Laser acupuncture is the stimulation of specific skin points which transmit electrical impulses along nerves to the spinal cord and brain, resulting in healing and general improvement in health and well-being.
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years in China, although the Western world did not learn about it until the 1970s. The ancient Chinese believed that Qi (“chee”) or life energy flows through the acupuncture channels or meridians to maintain homoeostasis – a healthy balance – within the body. Stimulation of points along these meridians promotes healing to restore that healthy balance.
Today we can combine the benefits of Western knowledge with these Eastern techniques, and we can now use laser needles for painless treatment.
The laser not only gives the acupuncture effect but also has its own anti-inflammatory effect on the tissues. Low level laser has a photochemical (not thermal) effect on the cells. The light energy is absorbed by the cell and converted to chemical energy. Cell function improves, allowing healing to take place. Enzymes such as endorphins and serotonin are released to give further pain relief.
The advantages of low-level laser are: it is a painless, drug-free treatment; it can be used concurrently with other forms of therapy; it has an insignificant effect on normal healthy tissue; it can be used immediately after an injury; it does not interfere with pacemakers, metal implants, etc.; and it can be used over artificial joints.
Laser has no known side-effects, although special care is used near the eyes and with pregnancy or cancer.
Acupuncture can be used for many conditions because it promotes pain relief and healing, reduces inflammation, boosts the immune system and improves general health. In this revolutionary way of acupuncture treatment delivered, clinical research found that the meridians and internal organs has more sensitive reaction to the stimulation in some inflammatory disorders. Some patients will notice a temporary improvement after the first treatment. Most patients will notice gradual improvement after 2-3 treatments, with more marked improvement with each subsequent treatment.
The usual regime for laser therapy is 1 to 2 treatments per week for 2 to 3 weeks. Significant improvement usually occurs within 6 treatments. Mild conditions may need fewer treatments, severe conditions may need up to 10 or 12 treatments. Some chronic conditions may require weekly or booster treatments over a longer period.