Modern Needling Methods

Electroacupuncture

Modern Needling Methods – Electroacupuncture and other Acupuncture Techniques

Electro-acupuncture therapy

A therapy that applies pulses of electrical current to the needle to stimulate the acupuncture site

Laser acupuncture therapy

A therapy performed by laser irradiation on the acupuncture points

Herbal acupuncture therapy

Combined therapy of acupuncture and medication by which medicinal solution is injected into the acupuncture point

Electrothermic needle

An acupuncture instrument that produces a thermal effect by means of electricity

Microwave acupuncture therapy

Application of microwave radiation to the inserted needle to produce both acupuncture and moxibustion effects

Bee venom acupuncture

A special type of acupuncture performed by bee sting (or injection of episin) at a certain point or cutaneous region of the meridian/channel for therapeutic purposes, particularly for pain relief

Acupuncture point injection therapy

Combined therapy of acupuncture and medication by which liquid medicine is injected into the acupuncture point

Acupuncture anaesthesia

A method of inducing an anesthetic effect through needling for a surgical operation

Segmental needling

Needling to an area of a spinal segment that is associated with a disordered structure

Non-segmental needling

Needling to an area of a spinal segment that is not associated with a disordered structure

Trigger point needling

A type of acupuncture in which the trigger points are needled for therapeutic purposes. Trigger point is a sensitive area of the body which produces a reaction elsewhere in the body when stimulated.

Tender point needling

A type of acupuncture in which the tender points are needled for therapeutic purposes

Intramuscular stimulation needling

A needle stimulating treatment for muscle shortening in deep muscles, especially effective for chronic pain of neuropathic origin, also known as needling myofascial trigger points

Paraneural needling

A stimulating method in which practitioners insert acupuncture needles into the paraneural tissue

Muscle electroneedling

A stimulating method in which practitioners insert acupuncture needles into muscle and apply electrodes on the needles, thereby allowing electrical current to pass through needles

Nerve electroneedling

A stimulating method in which practitioners insert acupuncture needles close to the nerve and apply electrodes on the needles, thereby allowing electrical current to pass through needles

Subcutaneous electroneedling

A stimulating method in which practitioners insert acupuncture needles into the subcutaneous tissue and apply electrodes on the needles, thereby allowing electrical current to pass through needles

Facet joint electroneedling

A stimulating method in which practitioners insert the acupuncture needles on the facet joint of the vertebrae, and apply electrodes on the needles, thereby allowing electrical current to pass through needles

Sham acupuncture

(1) Mimic needling used as a placebo control in clinical research on the effect of acupuncture; (2) Devices to mimic needling

 

NOTE: The terminologies and definitions of modern needling methods are adapted from WHO International Standard Terminologies on Traditional Medicine in the Western Pacific Region, published by the World Health Organization in 2007.

 Traditional Needling Methods