Let there be light - Science recognizes that all life forms, regardless of how primitive or how advanced, derive life-giving sustenance from the sun’s energy. Since the dawn of time, the sun has been the source of all life on earth.
Because of our modern lifestyle, we tend to spend less time exposed to the positive benefits of the sun’s energy. Scientists have known for more than a hundred years that light, even ordinary light has an effect on cell function and that light deprivation can cause debilitating mental depression. Light can heal and conversely, the lack of light can cause serious illness. Remove a plant from the sun’s rays and it withers and dies. Place a child, born with jaundice under a simple blue light and the symptoms are reversed.
During the summer months when we are exposed to extended hours of natural sunlight we find that our hair grows faster and thicker. It is the pure red spectrum of sunlight that stimulates blood supply to our scalp and this energy providing mankind with a therapeutic solution to hair loss in the form of laser hair therapy.
Red Light Therapy
In the early 1990s, Red light therapy (RLT) was used by scientists to help grow plants in space. The scientists found that the intense light from red light-emitting diodes (LEDs) helped promote growth and photosynthesis of plant cells.
Red light was then studied for its potential application in medicine, more specifically to find out if RLT could increase energy inside human cells. The researchers hoped that RLT could be an effective way to treat the muscle atrophy, slow wound healing, and bone density issues caused by weightlessness during space travel.
How Does It Work?
Red light is thought to work by producing a biochemical effect in cells that strengthens the mitochondria. The mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell — it’s where the cell’s energy is created. The energy-carrying molecule found in the cells of all living things is called ATP (adenosine triphosphate). By increasing the function of the mitochondria using RLT, a cell can make more ATP. With more energy, cells can function more efficiently, rejuvenate themselves, and repair damage.
How Is Red Light Therapy Used?
At the moment, there’s some evidence to suggest that RLT may have the following benefits:
- Improves hair growth in people with androgenic alopecia
- Promotes wound healing and tissue repair
- Stimulates healing of slow-healing wounds, like diabetic foot ulcers
- Reduces some of the side effects of cancer treatments, including oral mucositis
- Improves skin complexion and builds collagen to diminish wrinkles
- Improves the health of joints in people with degenerative osteoarthritis of the knee
- Helps diminish scars
- Relieves pain and inflammation in people with pain in the Achilles tendons
What Is The Difference Between Ordinary Light And Laser Light?
Ordinary white light, as produced by the sun and commercial light bulbs, is comprised of all colours of the light spectrum and emits its light in all directions. Normal light with a high degree of infrared light produces a thermal effect on the skin. This is due to its high energy and the high absorption rate of water in the surface of the skin.
Laser light has one precise colour and produces a coordinated emission of photons traveling in a parallel path, capable of projecting its highly concentrated energy on a small determined area regardless of the distance.
What is the difference between high energy lasers and low level lasers?
High energy lasers, to varying degrees, heat the water in the outer cell structures of the skin and are thus are effective medical instruments for creating delicate surgical incisions, skin resurfacing and even hair removal. Pulsed lasers are sequenced to provide intermittent cooling of the skin’s surface and alleviate burning. In industry, high energy lasers have many uses including fusing and cutting steel.
Low-level lasers or cold lasers have no thermal component and cannot cut, burn or vaporize tissue. They operate on the principal of photo-biotherapy and are capable of reaching deeper layers of the skin. This is due to the permeability of the epidermis for specific colours (visible red and near invisible, infrared).
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