What is Red Light Therapy?
All it's cracked up to be and then some.
To put it very simply, red light therapy is the practice of shining red light on your skin or your body in order to make you look younger, heal faster, reduce pain, or bring overall balance to your energy and endocrine systems. And yes, it works.
There are two very different ways to look at red light therapy: first, from the viewpoint of Western conventional medicine; and second, from the viewpoint of Eastern, energy medicine.
Red Light Therapy & Conventional Medicine
Western conventional 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.
Conventional medicine often calls 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, photorejuvination, and many others, but it is all red or red infrared light therapy just the same, and all the information under the Red Light Therapy section of this website applies to it.
Red Light Therapy & Energy 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 accupuncture points instead of needles. A brand name “Photonic Light Therapy” does the same thing for animals.
While western science may scoff at such things, 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.
The Benefits of Red Light Therapy
- 100% natural
- drug free
- chemical free
- non-invasive (no needles or knives)
- non-ablative (does not damage the skin)
- painless (does not itch, burn or sting)
- requires zero downtime
- safe for all skin types
- safe for all ages
- no adverse short or long term side effects
- easily self-administered in your own home
- FDA approved
How Does Red Light Therapy Work?
Visible red light is capable of penetrating the skin to a depth of about 8 to 10 mm. Once absorbed, the light energy is converted to cellular energy, stimulating the body’s natural processes on a cellular level and kicking off a whole series of metabolic events, including:
- Increased circulation and the formation of new capillaries.
- Increased lymph system activity.
- Increased production of collagen and fibroblasts.
- Increased release of ATP, or raw cellular energy.
- Increased phagocytosis, or cellular clean up.
- Tissue granulation stimulated.
- Inflammation reduced.
About Those “Specific Wavelengths”
Red light therapy uses wavelengths of light roughly between 620 nm and 700 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, or low level laser. Each type of light has its benefits and drawbacks, but ineffectiveness is not one of them. For a few good reasons discussed here, red LED light therapy is the most sought after today.
Aside from a few precautions, red light therapy is completely safe for in-home use and can be used by and on people of all ages. No adverse side effects have ever been reported from using this therapy.
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.
Now that we’ve answered the question, ”What is Red Light Therapy,” explore the links from this page to discover what red light therapy can do for you.
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