John, then a 16-year-old working as a trainee chef, travelled across the Channel for laserpuncture
treatment and was given leg braces to help him walk again.
He made repeated visits to a private clinic in France to work with Albert Bohbot, an independent researcher in neurosciences, who developed the treatment called laserpuncture
Before I heard about the umbilical stem cell therapy in Holland, I began travelling to France for laserpuncture
treatment - a much stronger form of acupuncture.
He has been pioneering laserpuncture treatment for paraplegics, directing an infrared laser beam towards 10 acupuncture points on the body.
FRENCHMAN Albert Bohbot became interested in the potential for using infrared lasers instead of needles and developed his own laserpuncture instrument.
He calls his ground-breaking treatment Laserpuncture
, and that it is is now drawing patients from all over the world.
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LASERPUNCTURE has caught the imagination of spinal cord injury sufferers in Europe as an alternative to traditional treatment.
Laserpuncture is based on traditional Chinese Medicine theories that believe that a life-force energy permeates all liveing things through meridian channels.
VDR Bohbot's technique, laserpuncture, is generating attention across Europe as a treatment for spinal cord injury and related disabilities.
Laserpuncture combines elements of acupuncture and laser therapy.
Mr Bohbot charges only pounds 25 for 20 minutes under his laserpuncture
machine which is the result of 24 years of work.