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Vol 1, Number 2
Dear Cold Laser News Subscriber,
As I read through dozens of health newsletters and journals, I increasingly
see positive and dramatic research on the benefits of using cold laser
My saved articles now fill an entire file cabinet drawer! This issue
of Cold Laser News features a question and answer session with Lars Horde,
a Swedish physicist and the president of the Swedish Laser Medical Society.
He discusses, among other topics, how low level laser therapy (LLHT) helps
smokers cope with tobacco addiction withdrawal. In addition, I interviewed
David Rindge, D.O.M., L.A c, R.N., owner of Center for Cooperative Medicine
in Melbourne, Florida on the differences between acupuncture and LLHT.
Before I begin the interviews, I want to wish all my readers the very
best this holiday season! May we have world peace and good will!!
Lars, how does Low Level Laser
Therapy help smokers end their tobacco addiction?
Laser therapy for smoking
cessation is based on acupuncture. The difference is that laser light is
illuminating and hence stimulating acupuncture points instead of this being
done with needles.
Well, has addiction to tobacco been treated
successfully with acupuncture?
Addiction to smoking has
been treated with classic acupuncture for more than 60 years and with
laser acupuncture for about 20 years. Both seem to be efficient.
Which is more successful
in treating pain—acupuncture with needles or laser therapy? Also,
which lasers are being used by people who want to stop smoking?
I can not tell if the result
from a treatment with laser is more successful than a treatment with
needles, but laser therapy is completely risk free and painless.
Different lasers have been
used to assist people in smoking cessation. Lasers that have been used
include the HeNe-Laser (633 nm), InGaAIP-laser (Indium-laser )650 nm,
GaAIAs laser 610 nm, GaAs-laser (904), and KTP-laser (532 nm)
Why haven’t we heard
about the positive results of laser therapy for health problems in the
When Professor Mester, the
Hungarian physician who discovered low level light therapy, published
his first article in an English journal in 1971, he advised using 1-1.5J/cm2
for wound healing, and using red lasers in the range of 5-25 milliwatts.
In spite of these recommendations, laser manufacturers produced lasers
such as the HE NE lasers of less than 1 milliwatt and marketed those
to the medical community in the 1980s. The doses from these lasers were
way below what had been recommended by Dr. Mester. So when researchers
performed control studies, the very low doses affected the results and
the outcome was negative. Also, researchers in those days were qualified
in medical fields but not in laser therapy, so a lot of mistakes were
made. In a manner of speaking, researchers in those days were looking
in the wrong direction. And the general public continued to look in
the same direction, thinking that laser therapy did not work. Catch
So their conclusions about
low level laser therapy were wrong. What does the scientific community
Now, more than 30 years later,
we regularly have lasers in the 1 plus milliwatt range which provides
adequate dosage possibilities as it penetrates more deeply into the
tissue. So your question is: Is laser therapy now well documented from
a strict scientific point of view? My answer is, regrettably, NOT QUITE!!
But you must understand ultrasound therapy which is one of the most
used medical interventions in health medicine and NSAID’s for
knee arthritis appear to be poorly documented.
Are you saying that all lasers
over 1 milliwatt are much more effective?
There are more than 100 positive,
double blind clinical studies, hundreds of positive in vitro studies,
lots of animal studies, all pointing into one direction—it works.
But this is not enough! The present “weakness” of laser
therapy lies, ironically, in its strength. Since laser therapy works
at a cellular level by improving the activity of cells in a reduced
condition, almost any pathological situation will improve through laser
therapy. But according to the medical therapy study evaluations, there
is not such thing as a therapy that “does it all.” And,
there is another problem: the diversity of wavelengths, powers, dosages,
treatment techniques and pulsing vs direct, continuous light make it
all rather confusing. There are no two studies using the exact same
parameters. An improved method of evaluating laser research has been
introduced and is slowly gaining acceptance so the statistical power
of the existing literature can be re-evaluated. There seems to be too
few experts having both a specialized medical degree and a degree in
Lars, Thank you for
your participation in this interview.
Now, we introduce David Rindge, who owns the Center for Cooperative Medicine/Healing
Light Seminars, Inc.
David, in your view, which is more effective: acupuncture or low level
Laser therapy and acupuncture are completely distinct and separate entities.
Apples and oranges. Each has its own highest and best use. Both can be
highly effective but are very different. Often, it may be an excellent
strategy to combine both.
Acupuncture is more point specific. Acupuncture
works when a practitioner inserts fine needles at key points along the
that connect to organs
and affect virtually all body functions. A sharp, fine stainless steel
point can target a very precise location, and effects of the stimulus
may be observed on the other side of the body. In contrast, when laser
light contacts tissue, it disperses over a wide area. Laser therapy might
better be compare to moxibustion, the burning of an herb in Chinese medicine
to warm points and channels, than to acupuncture. Acupuncture needles
may serve to redirect energy, but they don’t add to it. On the other
hand, laser therapy is perhaps a gentler, more supportive stimulus which
adds energy to the system.
Isn’t low level laser therapy very similar to acupuncture—don’t
you use the same meridian points on the body?
No. Treating widely separate points with a laser as one might with acupuncture
needles is not going to give the same kind of results as acupuncture.
One can certainly apply laser therapy according to the principles of Oriental
medicine, but the techniques for optimal results will be very different.
Which works faster
to reduce pain—low level
laser therapy or acupuncture?
A single needle at an acupuncture point, small intestine 3, may immediately
eliminate neck pain. The effects of laser therapy take time to build.
Thank you, David, for your input.