RJ-Laser – Laser acupuncture
Laser acupuncture (laserpuncture therapy, photopunctue, laser acu-therapy) and especially controlled acupuncture is the accepted name employed by those who practice the principle of acupuncture by using the stimulation of a laser beam instead of a penetrating needle.
Laser acupuncture has been used to treat neck and back pain, tendonitis, osteoarthritis, injuries, chronic allergies, immune-mediated disorders, internal medical disorders and other diseases.
The acupoints effective for specific disorders of animals have been determined by hundreds of years of experience in traditional Chinese veterinary medicine (TCVM). Laser acupuncture is relatively new compared to the other forms of acupoint stimulation, but has advantages over dry needle acupuncture because it is usually painless and there is no need to touch the skin. Laser photon absorption during LLLT is thought to stimulate nerve endings at acupoints and induce therapeutic effects via autonomic nervous system reflexes and higher brain centers similar to other forms of acupoint stimulation.
Acupuncture (AP) is being used more frequently as a complementary and/or alternative medicine in clinical medicine in humans and animals. Used to cure or prevent many ailments, especially pain, in animals and humans, AP has been shown to be effective in neurological and cardiovascular disorders also.
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What types of conditions can we successfully treat with laser acupuncture in the dog, cat and horse?
- Arthritis or hip dysplasia
- Back, neck or spinal problems
- Ataxia, paralysis or paresis
- Muscle atrophy
- Gastrointestinal disease (colic, diarrhea, etc.)
- Behavioral problems
- Dermatologic (skin) disease
- Weight loss
- Immune system dysfunction
- Kidney or liver problems
- Aid in recovery from surgery
- Ophthalmic (eye) conditions
- Many other conditions
Laser acupuncture is aseptic, non-invasive, painless and, if used properly, has no reported side-effects. It is ideal for use on painful points or in nervous/difficult animals. It may be used safely on dangerous points in large animals (such as points below the carpus and tarsus of cattle and horses). It is ideal for treatment of superficial acupoints, such as those on the ear.