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Acupuncture points can be stimulated without the use of needles using the advanced Acutron Microcurrent stimulator. This is used at Princeton Acupuncture for the following:

– on small children to get the benefit of point stimulation.
– for people who want the effects of acupuncture without the use of needles.
– to balance out imbalances in acupuncture point and meridians.
– for pain relief in the management of pain in joint, muscle and sports injuries.
– facial point stimulation – for facial rejuvenation to mention a few uses.

Microcurrent stimulation works by applying gentle, low-current electric waves ( 10-600 micro amps) with handheld probes or pads to acupuncture points.This frequency range and current intensity is resonant with normal electrical activity of the human body. The level of stimulation is so low that only a very light tingling sensation is felt.

Healing time is decreased when a weak or microcurrent is applied to injured tissue. Recent research shows that Microcurrent stimulation works on a cellular level to promote healing, reduce pain, decrease inflammation and reduce muscle spasm. It has a measurable ability to affect cellular physiology and growth. This effect includes increases in ATP (the energy unit of the body) production, protein synthesis ( tissue repair) and cellular transport ( decreases tissue swelling ) at the site of an injury to speed recovery. Professional atheletes and their trainers maintain that such treatment has significantly reuced duration of sports injuries.

Acupuncture is the original microcurrent therapy, since acupuncture needles generate measurable electrical charges when twirled. Acupuncture needles placed at acupuncture points tend to decrease excess electrical energy from tense or inflammed tissue. Microcurrnet stimulation, which is used without needles offers a needle free alterative for patients who want to experience the benefits of stimulating the acupuncture meridian system. This is a safe, non-invasive, and effective treatment modality for a variety of painful conditions which can be used in conjunction with acupuncture or alone.