Does Red Light Therapy Work?!

In a word, YES! But then that was probably a bit obvious that we were going to say that – so let’s look at the facts.

Amazingly there are now over 3,000 peer-reviewed scientific studies showing the incredible health and anti-ageing benefits of red light therapy and near-infrared light therapy. These studies prove the multiple ways that red light therapy can help you, including:

  • Anti-ageing, specifically anti-wrinkle treatment due to the increase in production of collagen
  • Increased energy – the red wavelengths of light increase the production of ATP (adenosine tri-phosphastye), the complex organic chemical that provides energy to drive many processes in living cells.
  • Treat pain – the combination of red and near-infrared has incredible and relatively fast acting pain relief largely driven by the effect of increased blood flow to the affected area.
  • Combat hair loss
  • Help clear skin complaints such as acne and rosacea

Here’s a full and detailed list of 1442 studies on Low level laser therapy (LLLT) / photobiomodulation (PBM) / red/NIR phototherapy studies (source: Vladimir Heiskanen)

We will go into more detail on this research section of the site around the benefits of red light therapy.

The efficacy of red light therapy has also been featured heavily in the news and by some massive media outlets. However, we are still seeing that red light therapy is still very much ‘under the radar’.

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NASA even use red light therapy!

NASA used red light and near infrared light therapy to reduce painful side effects from cancer treatment, such as chemotherapy.
The below is an excerpt from the article:

In a two-year clinical trial, cancer patients undergoing bone marrow or stem cell transplants were given a far red/near infrared Light Emitting Diode treatment called High Emissivity Aluminiferous Luminescent Substrate, or HEALS, to treat oral mucositis — a common and extremely painful side effect of chemotherapy and radiation treatment. The trial concluded that there is a 96 percent chance that the improvement in pain of those in the high-risk patient group was the result of the HEALS treatment. 

“Using this technology as a healing agent was phenomenal,” said Dr. Donna Salzman, clinical trial principal investigator and director of clinical services and education at the Bone Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapy Unit at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital. “The HEALS device was well tolerated with no adverse affects to our bone marrow and stem cell transplant patients.” 

Red light therapy has also been featured in some of the biggest publications out there:

Here’s How the Angels Prep Their Skin For the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

"Monthly facials, which include Shiman's basic but effective strategy of steam, extractions, oxygen and collagen-boosting LED light therapy treatments"

CryoUSA Debuts New light Therapy Bed At NFL Combine

"...benefits in injury recovery may make it an appealing product for the NFL..."

LED photomodulation: "Light" way to skin renewal

"Acquiring a more youthful look often involves sanding, peeling, or heating the skin. A new painless technique relies only on low light."

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