I’ve been getting a lot of questions about laser acupuncture. But by far, the most common question I get is this one:
“When should I use laser, as opposed to needle or other methods?”
You can pretty much use laser whenever you want to. Here are some pointers to keep in mind when making the decision whether to use laser.
Patient Acceptance: Always provide the treatment your patient will accept, as your patient’s mindset plays an important role in treatment selection. Some patients want and expect needles. They may even hope for a little needle discomfort, as this shows them they are getting a “real” treatment. “No pain, no gain” is their way of thinking. I rarely use laser acupuncture on these patients, because they won’t feel the expected pain, and may therefore question whether they were really treated. Do what the patient will accept.
Painful Points: On the other hand, most patients really aren’t looking for discomfort. They don’t mind needles, but would just as soon avoid pain, if possible. For these patients, I use laser on points that would otherwise be painful to needle. Jing-well points are a good example.
Children and Sensitive Patients: Laser is perfect for those who might be uncomfortable with needles. Children, especially, enjoy the laser treatment because the light shining into their skin and making them glow is really fascinating and fun. It makes for great conversations as children’s inquisitive nature leads to all sorts of questions.
Speed: Since laser can accomplish in a few seconds what may take 30 minutes with needles, I find laser an incredible time saver. In a time pinch, I reach for my lasers.
Contraindications: Remember, the only contraindication to laser acupuncture is use near the eyes. Therefore, laser can be used in many situations where needle would be inconvenient, unsafe, or contraindicated. So if there’s a point I don’t want to needle, for whatever reason, I reach for a laser.
This is just a brief overview, but I hope it gives you a better idea about using lasers. For more complete information, I’ve put together a free, 30-minute video training you can access at this link: