Photon Therapy Research
There have been a number of research articles and papers published on photon therapy as a treatment modality for various conditions.
Thermal Imaging Processor (TIP) & Photon Stimulation: A New Form of Therapy for Chronic Diabetic Medical Painful Neuropathy of the Feet
by Jacob Green, M.D., Ph.D., Earl Horowitz, D.P.M., Deborah Fralicker, R.N., D.C., William Clewell, Ph.D., George Ossi, B.S., Aerospace Minnie Briley, C.M.E.T. and Tim Luce
B.S. Pain Digest, September/October 1999, Volume 9, Number 5
ABSTRACT: Diabetic neuropathy is a common, significant, and painful condition that does not readily lend itself to simplified Photonic therapy. Patients with painful diabetic neuropathy were treated with a new entity, i.e., a photon stimulator, and this device is described. Patients and control subjects were all assessed by physiological means (high-resolution digital infrared imaging)before and after all therapy. Patients were all given the opportunity to express their own opinions as to the efficacy of treatment outcomes via use of the standard visual analogue scale (VAS). The results are noted.
Infrared Photon Stimulation: A New Form of Chronic Pain Therapy
by Jacob Green, M.D., Deborah Fralicker, R.N., D.C., William Clewell, Ph.D., Earl Horowitz, D.P.M., Tim Luce, B.S., Victor Yannacone, L.L.B., and Constance Haber, D.C.
ABSTRACT: Three diverse problems were studied, the first of which was “chronic painful diabetic neuropathy.” This was typified by cold, painful feet. Photon therapy over the acupuncture sites and over the afflicted area resulted in increased temperature and amelioration of pain in many patients. In addition, it was noted that those who became temperature coherent (we noted a wide dispersion of recorded temperatures in symptomatic patients) were associated with better assessment of the technique by the patient.The second group of “chronic myofascial pain” syndrome patients typically demonstrated an increased are of temperature in the skin, were also treated by utilization of typical acupuncture points. For the most part, clinical improvement in pain ratings were noted associated with decreased skin temperature in affected areas becoming side-to-side coherent over time. A third patient with complex regional pain syndrome type II was also treated with this technology with clinical improvement in his previously dramatically reduced skin temperature without admission of any basic symptom change.
It is felt that the infrared energy creates a change in the potentiostatic electrochemical process which invokes a non-local coupling reaction in the body’s electrical system. This would also indicate a new anatomical designation of acupuncture treatment points in correspondence with the older nomenclature which was often misleading.This is the first overall reporting of a treatment utilizing the body’s own “electrical buttons” as opposed to invoking electrical change of an internal or external invasive or semi-invasive procedure.
Photon stimulation therapy for chronic regional pain syndrome: a new technique.
Green, J, Fralicker,D, Clewell, W, et al. (1999)
Complex regional pain syndrome type I, previously known as reflex asymmetry dystrophy is notoriously difficult to treat. We report on the significant temperature reduction and side-to-side symmetry noted in one patient treated with infrared photon therapy. We review recently published experience with the photon stimulator in chronic diabetic painful neuropathy and chronic pain syndrome. Significant temperature asymmetries which were the hallmark of these other disorders were likewise similarly affected. Considerations for acupuncture type of electrochemical process change in non-local coupling functions are thought to be responsible. Neuromodulation and neuroaugmentation by this technology seem to be helpful in the amelioration of this chronic painful condition.
Chronic Myofascial Pain Treated with a New Device: The Photon Stimulator – Physiological and Clinical Assessment
by Deborah Fralicker, D.C., Jacob Green, M.D., Ph.D., William Clewell, Ph.D., George Ossi, B.S., and Minnie Briley, C.M.E.T.
JMPT, Submitted April 1999
ABSTRACT: Classical spinal and peripheral acupuncture treatment points were stimulated by an FDA approved infrared photon device in the treatment of chronic myofascial pain. Favorable assessments by the patients of this new mode of photon therapy were reported for both groups. A significant reduction in the patient’s level of pain using the standard visual analog scale for pain measurement were found. A reduction of the classic hotter (spot) skin surface temperatures in the area of the myofascial complaints that the surrounding body in both groups of patients.
This infrared photon therapy device appears quite acceptable for the outpatient treatments in chiropractic physicians offices, especially those with an interest in myofascial pain and knowledge of acupuncture technique.
Light therapy for Diabetes
Healing of Bone Affections and Gangrene with Low-Intensity Laser Irradiation in Diabetic Patients Suffering from Foot Infections.
Schindl, M, Schindl, A, Polzleitner, D and Schindl, L (1998)
OBJECTIVE: Evalution of low-intensity laser irradiation on the healing of bone affections and gangrene in patients suffering from diabetic microangiopathy.
DESIGN: Case-report study.
PATIENTS: Two consecutive diabetic male patients with gangrene, osteomyelitis, and bone fractures.
INTERVENTION: Helium-neon laser irradiation (36 J/cm2 ) 50 min/day.
MAIN OUTCOME PARAMETER: Healing of gangrene and corticalis lesion as well as remineralisation of bone affections.
RESULTS: Within a mean period of 14 weeks not only a complete healing of the diabetic gangrenes but also a radiographically determined reestablishment of corticalis and remineralisation of preexisting bone affections could be achieved.
CONCLUSION: We therefore conclude that low-intensity laser irradiation should be further tested as an additional beneficial therapeutic modality for the healing of gangrene and bone affections in diabetic patients.
Low-intensity laser irradiation improves skin circulation in patients with diabetic microangiopathy.
Schindl, A, Schindl, M, Schon, H, et al. (1998)