Here we will examine the benefits of Red Light Therapy. When used along with the Water Cures Protocol, it provides an incredible benefit to health and helping your body heal itself. Learn how long it takes and how often the therapy may be needed. While there are no side effects reported in the research, we cover potential side effects and risks. Also, we identify reasons extra caution may be needed.
Here are the following benefits of Red Light Therapy reported in peer reviewed medical journals.
The treatments with the use of Red Light Therapy that have been approved by the FDA include pain relief including pain from arthritis, Anti-aging, acne treatment, hair loss and regrowth, fat loss.
It should be noted that the therapy is not approved, rather the device. The approval or FDA clearance means that the device is safe to use and that it works.
So, in essence, since the therapy is approved, the more important question is the device FDA cleared or FDA approved.
Additional benefits of red light therapy that have been reported in medical journals or people have discovered are listed below. In some instances, the benefits listed below have been observed in pet lab mice or lab rats. Although there are not yet human studies for certain treatments, there are anecdotal evidence that they also work on humans the same.Blood
There are a number of considerations to determine how often and how long you need to be treated to get the best benefits of Red Light Therapy.
While there are a small number of people who will get limited results (most therapists have a 90% success rate. In our experience, when incorporating the Water Cures Protocol, we have had a 98% success rate to-date resolving the conditions RLT is approved for. The reason is simple, our cells can function best when hydrated and function poorly when they are either dehydrated or lacking proper electrolyte balance.
One factor to help determine how well it will work for you involves to what extent you use other modalities such as diet, hydration and natural topical agents to improve your health prior to adding the Red Light Therapy to what you are doing.
How Often: You can have treatments as often as every three hours. This is the most that people who purchase the lights and self treat should do.
However, most people only get therapy from trained Energy Light Therapists from every three days to once a week. Some conditions require additional exposure or doses. Most treatments will require weekly treatments for up to five weeks and once the benefits of red light therapy have been attained, as little as once a month so long as diet and hydration are cared for.
Some conditions will not require any further doses once an optimal result has been attained. Others, such as traumatic brain injury may require daily use for months, years or even for a lifetime. In such cases, it is a trade off, have improved life with daily treatments or a less quality life and no treatments. Such conditions will require owning the device to make daily use possible.
How Long for Treatments: Light exposure time is a question about what would be considered the dose. It involves the duration or number of minutes you need exposure to the lights. It is relative to how close to the affected area the lights are, in other words, how close to the skin the light is. The farther away, the less dose that is received. In the case of near infrared, the diodes need to be touching if not as close as possible to get the best benefit.
A treatment can be accomplished in as few as a couple of minutes or may take up to 45 minutes and may use a combination of frequencies and pulses.
Again, this will depend on what benefits of red light therapy are being sought. It will also depend on the additional dietary considerations you include. Finally, it will depend on your body and your skin. Everyone will be different.
Also it should be noted, for those using the device on their own, if you use the device too long or not long enough, it will not work. The devices you purchase should have a built in timer so that once the desired amount of time they are applied is reached, they will be automatically turned off.
We cover this information in our Red Light Therapy Guide which comes free with any red light product you purchase from us. Additionally, coaching is included with the purchase. If you read online reviews, you may find many who will say that the devices do not work. While their comments may be true as to their experience, it could be due to misuse or lack of adequate knowledge of how they work.
For this reason, we prefer to have a person actually get a treatment by a trained Light Energy Therapist prior to purchasing any product so that they can fully and correctly experience the product and how well it works.
If you already have a red light therapy device, you can purchase the guide in order to learn how to better use your device.
While many see results in the first treatment, some conditions require additional treatments, even many for several weeks. Some conditions require three times a week and may take a month before dramatic improvements are noted. In the case of nerve regeneration, several months of daily use may be required, making owning your own device or even a system more economical.
In some cases, the treatments may be required for life. This was the conclusion on the successful use of Red Light Therapy on traumatic brain injury patients. In both cases in the clinical trail, the benefits of red light therapy was realized both right after the injury and several years after the injury. In both cases, daily use was required. Thus, owning a system will make the process easier and more affordable.
Additional factors include age, condition of skin, diet, overall health, diseases you are afflicted with and especially any medications you are using.
Side effects: In the thousands of research papers published on the benefits of red light therapy, there have been no reported side effects. However, there are anecdotal reporting of what some have experienced. This could be due to improper use (including improper training) and improper exposure times.
Safety: While considered safe, there are possible negative and even a potential harm that can come from the use of certain kinds of Red Light Therapy. Depending on whether you are on medications, have certain health issues or are just sensitive, you may experience headaches, eye strain, irritability, sleep disturbances and insomnia.
While one of the benefits of red light therapy is helping promote sleep, blue light therapy may hinder sleep.
These possible negatives are not found in the research, rather have been reported anecdotally. While the red lights can be used on the eyes, this should only be done by a therapist who is trained for using them on the eyes or an eye doctor trained in RLT.
Those with epilepsy will need to use the RLT with caution, especially with the pulsing lights.
The visual disturbances are mild and go away quickly. While these are mentioned in literature, in my practice, none of those I have worked so far have experienced any of these effects. I do not do work on the eyes, thus no visual disturbance has been experienced. One personal side effect I have personally experienced, my sight has improved without glasses.Use Extra Caution If:
If you have a disease of the eye that involve the retina (diabetes) or use photosensitizing medications such as lithium, phenothiazine antipsychotics, melatonin, or if you are on antibiotics that have a side effect of causing photo sensitivity.
If you have skin cancer or systemic lupus erythematosus you should not use RLT unless treated by an experienced therapist. Especially you should not use full spectrum light and if you do, it should only be done under the supervision of an experienced MD.
If you are purchasing a device for personal use, it is essential that you be vigilant regarding any changes in your status regarding the above concerns. Health care professionals who are trained in the use of light energy therapy or photobiomodulation know the concerns related to non-ionizing radiation produced by the light-emitting device as well as the potential toxic chemical hazards that can result from exposure to photosensitizing agents.
Personal Protective Equipment or PPE:
You should have and use eye protection when using red light therapy of any kind and especially the LLLT or low level laser therapy. Additionally, if treating wounds, you will need to understand the healing process and follow the protocols of where to expose and where and what part of the wound to shield from the ionizing radiation of the lights for optimal benefits of red light therapy.Other Side-effects of Light Therapy
While light therapy only uses the frequencies found in visible light and no negative side effects have been reported in literature, caution still needs to be exercised. Those who experience non-seasonal depression may experience mania. Because we have seen and have received numerous reports of depression being eliminated with the Water Cures Protocol (which produces glutathione) and by increasing glutathione through the diet, for many, this risk may be eliminated with diet and hydration. If necessary however, simply reduce or stop the use of the red light therapy until stable and then resume in order to get the full benefits of red light therapy.
With some colors of light, such as green, there is an increased potential risk for skin cancer development later in life.
It has been suggested that eye strain and temporary headaches caused may be caused by the light. There is no indications that this causes permanent injury.
At this time, we do not have enough research available for using it to treat cancer. Therefor, we do not recommend RLT for cancer at this time.