LifeWave Phototherapy

LifeWave Phototherapy Patches for Healing at Home

We offer LifeWave Phototherapy patches as an adjunct or alternative to in-office acupuncture sessions. You can apply them at home yourself! Our 30-minute LifeWave Coaching Sessions help you choose the right patches and learn how to use them.

The LifeWave patches are an excellent way to keep the Qi moving to assist your body’s healing process in between office visits. Your in-office acupuncture sessions are still important, however. As one patient says, “You get to come into a quiet office, lay down, and no one bothers you for almost an hour. It is very relaxing.”

Benefits of LifeWave patches

  • More energy
  • Reduced pain
  • Better sleep
  • Aid in weight loss and digestion
  • Exercise recovery
  • Stress reduction

How do LifeWave Phototherapy patches work?

LifeWave Phototherapy patches work by magnifying and reflecting the body’s own infrared light and heat back into the skin, thereby stimulating acupuncture points to induce the free flow of Qi (bioenergy). According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, illness results when Qi becomes blocked or stagnant.  

LifeWave patches are intended to stay on the body for several hours, which allows for longer stimulation of the points. This can be especially beneficial for patients who suffer from chronic disorders.

LifeWave Coaching Sessions

Your 30-minute coaching session can be in person or via telemedicine. You’ll receive an initial evaluation and recommendation of patches and protocols, plus instructions on how to apply them yourself at home. You can pick up patches in person at our office, or have them sent to you.

Each coaching session includes these elements:

  • Brief intake to discuss your primary health concerns and goals
  • Recommendations of patches and protocols 
  • Training on use of patches (and, if in office, application of the patches)
  • Coaching for how to self-apply at home
  • If requested, help setting up an account to have patches mailed directly to you

Individual LifeWave patches are available for purchase at our office ($5 to $7 each plus tax).

LifeWave FAQs

How long do the patches need to stay on? – Depending on the type of patch and your own individual needs, a patch can be worn for 12 to 24 hours. Every person is slightly different. As you utilize the patches you will discover what time-frame works best for you. Certain patches, like the X39, should not be worn for more than 12 hours.

What is the difference between the white and tan patches? – The WHITE patches polarize light into a right spin, and the TAN patches polarize light into a left spin. Generally the white patches are worn on the right side of the body and the tan patches on the left.

Can I reuse the patches? – No. 

What about getting the patches wet? – Not a problem. You can shower or swim with the patches on.

I’m allergic to adhesives. Can I still use the patches? – Yes. The adhesive is hypoallergenic. However, the patches have been shown to work even if they are placed over clothing.

Will I be using the patches indefinitely? – The body does take time to heal. Just like with acupuncture, everyone responds differently. You may find that you have amazing results with the first application and then a few days later the symptoms start coming back. You may find that the protocol best for you is to use a patch every day, every other day, or every third day. The basic idea is to stay ahead of the symptoms.  Once the symptoms are under control you may find that you can gradually extend the time in between using the patches. Many people keep some on hand just like they would an over-the-counter medication. 

Anything special I need to do while I am wearing the patches? – It is important to drink plenty of water. We recommend taking your total body weight, dividing it by two, and drinking that amount of water in ounces every day. Water is utilized in cell communication and synapses in the body, and also in detoxifying the body. It is important to release the toxins so that they do not resettle. 

Visit the LifeWave website to learn more about LifeWave products and how they work.

For New and Returning Clients


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New and Returning Clients

You may request a LifeWave Coaching appointment online or by contacting our office at (312) 796-3965.

LifeWave Coaching Sessions

  • In-office session, 30 minutes – $20 (not including patches)
  • Virtual session, 30 minutes – $20 (not including patches)

Information for Clients

  • Visit our Client Page for information on office policies and procedures

Meet Your CCHW Practitioners

Teri Calandra, Dipl.Acu, MSTOM, L.Ac., LMT, RMT Teri Calandra MSTOM, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)®, LAc, LMT, RMT Locations: Northwest Suburbs Teri Calandra is the founder and owner of Calandra Center for Health & Wellness. She is licensed by the state of Illinois in acupuncture (L.Ac.), and is board certified through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, and herbology. Continue reading →

LifeWave Coaching Sessions

Your 30-minute coaching session can be in person or via telemedicine. Contact us to get started.

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