Photonic Stimulator Instructions
Why Reading This Manual Is Important
This manual explains how to pick clients appropriate for photonic stimulation, how to use
it, where to apply it, and how to explain it to prospective clients with an informed consent
document. It also explains the warranty. It is written in plain English.
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Basic operation of the PS-1 Photonic Stimulator ......................................1
Clinical Applications of the PS-1 Photonic Stimulator ............................6
How to move the PS-1 ..................................................................................6
How long to treat ..........................................................................................6
General comments about the helpful effects of the photonic stimulator.7
Clinical Applications of the use of the PS-1Photonic Stimulator ............7
Where and How Not to Treat – A Summary .............................................10
The Reactivity/vitality/suppression questionnaire ....................................11
Informed Consent for the use of the Photonic Stimulator .......................12
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Photonic Stimulator Instructions
Basic operation of the PS-1 Photonic stimulator:
1. The on-off switch toggles the device on and off. There are no other adjustments to make.
2. A red light will glow when the device is operating.
3. Infrared (IR) light is emitted from the area underneath the lens.
4. Aim the light at the area to be addressed.
5. Intensity is a function of how close the unit is to the skin of the person receiving the infrared light,
as well has how briefly or long the light is shined.
a. The IR may be applied over indoor clothing, over both outer and underwear.
b. Shoes (but not socks) are usually removed to work on the toes and feet.
c. Highest intensities are achieved by dragging the lens over the skin.
Be sure to clean the lens and lens collar with a disinfectant, e.g., rubbing alcohol, witch hazel,
etc., after doing feet and between patients. Sanitation during contact with skin is extremely
d. When moving the lens across the skin, be sure not to press so hard into the skin that air
cannot be drawn around the lens collar for cooling by the fan.
e. The photonic stimulator may be used as far away from the individual as their sensitivity
(see below) demands. For those who are ultra-hypersensitive the light may even be
bounced against the walls to be reflected toward the patient, or, for example, held a foot
or two away from the patient.
f. The photonic stimulator may be turned on for a second, and then off again, at one
extreme, and be used usefully for 40 minutes for those less sensitive, or on areas of thick
texture, muscle, or tissue depth, at the other extreme. Maintain careful awareness of the
exposure time used: use a timer!
When used for extended durations, the user will feel heat toward the center of the unit. The
source of the heat is a “power resistor” inside the case and is not harmful or dangerous.
6. To verify that the device is actually emitting infrared, darken the room with the device turned on.
Look into the lens to verify that there is a soft red glow coming from the rows of light-emitting
diodes (LEDs). This may be more easily visible by slowly turning the unit on and off.
The rest of these instructions are suggestive only. In practice, the aim is to reduce symptoms without over
dosing the client. In nearly all instances while more exposure may be effective, it is accompanied by
higher risk of side effects. Lower doses generally are more effective than heavier ones, and faster acting
(by avoiding the crashes that can accompany overdoses). The actual doses are always modified by
experience. In practice, it is usually wiser to start with exposures that are ridiculously low. In fact, if the
exposure does not feel ridiculously low, it probably is too high. On the other had, problems in very fleshy
or muscular areas nearly always require higher doses.
The OchsLabs Photonic Stimulator (PS-1) provides a high power (12 Watt, 1 A) 940 nm (nanometer)
infrared light source. An LED matrix composed of 60 separate LEDs on a single chip provides the infrared
light. The chip is primarily used to provide a source of night illumination for infrared surveillance
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For reference, the Bales Photonic Stimulator manufactured by CTI provides 1.25 Watts of power. The CTI
unit is also an FDA approved rehabilitation device, whereas the OchsLabs unit carries no approvals of any
kind at this time. The Bales unit uses an 840 nm wavelength array of 9 LEDs, a wavelength that is shorter
than the PS-1. The PS-1 unit is classified as infrared (vs. near or far infra red).
