Ashley Graham Has Us Wanting to Try Electroacupuncture
The treatment involves needles and a microcurrent device.
Ashley Graham isn't one to keep the details of her wellness routine under wraps. (She's even shared a video from a colonic appointment.)
Most recently, Graham revealed that she fit in an electroacupuncture session before the CFDA Awards on Monday. (Related: I Tried Cosmetic Acupuncture to See What This Natural Anti-Aging Procedure Was All About)
In a video on her Instagram Story, Graham is seen lying face-down with needles placed in her neck and shoulders. Every few seconds, you can see the needles pulsate.
With manual acupuncture, the acupuncturist wiggles or manipulates the needles to stimulate the nerves. Electroacupuncture, on the other hand, involves hooking acupuncture needles up to wires that are attached to a microcurrent device. An electric current then runs between the needles to achieve the same effect as manual acupuncture.
Is one type of acupuncture better than the other?
Research suggests that electroacupuncture is more effective than manual acupuncture at reducing pain and promoting healing after injuries, says Irina Logman, L.Ac MSTOM, certified acupuncturist and founder of the Advanced Holistic Center. "Electroacupuncture also allows greater control over the intensity and quality of stimulation," she explains.
Low-tech acupuncture does have one advantage, though. "Manual acupuncture allows more possibilities for acupuncturists to find out what the exact problem is with each individual patient," says Logman.
Electroacupuncture might sound like a method of torture, but it's actually not all that unpleasant. You'll usually feel a tapping or tingling sensation, and your acupuncturist can adjust the frequency of the current based on how it feels and what symptoms they're addressing, says Logman. (Related: Should You Try Ear Acupuncture or Ear Seeds for Weight Loss?)
Since the frequency can be kept low, the treatment doesn't pose added risks over manual acupuncture. In other words, the same people who should avoid manual acupuncture should also avoid electroacupuncture, explains Logman. (That includes pregnant women, people with a bleeding disorder, and people who use a pacemaker, according to the Mayo Clinic.)
After seeing Ashley Graham's experiences with colon cleanses and electroacupuncture, we can't wait to see what wellness trend the model will try next.