LOW LEVEL LASER
Low Level Laser therapy, also known as cold laser or photo-biomodulation has existed since 1967 but has predominantly been used in Europe and Asia. Low level laser has the capacity to heal various dysfunctions in the body, increase blood flow to tissue and reduce inflammation. Additionally, this therapy is painless, non-invasive, and carries a low risk as it does not use ionizing radiation.
Marcy White M.Ac., L.Ac. received her training from Dr. Margaret Naeser of BU Medical and the VA in Boston, one of the foremost researchers in this field. Marcy has used low level laser for the past 10 years in her practice for a variety of health issues such as chronic and acute pain, neurological conditions such as concussion, migraine, Bell's palsy and post-stroke. Marcy has also developed a fertility laser program at Copley Acupuncture.
LASER FOR FERTILITY
Copley Acupuncture is the first acupuncture clinic in Boston to offer patients this clinically-tested system that uses low level laser to stimulate blood flow to the reproductive organs and enhance cellular energy production. It is particularly promising for couples struggling with age-related reproductive problems.
Western reproductive medicine has traditionally maintained that aging and declining egg quality is irreversible. Recent ground-breaking research with low level laser therapy from in Denmark and Japan is showing that it may be possible to improve egg quality and improve fertility in women. The studies show that low level laser therapy used on acupuncture points on the neck and over the abdomen enhance mitochondrial activity and ATP production, increase blood flow and helps to reduce oxidative damage. These studies are showing that low level laser may significantly boost the pregnancy rates of women who have been unsuccessful with other assisted reproduction treatments like vitro fertilization (IVF).
Every cell in the body is powered by tiny organelles called mitochondria. Women's eggs have almost 200 times more mitochondria than any other cell in the body. Mitochondria of older eggs produces less ATP, which is the source of cellular energy. This has a significant impact on fertility, as the rate of division and successful implantation of embryos has more to do with how much energy (ATP) the eggs are producing than with maternal age.
The capacity of the low level laser to improve the ATP production of eggs has a potentially dramatic effect on their viability. When eggs develop, they use a significant amount of energy and implantation and early embryo division also use great stores of energy. Most clinics for reproductive medicine believe that after 35 years of age, mitochondria of the eggs wear down and by age 40, as many as 9 out of 10 eggs may be abnormal.
By using low level laser to increase energy level (ATP) in the cells, improve blood circulation to the follicles and uterus, and reduce inflammation it is possible to have greater success in producing viable eggs and e receptive uterine lining in the hopes of having a successful pregnancy.
Please contact the office if you are interested in the Laser Fertility Program.