Acupuncture with Needles and Lasers

photo-courtesy-of-brian-healyIn traditional acupuncture fine metal needles are inserted at specific points to open and balance the flow of vital energy and to influence the body’s internal organs, systems and physiological functions.

There are a wide variety of styles and forms of traditional, needle acupuncture and micro-systems which may be treated on the ears, scalp, hands and more.

Acupuncture works! In a national survey of patients receiving acupuncture:

  • 91.5% reported “disappearance” or “improvement” of symptoms after acupuncture treatment.
  • 79% said they used less prescription drugs.
  • 70% for whom surgery had been recommended said they avoided it.1

Yet acupuncture points now can be stimulated with laser light also.  Advantages are that it becomes painless and non-invasive, immediately well accepted by children and adults and with the added benefits of both local and systemic laser photobiostimulation.

Bronchitis Astma 2Laser needle acupuncture employs fine optical fibers to deliver highly concentrated laser light, allowing for the simultaneous, painless and non-invasive stimulation of multiple points.  In the clinic we frequently combine laser needle acupuncture, laser therapy and / or pulsed electromagnetic field therapy with traditional needle acupuncture to maximize treatment outcomes.

In addition to laser therapy’s well known effects to promote biological function, regenerate tissue, reduce inflammation and alleviate pain, the high intensity of laser needles has been documented to produce physiological effects similar to those of traditional metal needles.   Laser needle treatment is painless, safe and noninvasive, and it has been extremely well accepted by virtually everyone in our clinic, young and old.

At the Center for Cooperative Medicine we use the high quality, German designed and built, 12 channel 3B-LASER.


Orthopedic and Physiotherapeutic Indications



Almost any painful condition due to soft tissue injury or arthritis is likely respond positively to laser needle and laser probe therapy, including back, neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, fibromyalgia, hip, knee, ankle, finger and toe pain.

Osteonecrotic bone in Morbus Ahlbäck and Morbus Osgood Schlatter has been documented to be regenerated by direct laser needle irradiation. Laser needles and laser therapy have been shown to enhance significantly the activity of the cells which lay down new bone, osteoblasts – without negatively influencing osteclasts, the cells which resorb old bone. As a result, the equilibrium of bone production / bone loss may be shifted to favor the formation and mineralization of new bone.

The science in support of Laser Therapy in Osteoporosis is extensive and significant  and that in favor Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy in Osteoporosis perhaps even more so.   Ironically, laser therapy has also been shown to be effective in Biphosphonate Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (BRONJ).



Needles are important for each kind of acupuncture.  The high power density of laser needle acupuncture stimulation appears to have biological effects similar to those of metal needles but with the addition of a broad range of photobiostimulative effects. The cerebral and peripheral effects of laser needle acupuncture have been scientifically investigated in studies and articles published in more than 50 peer-reviewed publications.  The design of laser needles and the new laser needle systems has evolved based upon scientific data and clinical experience. Acupuncture treatments with laser needles are painless, side-effect free and extremely well received by adults and children.  This is due perhaps to the two-fold nature of stimulation (laser photobiostimulation + acupuncture-like effects)  Some clinicians and at least one research study comparing laserneedles and classic metal needles have proposed that the former produce superior results.  Just as in traditional acupuncture, multiple laser needles can be placed and stimulated simultaneously. Points chosen can be in accordance with classical acupuncture.  One may also achieve good therapeutic results in the treatment of low-back pain, joint pain, soft tissue injuries, osteoporosis, respiratory and neurological disorders and in many other conditions.


Wound Healing

The beneficial effects of red/infrared laser irradiation in diabetic ulcers and other therapy resistant conditions have been well documented in phototherapy research in wound healing. A new therapeutic approach has been to combine red laser light for its biostimulative and tissue regenerative properties along with vio

Longstanding, completely therapy resistant ulcus cruris venosum, treated with laser shower. Patient, m, 56 y, healing process after 4 treatments within a period of one week

Skin Diseases

Modern laser needle phototherapy in skin disorders is based on evidence from dermatological research. Affected skin areas may be irradiated simultaneously with blue and red laserneedles of high energy density. The effects of the red laser radiation in the skin are well known, increased cellular energy (ATP synthesis), improved microcirculation of blood and lymph and enhanced oxygenation and effects on metabolism during the non-specific irradiation of the skin tissue. In these ways and others, red laser light improves the overall regenerative capacity of the skin.

Blue laserneedle radiation (405 nm specifically) is actually closer to violet on the spectrum, and it has considerably different biological effects than red and infrared wavelengths. At sufficient energy densities, immunological and anti-bacteriological effects are induced. The immunological effects are the inhibition and reduction of Langerhans cells and IgE + Langerhans cells, the inhibition of dermal mast cells and the inhibition and reduction of T-Lymphocytes. The activity and number of T-lymphocytes, which are infiltrated in the skin is influenced and decreased directly by the 405 nm radiation. A decrease of bcl-2 proteins after radiation, which acts as apoptosis inhibitor, has been reported in the literature.

405 nm blue laser irradiation has strong antimicrobial effects on poryphyrins-based bacteria such as Proprionibakterium acne, Staphylococcus aureaus, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Due to its specific immunological and anti-bacteriological effects, combining blue 405 nm laserneedle radiation with red or infrared biostimulative wavelengths may be near ideal to treat dermatological conditions which may have an infectious component such as atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, vitiligo and acne vulgaris.

In contrast to the established UVA1 phototherapy which employs ionizing radiation, treatment with 405 nm  is completely UV- free, elimination carcinogenic risks are eliminated!). In particular for the treatment of children, 405 nm radiation is safe, side-effect free, even for longer treatment times.


The advantages of the painless laser needle treatments can be felt in particular in the treatments of children. The painless and side-effect free character of laser needle micro therapies is essential in pediatrics. The children experience laser needle acupuncture and laser therapy as pleasant and efficient methods. Accompanying medications for inflammatory conditions, joint diseases or skin diseases with antibiotics can often be reduced significantly.

Inflammations of the ear and Enuresis (Treatment and fotograph: R.Klowersa, Berlin)

Osteochondrosis dissecans and Bronchitis / Asthma (Treatment and fotograph: R.Klowersa, Berlin)

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1 Ref: “Patients’ Own Words” research project. Author; Claire M. Cassidy, Ph.D.“



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