OVERVIEW OF LIGHT THERAPY

What is red and near infrared light therapy?

Red and near infrared light therapy, also known as photo biomodulation (PBM) involves the use of specific wavelengths of natural light in the mid 600 and mid 800 nanometre ranges to enhance the health and function of our cells without any harmful UV rays, excess heat, or negative effects.

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How does it work?

The most well studied mechanism of action surrounding red and near infrared light therapy is increased mitochondrial energy production in our cells. Mitochondria can be thought of as the energy production plants of all the cells in our body. Red and near infrared light therapy helps the mitochondria create more of that energy. The specific photons found in red and near infrared light interact with a photoreceptors within our cells called cytochrome coxidase. This interaction stimulates the mitochondria in our cells to use oxygen more efficiently, which allows the mitochondria to produce more ATP (also known as cellular energy). When our cells have more energy, they perform all of their functions better. When our cells are functioning optimally, our bodies function optimally.

How does Red/ NIR work?

Red light penetrates the dermis layer, stimulating cells that produce collagen. New collagen moves to the surface of the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
NIR penetrates down to the muscle, encouraging ATP production and boosting cellular activity.

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What are the benefits?

There are over 3,000 scientific studies and peer reviewed Pod trials that have been conducted on the benefits and effectiveness of red and near infrared light therapy. These studies have focused on things like increased energy, enhanced fat loss, enhanced muscle recovery, decreased inflammation and joint pain, improved health and appearance of skin, increased collagen production, improved mood and cognitive function, faster wound healing, improved hormonal health, improved sleep quality, and more.

Red and Near Infrared light therapy may also help in many other areas, including:

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All research on our website can be found and summarized from the following articles available on Google Scholar and other Google Book and research stores.

Pod and Experimental Applications of NIR-LED Photobiomodulation

Kristina D. Desmet, David A. Paz, Jesse J. Corry, Janis T. Eells, Margaret T.T. Wong-Riley, Michele M. Henry, Ellen V. Buchmann, Mary P. Connelly, Julia V. Dovi, Huan Ling Liang, Diane S. Henshel, Ronnie L. Yeager, Deborah S. Millsap, Jinhwan Lim, Lisa J. Gould, Rina Das, Marti Jett, Brian D. Hodgson, David Margolis, and Dr. Harry T. Whelan

This review presents current research on the use of far-red to near-infrared (NIR) light treatment in various in vitro and in vivo models. Low-intensity light therapy, commonly referred to as “photobiomodulation,” uses light in the far-red to near-infrared region of the spectrum (630–1000 nm) and modulates numerous cellular functions. Positive effects of NIR–light-emitting diode (LED) light treatment include acceleration of wound healing, improved recovery from ischemic injury of the heart, and attenuated degeneration of injured optic nerves by improving mitochondrial energy metabolism and production. Various in vitro and in vivo models of mitochondrial dysfunction were treated with a variety of wavelengths of NIR-LED light. These studies were performed to determine the effect of NIR-LED light treatment on physiologic and pathologic processes. NIRLED light treatment stimulates the photoacceptor cytochrome c oxidase, resulting in increased energy metabolism and production. NIR-LED light treatment accelerates wound healing in ischemic rat and murine diabetic wound healing models, attenuates the retinotoxic effects of methanol-derived formic acid in rat models, and attenuates the developmental toxicity of dioxin in chicken embryos. Furthermore, NIR-LED light treatment prevents the development of oral mucositis in pediatric bone marrow transplant patients. The experimental results demonstrate that NIR-LED light treatment stimulates mitochondrial oxidative metabolism in vitro, and accelerates cell and tissue repair in vivo. NIR-LED light represents a novel, noninvasive, therapeutic intervention for the treatment of numerous diseases linked to mitochondrial dysfunction.

Published Online: 17 May 2006 https://doi.org/10.1089/pho.2006.24.121

Mitochondrial signal transduction in accelerated wound and retinal healing by near-infrared light therapy

Author links open overlay panelJanis T.EellsaMargaret T.T.WongRileybJamesVerHoevecMicheleHenrydEllen V.BuchmaneMary P.KaneeLisa J.GouldfRinaDasgMartiJettgBrian D.HodgsonhDavidMargolisiHarry T.Whelane

The Ultimate Guide to Red Light Therapy

How to Use Red and Near-Infrared Light Therapy for Anti-Aging, Fat Loss, Muscle Gain, Performance Enhancement
By: Ari Whitten
Published: 12th July 2018
ISBN: 9781721762828

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