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laserponcture® Theory & PHILOSOPHY

Albert Bohbot, Director and founder, Laboratoire de Recherches sur le laserponcture®

In any traditional medicine and more specifically in the Chinese thought, the world, life, and health are closely linked together. These medicines come from a rich and humanistic past and will become the medicine of the 21st century, issued from varied cultures and civilizations. 

Thus, acupuncture, moxibustion, and today laserponcture® come to help and fight against illness, and, more specifically, spinal cord injuries (SCI) as far as laserponcture is concerned.

Laserponcture is directed to the “Huan” membrane, which seems to be the somatic conjunctive tissue, which would hold the nervous structures through which runs the propagated sensation along the canals (PSC). These free nervous endings are close to the pre-capillary vessels. We believe that they carry a neurotransmitter, which is unknown but probably from a histaminic origin.

What is the PSC? It is the privileged moment when the needle or the laser beam provides the force life, and the patient feels various sensations such as “pain, hot, cold, tingling, numbness or pins and needles.” All of these sensations are felt by patients with SCI treated by laserponcture.

The Chinese tradition believes that there are three different speeds of PSC helping to balance the organism:

1)       The somatic nervous system, whose propagation is fast;

2)       The autonomous nervous system, whose propagation is slow;

3)     The channel network (acupuncture and neo-acupuncture), whose propagation is even slower and through which the PSC runs.

This PSC disappears in the case of complete spinal cord transection; it seems that laserponcture re-establishes this PSC.

Laserponcture relates the channel networks to acupuncture and neo-acupuncture points – highlighted through our research – and to dermatomes levels, which match cutaneous spinal cord segments – cervical, thoracic or lumbar segments. Laserponcture re-establishes a dialog between the brain and the part of the body below the injury. Many results obtained show it, but it would be too long to present them here [2, 3] (see

A thesis in medicine has already been written on laserponcture by Dr Cecile Jame-Collet, M.D., Faculté de Médecine Léonard de Vinci, Paris Nord [5]. Numerous works combine laser and stem cells, or laser and carpal tunnel syndrome, or the treatment of pain [1, 4, 10, 11, 12, 13], and use of magnetic fields in SCI problems [14]. 

The laserponcture machine is unique worldwide and was developed according to my specific specifications by the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers in Cluny (ENSAM) and financed with grants from the French government (Bourgogne Réseau). 

Patients with SCI come from many parts of the world to our clinic in La Chapelle Montlinard. Because the results are convincing for many, the information has spread through the SCI community.

Our goal is to make the therapy more accessible and teach it so that more and more individuals can have access to it, regardless of financial means or other, consistent with the preamble of the World Health Organization (WHO) Constitution: “The best health condition is one of the fundamental rights of any human being, whatever his race, religion, political ideas and economic or social position.”


1. Bohbot A et Bouvier M. Protocole expérimental concernant les effets du laserponcture® sur la douleur en rhumatologie. Centre Hospitalo-Universitaire de Lyon-Sud Jules Courmont, 1989-1992. Financed by Agence Nationale pour la Valorisation de la Recherche.
2. Bohbot A, Laserponcture®: an Alternative Treatment for Spinal Cord Injuries, paper given to the Congress of Reykjavik (Human Spinal Cord Injury: New and Emerging Approaches to Treatment) – May 31st to June 2nd, 2001, organized by the World Health Organization and the Icelandic Ministry of Health (text posted on

3. Bohbot A, Laserponcture®: an Alternative Treatment for Spinal Cord Injuries, paper given to the Symposium of Brescia, Italy, March 25th to 27th, 2002. (text posted on

4. Branco K, Naeser MA. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Clinical Outcome After Low-Level Laser Acupuncture, Microamps Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, and Other Alternative Therapies: An Open Protocol Study. J. Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 5(1), 5-26, 1999.

5. Jame-Collet C., Du dermatome au pibu, le lien : le laserponcture. Application clinique au travers de la para et de la tétraplégie, DUMETRAC, Université de Médecine Paris-Nord, 2000-2001. Disponible sur demande au Laboratoire de Recherches sur le laserponcture®.

6. Johnston L, Laserponcture: the French Connection, Paraplegia News, September, 2000.

7. Johnston L, Conference Report, Human Spinal Cord Injury: New and Emerging Approaches to Treatment, Spinal Cord (2001) 39, 609-613.

8. Johnston L, A Matter of WHO, Paraplegia News, September 2001, 38-41.
9. Johnston L, Alternative Medicine Primer for Spinal-Cord Dysfunction, supplement of Paraplegia News, Paraplegia News, June 2003.

10.  Naeser MA, Hahn K-A K, Lieberman BE, Branco KF. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Pain Treated with Low-Level Laser and Microamps TENS, A Controlled Study. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2002;83: 978-988.

11. Rochkind S, Volger I, Barr-Nea L. Spinal Cord Response to Laser Treatment of Injured Peripheral Nerve. Spine 1990; 15: 6-10

12. Rochkind S, Ouaknine GE. New Trend in Neuroscience: Low-Power Laser Effect on Peripheral and Central Nervous System. Neurol Res 1991;14: 2-11.

13. Xingping, G, Chenming G, Jincui, G, Chenggang, H, Fei, H, Bing, H, and Ling, H, Acupuncture Treatment of Complete Traumatic Paraplegia; Analysis of 261 cases, Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 16 (2): 134-137, 1996.

14. Young W, Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields Alter Calcium in Spinal Cord Injury, Society of Neurological Surgeons, New York, NY, April 25-28, 1984.