Medical Conditions Treated With Omnilux Light Therapy

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Omnilux light therapy does not just have positive effects on skin conditions. Omnilux light therapy has also been shown to be beneficial when used to treat a diverse range of conditions from mood disorders to inflammation.

Can Omnilux Light Therapy Treat a Stroke or Neurodegenerative disease?

LED light therapy (in the range 700 nm–1400 nm) has also been reported to be useful to treat stroke, traumatic brain injury and neurodegenerative disease, when the LEDs are placed directly onto the forehead or scalp. The positive effects on the brain from LED light therapy may be due to the LED increasing the survival of neurones (brain cells) in response to toxins that normally causes them to die or self-destruct (apoptose).  LED light therapy can increase molecules such as heat shock proteins, within neurones that protect the cells from death. LED light therapy may also increase the production (or differentiation) of neurones from existing cell types.

Can Omnilux Light Therapy Improve Depression or Mood Disorders?

AS early as the 1970’s psychologists were investigating the effects of colour on human physiology, finding that colour affected heart rate, muscle tone, blood pressure, breathing frequency along with eye blinking and these in turn influenced mood, anxiety levels, depression and insomnia. The positive effects of bright light therapy on SAD (seasonal affective disorder) (which usually occurs in winter when there are low natural light levels) may be due mainly to the blue/ red light within the bright visible light. Blue light has been found to increase cognition, sleep patterns, mood and depression for aged people in care during a clinical trial in 2012.The regime consisted of  30 min per day, 5 days a week, for 4 weeks. Blue light has also been previously reported to improve depression as well as eating disorders, impotence and addictions. Red light may have positive effects on mood because dim red light has also been shown to be just as effective as bright light for treating SAD.

Serotonin is a naturally occurring stimulant and LED light therapy can increase serotonin levels. Melatonin supplements are used as a treatment to increase melatonin and promote sleepiness, preventing insomnia. Red light therapy has been shown to supress melatonin and along with increasing serotonin may therefore  improve mood, making you feel more alert and less sleepy.

Can Omnilux Light Therapy Increase Recovery and Healing Following Exercise?

LED light therapy at 850 nm (infra-red light) has been shown to decrease heart rate, increase recovery time after exercise and increase tolerance time during exercise. This correlated with increased aerobic fitness of middle aged women volunteers. Infra-red (850nm) treatment after exercise may also reduce the appearance of cellulite. In the laboratory LED light therapy decreased inflammation and muscle damage after intensive exercise compared to treatment with cold water immersion.

Can Omnilux Light Therapy Treat Osteoarthritis, Influence Bone Repair and Arthritic Pain?

Animal knees that mimicked the symptoms and the destruction associated with osteoarthritis, received 10 min per day of LED light therapy (red and infra-red), 5 days a week for 5 weeks. Collagen levels increased and the inflammatory protein TNFα (involved in joint disease) was decreased after LED therapy. The bone within tooth sockets also healed faster after extractions when LED light therapy was used daily for 21 days.

The beneficial effects of LED in rat bone repair when combined with other treatments such as the addition of factors increasing bone growth was due to decreasing inflammation along with increased collagen formation. These effects on bone were confirmed by another study that demonstrated infra-red light increased bone healing by stimulating the mineralisation of bone (bone is formed firstly from collagen and later mineralised by the addition of minerals, calcium and phosphorus).

Can Omnilux Light Therapy Treat Bacterial and Fungal Infections?

The effects of light therapy on wound healing may also be explained in part by the antibacterial and antifungal actions of light therapy. Besides effects on acne associated bacteria, LED light therapy in conjunction with curcumin has been reported to kill methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Staphylococcus aureus in the laboratory setting. However the fibroblasts (cells within the skin) displayed reduced metabolism, indicating that this treatment may also have a detrimental effects on the skin surface.

C. albicans and C. dubliniensis cause yeast infections such as thrush C. dubliniensis is associated with oral thrush infections of immune-compromised patients after transplant surgery or of patients suffering from HIV/AIDS. LED therapy in combination with other compounds that may be toxic (erythrosine and rose bengal) adversely affected C. albicans and C. dubliniensis, reducing this type of yeasts viability and growth.

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