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How Does Red Light Therapy Work?

There is a revolution under way in medical science, changing the fundamental view of how our bodies work.


We are not just made of biochemical matter. We are charged energy beings, constantly interacting with and reacting to our environment.


Light plays a crucial role in this natural process.


Comprehensive new research has unearthed a whole new understanding about how our cells function optimally.

Food is not the only way we obtain energy; we are also charged by our light
environment.


In fact, science now shows your body operates like a battery. It is powered by certain wavelengths of sunlight, and your general health is determined by our ability to receive and maintain a charge.

This is the energy principle behind our red light therapy.

What is Red Light Therapy?

Light at certain wavelengths is scientifically proven to interact with the body in beneficial ways.

Red light, comprising both red and near-infrared wavelengths, is a uniquely healing part of the electromagnetic spectrum and it is one of the most natural ways to charge the body. It is now used as a new form of therapy under the umbrella term Photobiomodulation (PBM).

PBM describes approaches based on interactions of light, and after more than 50 years of extensive research on PBM, it has been proven as a non-invasive, non-toxic and non-traumatic therapy. There are no known side effects.

Red Light

Wavelengths ranging from 600-650nm. Red light boosts the formation of collagen and elastin, and assists cell communication. It penetrates superficially (up to 5mm) and is mainly used for skin conditions.

Near Infrared (NIR) Light

Wavelengths ranging from 750–850nm. NIR stimulates healing, increases mitochondrial function and improves blood flow and tissue oxygenation. It penetrates deeper into the body (up to 10cm).

How to Recharge the Body

Electric charge is a fundamental property of the body. The surfaces in our bodies – such as membranes, proteins and DNA – are all charged, negatively or positively, depending on whether they lose or gain electrons.

By improving the flow of charged electrons,we can re-energize the body.


At the core of your body’s power to heal itself are sub-cellular organelles called mitochondria.

The number of mitochondria in a cell varies widely by organism, tissue, and cell type, and are concentrated in organs with high energy demands such as the brain, heart, liver, skin, ovaries and muscles.


This is because mitochondria generate most of the chemical energy supply in the body via the molecule ATP (adenosine triphosphate).

They also regulate a wide variety of other tasks, such as signalling, cellular differentiation, and maintaining control of the cell cycle and cell growth. This is why they are often referred to as the ‘powerhouse’ of the cell.

Crucially, within the mitochondrial membrane are chemicals that act as ‘light receptors’.

Red light energy is taken up by these receptors, increasing the electron transfer across the mitochondrial membrane via a cascade of reactions, resulting in increased charge, which leads to more available energy all through the body.

Water: Your Body’s Battery

Approximately 55-70% of your bodyweight and 99% of your body’s molecules are made of water, and this water is in a charged state

Recent research by Prof Gerald Pollock of the University of Washington has shown that water adjacent to a cell or mitochondrial membrane is so-called structured water.

This is also called EZ (Exclusion Zone) water because it creates a separation of charge. Positive protons are excluded and pushed to the bulk water, and a lattice-like, negatively charged water forms near the membrane.

This increases the voltage across the membrane. This charge separation of water in the body functions like the positive and negative poles of a battery.


Red light has been repeatedly shown to increase this EZ zone in water, making cell water in and around the mitochondria able to store and maintain charge – like a liquid crystal.

Infrared light has also been found to increase the electrical capacitance of the membrane, which greatly affects the body’s energy conservation.

Where There’s Life, There’s Charge

Electric charge is the force behind our physical energy as humans.

Experiments have clearly shown that red light therapy stimulates mitochondrial energy generation in the cells, enhances the voltage across the membrane, and increases the body’s capacity for energy storage.

Light enhances the charge of your body and activates its natural healing power. Recharge with red light therapy.

Multi-Level Treatment

Red light therapy works on multiple levels in the body.

Molecular

Cellular

Tissue

  • Chromophores, cytochrome c oxidase, water, opsins
  • Retrograde mitochondrial signalling
  • Light-sensitive ion channels
  • Adenosine triphosphate ATP
  • Reactive Oxygen Species ROS
  • Calcium
  • Heat-shock proteins
  • Melatonin
  • Brain-derived neurotrophic factor
  • Gene transcription factors
  • Akt/mTOR/CyclinD1 pathway
  • Inflammation, Cytoprotection, Proliferation
  • Protein synthesis
  • Stem Cell production and migration
  • Immune cell viability
  • Retrograde mitochondrial signalling
  • Transforming growth factor
  • Pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines
  • Vascular endothelial
  • Mitochondrial membrane potential
  • Muscles: Increases endurance, tone, density
  • Brain: Improves cognition and immune response, lowers dementia risk
  • Nerves: Repair and pain relief
  • Healing: Bones, tendons and wounds
  • Hair: Increases growth
  • Skin: Improvement of collagen network, anti-aging, skin disorders
  • Fat: Fat re-absorption improved by enhanced micro-circulation
  • Lymph: Improved immunity
  • Fascia: Communication, improved tensegrity

Systemic Effects

Red light therapy affects multiple bodily systems:

FasciaThe interconnected collagen matrix in and around organs and tissues.
Gut-Brain AxisThe bidirectional communication between the central and the enteric nervous system.
Immune SystemThe defence against infections, including the thymus and lymphatics.
Circulatory SystemThe blood transport system for nutrients
and waste removal.
Nervous SystemComplex network that carries messages to and from the brain and spinal cord to various parts of the body.
Stem CellsProduced mainly in the bone marrow and adipose tissue, circulating throughout the body where needed.

Applications of Red Light Therapy

Relieve PainTarget the root cause of pain instead of suppressing the symptom, including muscle and joint pain, arthritis, menstrual cramps and dental issues.
Revive ImmunityRelease nitric oxide and melatonin for powerful antimicrobial effect, and help prevent infection by viruses and bacteria.
Repair SkinEnhance skin elasticity and production of collagen for an anti-aging effect, and speed up healing of wounds and scars.
Reduce InflammationStimulate the body’s natural anti-inflammatory molecules and help your body heal more effectively.
Regain PerformanceReduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and give your body increased energy and endurance before and after exercise.
Updated on May 21, 2020

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