Does the thought of needles make your skin crawl? If you are anything like me, hearing about beams of light replacing needles can only be win-win. Laser acupuncture is the latest development to occur to the centuries-old method of healing called acupuncture. This newest form of acupuncture stimulation is called laser acupuncture. Laser acupuncture stimulates the same targeted pressures points as acupuncture but instead of needles, this uses low energy lasers. This procedure has proven to be an effective, safe alternative to standard treatments of acupuncture. For those who feel faint at the sight of needles, lasers make a great alternative. The best part is that you get the same benefits of acupuncture without getting poked by needles all over your body. Here is a course about how Acupuncture is able to help certain conditions.
At the University of Dundee a laser acupuncture treatment was done on volunteers and they reported a notable pain reduction as well as almost no discomfort, improving their overall quality of life.
Getting the Point
So for example, say you have a migraine. The usual scenario is to make an attempt to crawl to the bathroom and try to grasp open the medicine cabinet to get any type of headache medication. Admit it, the last thing in your mind would be to get a laser light beamed at your head. The feedback and testimonies of people who have been successfully treated for migraines, however, cannot be ignored. It turns out that stimulating the ‘meridians’ that lead to your migraine (this can even be located on your feet) tend to ‘unblock’ your clogged points and this means fewer migraines for you. Now isn’t that a lovely thought?
Compared to traditional acupuncture, laser acupuncture is a method that is relatively new in terms of pressure point stimulation. Instead of the traditional needles used to influence acupuncture points, laser acupuncture uses laser beams to get the acupuncture points flowing. This makes it great for treating kids who hate needles. Other than conventional medicine, procedures such us this one are usually the procedure preferred for treatments such as arthritis of the knee, tennis elbow and even carpal tunnel syndrome, among others. Many laser acupuncture practitioners have extensive knowledge of the traditional medicine techniques of China and clearly understand how various points of acupuncture function.
What Actually Happens?
Typically, a laser acupuncturist aims a light beam onto an acupuncture point from a laser tube. This causes it to become stimulated in the same way as needles for acupuncture. The red, visible laser beam radiates from neon and helium gases and usually get heated up to a point. In this procedure, practitioners can hold beams steadily for a time period that ranges from 10 seconds until 2 minutes. The beams’ duration depends on how much tissue the beam needs to penetrate as well as how much power is necessary in terms of applying the laser to the energy point of the body. At times, practitioners also use infrared lasers that are invisible.
Beams of Light
Basically, laser acupuncture is a non invasive method using infrared light for stimulating pressure points of acupuncture. For those who hate the feeling of needles in your skin or are unable to tolerate the sight of needles, laser acupuncture is ideal. The beams of light are thought to work in the same way that needles do, by the causing a stimulation in the release of endorphins. These are chemicals that are also known as the natural painkillers of the body that the brain pumps out during times of stress and pain. The beams are low in energy but have enough power to release endorphins without causing skin damage or burns. The beast part is that you get all the benefits of acupuncture without the needles. That’s right, just like having your cake and eating it, too.
It Has Everything to Do with Energy
The classic explanation of the Chinese behind the wonders of laser acupuncture is that the energy flow or “Qi” needs to freely flow throughout your body’s meridians to properly function. Acupuncture is able to treat any Qi obstruction. In other words, anything that gets in the way of your own personal energy flow needs to be removed for you to function in tip top condition. Treatments of laser acupuncture help in correcting imbalance in the ay your body’s internal organs function. Here is a course on energy healing that could do wonders for your current health.
Modern scientists have their own explanation for the way laser acupuncture works. To these group of people, the points of acupuncture stimulate chemicals to be released by your nervous system in the brain, spinal cord and muscles that alter the way you feel pain and trigger hormone release which affects the own internal system of regulation of the body.
How Long Has This Been Around?
Traditional acupuncture has been practiced in China for centuries. In Europe, there are some records that it has been used in Europe as well. It was during the 20th century’s second half that it started spreading to Canada, the United States and Western Europe. Traditionally acupuncture uses hair-thin needles inserted in the skin at various depths and at specific body points. In the fifties, lasers were used by scientists in lab experiments and outside the lab in the sixties. Early experiments with lasers resulted in findings that showed faster healing of wounds, less skin scarring and increased cell metabolism. Here is an article called Acupuncture for Weight Loss: Pressure Point Your Way to Slim that gives you information about shedding those extra pounds once and for all, with the use of age old techniques.
The lasers that this type of acupuncture uses are known as ‘cold lasers’ or ‘low level lasers,’ mainly because there is no heat production. This is not the same laser that is used for surgery which are hot enough to cut or burn. Low level lasers have been known to stimulate hair growth, improve circulation, reduce inflammation, decrease pain and regenerate cells, to name a few. When laser acupuncture was first studied, scientists in Novosibirsk, Russia found that light traveled to other acupuncture points beneath the skin but did not travel to spots that were not included in the body meridians. You read that right. It looks like the body has its own kind of network of fiber optics where light enters a point of acupuncture and travels through the ‘energy lines’ to other places using a sensitive detector of photons. This study was done in 1991 and is quite fascinating as it shows how light is actually is transmitted, used and received throughout the body.
Basically the laser acupuncture points consist of the same exact points on the body as traditional acupuncture uses. According to traditional medical theory of the Chinese, the points of acupuncture, for both the laser and the needle variety are located on meridians. These are points thought to be where life energy runs. When there is an interruption at certain meridians, or if they are blocked, illness occurs. The remedy is to help ‘unblock’ these points and to do this needles or lasers are used. In the case of laser acupuncture, low power beams of laser light are used. Tired of feeling tired all the time? Here is a course about how to increase your energy naturally which works especially well for those suffering from fatigue.
It Helps Other Issues Too
Laser acupuncture can be used for the promotion of well-being and health, treatment of various medical conditions and prevention of disease and illness. Often, acupuncture is related with controlling pain but it can also have much more extensive applications. A wide range of medical problems can be treated by acupuncture including physical problems related to emotional conditions and stress, reproductive, menstrual and urinary problems, respiratory disorders, digestive disorders and muscular or neurological disorders including osteoarthritis, sciatica, low back pain, various forms of tendonitis, bronchitis, sore throat and sinusitis.
Primarily, laser acupuncture serves a couple of purposes. For one thing, there is an anesthetic effect. The other thing is that acupuncture points are stimulated in a program of therapy set by your practitioner. This procedure distinctively has some advantages over the traditional method of using needles. For one thing, there are less risks of the cross infections that needles bring. Also, you hardly feel anything since all it feels like is warm tiny beams of light being aimed at you. Generally, there is less trauma involved with laser acupuncture. Also, acupressure points on a patient’s ears, feet and hands respond remarkably well to laser acupuncture.
These days, a few clinics have made investments in ‘intelligent’ systems for laser acupuncture. This system is relatively new and can be controlled largely by software that recognizes meridian points automatically and monitors the beams of laser on your body for a treatment that is much more controlled. Seriously, how much more painless can you get?
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