The most important task in the use of the PS-1 is to match the exposure intensity and duration to the
sensitivity of the individual. If an individual is otherwise hyperreactive to other kinds of stimulation he/she
may be hyperreactive to the PS-1. Understand how the person reacts to other kinds of stimulation such as
It is not recommended to use the PS-1 where there are strong (uncomfortable) aberrant reactions to other
kinds of stimulation. Caution is advised when there has been a history of such strong aberrant reactions to
stimulation, even though may not exist at this time. Patients, parents, or other caregivers should be queried
about such problematic backgrounds. Tics, seizures, and rage reactions are examples of aberrant reactions
to often unknown stimulation. Experience and advanced training are required before working with these
problems. Even then this can be a risky proposition. Although there can be benefits; and these patients
must understand the risks before undertaking the use of this approach. It is likely that people will react to
the photonic stimulation just as they have to other problematic stimulation. If those other reactions are
problematic to the individual, it is likely that the photonic stimulator will incur the same reactions.
Fatigue and paradoxical reactions to stimulation such as excesses of energy – or no reaction at all – can be
produced. Young children may especially experience temporary moodiness, as well as excitement that can
be frightening to unprepared parents.
In a similar fashion, it is important to understand whether the individual is primarily fatigued and has never
been able to tolerate very much stimulation. Use with such individuals will tend to fatigue them.
Caution about use with cancer!
One of the actions of the photon stimulators is to promote tissue growth; do not use the PS-1 over
neoplasms of any kind. It is conceptually possible that using the photonic stimulator over a neoplasm may
lead to further growth of cancer cells. Although there is no record of any kind of the use of photon
stimulators with neoplasms, don’t be the first and discover that cancers will proliferate. Do consider its use
to stimulate immune function, i.e., thymus glad stimulation.
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Caution about use in pregnancy!
Since we don’t know what propels birth and what allows full-term pregnancies, it is inadvisable to use the
photonic stimulator with pregnant women unless the application is local, and well away from the fetus. It
is especially important to avoid interfering with the development of the fetus unless there has been grave
consideration of the risks against the benefits.
Use only the briefest, weakest exposure directly to the eyes while aiming at the retina…not more than 1
second, unless you have consulted someone knowledgeable.
Again, apply the PS-1 gently. Do not press it into the skin or clothing as this may obstruct airflow around
the lens and the LED chip. The LED chip is extremely sensitive to heat and may overheat, causing
breakdown and failure.
Note: The photonic stimulator is not a treatment for any problem or disorder. In the best sense, it is use is
considered an exploration to see whether it would be helpful.
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Clinical Applications of the PS-1 Photonic Stimulator
Len Ochs, Ph.D.
There are four general treatment questions:
1. How to move the PS-1 in treatment.
2. How long to treat (related to what distance from the skin): i.e. dosage.
3. Where to treat.
4. Approaches to the use of the PS-1
5. Where not to treat and how not to treat.
How to move the PS-1:
Do not use the PS-1 like an iron! Move it with extreme slowness if it is to be used for some duration
(rather than just turning it on and off) – cover less than ¼ inch per 30 seconds.
The PS-1 might be expected to penetrate around an inch into the tissues. Its energy infuses slowly into the
tissues with an effect that ripens in the 4 to 6 hours after exposure. The effect is the same as holding an
ordinary flashlight to the skin at night: one can see the glow from the flashlight into the surrounding tissues.
How long to treat:
Exposures to the PS-1 can range from 1 second at a distance of 5 feet, to 40 minutes in direct contact with
the skin. It is important to match the exposure dose of photonic stimulation to the sensitivity of the person,
as well as the sensitivity of the problem focused upon. The more sensitive the individual receiving the
light, the shorter can be the duration.
Examples of different exposure lengths:
A 30-y/o man complained of upper left jaw pain after a problematic root canal several weeks
earlier. He said he had 30+ attacks of stabbing pain a day, which interfered with his ability to
operate heavy machinery. He was quite sensitive to foods and weather. I passed the PS-1 across
his cheek at a distance of 1 inch, which took under a second. I said, “That’s it! Call me in two
days,” and set up a series of 5-minute appointments. When he called two days later, he said that
the pain was much worse the next day after treatment, but was nearly non-existent two days later.
