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Pain Res Manag. 2006 Spring;11(1):49-57.

Suppression of pain by exposure of acupuncture points to polarized light.

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Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology, National Academy of Sciences, Kiev, Ukraine.



According to clinical studies, the stimulation of acupuncture points (APs) by a variety of methods (eg, needles, pressure, etc) is an effective method for the treatment of many pain syndromes. However, no experimental proof exists showing that the exposure of APs to low-intensity incoherent polarized (P) light evokes an analgesic affect.


The authors' previous work, using mice, shows that the exposure of APs to low-intensity microwaves effectively decreases pain. The purpose of the present study was to determine whether exposure of APs to low-intensity incoherent P light evokes a statistically significant reduction in pain.


The effects of P light on behavioural responses to acute and tonic pain were tested in mice. The threshold of vocalization during electrical stimulation of the foot (acute pain) was measured before and after exposure of AP E-36 to P light. The duration of licking the formalin-injected foot (tonic pain) was investigated in control mice and mice exposed to P light on APs E-36, V-56 and V-60 or on skin that did not contain analgesic APs.


Exposure of APs to P light evoked a statistically significant increase in pain threshold by 34.2% to 59.1%, and shortened the licking time by 32.3% to 50% in mice. The most effective AP was E-36 in both the painful foot and the normal foot. After 2 min, 6 min and 10 min of P light exposure, analgesia was 7.6%, 30.9% and 50%, respectively. The exposure to P light on skin that did not contain analgesic APs did not evoke significant effect.


The results show the efficacy of pain suppression by exposure of antinociceptive APs to P light.

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