More Insights on Infrared

by | Apr 29, 2003 | Archives

We recently looked at the healing power of light. A recent article in Newsweek International shines more light on this light. I have reproduced excerpts of this article entitled “Therapeutic LEDs use light to penetrate deep into tissues and boost the body's own natural healing processes” by Anne Underwood of NEWSWEEK INTERNATIONAL here.

"The marine's voice had an edge of urgency. His unit was about to ship out 

to Iraq. He had tried all the remedies-chiropractic, massage, electric

stimulation. But he had never seen anything like the eight-inch black

plastic disk from a company called Light-Force-Therapy, bristled with 192

red and infrared light-emitting diodes (LEDs). He placed the device

directly on his back for 15 minutes. The Marine came back four days later

for more. In just two half-hour sessions, he noticed more improvement than

he had in three years of other therapies.

“Light can heal. Modern technology has dramatically increased the possibilities. Therapeutic LEDs, the latest addition to the list, use light to penetrate deep into tissues and boost the body's own natural healing processes. Studies are showing that these new devices can help ease chronic pain, speed wound healing and prevent acute mouth ulcers in certain cancer patients. Even the U.S. Defense Department and NASA are studying LEDs as potential aids to healing injuries on the battlefield and in outer space. And plans are in the works to introduce the technology, patented in at least nine European countries, to the U.K. later this year.

“In one published study, LEDs developed for NASA sped wound healing in a U.S. Navy submarine crew by 50 percent. Other researchers have shown that certain infrared wavelengths stimulate the release of nitric oxide in blood vessels, causing them to dilate. This, in turn, increases circulation to a wounded area, improving delivery of oxygen and nutrients and the removal of wastes. That may be why LEDs seem to relieve ailments from muscle strains to shin splints.

“LED devices may even help reverse diabetic peripheral neuropathy, or nerve impairment in the limbs-long thought to be irreversible. In a study last year in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, doctors treated 49 subjects with an infrared-only LED device from Anodyne Therapy LLC. After just six 30-minute sessions, 48 of the patients showed improvement. Similarly, says Denver podiatrist Dale H. Carnegie, one of the study's authors, the Anodyne device can help heal diabetic foot ulcers. Ultimately, he says, this could spare patients with diabetes from having limbs amputated.”

I can add my own endorsement here as I have been having problems with my arms and elbows, probably form bashing on the computer board for hours each day. The infrared is remarkable at reducing the pain.

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