Laser acupuncture uses sophisticated pulsed signals to simulate acupuncture needling without any needling sensation. The laser strength is adjusted to work at the same depth as an an appropriate needling and the signal is attenuated to achieve the stimulation that the acupuncturist requires.
Laser acupuncture uses Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) otherwise known as Cold Laser or Class IIA with wavelength 905nm in the infra-red range. This has been verified as a safe alternative to conventional acupuncture through numerous studies and trials.
Infrared light can be harmful to the eyes if pointed directly at the globe, so the acupuncturist may ask you to wear special protective glasses if workng near your face.
The Sedatelec Premio Duo 10 device uses a 3.6V battery is manufactured in France and is CE Marked in accordance with Medical Device Directive 93/42/EEC.
Comparative trials between conventional acupuncture and laser acupuncture have demonstrated that they are equally effective. This is not an alternative therapy to acupuncture, it is achievemnent of the same stimulation as a needling technique using laser light.
Laser acupuncture requires the same high level of diagnostic analysis and treatment techniques as conventional acupuncture and requires substantial capitol outlay for the laser device. It is therefore neccessary to add a surcharge for this service.
Scientists began lab experimentation with lasers in the 1950s, with availability outside the lab in the 1960s. Once the quest for laser knowledge began, it was unstoppable. Researchers wanted to know how this new kind of light could change the world of healthcare. Early laser experiments resulted in the realization that laser therapy minimized skin scarring, helped wounds heal faster, and affected cellular metabolism.
In the 1970s serious research began both in Russia and in the USA. By the 1980s, due to numerous positive reports, laser started to gain recognition as an effective method of stimulating acupuncture points without the use of needles.
Today, photobiology is the study of how light affects living things, and includes studies of single-celled organisms, plants, animals and humans. Laser acupuncture is an important field of study within photobiology.
Most lasers used in acupuncture are known as low-level lasers or "cold lasers," (because they don't produce heat.). These are not the same as lasers used for laser surgery, in which "hot lasers" are used as a scalpel to burn or cut. Studies show that low-level lasers can help regenerate cells, decrease pain, reduce inflammation, improve circulation, and stimulate hair growth, to name a few examples.
In 1991, a study was done in Novosibirsk, Russia that applied directly to the study of acupuncture. Researchers shined light on various parts of the body and found that light traveled under the skin to other acupuncture points, but it didn't travel to places that were not on acupuncture meridians. It appears that the body contains a sort of fiber optic network—where light enters an acupuncture point, travels through the meridian and can be detected at other places along the meridian with a sensitive photon detector. This is a fascinating study showing how light is actually received, used and transmitted throughout the body.
Recent studies on laser acupuncture have included advanced brain imaging, as well as several other modern protocols for measuring various physiological effects to the body. These studies show that laser acupuncture has physiological effects, not only locally, but also in the brain, similar to needle acupuncture. Laser on Urinary Bladder 67, for example, shows measurable effects in the brain. The effects were only detected when the laser was turned on. When the laser was turned off, no effects were detected.
Multiple published studies have shown good effects of laser acupuncture for the following conditions: hiccups, bed wetting, weight loss, post-operative nausea and vomiting, pain control, surgical anesthesia, dental anesthesia, carpal tunnel syndrome, dry eyes, and stroke-related paralysis. Obviously, as more studies are performed, more information will be found.