How Light Energy is Being Used Worldwide

The research on applying light to benefit health is compelling.

Light Therapy Increases Nitric Oxide Synthesis

Posted in Athletic Performance & Injury Recovery, How Light Energy is Being Used Worldwide, News & Research

Discov Med. 2011 Feb;11(57):154-9. Therapeutic photobiomodulation: nitric oxide and a novel function of mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase. Poyton RO1, Ball KA. Author information Abstract Currently, light therapies are widely used in both human and veterinarian medicine. The application of light to clinical therapeutics includes: photodynamic therapy, used to kill cancer cells; UVA therapies, used to treat a variety of skin diseases; and photobiomodulation, used to promote cell growth and recovery from injury. Photobiomodu-lation uses light emitting diodes (LEDs) or low energy lasers, which emit light in the visible red to near infrared range. Light in this range...

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Light Improves Sports Performance

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J Biophotonics. 2016 Nov 22. doi: 10.1002/jbio.201600176. [Epub ahead of print] Photobiomodulation in human muscle tissue: an advantage in sports performance? Ferraresi C1,2,3, Huang YY1,2, Hamblin MR1,2,4. Author information Abstract Photobiomodulation (PBM) describes the use of red or near-infrared (NIR) light to stimulate, heal, and regenerate damaged tissue. Both preconditioning (light delivered to muscles before exercise) and PBM applied after exercise can increase sports performance in athletes. This review covers the effects of PBM on human muscle tissue in clinical trials in volunteers related to sports performance and in athletes. The parameters used were...

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Depression, Inflammation and Brain Health

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

Neurophotonics. 2016 Jul;3(3):031404. doi: 10.1117/1.NPh.3.3.031404. Epub 2016 Mar 4. Review of transcranial photobiomodulation for major depressive disorder: targeting brain metabolism, inflammation, oxidative stress, and neurogenesis. Cassano P1, Petrie SR2, Hamblin MR3, Henderson TA4, Iosifescu DV5. Author information Abstract We examined the use of near-infrared and red radiation (photobiomodulation, PBM) for treating major depressive disorder (MDD). While still experimental, preliminary data on the use of PBM for brain disorders are promising. PBM is low-cost with potential for wide dissemination; further research on PBM is sorely needed. We found clinical and...

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Reduce Body Fat, Regulate Insulin and Metabolism with Light?

Posted in How Light Energy is Being Used Worldwide, Increasing Circulation, News & Research

Light and metabolism.  It is so cool to see this study show a reduction in body fat AND metabolic regulation. Light ignites the cellular metabolism. Lasers Surg Med. 2015 Oct;47(8):634-42. doi: 10.1002/lsm.22395. Epub 2015 Jul 29. The potential of phototherapy to reduce body fat, insulin resistance and “metabolic inflexibility” related to obesity in women undergoing weight loss treatment. Sene-Fiorese M1, Duarte FO2, de Aquino Junior AE1,3, Campos RM4, Masquio DC4, Tock L5, de Oliveira Duarte AC6, Dâmaso AR4, Parizotto NA2,3, Bagnato VS1,3. Author information Abstract BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The metabolic flexibility is often impaired in diseases...

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The Antibacterial Power of Blue Light

Posted in How Light Energy is Being Used Worldwide, Immune System Support

Blue light is a cleansing light that has been found in many studies to have an anti-pathogenic effect. Here it is shown to be effective in inhibiting growth of Staph bacteria at the RNA level which is exciting because it is the mutation of the RNA that keeps organisms like Staph thriving and hard to treat. Blue light here is being offered as a possible solution for antibiotic resistant organisms. 465 nm is the same spectrum we like to work with. Another great reason to shine with blue light. Genom Data. 2016 May 26;9:4-6. doi: 10.1016/j.gdata.2016.05.011. eCollection 2016. RNA-Seq reveals changes in the Staphylococcus aureus transcriptome following blue light...

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Athletic Recovery – Ice or Lights?

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Lights or Ice to restore muscle after exercise? LIGHTS! Near Infrared and Red Light performed better than ice and lights or ice alone. Light led to “complete recovery to baseline levels” 1 day after high intensity exercise. We have been told for many years to RICE but the evidence seems to show that Lights would be a better choice. Lasers Med Sci. 2016 Dec;31(9):1925-1933. Epub 2016 Sep 13. Photobiomodulation therapy (PBMT) and/or cryotherapy in skeletal muscle restitution, what is better? A randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled clinical trial. de Paiva PR1,2, Tomazoni SS3, Johnson DS4, Vanin AA1,5, Albuquerque-Pontes GM1,2, Machado CD1, Casalechi...

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Inflammation, obesity, diabetes and LED light therapy

Posted in How Light Energy is Being Used Worldwide, Inch loss and metabolism, News & Research

Shining near infrared light 6 times a month on diabetic, obese mice meant 5 times less inflammation in their belly fat and significantly lower blood glucose levels. More good reasons to shine with light. J Biophotonics. 2016 Sep 16. doi: 10.1002/jbio.201600088. [Epub ahead of print] Photobiomodulation reduces abdominal adipose tissue inflammatory infiltrate of diet-induced obese and hyperglycemic mice. Yoshimura TM1,2, Sabino CP3, Ribeiro MS4. Author information Abstract Systemic inflammation is closely related to the development of insulin resistance and type-2 diabetes, since the activation of pro-inflammatory pathways leads to inhibition of insulin signaling....

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Muscle Repair and LED light

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Muscle Recovery, Collagen Deposition and LED light therapy. Shining therapeutic LED lights on injured muscle “induced a significant reduction in inflammation and increased the amount of new muscle and collagen fibers.” The wavelength studied was in the infrared range. Another study showing the remarkable tissue repair support we get when we shine with light. Lasers Med Sci. 2016 Apr;31(3):531-8. doi: 10.1007/s10103-016-1888-9. Epub 2016 Feb 12. Light-emitting diode therapy increases collagen deposition during the repair process of skeletal muscle. de Melo CA1, Alves AN1, Terena SM2, Fernandes KP1,2, Nunes FD3, da Silva Dde F2, Bussadori SK1,2, Deana AM2,...

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Parkinsons, Deep Brain Health & Light

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

Exciting to see how deeply Red and Near Infrared light can penetrate into the brain tissue.  The authors find promising to use light to support those with Parkinson’s or other neurodegenerative diseases.   We have personally seen several people with Parkinson’s respond well to using light energy applied over their eyes and sinuses.  Check their experiences out the testimonials section of this site. Phys Med Biol. 2015 Apr 7;60(7):2921-37. doi: 10.1088/0031-9155/60/7/2921. Epub 2015 Mar 19. Red and NIR light dosimetry in the human deep brain. Pitzschke A1, Lovisa B, Seydoux O, Zellweger M, Pfleiderer M, Tardy Y, Wagnières G. Author information Abstract...

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