Intra Nasal Light Therapy for Different Medical Conditions
The Efficacy of Photobiomodulation
The health benefits of light have been extensively researched with over 2000 peer-reviewed scientific studies published. The light emitted by the sun is called electromagnetic radiation and encompasses many different wavelengths across the spectrum. Red and near-infrared light are part of these spectrum. Photobiomodulation describes the use of red or near infrared light to affect the function of ours cells: stimulate, heal, regenerate and protect.
Our cells don’t just need the right nutrients to function but they also require light. Certain wavelengths of light such as red and near-infrared can affect several pathways including but not limited to:
- Stress modulation
- Physical performance
- Sleep improvements
- Gene expression
As mentioned above, the red and near-infrared wavelengths specifically have these amazing effects on our bodies. (Interestingly, even within that range, not all the red and near-infrared wavelengths seem to be created equal. Most research showing benefits of red light and near-infrared light in the narrow wavelength ranges of 630-680nm and 800-880nm.)
While most other wavelengths of light (such as UV, blue, green, and yellow light, etc.) are unable to penetrate into the body and stay within the layers of the skin, near-infrared light and red light are able to penetrate deeply into the human body (several centimeters, close to 2 inches in some cases). Therefore, able to directly penetrate and effect the cells, tissues, blood, nerves, the brain, and the bones.
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Red Laser Therapy
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Red laser therapy can be classified as an immune-boosting therapy. When cells that belong to the immune system, such as macrophages, T-cells or lymphocytes are exposed to the red laser light, they are energized. As a result, they become more active and vigilant. In other words, red laser therapy increases the effectiveness of the immune cells.
The red laser also has the ability to flag unnoticed pathogens like bacteria, virus, mold and fungi in our blood. Exposure to red laser therapy produces heat shock proteins in those pathogenic cells, which increases their visibility to be targeted by our immune cells.
Combining the two effects of immune stimulation and flagging of pathogens, it makes the treatment with Red Laser light an effective therapy!
It is very important that the immune cells are capable to communicate with each other when dealing with pathogens. This communication is done by cytokines. Red laser stimulates this production of cytokines. When a lymphocyte detects harmful foreign bodies, it can inform the other cells by releasing of cytokines. Therefore, the coordination of the immune system increases; it's like a mini messenger system that raises alarm.
As a result, we have detectable pathogens and a coordinated army of activated immune soldiers to execute the removal of pathogens.
How can we use red laser therapy at home?
Many clinics in Germany use IV laser therapy. A laser rod is inserted into a vein illuminating the blood. All components of the blood such as lymphocytes, red blood cells are activated and pathogens are flagged while flowing through the red laser light.
This process is quite complicated as you require an experienced doctor as well as a laser rod and clinic which delivers this therapy. Finding a clinic, travelling to a clinic, waiting for your treatment can altogether be time-consuming and inconvenient for most people. Therefore, a much easier way to do this treatment is at home. This is done by inserting the nasal clip of a V-Light 655 into one of your nostrils, which can actually achieve the same result as the IV method mentioned above.
Our nasal cavity is filled with very fine capillaries, which are close to the skin’s surface. Red light penetrates three to four millimeters deep, which can be seen by the red glowing nose when the nasal clip is inserted.
Intranasal red laser therapy is a scientific based systemic treatment. During the 20 minutes of treatment your whole blood circulates through your nasal cavity, enhancing your complete immune system.
Red laser therapy is one of the most powerful treatments to stimulate your immune system on a regular basis with no known side effects.
Near-infrared therapy mainly addresses the nervous system. The near-infrared zone is found just outside the spectrum of light. So unlike red light therapy, we cannot observe a prominent light in this equipment.
The main benefits of this treatment are as follows.
- Stimulation and nerve repair.
- Activation of memory and cognitive functions of the brain
- Protection of the nervous system.
- Stimulation and rebuilding of new synapses.
- Increase of the deep sleep cycle.
- Increase of oxygen
- Improvement of mitochondrial function and ATP production
It is very important, specifically during the time of learning that our nerve synapses are rebuilt and regenerated. When you stimulate the rebuilding of new synapses (initiated through near-infrared therapy), your brain is able to learn and get accustomed to new habits. Additionally, the near-infrared therapy assists in facilitating our sleep cycle, increasing the deep sleep phase. During a deep sleep, our bodies undergo recovery, reduce stress and inflammation.
Due to these benefits found from near-infrared therapy, it is used to treat nerve degenerative diseases such as;
Many research studies have proven that near infrared is directly linked to nerve and brain regeneration.
Dysfunction of mitochondria, the energy-generating powerhouses of the cell, is one of the implications in Alzheimer’s Disease. Oxidative stress or free radicals are induced when our mitochondria are not working efficiently.
Near-infrared light increases cerebral blood flow, greater oxygen availability and oxygen consumption, improved ATP production and mitochondrial activity.
Conditions such as brain injury, major depression, ischemic stroke and age- related macular degeneration have greatly benefited from light therapy. It is demonstrated that patients with a traumatic brain injury who were treated with near infrared light showed improvement in reduced symptoms of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), better sleep and better social and occupational functions.
While the red laser only passes through the cartilage of nasal cavity, the near infrared intranasal light penetrates through to the bone.
The intensity of the near infrared light affects how deep these waves penetrate through bone. A 10 Watt equipment used in the nasal cavity will pass through the bone and nasal cartilage into the amygdala, hypothalamus, and the frontal lobe stimulating the regeneration process.
This treatment can be intensified by using the nasal equipment as well as a specially designed helmet to reach the whole brain from all angles. This helmet ensures that the near infrared waves reach the brain from the outside while at the same time the nasal equipment activates the brain from the inside.
Both the red laser device and the near infrared device are very beneficial to our health. It is often hard to choose between the immune system and the nervous system as they both under constant attack / stress. That’s why Dr. Lew Lim came up with a very beautiful device combining both these therapies.
Combining Both Therapies
This device combines a high-intensity near-infrared light and a red laser so that both therapies can be done at the same time.
In an published review article ‘ Shining light on the head: Photobiomodulation for brain disorders’, the author states in his conclusion: “ If LED helmets can be developed and successfully marketed as home use devices, then we are potentially in a position to benefit large numbers of patients.
The X plus is a helmet that combines red light 655 and far-infra red light 810. Both treatments in one, it is very powerful and penetrates through your skin very deep into your body.
Additionally, by buying the X Plus you save money as it is cheaper than buying both 655 and 810 separately.
If you have any questions you can post them in the comments section and I will do my best to answer back.
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