Healing With Photons

By: Len Saputo, M.D.

“The pain is gone…I can’t believe it!” After two decades of unrelenting pain from diabetic neuropathy and a treatment program that not only profoundly interfered with his quality of life but also resulted in an addiction to a myriad of pharmaceutical drugs, Jack’s pain was suddenly gone. It was just that fast—two half-hour treatments with an invisible light and his pain disappeared. Incredible! No more medicines. He began feeling like his old self—he could think clearly and his zest for life returned. Jack’s family thinks it was a miracle.

Jack’s story is not unusual. However, diabetic neuropathy is only one of many health conditions that can be eliminated using a near infrared light therapy known as photonic stimulation. Since we have used this technology at the Health Medicine Institute our patients have been so delighted with its effects that we’ve had to expand our staff to accommodate their avalanche of referrals to friends and families.

Photonic stimulation sounds like “Star Trek” medicine—something out of the future that seems too far-fetched to exist in today’s world. However, quantum healing with near infrared light photons is here today, and it is here to stay. This powerful, effective, safe, and affordable technology is revolutionizing medical treatment for pain, many neurological disorders, and a wide variety of musculoskeletal and soft tissue maladies. Many health problems that had previously been notoriously difficult or even impossible to successfully manage can now benefit from photonic stimulation.

There is a rapidly growing body of solid scientific research documenting the effectiveness of near infrared light therapy. NASA published a study on our Navy Seals in the Journal of Clinical Laser Medicine and Surgery in November of 2001 showing that this frequency of light penetrates 23 centimeters into the body’s tissues, and that it not only relieves pain but also accelerates the healing process by 50% or more. Another exciting study will soon be published in the prestigious journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reporting that photonic stimulation prevents blindness induced by methyl alcohol poisoning in mice. And, according to New Science Magazine, September of 1999, NASA has shown that photonic stimulation can be used to treat eye injuries caused by laser burns. These studies hold promise that photonic stimulation will have important applications in restoring vision in humans for a wide variety of disorders. Additional clinical studies are also presently underway to document what those of us who have been exploring this technology already know from everyday experience.

Scientists believe that the mechanism of action of photonic stimulation is related to its ability to excite electrons within the mitochondria of cells in injured tissues. This process is thought to enable malfunctioning cells to resume production of ATP and stimulate the return of normal cellular physiology. Accompanying this is a more normal regulation of the autonomic nervous system and an increase in blood flow to injured tissues.

This increase in blood flow restores nourishment to the blood-starved cells of injured tissues and supports the return of normal tissue function. This can be documented by thermography—the study of heat patterns at the body surface that are regulated by the autonomic nervous system. There is an association of specific heat patterns with different clinical disorders. These thermographic patterns correlate with patients’ subjective improvement and can be measured in real time with the use of infrared scanning cameras.

Some examples of conditions we’ve had success in managing using photonic stimulation include:


Diabetic and other neuropathies Neuropathic pain
Sports and other injuries Bell’s palsy
Plantar fasciitis Burns, cuts, and contusions
Cervical and lumbar disc disease Postoperative pain
TMJ headaches Fibromyalgia
Repetitive stress injuries Carpal tunnel syndrome
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy Osteoarthritis


It is not unusual to reverse symptoms that have persisted for decades in a matter of a few minutes. One good example of this is in patients with diabetic neuropathy, as in Jack’s case. These poor people often require narcotics, antidepressants, anti-neuroleptics and a wide variety of other potentially dangerous drugs to control their severe pain. Photonic stimulation routinely restores the nerve dysfunction that leads to the pain, numbness, ulcerations, and amputations that all too often accompany patients with diabetic neuropathy.

Perhaps the most common application of photonic stimulation is for a wide variety of acute injuries. It is particularly effective for soft tissue injuries such as cuts, hematomas, contusions, muscle pulls, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, and all other myofascial pain syndromes. These injuries are routinely cured within 1-2 weeks, allowing a return to full activity. This became clear at the USA Track and Field Trials in Sacramento, CA, and the subsequent 2000 Olympic Games when international athletes found this therapy very effective for their sports related injuries.

Personal experience is a powerful teacher that can be even more convincing than a large clinical trial. In March of 2001, I was preparing to take a trip to Australia to represent the US in Senior Davis Cup competition. In the over 60 year old division, playing with pain is more the rule than the exception! Unfortunately, a couple of weeks prior to leaving I developed a severe tennis elbow injury that I was sure would take me out of the competition. To my surprise, after using the photon stimulator for a few minutes twice a day for five days, the pain was totally gone and I was able to resume full activity—I went on to win the world singles title. Normally, as most tennis players know, this type of injury generally requires six weeks to 18 months to fully heal.

Several months ago I sustained a muscle pull in my left calf that left me limping from pain. Again, after using photonic stimulation twice a day for five days the pain totally resolved and I resumed full activity. The previous time I developed a calf pull it took nine months before I completely healed. I no longer take tennis trips without bringing the photonic stimulator in my tennis bag—it has become the “secret weapon” of our US Senior Davis Cup Team!

Age is not a limitation in using photonic stimulation. Tom is a 79-year-old former Wimbledon champion who was preparing to represent the US in Senior Davis Cup competition in late 2002. Having undergone a total shoulder replacement eight years prior, he was certain when he re-injured this shoulder that he would not be able to compete. Over the course of a week of daily treatment with photonic stimulation, the pain cleared and he resumed practicing five days a week. Tom referred to this as a “small miracle.”

Earlier this year, Jason came to the Health Medicine Institute—he had heard about the photonic stimulator and our integrative pain management program that uses no medications. At age 32 he was considering suicide because of unrelenting pain. He had suffered through two failed back surgeries for lumbar disc disease that left him in constant pain despite the use of narcotics, antidepressants, anti-inflammatory drugs, and muscle relaxants. He had become a “walking zombie” who could not find any position where pain was not incapacitating. He was on total disability, and pain and depression