Focused Light: Using Lasers in the Acupuncture Clinic

With Guest: Jim Sullivan

Episode Qi035

Pressure, vibration, puncture, and heat, we know there are a variety of ways to stimulate an acupuncture point.

In this episode we explore the clinical use of light, in the form of low-power lasers. And especially for those of you that don’t really understand electricity, the physics of light, or the difference between an LED and the coherent light of a laser, this conversation will be especially helpful as we go over basics that will help you to better understand these devices and how you can use them in your practice.

Listen in as we learn how to safely use lasers in clinical practice and what kinds of tissues and points that respond to these devices.
In this conversation we discuss:
  • How Jim got started with lasers
  • The ways in which lasers differ from needles
  • Ways in which using a laser is different than using a needle
  • Battlefield Acupuncture points and lasers
  • Using lasers with the Korean Hand Acupuncture System
  • What parts of the body respond best to low power lasers
  • Different classes of lasers and safety considerations
Jim Sullivan

Jim has many years of experience with acupuncture, earning his Master's in Acupuncture back in 1997. Jim is the past president of the Illinois Acupuncture Society. He has been an adjunct instructor for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and consulting acupuncturist at SIU's infertility treatment program.

Jim currently works practicing acupuncture in St. Louis, Missouri.
Links and Resources

One of the books that Jim recommends is Light and Laser Therapy: Clinical Procedures.


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Michael Max

Acupuncturist, Podcast Host
About me
I've always been more drawn to questions than answers. And the practice of medicine seems to more lively when infused with a sense of curiosity and inquiry. It's been delight and honor to be able to discuss our medicine with so many thoughtful and skilled practitioners.

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