Clinical Results

Pain reduction after 10 treatments for knee, back and shoulder pain and migraine before treatment and after 3 and 6 months. Published in Medical Acupuncture, USA, 2007.

Pilot Study of the Clinical Equivalence of Laser Needle to Metal Acupuncture Needle in Treating Musculoskeletal Pain

Peter T Dorsher MS, MD
Mayo Clinic Florida

Results:

For subjects with knee and shoulder arthritis, metal needle VAS was 5.9 while Laserneedle VAS was 3.1 (mean difference 2.8, P<0.001 single tail). For subjects with spine pain, the metal needle VAS was 3.7 while Laserneedle VAS was 2.95 (mean difference 0.75, P<0.074). 9/10 subjects with joint arthritis reported more efficacy with Laserneedle and the other found it equally efficacious. 10/20 spine pain subjects reported more pain relief efficacy with Laserneedle, and another 6 found the interventions equally efficacious. No complications from the laser treatment were noted.

Conclusions:

This prospective, crossover cohort study of subjects with chronic musculoskeletal pain demonstrates that metal and laser acupuncture needles have clinical equivalence in reducing pain, and that patients (especially those with shoulder and knee arthritis) report preference for laser needle treatments.

Interstitial and intra-articular therapy:

Interstitial spine treatment:

Red:
Pain before (5,45°)
Green:
Pain after 7 treatments (2,55 °)
* on a visual analogue scale (VAS)

Intra-articular shoulder treatment:

Red:
Pain before (6,20°)
Green:
Pain after 7 treatments (2,80 °)
*on a visual analogue scale (VAS)

Dermatological treatment (photodynamic therapy) of a basal cell carcinoma:

Before treatment
After treatment

Internal laser therapy:

Published in DZA, 3 / 2007

Self-assessment of the patients regarding the fatigue-syndrome before and after therapy. Source: N. Schumm
Self-assessment of the patients regarding motorial and sensitive disorders before and after therapy. Source: N. Schumm

Use for performance enhancement in sports medicine:

Pectoral muscle maximum lifting power

Mean pectoral muscle maximum lifting power percentage variation an any time of measurement:

Trial for the treatment of fibromyalgia:

Pain Index:

  Onset End
MED 8,7 6,8
AKU 8,5 6
LAS 8,5 4,4
LAS+IV 8,9 2,9

MED = medicamentous treatment
AKU = metal needle acupuncture
LAS = laser acupuncture
LAS + IV = combined laser therapy (laser acupuncture + intravenous laser)

Depression Index:

  Onset End
MED 34 23
AP 37 24
LAS 42 12
LAS+IV 40 12

MED = medicamentous treatment
AKU = metal needle acupuncture
LAS = laser acupuncture
LAS + IV = combined laser therapy (laser acupuncture + intravenous laser)

Overview of key publications:

  • Weber et al. (2007): The intravascular laser blood irradiation: Presentation of a new therapeutic method
  • Aluani (2007): Noninvasive laser therapy: case reports from the field
  • Hausmann (2008): Changes in heart rate variability (HRV) during low-level laser acupuncture needle
  • Weber (2005): needles from light. Presentation of a new treatment method
  • Dorsher (2009): Pilot Study of the Clinical Equivalence of Laser Needle to Metal Acupuncture Needle in Treating Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Wirz (2008): frequencies with consequences. Pilot study for treating diabetes using insulin, a new frequency
  • Noohi / Javdani / Kiavar (2008): Study of the Efficacy of Low Level Laser Myocardial Perfusion in Patients with Chronic Stable Angina of
  • Andrae (2007): The effects of intravascular low level laser therapy in malignant tumors of Redifferenzierungstherapie
  • Schumm (2008): Intravenous laser blood irradiation in multiple sclerosis: a new therapeutic procedure with significant improvement in quality of life
  • Wolf / Fussgänger / Weber (2006): A prospective study evaluating the effectiveness of the cluster at the knee and shoulder patients
  • Wieden (2009): Fibromyalgia in the treatment of pain. Mechanisms and treatment opportunities by laser therapy
  • Raggi / Vallesi (2008): Intravenous laser blood irradiation in sports medicine
  • Wirz / Baumgartner / Burger / Gerber (2008): Intravenous laser therapy in horses