I’m big fan of Red Light and NIR (near infrared light) Therapy. I use it on myself and on my animals. There are currently more than 3000 papers written on red light therapy. This is no gimmick!

Biological reaction to light has been known for a long time. Vitamin D synthesis in our skin caused by sunlight is an example of a photochemical reaction. When our skin is exposed to sunlight the ultraviolet B (UVB) rays convert 7-dehydrocholesterol (we all have this) to Vitamin D3.

Photobiomodulation is now the accepted term and is slowly replacing what is known as LED Light Therapy, Low-Level Light Therapy, Cold Laser Therapy. Many terms that all refer to red light and/or Near-infrared light therapy.

Cold Laser therapy has long been used by veterinarians to treat a variety of conditions.  Recent studies indicate that red LED light therapy is as (if not even more) effective. This is good news for pet owners since these units can be purchased for a fraction of the cost of the cold laser equipment.

I am currently testing several units. If you already use red light therapy at home please join my study. Contact me here.

 

Int the book Red Light Therapy: Miracle Medicine the author Mark Sloan has compiled a list of health issues red light therapy has been tested on with positive results.

 

  • Achilles Tendinitis 23-24
  • Achilles Tendinopathy 25-26
  • Acne 27-29
  • Addiction 30
  • Amblyopia 31
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration 32-33
  • Alzheimer’s Disease 34
  • Aphthous Ulcers 35-37
  • Bell’s Palsy3 8-40
  • Bone Fractures 41-43
  • Burn Scars 44
  • Burning Mouth Syndrome 45-46
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 47-48
  • Cellulite 49
  • Chronic Joint Disorders 50
  • Cognitive Enhancement 51-54
  • Cold Sores (herpes labialis) 55-56
  • COPD57 Dental Implant Stability 58
  • Dentin Hypersensitivity59
  • Depression 60-62
  • Diabetic Foot Ulcer 63-64
  • Dry Mouth (xerostomy) 65-67
  • Dysmenorrhea 68-69
  • Elbow Tendinopathy (Tennis Elbow) 70
  • Exercise Performance and Recovery 71-75
  • Fibromyalgia 76-77
  • Frozen Shoulder 78
  • Glaucoma 79
  • Hair Loss (alopecia) 80-81
  • Hand-foot-and-mouth disease 82
  • Hypothyroidism 83-85
  • Lichen Planus 86
  • Low Back Pain 87-89
  • Lymphedema 90-92
  • Maxillary Sinusitis 93
  • Meniscal Pathology 94
  • Muscle Growth 95-96
  • Muscle Pain 97
  • Neck Pain9 8-99
  • Neuropathic Foot Ulcer 100
  • Nipple Pain (from Breastfeeding) 101-102
  • Obesity 103-105
  • Oral Mucositis 106-108
  • Orthodontic Pain 109-111
  • Orthodontic Tooth Movement 112
  • Osteoarthritis 113-115
  • Osteoporosis (Bone Loss) 116-117
  • Pain11 8-119
  • Periodontitis (Gum Disease) 120
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia 121
  • Pressure Ulcer 122-123
  • Radation Dermatitis 124-126
  • Raynaud’s Phenomenon 127
  • Restenosis 128
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis 129-131
  • Shoulder Tendinopathy 132
  • Skin Aging 133-134
  • Sternotomy Incision Repair 135-137
  • Stroke 138-140
  • Sunburn Prevention 141
  • Temporomandibular Disorders 142
  • Tendinopathy 143
  • Testosterone Deficiency 144
  • Toenail Fungus 145-147
  • Traumatic Brain Injury 148-149
  • Venous Leg Ulcers 150
  • Vitiligo 151-152
  • Wound Healing 153-155″

Recommended devices

These are reasonable and work well.

Near Infrared bulb – Ruby NIR-A

Near Infrared bulb – Ruby NIR-A

I made a sauna out of these bulbs. They submit heat which many claims are beneficial in addition to the infrared light benefits. From the manufacturer: The RubyLux NIR-A Near Infrared Bulb is a human-grade, premium incandescent near infrared light therapy bulb...

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References

 

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