Acupunct Med 27:92 doi:10.1136/aim.2009.000794
  • Commentary

Laser acupuncture: effectiveness depends upon dosage

  1. G David Baxter
  1. Correspondence to Professor G David Baxter, Centre for Physiotherapy Research, University of Otago, PO Box 56, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand; david.baxter{at}

    Glazov and colleagues are to be commended for their efforts in completing a high quality, primary care-based trial of laser acupuncture in the treatment of chronic low back pain (CLBP).1 This is a timely and important study (see page 94): over the last several decades, back pain (and CLBP in particular), has become recognised as a prevalent, costly and largely intractable condition; laser acupuncture is an increasingly popular treatment choice for the treatment of musculoskeletal pain, including back pain.

    In many respects, this is a well planned, high quality and well conducted study. The range of …