AcuPhoton Therapy FAQs
How does photon therapy work?
Photon therapy uses a medical
device that emits packets of light called photons. Photons break
the painful inflammatory cycle by dilating small blood and lymphatic vessels.
This increase in circulation removes the irritating inflammatory products
and results in accelerated healing and pain relief. The
immune system and nervous system are also stimulated by photons, which
increases activity and leads to faster repair of damaged tissues.
show that the increase in circulation and reduction in pain associated
with the use of photons is the result of an increase in the release of
nitric oxide directly under the neuro-transmitter.
Over 40 years
ago, Furchgott (et al JPETT 113:22, 1955) demonstrated the ability of photo
energy to induce vasorelaxation. Furchgott, Ignatto, and Murad were awarded
the Nobel Peace Prize in medicine and physiology in 2000 for their work
in identifying nitric oxide as the molecule responsible for regulating
What happens during
a typical treatment session?
At the beginning of the first treatment an infrared
scan is taken of the affected area to pinpoint the exact site of inflammation
and blood circulation abnormalities. The infrared scan is completely
non-invasive and appears live for the practitioner to analyze.
on the results of the scan, the patient is then treated with photon therapy
for 5-20 minutes at multiple acupuncture and muscular trigger points. Acupuncture
may also be administered depending on the pain condition and patient preference. Moderate
pain relief is often achieved after only one treatment; however a series
of treatments is often prescribed to limit recurrence of pain.
What are the
advantages compared to other therapies?
Faster healing: Accelerates
cell development in damaged tissue as well as stimulating bone and cartilage
Anti-inflammatory action: Reduces swelling
and accelerates healing times of soft tissue injuries
vascular activity: Results in an increase of microcirculation
of lymphatic system and small blood vessels in injured tissue
nerve function: Accelerates the regeneration of
Fast: Typical treatment is between 10 and
Nonpharmalogical: No hidden side effects
pure, non-ionizing light
Non-invasive: Unlike painful injections,
the skin is not physically penetrated
less than other therapy and offers greater benefits
Are the treatments uncomfortable or painful?
Unlike other modalities,
no sticky pads or cold gels are required. Most
patients feel no particular sensation other than movement of air from the
small fan used to cool the emitter.
If used in combination with acupunture,
a momentary sensation during needle insertion is often felt. Once
the needles are in place the patient usually does not feel them.
Are there any
As with any therapy, it is not applied over cancer, infection,
a pregnant uterus, or the eyes. Patients with these conditions CAN
be treated with photon therapy at other locations in their body.
Is there any
radiation danger or potential to be burned or shocked?
Photon therapy does
not emit any x-ray (ionizing) radiation. It only
emits pure light. Unlike a laser’s focused light, light emitted
by this therapy diffuses and reduces the risk of burn.
Is photon therapy safe
for children and senior citizens?
Yes. Because the treatment is so comfortable,
children and seniors welcome its beneficial effects. There
are also no worries about applying therapy over many types of implanted
How many treatments do I need?
This varies based on many factors,
including chronicity of disease, strength of immune system, frequency of
treatments, and much more. A series