Laser needle systems were first developed at the Universities of Graz (Austria) and Paderborn (Germany) in 2000 and have become a central therapy in many European clinics. Laser needle treatment employs fine optical fibers to deliver highly concentrated laser light, allowing for the simultaneous stimulation of multiple points painlessly and non-invasively.
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 needles may be used as a stand alone treatment and also combined with traditional acupuncture and other methods. To learn more about the effects of laser needle acupuncture, see Lasers and De Qi.
At Healing Light Seminars and in our clinic, Center for Cooperative Medicine, we are studying the effects of laser needle therapy in the treatment of pain with the new 12 channel 3B LASER, as well a Laserneedle-Touch, both systems designed and built in Germany.
Pain and Orthopedic Indications
Laser needles may be placed precisely to target pain and for area treatment, improving cellular and tissue energy to enhance healing and alleviate pain. Orthopedic conditions likely to respond positively include cervical syndromes, coxarthritis, epicondylitis, fibromyalgia, gonarthrosis, lumbar syndrome, Morbus Bechterew, osteoporosis, periarthritis humerus scapularis, polyarthritis, spinal syndromes, rhizarthritis and tendinitis.
Besides pain relief, the regenerative effects of the laser needle irradiation on bone and cartilage may be of particular importance. Osteonecrotic bone has been documented to be regenerated by direct laser needle irradiation (Morbus Ahlbäck, Morgus Osgood Schlatter). What is exciting is that both laser needle irradiation and probe therapy have been shown to significantly enhance the activity of osteoblasts, cells which lay down new bone – without influencing osteclasts, the cells which resorb old bone. As a result, the equilibrium of bone production vs. reduction may be shifted to favor the bone 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.
Laser vs Metal Needles
Needles are important for each kind of acupuncture. Laser needles allow stimulation of acupuncture, trigger or points chosen strategically for area treatment for pain therapy, biostimulation. In terms of their biological effects, HED (High Energy Density)- laser needles appear in many ways to be equivalent to metal needles. See Laser and Metal Needle Equivalence. In addition, HED laser needles generate restorative, healing effects locally in the tissue where they are applied and also systemically via the blood. The cerebral and peripheral effects of laser needle acupuncture have been scientifically investigated and published in more than 50 peer-reviewed publications. Therapy with laser needles is completely painless, side-effect free and very well accepted by children and adults
Due both to their acupuncture-like and biostimulatory effects, laser needles may achieve outcomes which are superior to classic metal needle acupuncture. Point combinations of up to 12 acupoints can be stimulated simultaneously. The point selection criteria are in accordance with Traditional Chinese Medicine or other modern systems of acupuncture. Good therapeutic results have been reported in many painful, allergic and neurological conditions.
The advantages of red/infrared laser irradiation treatments for wound healing disorders, in particular therapy resistant diabetic ulcers, are well described and documented in the literature. Direct irradiation of an ulcer with red laser needles to stimulate healing can be combined with violet 405 for antimicrobial effects.
Although violet 405 nm laser light is not yet available for 3B LASER, when red or infrared wavelengths have been combined with this relatively short yet still non-ionizing wavelength, improvement has been reported in many skin conditions. The biostimulative effects of the red or infrared laser radiation in the skin to increase cellular energy (ATP synthesis), improve microcirculation of blood and lymph and enhance oxygenation to improve tissue healing. In these ways and others, red laser light improves the overall regenerative capacity of the skin.
Violet 405 nm laser light induces anti-microbial and likely also immune enhancing effects. Violet 405 nm irradiation has a been shown to be highly efficient in eliminating poryphyrin-based bacteria such as Proprionibakterium acne, Staphylococcus aureaus, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Combined red and 405 nm violet laser irradiation appears to be optimal to address atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, vitiligo and acne vulgaris.
In contrast to the established UVA1 phototherapy, treatment with 405 nm laserneedle irradiation is completely UV- free (without carcinogenic risk). In particular for the treatment of children, 405 nm radiation is safe and side-effect free.
Metal needle treatments can be particularly traumatic for children. The painless and side-effect free character of laser needle therapies is essential in pediatrics. 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)
What Laser Needles May Treat
- Cervical syndromes
- Lumbar syndromes
- Periarthritis humerus scapularis
- Morbus Bechterew
- Spine syndromes
- Rhinitis allergica
- Asthma bronchiale
Dermatology / Skin Rejuvenation
- Asthma bronchiale
- Trigeminus neuralgia
- Herpes zoster neuralgia
- Phantom pain
- Paresis after stroke
- Paroxysmale tachycardia
- Hyperonie, Hypotonie
- Cardiac neurosis
- Urogenital infections
- Enuresis nocturna