-stimulation usually last 30 minutes, and most patients comfortably relax while receiving the treatment.

What are the Advantages of  Electro-Stimulation Acupuncture?

In Chinese medicine, we have a saying, “If there is no free flow, there is pain. If there is no pain, there is free flow.” The free flow refers to the flow of blood and Qi circulating in the meridians. Electro-stimulation amplifies the effect of acupuncture by strongly encouraging the flow of Qi and blood; and thus this treatment works incredibly well to resolve any health conditions involving pain. The effectiveness of EA is confirmed by studies based on fMRI and EEG. This is one of the best ways to help the body function more optimally, as the increased blood flow supplies oxygen to the brain and tissues.

Additionally, electro-stimulation of specific points encourages the body to release different types of endorphins (endogenously produced opioid-like chemicals) including beta-endorphins, enkephalins and dynorphins. This results in instantaneous pain and anxiety relief, improved mood, and relaxation.

In addition to a calming effect and pain relief, electro-stimulation acupuncture is excellent at regulating the central nervous system. As a result, inflammation is reduced along with any chronic or acute pain, insomnia, and depression.

One major advantage of electro-stimulation acupuncture is the reduced treatment time. Almost any health condition responds faster to this type of acupuncture and requires fewer sessions to achieve the same effect.

What Conditions Respond Best to Electro-Stimulation Acupuncture Treatment?

At Luna Body and Mind we incorporate acupuncture with electro-stimulation for many of our patients because it is an amazingly effective tool for a variety of health conditions. Here are some examples of what electro-stimulation excels at helping:

  • Chemotherapy induced neuropathy
  • Acute or chronic back pain, gout, elbow pain, knee pain, ankle and foot pain, migraines/headhes and pain from injury, arthritis
  • Insomnia
  • Depression, anxiety, and stress
  • Nausea
  • Tinnitus
  • Recovery from surgery (pain, swelling, bruising)

Is Electro-Stimulation Acupuncture for Everyone?

While EA is safe and effective for many people, it is not appropriate for everyone.

If you are pregnant, use a pacemaker, or have a history of epilepsy or strokes, you should avoid electro-stimulation. Traditional acupuncture without electro-stimulation is safe for everyone.

We encourage you to speak with your physician to confirm that electro-acupuncture is safe for you.

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I was recommended to come here by a friend for my treatment today and oh was I surprised. I went for the ozone steam sauna and my expectations were exceeded. Not only did I sweat beyond all belief in the 30 minutes sitting and loosing around 600 calories, but Lola was one of the most pleasant people I’ve ever interacted with. The ear acupuncture was also great and now I’ll be coming back here regularly. I feel like a million bucks tonight. Thanks Lola!

Adam B.

I purchased a 10 session acupuncture and ozone sauna package from Luna Body and Mind and absolutely loved it!! I was looking forward to each and every session! Acupuncture therapy restored my energy levels, balanced my chakras and boosted my happiness. Lola, the owner of this place, is absolutely amazing! Each session she greeted me with her beautiful warm smile and always made me feel at home. I felt completely relaxed and restored after each treatment with her. Lola is a very balanced and powerful healer. I completely trust her with my body and well-being. Highly recommend this place and already looking forward to coming back!!

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I’m not exaggerating when I say Luna has changed my body aching quarantine life.
My favorite business in Santa Monica, feel so blessed to have Lola work her acupuncture/ cupping magic!
The ozone sauna is a must too! I want to hug that thing! So detoxifying and stress relieving!
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I highly suggest to anyone who hasn’t tried acupuncture to give it a shot. I’m a tiny lady, if my body can handle it, you can too haha it doesn’t hurt, it is tension relieving.
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Cat Zaimi, M A.

Out of all the acupuncturists I have seen, Lola is truly the best of the best. I have been living in LA for over 6 years and have seen it all and therefore normally don’t write reviews but Lola is THAT good. When I am constantly seeing Lola for treatments, my health is the best it will ever be. I cannot recommend Luna, Body & Mind enough. It is honestly life changing!

Alexis L.

Lola was very knowledgeable about my Autoimmune problems and offered great recommendations (even my dr was very impressed). My teen daughter is a very big fan of gold seeds, they really help her distress from school. The ambiance is very calm and relaxing. Everyone was extremely knowledgeable. The space was clean and everything was sanitized.
Very COVID19 safe (big plus for me)

Alla D.

Lately I have been suffering from extreme back pain with consistently low HRV and sleep numbers. I visited Lola and felt absolutely at home in her gorgeous clinic near the Promenade in Santa Monica. I explained to Lola what was bothering me and she did an extensive acupuncture, cupping and electro stem treatment on me. Immediately, my back stopped seizing up and my pain decreased immensely. Not only did I feel better, but my HRV score went up 20 points after one day and I had 2:45 minutes of REM sleep when I was previously averaging 1:20 minutes. I plan to go back in two days to increase the benefits and healing, and I know that these treatments will get me back to feeling and sleeping great. Thank you Lola!

G. Luquet

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New Santa Monica place has incredibly healing vibes to it, designed with care and patients in mind. I appreciate the precautions ‘Luna body and mind’ team is taking to ensure a safe and sanitized experience. Looking forward to my weekly sessions!

Natalia Tibelius

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Alexandra Peters

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Chris Brandlin

Coming to Luna Body and Mind has had a huge, positive impact on my health and energy levels. Lola is super knowledgeable about alternative & integrative health protocols and has a kind, warm, welcoming energy. Alexandra & Alex are nice, responsive with scheduling and taking care of me during ozone treatments. The ozone far infrared sauna has made all the difference in helping me get rid of brain fog and burn out. Every time I walk out of this place I feel like a million dollars.
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