How Light Energy is Being Used Worldwide

The research on applying light to benefit health is compelling.

Light and Neuroprotection – Parkinsons and Beyond

Posted in Brain Health, How Light Energy is Being Used Worldwide

This is a really wonderful review of how light is received by the body both directly and indirectly to help with cell regeneration in the brain and entire body. Impact Factor for 2016 is 1.769 Click here to view optimized website for mobile devices Journal is indexed with PubMed and Science Citation Index Expanded Table of Contents PERSPECTIVE Year : 2017 | Volume : 12 | Issue : 4 | Page : 574-575 Why and how does light therapy offer neuroprotection in Parkinson’s disease? John Mitrofanis Ph.D. Department of Anatomy F13, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia Date of Acceptance 27-Mar-2017 Date of Web Publication 4-May-2017 Correspondence Address: John Mitrofanis...

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Skin Health & Light

Posted in How Light Energy is Being Used Worldwide, Skin Health

Skin Health and Light! Great full length study & article on low level light application and skin health. This goes in detail about scarring, inflammation, vitiligo, acne, herpes, pigmentation, and skin disease and finds that shining the right spectrum of low level light like that from light emitting diodes “appears to have a wide range of applications of use in dermatology, especially in indications where stimulation of healing, reduction of inflammation, reduction of cell death and skin rejuvenation are required.” Shine with light for healthy skin. Low-level laser (light) therapy (LLLT) in skin: stimulating, healing, restoring Pinar Avci, MD,1,2 Asheesh...

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Inflammation & Light

Posted in Athletic Performance & Injury Recovery, Brain Health, Decreasing Pain, How Light Energy is Being Used Worldwide, Inch loss and metabolism, Lungs

Using light therapy to help the body lower inflammation in this research from Harvard. AIMS Biophys. 2017;4(3):337-361. doi: 10.3934/biophy.2017.3.337. Epub 2017 May 19. Mechanisms and applications of the anti-inflammatory effects of photobiomodulation. Hamblin MR1,2,3. Author information Abstract Photobiomodulation (PBM) also known as low-level level laser therapy is the use of red and near-infrared light to stimulate healing, relieve pain, and reduce inflammation. The primary chromophores have been identified as cytochrome c oxidase in mitochondria, and calcium ion channels (possibly mediated by light absorption by opsins). Secondary effects of photon absorption...

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How Light Heals Skin

Posted in How Light Energy is Being Used Worldwide, News & Research, Skin Health

This is a great study to illustrated how red, near infrared and blue light affect skin health by lowering inflammation, increasing circulation and cell renewal and balancing pigmentation issues.  Great research from Harvard here and remember that light is penetrating deeper than the skin and they are finding similar cellular changes in deep bone and brain tissue.   Semin Cutan Med Surg. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2014 Aug 8. Published in final edited form as: Semin Cutan Med Surg. 2013 Mar; 32(1): 41–52. PMCID: PMC4126803 NIHMSID: NIHMS430657 Low-level laser (light) therapy (LLLT) in skin: stimulating, healing, restoring Pinar Avci, MD,1,2 Asheesh Gupta,...

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Macular Degeneration & Near Infrared Light

Posted in Eye Health, How Light Energy is Being Used Worldwide

Age related macular degeneration and near infrared light. This review states that shining the right light on the body or photobiomodulation “has been applied clinically in the treatment of soft tissue injuries and acceleration of wound healing for more than 40 years.” How does it work? The light energy increases energy production and protective factors in the cell and improves cell replication and growth. Here the researchers take a look at near infrared light and it’s ability to help the body heal from macular degeneration. Their findings in mice? the infrared light “attenuates photoreceptor cell death, protects retinal function and exerts...

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Light for Retina Health

Posted in Eye Health, How Light Energy is Being Used Worldwide

More good news on improving eye health with red and near infrared light. Increased blood flow, better cell regeneration and improved mitochondrial function are the key players listed here as well. Keep shining with light. It is amazing what the body can do at a cellular level with healthy wavelengths of light. Mitochondrion. 2017 May 9. pii: S1567-7249(17)30127-7. doi: 10.1016/j.mito.2017.05.002. [Epub ahead of print] Photostimulation of mitochondria as a treatment for retinal neurodegeneration. Beirne K1, Rozanowska M2, Votruba M3. Author information Abstract Absorption of photon energy by neuronal mitochondria leads to numerous downstream neuroprotective effects. Red...

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Nerve Regeneration & Light

Posted in Eye Health, How Light Energy is Being Used Worldwide

Nerve regeneration and light! This study of light and the optic nerve found that shining red and infrared LED light “improved nerve regeneration and increased antioxidation levels.” Powerful information. Keep shining with light! J Orthop Sci. 2010 Mar;15(2):233-9. doi: 10.1007/s00776-009-1438-4. Epub 2010 Apr 1. Effect of near-infrared light-emitting diodes on nerve regeneration. Ishiguro M1, Ikeda K, Tomita K. Author information Abstract BACKGROUND: Photobiomodulation by red to near-infrared light-emitting diodes (LEDs) has been reported to accelerate wound healing, attenuate degeneration of an injured optic nerve, and promote tissue growth. The purpose of...

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Good Light & Bad Light for the Brain

Posted in Brain Health, How Light Energy is Being Used Worldwide

Brain health, dopamine levels and light. Wow! This study found that flourescent lighting sources induced neurodegeneration lowering dopamine levels by as much as 30% in the brain of mice while near infrared light was beneficial to the brain and helped it maintain healthy levels of dopamine. Low dopamine is found in Parkinsons and other neurodegenerative diseases. This was with only 3 months of exposure. Powerful insight – “light can be detrimental or beneficial to DA neurons in SN, depending on the source and wavelength.” SHINE WITH THE RIGHT LIGHT Brain Res. 2017 May 1;1662:87-101. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2017.02.026. Epub 2017 Mar 2. Fluorescent...

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Pulsed Light Better Than Continuous in Wound Healing

Posted in How Light Energy is Being Used Worldwide, Skin Health

PLoS One. 2016 Nov 18;11(11):e0166705. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0166705. eCollection 2016. Photobiomodulation with Pulsed and Continuous Wave Near-Infrared Laser (810 nm, Al-Ga-As) Augments Dermal Wound Healing in Immunosuppressed Rats. Keshri GK1, Gupta A1, Yadav A1, Sharma SK1, Singh SB1. Author information Abstract Chronic non-healing cutaneous wounds are often vulnerable in one or more repair phases that prevent normal healing and pose challenges to the use of conventional wound care modalities. In immunosuppressed subject, the sequential stages of healing get hampered, which may be the consequences of dysregulated or stagnant wound inflammation. Photobiomodulation...

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