It’s hoped that laser acupuncture, as a less invasive form of the therapy, will prove more popular in the West than the traditional Chinese use of needles.
To test the effectiveness of laser acupuncture, Australian researchers from the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney enlisted the help of 47 men and women aged between 18 and 50, all with a history of depression.
The participants were divided into two groups, one of which was given laser acupuncture twice a week for a month, then once a week for another month.
The other group was given ‘dummy’ laser acupuncture, which involved the practitioner shining a normal light on the participants’ skin.
Using the Hamilton...