Health Benefits of Infrared Light Therapy

Health and Wellness - Health Care

By: jseven     12-Jan-2011

Introduction:

Infrared light therapy has healing benefits much like natural sunlight without any dangerous solar radiation effects. The rays of the sun are divided into several wavelengths and get transported to the earth through electromagnetic radiation. Only part of the sun's energetic rays make it to the earth as some of them get absorbed by the atmosphere. The radiation that reaches the earth is called global radiation and has many ranges of light all the way to infrared light. This is the same infrared light that is used in infrared light therapy.

Infrared light therapy is used all over Europe for many health problems and is now approved by the FDA for use in the United States. Medical doctors, chiropractors, veterinarians, massage therapists, physical therapists and equine therapists are now using infrared light therapy for various health aliments.

Alzheimers and Dementia

An infrared helmet is now being used for hundreds of Alzheimers and dementia sufferers. The testimonies are encouraging and offer hope for these debilitating diseases. According to the U.K. University of Sunderland, research has shown that regular exposure to infrared light can turn back the brain's biological clock and reverse memory loss.

Diabetes

According to Medical News Today, pulsed infrared light therapy was given to type 1 and 2 diabetes patients for eight weeks. The results varied from slight improvements to significant improvements. More studies are being conducted for diabetics as well as other diseases, as interest grows in the infrared light therapy.

Skin Allergies and Diseases

Rosacea sufferers as well as eczema, psoriasis, urticaria, acne and even people with wrinkles are reporting relief and improvements from using infrared light therapy.

Indian medical reports dating back to the 1500s show a treatment using sunlight and herbs was successful for skin ailments. Ancient Buddhist and Chinese literature documents reveal similar treatments.

Because infrared light works on a cellular and tissue level, it can improve any type of skin problem. Results vary from person to person and the type of infrared light therapy used.

Pain Relief and Healing

Pain sufferers of all kinds are reporting varied results from the use of infrared light therapy. Benefits from this light therapy are due to the light's ability to dilate and expand blood vessels which can increase overall blood circulation, increase lymph drainage of toxins, increase energy in cells and promote healing.

Cancer

NASA first used light emitting diodes in 2003 to bring relief to young cancer patients. They reported that LED light helped to ease pain and promote healing in bone marrow transplant patients. Although LED is a different type of light, it has promoted more studies and use of infrared light therapy on cancer patients.




Final Thoughts

Infrared light therapy is still being studied and all results are not the same. It does, however, bring hope to many health sufferers everywhere.


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