I saw him for one more 5-minute treatment and he was satisfied – without any increase in pain.
Note: I’ve never ever had another course of treatment be so brief. Nor do I know why this one
was this short. Type of case: post-traumatic pain in a sensitive patient.
A 42-y/o man complained of seizures preceded by very loud jet-plane noises in his ears that would
awaken him at night. Determining that he was very sensitive, I was reluctant to use the EEG with
him. Instead I brushed his fingernails above for a second each, and below his fingertips for a
second each. Both hands took 20 seconds to do. Same for his feet. So I did a total of about 40
seconds the first session. During the second session a week later, there many fewer seizures.
There were many complicating factors such as diet and nutritional problems. After six sessions of
photonic stimulation, I began EEG work. He has had another fourteen sessions and, after stopping
all sugar and caffeine intake, is beginning to experiment with caffeine. He has had had only a few
seizures a month. His prodromal tinnitus is getting shorter and shorter. Type of case: Seizures in
a sensitive man.
A woman with severe upper outer thigh weakness staggered after a race and nearly fell while
walking. Because she had been athletic all her life, and because the problem was peripheral, I
applied the photonic stimulation for 40 minutes directly to the area in pain. From the next day, on,
there was never a recurrence of the problem. Type of case: Muscle strain in a hardy patient.
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Diabetic neuropathy: 5 to 10 minutes, on the skin, moving from the lower spine along the
dermatone to the feet, including above and below the toenails of each toe.
Post-root canal: The PS-1 was applied to the jaw areas that received 6 injections of anesthetic.
The exposure was for 40 minutes immediately after the surgery. There was never any pain or
General Comments about the helpful effects of the photonic stimulator:
1. The initial good effects won’t last very long until there have been a series of sessions.
2. The more the sessions, generally the longer the effects last.
3. Inform the person of these two correlated statements above. It will comfort them as
initial gains slip away. It will reassure them to know that the good effects will come
back. They will forget you told them. But once reminded, they will remember, with
Exposure can successfully be applied anywhere over lightweight clothing, or skin.
-At the site of a fresh wound, muscular or vascular, to reduce scarring, pain, and to accelerate healing.
- At the finger and toe tips above and below the nail beds for reduction of sympathetic activity and its
upflow to the brain (raising seizure and tic thresholds).
- On the paraspinals, i.e., above the sympathetic ganglia for reduction of sympathetic activity.
- Over the forehead at both the hairline and above the eyebrows, down the side of the face, on either
side, for reduction of fogginess, pain, and cognitive symptoms.
- Along the dermatomes from the spine to the periphery for spine-related symptoms.
Post-exposure effects: There is a four to six hour ripening effect after exposure to the PS-1. If nothing is
felt immediately, or even if something is felt immediately, these effects will persist and probably deepen
for the next four-to-six hours.
When working with pain, migrainous pain, for instance, go where the pain is. However, with treatment the
pain will move and even generate a line down an arm or leg, perhaps. Follow the pain with the photon
stimulator out toward the end of the limb, if possible.
Approaches to the use the PS-1:
There are a number of ways to use the photon stimulator, each benefiting from a different approach. These
problems are organized heuristically, and are probably not scientifically or anatomically correct.
1. Muscle applications: Very gently palpate for the texture of the muscles under the skin. Hardened
muscles or other tissues will require longer exposures, more direct contact with the lens, and perhaps 6 – 8
repetitions separated by a few days between exposures. If EEG treatment is being administered, for
example, to spastic muscles, the PS-1 will likely reduce spasm and pain if provided directly to the spastic
muscles. Muscles that have been tight will begin to feel warm – even hot – when this is working. You
may work until it begins to feel uncomfortable, unless the person is extremely sensitive. In such cases,
move to a different area immediately upon the patient feeling any change.
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Be sure to cover wide areas by “painting” a wide area around the target site, moving the PS-1 with
extreme slowness. Avoid pinpointing the site, especially if the person is very muscular. “Slowly” means
approximately ¼” every 30 seconds.
Don’t use it like an iron!
