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Near-Infrared Photo Energy Therapy (Anodyne) could Reduce Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathic Pain

Palanghi F., DeBellis A., Gioffredi M., Gori R., Picciafouchi R., Martini N., Anichini R.

Diabetic Foot Study Group (DFSG) of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) (2009)

Study Summary

The 18 patients who qualified for this study were diagnosed with diabetes and chronic pain in the lower extremities. The patients received a mean of 24 treatments that included Anodyne and manual physical therapy.


88% of patients who received Anodyne treatments in the manner described in this study experienced significant pain relief, including:

  • 62% pain reduction when compared to pre-treatment values
  • 96% of patients were able to reduce or stop using medications for their lower extremity pain
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Short-term therapeutic effects of 890-nanometer light therapy for chronic low back pain: a double-blind randomized placebo-controlled study

Ru-Lan Hsieh & Wen-Chung Lee
Lasers Med Sci DOI 10.1007/s10103-013-1378-2


Study Summary

The 50 patients who qualified for this study experienced chronic low back pain. 33 patients received Anodyne with a hot pack and 27 patients received only hot pack treatments. All patients received 6 treatments of 40 minutes each (three times over two weeks) using either the Anodyne plus heat pack or heat pack alone.



Patients who received Anodyne, in the manner described in the study, obtained:

  • Substantially decreased pain compared to patients receiving hot pack alone
  • Reductions in severity of disability and fear avoidance beliefs in both work and physical activity as compared to patients who received hot pack alone.
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Monochromatic Infrared Photo Energy in Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis

Tarek A. Anmar, PT, PhD
Bull. Fac. Ph.Th.Cairo Univ., Vol. 15, No. (2) Jul. 2010


Study Summary

The 40 patients who qualified for this study were diagnosed with chronic knee pain and osteoarthritis.  20 patients received Anodyne, physical therapy and home exercise. The other 20 patients received hot pack, ultrasound, physical therapy and home exercise. Both groups of patients received 12 total treatments.



Patients receiving Anodyne (as described in the study) experienced knee pain relief, including:

  • 57% reduction in their knee pain
  • 36% improvement in the 6 minute walk test
  • 51% improvement in the Lower Extremity Functional Index
  • All measured results in the patients receiving Anodyne were significantly better than those receiving the alternative treatment
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Reversal of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy with MIRE

Reversal of diabetic peripheral neuropathy with phototherapy (MIRE™) decreases falls and the fear of falling and improves activities of daily living in seniors

Mark W. Powell, Dale H. Carnegie, Thomas J. Burke
Age and Ageing 2006; 35: 11–16


Study Summary

The 252 patients who qualified for this study suffered from type 2 Diabetes. They all self-treated with the Anodyne at home after first receiving Anodyne and physical therapy in a clinical setting. Study patients responded to a written health questionnaire designed to determine benefits of ongoing home treatment with Anodyne after approximately 9 months.




87% of patients continued to report foot pain relief, including:

  • 72% increased their activities of daily living
  • 79% diminished fear of falling
  • 76% reported fewer falls after treatment than before
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Monochromatic Infrared Photo Energy and Physical Therapy for Peripheral Neuropathy: Influence on Sensation, Balance and Falls

Alan B. Kochman, MSPT
J. Geriatr Phys Ther. 2004; 27(1):16-19


Study Summary

The 38 elderly patients who qualified for this study were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, discomforting foot sensations, significant balance impairments, and history of prior falls.

Patients received an average of 13 treatments consisting of Anodyne and physical therapy.



100% of patients obtained relief from discomforting foot sensations after receiving Anodyne and physical therapy as described in this study, including:

  • 90% relief of discomforting symptoms
  • Balance increased in 100% of patients
  • Measured fall disk decreased reduced by 93%
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Restoration of Sensation, Reduced Pain, and Improved Balance in Subjects With Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study with monochromatic near-infrared treatment

David R. Leonard, MD, FACE, Hamed Farooqi, MD, FACE, Sara Myers, RN
Diabetes Care 27:168–172, 2004


Study Summary

All 27 patients who qualified for this study were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, foot pain/discomforting foot sensations and impaired balance.

Patients received either 6 or 12 Anodyne treatments rendered in a diabetes center.



Patients who received Anodyne, in the manner described in the study, obtained significant pain relief after 2 weeks and 4 weeks of treatment but not sham treatment, including:

  • Relief from discomforting foot sensations improved more in response to active treatment than to sham treatment.
  • Balance improved in 50% of patients
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Improvement of Sensory Impairment in Patients with Peripheral Neuropathy

Joseph Prendergast, MD, Galdina Miranda, MA, Manuel Sanchez, MA 
24 ENDOCRINE PRACTICE Vol 10 No. 1 January/February 2004


Study Summary

The 27 patients who qualified for this study exhibited pain/discomforting foot sensations and abnormal sensory values using a Neurometer device.  21 patients were diagnosed with diabetes and 6 were diagnosed with other conditions that may have been associated with their symptoms.

Patients received 10 Anodyne treatments over 2 weeks in the medical office of an endocrinologist.



96% of patients receiving Anodyne treatments obtained significant relief from their pain/discomforting foot sensations, including:

  • 61% reduction of impairment
  • 60% were tested as having normal sensory function after treatment compared to 0% prior to treatment
  • All patients who had previously failed to respond to conservative prescription medications for their symptoms (average of 7 years) improved after receiving treatment
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