In traditional acupuncture fine metal needles are inserted at specific points to influence the body’s internal organs, systems and physiological functions and to open and balance the flow of vital energy.
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 gets results! 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% of those to whom surgery had been recommended said that they avoided it.1
At the Center for Cooperative Medicine we frequently combine traditional needle acupuncture with modern energy-based therapies, including pulsed electromagnetic fields and lasers. Points can now also be stimulated with light .
Laser needle acupuncture employs fine optical fibers to deliver highly concentrated laser light, allowing for the simultaneous stimulation of multiple points painlessly and noninvasively. At the Center for Cooperative Medicine, we specialize in laser needle acupuncture, lasers and other energy-based methods because of the results we have seen and the science behind them.
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. Advantages include the benefits of both local point and systemic laser photobiostimulation. 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 may respond positively to laser needle therapy, including back, neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, fibromyalgia, hip, knee, ankle, finger and toe pain.
Osteonecrotic bone has been documented to be regenerated by direct laser needle irradiation (Morbus Ahlbäck, Morgus Osgood Schlatter). Laser needles and laser therapy have been shown to enhance significantly activity of cells which lay down new bone, osteoblasts – without influencing osteclasts, the cells which resorb old bone. As a result, the equilibrium of bone production: bone loss may be shifted to favor of the formation side of the equation, and increased mineralization as well as stabilization and strengthening of cartilage with enhanced synthesis of hyaluronic acid and proteoglycans has also been found.
Needles are important for each kind of acupuncture. The intensity of the stimulation from the new HED (High Energy Density) laser needles has been shown to have biological effects similar to those of metal needles and, in addition, have 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 touch systems has evolved based upon scientific data and clinical experience. Acupuncture treatments with laser needle touch are completely painless, side-effect free and very popular. 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 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.Each laserneedle channel may be individually programmed with Nogier, Bahr and Reininger therapeutic or diagnostic frequencies.
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
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) has considerably different biological effects. 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 (e.g. all possible 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.“