2. Neurovascular irritability problems: Nerve root pain can often be successfully and significantly reduced.
3. Dermatonal Problems. Dermatomes are discrete areas of the skin that are innervated by nerves from the
same level of the spinal column. From Frank H. Netter, MD’s The Ciba Collection of Medical
Illustrations, Volume I, the Nervous System, page55:
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Working with, say, diabetic neuropathy, it has been useful to start at the level of the spine serving the area
that is numb, (for the bottom of the foot, that would be L5), staying within the dermatome, and following it
distally out toward and including the toe tips.
Diabetic Neuropathy: Assess for damage to the spinal column. Begin from the dermatonal level affecting
the feet (or hands). Slowly drag the PS-1 from the back across the hips or buttocks, following the
dermatone down the leg to the foot. Repeat four to six times, with a day or two between each exposure
each 15 minutes.
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6. Sympathetic Blocking: There are sympathetic fibers in the toe and fingertips, which may function
autonomously to drive sympathetic activity. Additionally, the sympathetic ganglia are chains of
nuclei and fibers that run on either side of the spinal column under the paraspinals, also generating
sympathetic activity. This activity may find its way up the spinal column to lower seizure and tic
thresholds, as well as exacerbate anxiety-driven problems. Blocking of this afferent activity has been
known to reduce grossly tic and seizure activity during the week after a single session when done for
extremely short periods, for extremely sensitive individuals.
7. Failed back: At, and for broad areas around the injury area from neck to sacral area, and out to the
sides of the chest, move slowly if the person is able to tolerate large amounts of stimulation. After
sweeping broadly, follow the patient’s direction about working over specific areas of pain.
8. Burns: Three, 15-minute applications over the course of a week produced a brand new layer of perfect
skin over the back of a hand – with full return of sensation. She received third degree burns carrying
a large pot of flaming oil outside her house so as not to harm her new kitchen. Patient had been
advised in the emergency room prior to treatment that she would need skin grafts.
Where and How Not to Treat – A Summary
1. Don’t treat over near a fetus, or where a pregnant woman may have generalized reactions
2. Work on the eyes only after consulting with someone who has had successful experience doing so.
3. Don’t work over neoplasms.
4. Don’t work over any area where it hurts to do so.
5. If an area abruptly starts hurting, pull the instrument away immediately and turn it off. Don’t
wonder; don’t self question; just stop. Immediately! And it will be fine. But don’t then try it
again until at least a week has gone by. And if you do, reduce the exposure severely.
6. If a person is overdosed and becomes wired or tired, wait till the reaction wears off before starting
again at a reduced level.
7. Seek training prior to, and supervision during, working with seizures and tics.
8. Complex regional pain is complex: seek training before, and supervision while working with
9. While diabetic neuropathy is very treatable, idiopathic neuropathy is treatable only very
10. Using the Reactivity/Suppression/Vitality Questionnaire
a. When the total Reactivity is greater than the Vitality scores times 3, don’t take the person
unless you have had at least two full years of experience.
b. If any of the Suppression is greater than 4, it is likely that the person will re-experience
very difficult times and will need enormous support to get through. Pass these people by
and/or refer them to somebody with more than two years of experience.
11. Don’t use it like an iron!
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Please answer each question with a number from 1 to 7. One means at no time. Seven means all the time.
Four means half the time.
