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Electro-acupuncture is the application of a pulsating electrical current to acupuncture needles as a means of stimulating the acupoints. Zheng Qiwei from the China Academy of Tradtional Chinese Medicine, professor at DULA, wrote an article on point selection for electro-acupuncture. In the article, Dr. Zheng mentioned that electro-acupuncture is particularly relied upon for treatment of pain, flaccidity syndromes, paralysis due to stroke, and facial paralysis of various causes. These disorders often require extensive manipulation of the needles, for which electro-acupuncture serves as a useful substitute.

Zheng Q. Experience in the point selection for electro-acupuncture. Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 1998; 18(4): 277-281.