Light Vs. Needle – Part One

Being an Acupuncturists sounds like a perfect job, right?
The flexibility of being self-employed, the supreme role of actually helping people and at times,  maybe even saving them since they have tried everything else with no desirable results. But how about the flip side to this profession- what can possibly go wrong?
I can tell you, lots of things!

The top three common side effects of needle insertion are blood, bruises and screaming. People who tend to bruise easily can end up with large bruises anywhere on their body. I had one client with a 7” bruise in a perfect circle on her stomach. Luckily, she was a dear friend and understood the role this played in her healing (“destroy first then rebuild” is what my teacher calls it).  Another time, my beautiful Aunt decided to let me practice facial rejuvenation on her prior to being an honored guest a wedding and guess what happened? You got it! “Free advertising” is what I refer to it as- a very prominent and dark bruise right next to her eye (tai yang)- the kind with different colors like a kaleidoscope. Made for a wonderful time at the wedding.

“Is that all” you may wonder? Most definitely not. There are folks that have been traumatized by needles- whether from surgery, spinal taps or genetic predisposition. I have had more than one person actually pass out after one, tiny needle was inserted. One woman, sitting on a chair, assured me she would be fine only to pass out immediately and fall flat down on the floor! OY!

I am not sharing these personal stories from the clinic to scare you or think that I am horrible at needling or that these scenarios may occur for you. Rather, I am letting you know that a lot can happen when inserting needles and that there are viable options available to use today. When I was first introduced to LED Light Therapy over 10 years ago, my first thought was “wow, this is so easy compared to needles”. You place the pad or pen where it hurts, press power and voila! Photobiomodulation occurs! Repeat that word often and folks will revere you as smart:)

So, the take away from this blog post, even before we get into how meridians are designed to receive and conduct light, is that often, a non-needle approach can be the least risky, easiest and most painless approach.  Additionally, when working with children, someone very weak, or in a public place (yes, you can illuminate in restaurants, I have!), and especially in non-sanitary conditions light is the best choice when working with acupuncture points known to alleviate pain.


For more information, contact Jennifer Waters, L.Ac. Dipl.Ac