Friday, September 26, 2008

Laser in Acupuncture


by Ac Nik Fairuz Hakim, DAc., M.Ac

Laser stands for “Light Amplification by Simulated Emission of Radiation” lasers have become a rage in the west. It was therefore not long before a laser acupuncture therapy apparatus was designed and made there. In acupuncture, the laser beam is directed at acupuncture points to bring about relief. From the patient’s point of view, it is well accepted as there is no needle penetration.

The laser used in acupuncture therapy has helium-Neon gas (Hene Laser) as the emitting source of radiation. It has an output of 25 milliwatts, a penetration depth of 5 mm and a wavelength of 6,320 Angstrom units (red part of the spectrum). The red part of the spectrum is capable of the highest level of transmission and skin penetration. The theoretical basis of laser stimulation is that acupuncture points are specific points where absorption of various forms of energies like heat, light, sound, electricity, magnetism, etc., is greater than in the surrounding area.

Stimulation in this therapy is caused solely by absorption of light through the skin. Considering that the penetration of the skin is only 5 mm as against the average depth of 1 to 1.5 cuns by needle penetration, the main use of laser therapy is in skin conditions
The laser is giving wonderful results in cosmetic conditions like acne, pimples, wrinkles, scars, etc. it can also be used in children’s diseases, especially in deafness.

The cost of acupuncture laser varies from RM 500 to RM 5,000. At the moment the German Acupuncture Laser from Sieman & Co is considered as the best.
Much work still remains to be done in charting out more and more applications of this master innovation.

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