Red Light Therapy
All it's cracked up to be and then some.
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What is Red Light Therapy?
Red light therapy is a natural, alternative therapy with a long list of benefits and no known adverse side effects.
To put it very simply, red light therapy is the practice of shining red light on yourself in a prescribed way in order to make you look younger, heal faster, reduce pain, or bring overall balance to your energy and endocrine systems. Yes, it works.
What red light therapy is depends on who you ask. There are two very different ways to look at it: first, from the viewpoint of Western traditional medicine; and second, from the viewpoint of Eastern, energy medicine.
Red Light Therapy & Western Medicine
Western traditional medicine likes to deal with what we can measure in a lab and prove to the FDA. Once NASA came down with undeniable wound healing results from red light therapy, conventional medicine started paying attention. Over 10 years later, red light therapy has now been thoroughly researched and FDA approved for anti-aging and pain relief, with wound care applications soon to follow.
Western doctors and researchers often call red light therapy by other names such as LLLT (low level laser or low level light therapy), LILT (low intensity light therapy), photobiostimulation, biostimulation (BIOS), photobiomodulation, photonic stimulation, photorejuvenation, or other names. All of those things are red or red infrared light therapy just the same, and all the information under the Red and Infrared Light Therapy sections of this website applies to it.
Red Light Therapy & Eastern Medicine
Red light therapy is also used in Eastern medicine practices which focus on the energy systems of the body, specifically meridian points and chakra zones. For example, “Colorpuncture” uses a narrow beam of red light to stimulate acupuncture points instead of needles. A brand name “Photonic Light Therapy” does the same thing for animals. Red light therapy could also be called red color therapy and used to fuel overall vitality.
While western science and eastern medicine may not often agree, the facts remain: light is energy, and our body is energy. Red and infrared light energy penetrate deep into the body, and has profound effects in the hands of both western and eastern healing professionals alike. The good news is, it will likely have the same rejuvenating, healing and balancing effects in your hands as well, at a fraction of the cost.
Risks & Benefits of Red Light Therapy
In study after study all over the world, there are no reported adverse side effects from red light therapy. There are some precautions you should consider before beginning your treatment, however. Please review them by reading the article, “Red Light Therapy Side Effects,” here.
The Wavelengths of Red Light Therapy
Red light therapy uses wavelengths of light roughly between 620 nm and 700 nm. Popular wavelengths used in research and in-home products are 630 nm and 660 nm. Regardless of claims of only “specific wavelengths” being effective, the whole range of visible red light wavelengths are effective and beneficial. In fact, many devices today are including two or three of them instead of just one.
Laser, LED, or What?
Effective red light therapy can be accomplished with any red light source including incandescent, halogen, fluorescent, LED, low level laser or cold laser. Each type of light has its benefits and drawbacks, but ineffectiveness is not one of them. Red LED light therapy is the most popular today in part because LED technology is:
- durable & long lasting
- compact & portable
- often battery operated
- highly energy efficient
- and emits little to no heat
Red Light Therapy Products & Reviews
When you’re ready to give red light therapy a try, we have two lights for you to consider.
The Peak 630™ LED Light Therapy Set delivers pure red LED light therapy, and is the best choice for anti-aging and, in general, results you can see.
The Genesis DH™ combines red and infrared light therapy for results you can see and feel, for example, when you want to use red light therapy for both anit-aging and pain relief. We make it easy to compare these with other red light therapy products on our Reviews page.
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