WHO DISCOVERED RED LIGHT THERAPY?
RED LIGHT THERAPY AND CANCER -NASA
Red Light Therapy was discovered by NASA and brought from space Earth,photobiomodulation (PBM) works its magic by activating cellular regeneration & anti-aging systems in our system, leaving you with a list of benefits that are not only astounding but proven and backed up by scientific research.
A nurse holds a strange-looking device, moving it slowly toward a young patient's face. The note-card-sized device is covered with glowing red lights, but as it comes closer, the youngster shows no fear. He's hopeful this painless procedure using an array of lights will help ease or prevent some of the pain and discomfort associated with cancer treatment.
The youngster is participating in clinical trials for this light healing device. Earlier tests by Medical College of Wisconsin researchers at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, were so encouraging that doctors have expanded the trials to several U.S. and foreign hospitals.
"We've already seen how using LEDs can improve a bone marrow transplant patient's quality of life," said Dr. Harry Whelan, professor of neurology, pediatrics and hyperbaric medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. "These trials will hopefully help us take the next steps to provide this as a standard of care for this ailment."
The "LEDs" mentioned by Whelan are light emitting diodes, a type of electronic component we've all seen and used. They're found in hundreds of applications, from electronic clock displays to jumbo TV screens.
But a special type of LED was developed for growing plants on NASA's Space Shuttle and the Space Station as part of commercial experiments sponsored by industry. The effort is managed by NASA's Space Product Development Program at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Researchers discovered that the diodes also had many promising medical applications, prompting this research to be funded by a NASA Small Business Innovation Research contract.
Biologists have found that cells exposed to near-infrared light -- that is, energy just outside the visible range -- from LEDs grow 150 to 200 percent faster than those cells not stimulated by such light. This form of light increases energy inside cells which results in speeding up the healing process.
Many times young bone marrow transplant recipients contract a condition called oral mucositis that produces ulcerations in the mouth and throat, severe pain, and in some cases, inflammation of the entire gastro-intestinal tract. Swelling and bleeding occur, and chewing and swallowing become difficult, if not impossible -- affecting a child's overall health because of reduced drinking and eating.
"Our first study was very encouraging, and using the LED device greatly reduced or prevented the mucositis problem, which is so painful and devastating to these children," said Whelan. "But we still need to learn more. We're conducting further clinical trials with larger groups and expanded control groups, as required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, before the device can be approved and available for widespread use."
The treatment device was a 3-by-5-inch portable, flat array of light-emitting diodes. It was held on the outside of a patient's left cheek for just over a minute each day. The process was repeated over the patient's right cheek, but with foil placed between the LED array and the patient to provide a sham treatment for comparison. There wasn't any treatment of the throat area, which provided the control for the first study.
Just 53 percent of the treated patients in the bone marrow transplant group developed mucositis, considerably less than the usual rate of 70-90 percent, and any mucositis which did occur was much milder. Patients also reported a 48% pain reduction in their mouths when compared to untreated pain seven days following bone marrow transplant. Quantum Devices of Barneveld, Wis., makes the wound-healing LED device. The company specializes in the manufacture of silicon photodiodes -- semiconductor devices used for light detection -- and light emitting diodes for commercial, industrial and medical applications.
Courtesy of NASA Article
HISTORY OF THE LED
In 1903, a Nobel Prize of Medicine was given to a scientist by the name of Niels Finsen for the use of light therapy; once known as photo therapy. Research progressed and by the 1960s photo therapy – now referred to as LED Therapy (or LEDT) was being used primarily in Eastern Europe for treatment of chronic pain, arthritis and associated conditions, joint rehabilitation, and soft-tissue injury along with other medical ailments. During this same time LEDT was being used in a small sector of the United States by equestrian practices for animals with joint and soft tissue injury.
During the 1980s though current, the field has expanded and more clinics and medical science industries are putting the effects of Light Therapy to work in vaster capacities. Through numerous studies and years of use of Red light therapy and Infrared light therapy it was found that the tissue was not only healing but superficial cosmetic conditions were improved as well.
In recent years Blue light therapy has been evaluated and studied. It is a derivitive of UV therapy used in the past for Psoriasis, to stimulate the immune system, destroy bacteria, Acne, actinic keratosis (AK), SADs (Seasonal Effect Disorder), treatments for gout, gouty arthritis, bursitis and other inflammatory conditions of muscles and joints. The current data has shown that Blue light therapy is an effective means for treating such conditions and has been further supported by many Dermatologist groups, such as the AAD, BAD and more.
Additionally, many professional sports teams and athletes have found that LED therapy can be used to aid in sports related injuries, and physical therapists have noted a recovery time of 50 times faster than without the therapy.
In 2001, based of the abundance of proven data on Red light therapy, Infrared light therapy and Blue light therapy ,LIGHTWAVE developed the first device to combine the benefits of these wavelengths of light through the use of LEDs in a compact and highly efficient modality. See our equipment page for more information on the LIGHTWAVE systems.
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It is important to understand a few basic principles of light theory so that the LIGHTWAVE treatments can be maximized and there is a clear understanding of what to expect.
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Effects of LED on hair growth of mice – “The low-powered laser therapy is a therapeutic method to stimulate voluntary healing
laser/light in the treatment of male/female pattern hair loss – great interest in the potential role of laser/light-based treatments for male and female pattern hair loss
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