What is Laser Acupuncture
A comparatively new technique of stimulation that uses low-energy laser beams is laser acupuncture. Unlike acupuncture,
does not use needles to stimulate the energy flow. It is the preferred treatment for severe painful conditions like tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic headache in children and arthritis of knees. It works similar to the principle based on traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture points.
How is Laser Acupuncture Done?
uses a beam of laser light from a laser tube source and points it on the acupuncture point in a similar way the needles do.
- Visible red radiations of helium and neon gases are taken as the sources for the laser beams. Invisible infrared lasers are also used in some cases.
- During the procedure, the laser acupuncturist holds the laser beam on the acupuncture point for about ten seconds to one minute. The time period varies according to the amount of tissue the laser beam has to penetrate.
How is Laser Acupuncture More Effective Over Conventional Methods?
- Laser acupuncture serves mainly two purposes – provides anesthetic effect and stimulates acupuncture points.
- It is advantageous over needle technique.
- Many people choose this method rather than needle method because of the fear of needles.
- Laser acupuncture is an aseptic and noninvasive method that reduces the pain in a short time period.
- It has the power to treat all range of health conditions.
- It is a good choice for treating health issues where the risk of cross infection is too high.
Do All Acupuncture Points Respond to Laser Acupuncture?
- The peripheral acupuncture points on the ears, feet and hands respond easily to laser acupuncture.
- Deeper acupuncture points of abdomen do not respond that quickly because the laser beams can penetrate only to 5 mm length (0.19 inches).