Acustimulation involves applying mild electrical stimulation to acupuncture points. A low intensity electrical current is used to penetrate just slightly below the surface of the skin.
People use acustimulation for cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS), nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, chemotherapy-related nausea, fatigue, high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), motion sickness, nausea, vomiting, pain, and nausea after surgery.
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The effectiveness ratings for ACUSTIMULATION are as follows:
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of acustimulation for these uses.
Acustimulation is not the same as acupuncture. However, it follows the Chinese acupuncture theory in that it involves applying electrical stimulation to the same acupoints on the
Western science explains the effects of acustimulation in terms of its effects on the nervous system, while Chinese acupuncture theory explains its effects on the circulation of chi (vital energy, life force).
But the system of chi pathways ("meridians") used in Chinese acupuncture theory has some similarities to the nervous system. This makes it possible to use the Chinese map of acupuncture points to identify locations where electrical stimulation may influence certain responses of the nervous system. For example, nausea and vomiting are believed to be caused by problems in the nerve impulses passing between the brain and stomach. Acustimulation uses a mild electrical current at the wrist to restore normal signals, and therefore, reduce nausea and vomiting.
It isn’t known if acustimulation is safe. However, there’s no reason to suspect safety issues when used correctly. Certain acustimulation wristbands have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for marketing.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of acustimulation during pregnancy and breast-feeding. However, there’s no reason to suspect safety concerns when used correctly.
It is not known if this treatment interacts with any medicines.
Before using this treatment, talk with your health professional if you take any medications.
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