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Light Irradiation And Response Of The Living Body - Effect Of Pain Relief And Promotion Of Wound Healing -
Author(s): Yoshio Taguchi; Yoshimochi Kurokawa; Itaru Ohara; Hamaichi Ueki; Humio Inaba
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Paper Abstract

The first report of laser irradiation for wound healing was done by Mester, E., et al. in 1968. From their reports, we can get many knowledges and suggestions as for laser irradiation. At that time he used ruby laser (694.3 nm wave length) for surgical wounds and burns on the back skin of mice. The condition of irradiation was studied with energy density between 0.5-10 J/cm2 twice a week. As a result, they noticed 1 J/cm2 irradiation was effective for those wounds. After a few experimental reports, they published their clinical studies in 1975. Clinically, they used He-Ne laser (632.8 nm wave length) irradiation. Human leg ulcers due to peripheral circulatory disturbance were treated with energy density of 4 J/cm2 twice a week. And they got good results, obtaining complete healing in two-thirds of the cases. We became strongly stimulated by those reports. We have been studying the effect of light on experimental and clinical wound healing as well as on various kinds of biological phenomena since 1980. Particularly, its effect according to the difference of light has been studied. In October 1982, the first clinical case was tried by Argon laser (514.5 nm wave length) irradiation for therapeutic purpose. A man had a chronic ulcer of the left first toe due to Buerger's disease for 5 months. Surprizingly, on the 14th day after 6 treatments of the light irradiation, his ulcer completely healed. During these treatments, the patient noticed that the pain completely disappeared after 2 treatments. Fifty Argon laser treatments were carried out on clinical cases after these experiences, we reached to a conclusion that light irradiation stimulated something in the injured tissues and lead to good clinical results. Several studies concerning mechanism for these effects i.e. peripheral circulation, histology of granulation, cell proliferation, chemistry and other studies were carried out. From these investigations, peripheral circulation was improved when in those who were suffering from vascular disorders but was not effective in normal subjects. From a study of cellular electrophoretic mobility, irradiated G0G1 cells increased their mobility, but irradiated G2M cells decreased. These results suggested light irradiation contributed to homeostasis of living cells, tissues, and body. Experiments concerning the light sources, i.e. wave length, energy density and polarization were done. As a result, linear polarization and right circular polarization improved wound healing, but incoherent light itself did not. ,According to our studies, no distinguished differences among various kinds of wave length were noticed. And light irradiation with energy density was very effective between 2 to 6 J/cm2. We strongly suggest the role of coherency is very important to do light irradiation on the living body. In conclusion, we like to propose our new viewpoint. That is, the light irradiation should be discussed with the structure of high molecular substances in the living body.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 September 1989
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 1066, Laser Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems, (11 September 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.952031
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Yoshio Taguchi, Tohoku University School of Medicine (Japan)
Yoshimochi Kurokawa, Tohoku University School of Medicine (Japan)
Itaru Ohara, Tohoku University School of Medicine (Japan)
Hamaichi Ueki, Tohoku University School of Medicine (Japan)
Humio Inaba, Tohoku University (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1066:
Laser Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems
Kazuhiko Atsumi; Norman R. Goldblatt; Stephen N. Joffe, Editor(s)

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