Dr. Mindy Boxer – LED Light Therapy & Acupuncture: A Perfect Pairing

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Acupuncture is a proven treatment option when it comes to dealing with a host of health problems, from allergies to depression to chronic pain. Acupuncture is the key to restoring the body’s energy flow and achieving balance. Acupuncturists also may use herbal remedies, acupressure massage, and other modalities like LED light therapy to enhance their treatment and get improved outcomes for their patients. 

And while you might be familiar with acupuncture, LED light therapy might be a new or less familiar concept to you. Light therapy is gaining in popularity and a quick search on Amazon or Google brings up a variety of products from pads and flexible panels to masks and handheld devices. Let’s look at what light therapy is and how it can enhance certain acupuncture treatments.

Definition of LED Light Therapy

LED light therapy is known by a few different names including phototherapy, red light therapy or low-level light therapy. It is supported by thousands of peer-reviewed and published clinical research papers from prestigious institutions around the world. You can view a few of those studies here. The rather simple definition of LED light therapy is the application of specific wavelengths of light applied to tissue to obtain beneficial therapeutic results. Think of it as photosynthesis for humans.

In the same way that plants use chlorophyll to convert sunlight into energy, high intensity light emitting diodes (LEDs) utilizing specific, proven wavelengths of light can trigger a natural biostimulatory effect in human tissue. Research has shown that light emitting diode (LED) or phototherapy can increase circulation, accelerate tissue repair, kill acne bacteria, decrease inflammation, improve acne prone skin, skin tone, texture and clarity, decrease under eye wrinkles as well as ease muscle and joint pain, stiffness, spasm, and pain associated with arthritis.

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Research indicates that cells absorb particles of light (photons) and transform their energy into adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the form of energy that cells utilize. The resulting elevation of ATP is then used to power metabolic processes; synthesize DNA, RNA, proteins, enzymes, and other products needed to repair or regenerate cell components; foster mitosis or cell proliferation; and restore homeostasis. Simply put, the LED phototherapy source provides compromised cells with added energy, so the cells performance is enhanced. For example, fibroblast cells will increase collagen and elastin production in connective tissue to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in our skin and increase the rate of wound healing.

Acupuncture Applications Using LED Light Therapy 

One of the ways an acupuncturist might incorporate LED light therapy is through a facial acupuncture treatment. I will use acupuncture points on the body to treat any underlying patterns of disharmony and local acupuncture face points to address facial symptoms. To enhance the effects of the acupuncture treatment, they might place a large panel-style LED light device over your face.

There are FDA-cleared, medical-grade light therapy devices on the market that your practitioner has likely vetted for proven treatment success. An average LED treatment cycle is 20-30 minutes.

For facial acupuncture patients, light therapy stimulates micro-circulation in the skin, decreases inflammation, improves lymphatic drainage, softens fine lines and wrinkles, increases the production of collagen and elastin, and delays the signs of aging. Perhaps the best features of LED light therapy from the patient’s perspective are that it is relaxing and rejuvenating, affordable, and there is no downtime post treatment.

Talk to me about the various uses of LED light therapy with acupuncture. It’s also a great option in helping to treat chronic pain conditions such as arthritis, muscle strains and sprains, and joint pain. This perfect pairing just might be the key to restoring balance and getting you back to health. Don’t wait, make an appointment today!


Dr. Mindy Boxer is a holistic practitioner who has grown into her specialties in an organic way. Understanding a range of disciplines allows her to integrate the wisdom of Ancient healing in combination with the most recent innovations in Scientific research. This dynamic blend has enabled Dr. Boxer to help patients in the prevention and treatment of disease for over 25 years.
At age 15, Dr. Boxer began her lifelong practice of Yoga & Meditation, read many Nutrition books, began Juicing her Vegetables, and explored and all Raw Diet.  Recognizing the importance of Nutrition in overall health, she earned her Ph.D. in 1986 in Nutrition and Human Behavior, providing her with a solid foundation to counsel and educate patients on how to attain health and vitality.
Her informative Lectures and appetizing Cooking Classes were the perfect forum to educate the community about the effects of food on Mood and Behavior, as well as in innovative ways to balance Body Chemistry in order to achieve overall well being.
Sensing a need to expand her training and understanding of the human body as a whole system, Dr. Boxer continued her studies in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine,  and in 1993 earned a Masters Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine. She is licensed by the Medical Board of the State of California in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine and is also licensed by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine.
These diverse disciplines give Dr. Boxer a unique view of the human body and how to keep it functioning in an optimal manner. Her practice of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs and Functional Nutrition have a profound effect on Hormonal balance, Rejuvenation, and Immune system enhancement.

Dr. Boxer has a particularly keen understanding of Women’s Health issues including Gynecological irregularity, PMS, Fertility, IUI & UVF support, Healthy Pregnancy & Delivery, and Menopausal issues. Her interest in the human body as a dynamic system has given her the understanding to deal with such problems as improper Digestion and elimination, Cancer Support, Allergies, back pain, tight neck and shoulders, carpal tunnel syndrome, respiratory distress, chronic fatigue, Insomnia, Stress, Anxiety and Depression.
She has also studied the art and science of Homeopathy, earning her Diplomate in Homeopathy from the Hahnemann College of Homeopathy in 1995. This allows her to treat the whole person — physically, mentally, emotionally.

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