Background: Use of laser makes efﬁcient acupuncture application without the use of stainless steel needles. Irradiation with laser of acupuncture points can produce effects of diminishing inﬂammation, relieving pain, enhancing metabolism, improving tissue regeneration and immunity.
Objectives: To discuss its efﬁcacy as non-pharmacological intervention that may provide a valuable adjunctive or alternative treatment for chronic respiratory diseases. Subjects and methods: Indications were 31 patients suffering from chronic respiratory illness (asthma, COPD, bronchiectasis and ILD). They were subdivided into a control group that received conservative treatment with medication and a study group that received a 10 day course of LLL in addition to medication. All patients were subjected to full history taking, Plain Chest X-ray and HRCT chest. Parameters assessed before and after 10 days: BMI, ﬂow/volume loop and treadmill 6MWT.
Main results: There was no statistically signiﬁcant difference in the mean value of age, BMI and sex difference between both groups. Also there was no statistically signiﬁcant difference regarding baseline spirometric data and 6 MWD between both groups. There was a statistically signiﬁcant improvement in FVC, FEV1, FEF 25–75% and 6 MWD after 10 days of laser when compared with baseline data within the study group, while within the control group there was a statistically.
Author: Amany R. Mohamed a, Marwa M. Shaban b,*a Department of Physical Therapy, Critical Care, Cairo University Hospitals, Egypt b Chest Department, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Egypt, Received 2 June 2014; accepted 17 June 2014 Available online 15 July 2014