Photobiomodulation: What is it?


Before I begin this article, I would like to thank everyone for their patience. Things have been busy on this end of the spectrum, but now: Blogs will be returning again. Disclaimer: This blog is based around the medical journals and finding and is simply the discussion of the topics found within. While such may have shown promise in results, it isn't advised to use this for serious underlying medical conditions as a substitute for proper treatment for trauma or other potential afflictions.

When it comes to light, it holds a number of roles both positive and negative depending on how the user wields it. From moods to skin cancer to the growth and decay of plants, light plays a role in many ways we don't even consider and affects just more than us humans. But what if there was a way to use light to heal our bodies at an increased rate? What if there was some way to use light to speed up the healing process of things from lesions that won't heal to broken bones and even things like inflammation? Well, as crazy as it sounds, it's already been stumbled upon by NASA.

In 1993, a scientist working for NASA developed a light emitting diode, also known as LED, for plant use and growth. However, when it came to working with such, the scientist working on this project also began to notice his lesions healing at an increased rate from working while exposed to such light. Intrigued by this, NASA began to study the use of LED to see if it could increase the metabolism of human cells and also help prevent some of the problems astronauts face when it comes to space exploration. This has lead to many people taking interest, including a professor by the name of Dr.Harry T. Whelan researching the use of LED and lasers and receiving grants for his research.

From the research leading into the world of today: LLLT or photobiomodulation, through the limited studies has been found to do a number of beneficial things for the human body. In the 40 years it has been used, it has been found to do things such as reduce pain and inflammation. It can even promote increased healing of a wound and works all the way down to a cellular level and can prevent cell death and thus preventing tissue damage from occurring. And even more of a plus: It is non-invasive and doesn't require a whole lot. More to come on this topic soon such as how it all works and more.

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