1. I can and do have strong reactions to foods.
2. I can and do have strong reactions to weather changes.
3. I and do have strong reactions to medications.
4. I can and do have strong reactions to smells outdoors.
5. I can and do have strong reactions to smells indoors.
6. I can and do have strong reactions to not eating when I need to.
7. I react strongly to what others I know well say or do.
8. Things can, unpredictably have a big effect on me.
9. I have to be very careful at times because I don't know what might happen.
10. I am suddenly shocked by my reactions - but then I remember I do these kinds of things.
11. Over the long term I run into a lot of depraved people who hurt me.
12. Over the long term I run into a lot of angry people who hurt me.
13. My friends have a hard time being around me.
14. My parents had a hard time being around me.
15. I pretty much devote my time to my child.
16. Most of the time I have very little energy.
17. I have to pace myself very, very, very carefully.
18. People disappoint me more than I think they should.
19. I feel so frustrated.
20. I can't predict what will happen.
21. I have to do everything myself.
22. I keep forgetting how stupid and lazy people are.
23. To get it done right I have to do it myself.
24. I have trouble sleeping because of the noise.
25. I have trouble sleeping because of the pain.
1. Things used to, unpredictably have a big effect on me, but no longer do.
2. I almost forgotten how terribly embarrassing things used to be for me.
3. My friends used to have a hard time being around me.
4. I can't get anywhere as much done now as I used to.
5. I find myself struggling in my mind
1. I can do an amazing amount without fatigue.
2. I can do an amazing amount without pain.
3. I have no problems with the weather.
4. I have no problems with foods.
5. I have no problems with medications.
6. It’s hard to get me upset.
7. People find me even tempered.
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Consent for the Use of the Photonic Stimulator
The photonic stimulation is a light stimulation device that helps to re-tone my reactions to stimulation. It is
used as a behavioral method to teach my body to react differently and more helpfully than it has previously
reacted. I have been told that it is not a cure for any medical problem, and have been advised that it is no
substitute for medical evaluation and treatment.
Photonic stimulators are classified by the FDA as minimally invasive device. It generates an infra-red light
that is fairly strong: 1200 milliwatts. It is not visible. Ordinarily if one is too sensitive for this light, as
with any light, the temporary side effects can be fatigue and irritability. These effects usually wear off in a
few hours to overnight.
Very occasionally -- perhaps 3 out of every 100 instances -- someone has unusual reactions to many kinds
of stimulation. Since photonic stimulation is just another form of stimulation, the person who has unusual
reactions to many kinds of stimulation will probably have the same kind of unusual reactions to the infra-
red light. Under these conditions it is usually only with special caution that the infra-red light should be
used. Thus is it very important for the potential receiver of such stimulation to think seriously about his or
her more general reactions to stimulation. Consult others close to you if you are unsure about your
reactions to stimulation, and get feedback, before undertaking the use of this approach.
I have spoken with the therapist who uses this approach and discussed the potential benefits, against the
potential discomfort, in the use of this approach. I have review with the therapist all health problems of
which I am aware, and understand that the photonic stimulator is not recommended to be used over
cancerous tissues or directly aimed at the retina of my eyes.
I have been able to ask as many questions as I need to, and have been satisfied by the therapist's answers. I
thus give my permission to be treated by this photonic stimulation. I know where and how to reach the
therapist if I have other questions or comments that arise during treatment.
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OchsLabs warrants the PS-1 to be free from manufacturing defects for the original purchaser only. Should
the infra red emitter, fan, switch, or LED on/off indicator fail within the first year, they will be replaced
without charge with the following exceptions:
1. The lens is held in place by a rubber O-ring inside its collar, and can be displaced by pressure on the
lens. Sleeping on the unit so that there is pressure on the lens will displace it. Pressing too hard will
displace it. Replacing the lens unit will cost $200.00.
2. Pressing the lens assembly into the object being worked with will cut the flow of air through the
stimulator. The infra red emitter is very heat sensitive. If it overheats it will fail. If, upon return to
OchsLabs, it is found that the emitter failed through overheating, the user will be held responsible for a new
one at a cost of $500.00.
3. The switch is extremely heavy-duty. If the switch lever is found pushed down into the case, which can
be accomplished by dropping the unit on the switch end, the user will be held responsible for a new switch
at a cost of $100.
Be aware that using the stimulator on hairy or furry parts of humans and animals may clog the cooling
channels. This may cause the unit to overheat, and the LED emitter to fail. Examine the unit periodically
by holding it up to the light and looking around the lens collar. When the passage way is clear, you will be
able to clearly see the fan blades, and the light coming through the unit. If the air passage way is not clear,
one can either vacuum the passages from either side of the unit, or, if necessary, open the unit and vacuum
from the inside. When opening the unit, open it carefully so as not to break any wires.
OchsLabs will pay express freight to return the unit to the original user. User will pay freight to OchsLabs.
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