Laser acupuncture is a synthesis of the rich experience of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which is thousands of year old, and modern science. In the past century, acupuncture was picked up, advanced, and modified. The most important further development, in addition to ear acupuncture, is no doubt laser acupuncture, i.e., the stimulation of the acupuncture points with low-level laser light.
Point stimulation with light
The mechanism by which light needles stimulate acupuncture points has two aspects:
The low-level laser can place a stimulus as precisely as a metal needle. It influences an acupuncture point via the same biophysical primary and secondary effects as in general bio-stimulation. One reason why this stimulus is exerted is that these effects are triggered precisely only in a narrowly defined tissue area, the acupuncture point. A stimulus is the result of pointed stimulation which stands out from the normal influences of the surrounding area.
Contrary to a metal needle, however, the biophysical effect of the laser is not only that of providing a precise stimulus. It also initiates processes in the tissue which exceed this function. To put it differently: it impacts the acupuncture point beyond its significance as a stimulus agent.
If we assume that a therapeutically effective acupuncture point is “active” - i.e., painful, or otherwise “conspicuous” - then the tissue is in a physiological imbalance. The laser, however, can have a direct, positive impact on it. Since acupuncture is a form of reflex therapy, the harmonization of the reflexive expression of a disorder pattern has an additional positive impact.
Laser acupuncture offers advantages and benefits in addition to effects that are comparable with those of classic needle acupuncture
Advantages of laser acupuncture over conventional metal needle acupuncture