LED Light Therapy
“The use of light as a natural form of energy from nature actually activates the normal biochemistry of the cell so that the cell tends to take from it what it needs…”
– Dr. Harry Whelan, MD
“We are human photocells whose ultimate biological nutrient is light. … This light is then released into our systems as electrical energy.”
– Dr. Gabriel Cousens, MD
Sunlight nourishes plant life by triggering photosynthesis. This process allows plants to take in carbon dioxide from the air along with water and nutrients from the soil. Light is the spark that then transforms these nutrients to nourish all life in the form of chlorophyll, minerals, vitamins and other nutrients. Of course, the myriad of nutrients our plants supply have special healing qualities as well—herbs have a long tradition of use as medicines.
The importance of light to body processes and our health has recently been captured by scientists in the US. They developed a new technique to study what activates the vibrations of nutrients so they can carry out their work within the cell. The scientists discovered the vibration or activity of a protein depends on that protein absorbing light. They revealed that the symphony of life depends on light.
Light is crucial nourishment for our cells. We absorb light through our eyes and our skin—especially at acupuncture points. Light is a stimulus that charges the mitochondria, the battery for each cell. This creates the natural flow of electricity and energy within the body. Our electrical system, in turn, triggers the chemical reactions—the hormones, vitamins, minerals, enzymes—for our bodies to function.
History of Light Therapy
Low level laser light was the forerunner to the advent of LED (light emitting diodes) light. The use of laser light revolutionized areas of medical surgery. For example, surgeons use high power laser light to repair torn retinas and for other delicate eye surgeries. The type of laser light used for surgery differs from that used for therapeutic purposes. The use of therapeutic lasers is referred to as low level laser therapy (LLLT). Therapeutic laser light is used to speed healing in the field of dentistry, for wound healing, for skin conditions and other applications. An extensive body of research using laser therapy has given direction to LED research.
In 1965, shortly after the first working lasers had been developed, Professor Endre Mester of Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary launched pioneering research using laser light. For his first project he wanted to know if lasers might cause cancer. He shaved the hair off the backs of mice—both the group to be treated and the control group. The treated group did not develop cancer but to his surprise the hair on their backs grew more quickly. Research on the healing effects of low level laser therapy was launched!
In 1971, Professor Mester’s first paper was published reporting that laser light was effective for healing wounds. It became a family affair when two sons joined him in his research. By 1984, more than 1,300 patients—with wounds or ulcers that wouldn’t heal using conventional medicine and plastic surgery—had been healed using low level laser therapy.
Meanwhile, the former USSR was also making progress with low level laser therapy research. During their war with Afghanistan in the 1980s, Soviet soldiers benefited from the use of low level laser therapy to speed wound healing.
This research provided a springboard for LED research. A NASA press release in the US heralded the news: “The near-infrared light emitted by these LEDs seems to be perfect for increasing energy inside cells. This means whether you’re on Earth in a hospital, working in a submarine under the sea or on your way to Mars inside a spaceship, the LEDs boost energy to the cells and accelerate healing.”
How it Works
Each of our cells contains thousands of mitochondria, protein “machines” in charge of converting the energy in the food we eat into a form of chemical energy that the cell can use. Research has shown that when cytochrome c oxidase, an enzyme that is part of the energy-generating sequence in the mitochondria, is excited by photons of light therapy, a number of cellular changes can occur. For example, there is an increase in the messages exchanged between mitochondria and the cell’s nucleus resulting in a boost in the mitochondria’s output of ATP, a molecule that increases the cell’s energy. This triggers release of signal molecules that tell genes to go into action. The genes activate release of antioxidants and other cell-protecting factors that counteract cell degeneration by repairing mitochondria that have become damaged or dysfunctional.
Content taken from www.mylighttherapy.com and www.wisconsinacademy.org