Photobiomodulation Therapy Explained
Photobiomodulation Therapy has many applications in promoting healing that are backed by extensive research. The video explains some of the research regarding how this therapy helps heal the brain, prevent disease, boost the immune system, relieve pain, heal injuries, anti-aging applications and so much more. Monte Sano Healing Arts is the regions leading clinic using various forms of photobiomodulation light therapy including laser acupuncture and the full body red light therapy bed.
How does intranasal photobiomodulation work?
The near-infrared light stimulates your mitochondria (your energy factories of your cells) in your neurons. The mitochondria in your neurons then increase enzymes, oxygen, and ultimately energy activity. This activity then encourages a boost in ATP (your body’s main energy carrier) which is needed in most bodily functions. This initial release of ATP then works in other beneficial ways.
We can break down the way photobiomodulation works into three major ways.
1. First, your mitochondria absorbs infrared light energy. The mitochondria then takes that light energy and converts it into ATP (the energy carrier).
2. Photobiomodulation also causes mild oxidants to be created, which captures free radicals and encourages cellular repair and healing.
3. Finally, the light treatment’s impact on your mitochondria releases nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is an important chemical used by your cells to communicate with one another, a key signaling molecule. Nitric oxide also dilates your blood vessels and improves circulation while playing an important role in maintaining healthy blood pressure levels and keeping your arteries relaxed.
These three mechanisms are the key to the healing power of intranasal light therapy. Light therapy is extra fascinating because unlike chemical treatments, like pharmaceuticals, it encourages your body to heal itself. Photobiomodulation literally gives your brain a boost. It also has a beneficial impact on blood and circulation health.
Give yourself a boost in brain power (and more!)
These three mechanisms all increase your brain energy. Intranasal photobiomodulation devices stimulate the brain’s highest frequency – the gamma frequency. When your brain is operating at the gamma frequency, your brain waves are extremely fast and this is often associated with conscious perception, thinking, and problem solving.
It’s through the energizing ability of the intranasal device that patients often experience benefits, such as:
An immune system boost Balancing mood Fighting free radicals Improving cognitive performance Lowering blood pressure Reducing cholesterol and triglycerides Improving insomnia Improving fatigue Speeding up stroke recovery (and probably other recoveries as well) Helping migraines
Photobiomodulation has promising benefits in a variety of areas of health, making it worth a closer look – one of the most promising areas happens to be in the treatment of Alzheimer’s.
Photobiomodulation and Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death and currently impacts over five million Americans. So, it’s no wonder we are interested in finding a cure to this devastating and far-reaching disease. Unfortunately, there are no effective drug treatments for Alzheimer’s, but photobiomodulation is proving to be promising. Alzheimer’s is a disease of dysfunctional mitochondria, which is why photobiomodulation therapy seems to work – by recharging the mitochondria. Studies are showing that the low-level light therapy from photobiomodulation may slow progression or even improve cognitive function in those with Alzheimer’s disease.
In fact, a 2017 study found there is a significant improvement in mild to moderately severe dementia in cases treated with intranasal photobiomodulation. And remember those beneficial gamma rays? A study on mice revealed gamma frequency targeted in the brain significantly reduced plaque formation in the brain – a sign of cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s disease. What a promising treatment for such a terrible disease. The great thing about this treatment is that you can do it in the comfort of your own home with your own device. This makes it not only easier to regularly treat yourself with photobiomodulation therapy but it keeps the cost of treatment down.
Intranasal photobiomodulation may be included in any treatment session or performed during use of the clinic's red light therapy full body bed.
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Near-infrared therapy has inspiring promises for the future of medicine. For too long we’ve mostly come at medicine from a predominantly chemical approach but the body is more complex. As we continue to explore different impacts of health, such as light therapy, we’ll have a better chance of curing diseases like Alzheimer’s. The future of medicine is bright!