Yinova Center
37 West 17th Street, Suite 300
New York, NY 10011
Book Now
Blog / Acupuncture

What is Electro-Acupuncture?

While acupuncture has been in use for thousands of years, the use of electro-acupuncture is a fairly recent addition to the tools of an acupuncturist. Electro-acupuncture can produce wonderful results when it comes to certain conditions.

Here at Yinova, we use electrostimulation, also referred to as e stim, to support many things: timely labors in late pregnancy, induce ovulation in anovulatory patients, treat back and neck pain and other various chronic pain issues. To perform e stim we simply attach little electrode clips to specific acupuncture needles during a regular acupuncture session. The electrodes are part of a machine that generates a low-grade electrical impulse at a specific frequency and intensity. The sensation elicited is similar to a tapping or buzzing, is mild, and still allows the patient to relax for the duration of the treatment, which is around 25-30 minutes. In fact, most people find it to be quite a pleasant experience!


Research on e stim has demonstrated its effectiveness for many conditions.  It simply intensifies the acupuncture treatment, when appropriate.  E stim is safe, but those with pacemakers, epilepsy, a history of seizures or strokes should not receive it.  You can discuss whether e stim would be a helpful addition to your treatment with your acupuncturist.

Schedule your appointment online or give us a call

We are open seven days a week, with appointment times available all day. We have locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn and also offer concierge visits. See All Locations.

Book An Appointment