Online ISSN : 1884-7269
Print ISSN : 0898-5901
ISSN-L : 0898-5901
Original Article
Laser acupuncture - innovative basic research: visual and laser-induced evoked potentials
Gerhard Litscher
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2012 Volume 21 Issue 4 Pages 287-295


Background and aims: Laser acupuncture is a therapeutic medical method. Innovative basic research is necessary within this fascinating area of research. This publication focuses on visual evoked potentials (VEP) elucidated by non-invasive and partially non-perceptible laser stimulation.
Materials (Subjects) and Methods: The first part of this study presents systematic VEP-monitoring in connection with laser acupuncture and manual needle acupuncture in 40 healthy volunteers. The second part deals with bilateral non-perceptible laser needle (658 nm, 40 mW, 500 μm, 1 Hz) irradiation of the Neiguan acupoint (PC6) in a 26-year-old female healthy volunteer using a new 32-channel evoked potential analysis technique.
Results: We were not able to find significant changes in latency or amplitudes of VEPs during laser acupuncture within the first part of the study. However in the second part we report about human cerebral evoked potentials after non-perceptible laser stimulation.
Conclusions: The findings indicate that exposure to laser needle stimulation with a frequency of 1 Hz can modulate the ascending reticular activating system. Further studies are necessary to confirm or refute the very interesting findings.

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