General Skin & Body Health

Light therapy has traditionally been used to treat a number of health issues affecting both the body and skin. With tens of thousands of studies already conducted, and hundreds more released every year, a wide range of health conditions have been investigated.

Below is a list of all health conditions that have been successfully treated with light therapy, and have scientific studies to prove it.

List of conditions helped by light therapy

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Acne
  • AMD (Age-related macular degeneration)
  • Angina pectoris
  • Aphthous stomatitis
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune thyroiditis
  • Body contouring
  • Cholesterol levels
  • Collagen production
  • Depression/mood
  • Dermatitis
  • Dry mouth syndrome / xerostomia
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Exercise related soreness (DOMS)
  • Fat loss
  • Fertility (male and female)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gingivitis
  • Hair loss
  • Hand, foot and mouth disease
  • Headache
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Implant recovery times
  • Knee osteoarthritis
  • Lateral epicondylitis
  • Lymphedema
  • Male androgenetic alopecia
  • Migraines
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Muscle gain
  • Myofascial pain in the neck
  • Myopia / short-sightedness
  • Onychomycosis
  • Oral herpes / herpes labialis
  • Oral mucositis
  • Orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMD)
  • Pain
  • Photoaged skin
  • Pressure ulcer
  • Raynaud’s syndrome
  • Recovery after teeth extraction
  • RLS – Restless legs syndrome
  • Sinusitis
  • Skin ulcers
  • Sleep quality
  • Sunburn
  • Testosterone levels
  • Tooth health
  • UVB-induced skin damage
  • Weight loss
  • Wound healing

If anyone has evidence of other conditions helped by red/infrared light therapy – please let us know here by sending us the study and we will add it to this list. In addition we will give you a special discount code as a finders fee.

 

The foundation of life – Energy Production

‘Energy and structure are interdependent, at every level’ – Ray Peat

Light therapy works on a very foundational level of our body, which explains why it can help with so many conditions. In fact you don’t need to have a diagnosed problem to get benefits from light therapy – it can also be used in a preventative way to maintain optimal general health and speed daily exercise recovery. Other tools can harmonize with light therapy and enhance the effects (see bottom).

healthy brain

It enhances the natural energy producing ability of our cells, raising the metabolic efficiency and ultimately allowing the cells to function at their best. This effect permeates through the body, lowering stress hormones and inflammatory markers.

Why does it work? Please see our red light therapy and infrared therapy pages.

…and what else works alongside? Please see below.

 

How to enhance light therapy’s effects

Light therapy works on the mitochondria in cells to upregulate energy production and therefore function better, creating better structure. There are a number of other therapies and supplements that help to optimise energy production/structure too:

  • T3  – Active thyroid hormone (triiodothyronine), improves energy production all over the body. A potent catalyst for mitochondrial respiration. Increases quantity of mitochondria.
  • Niacinamide – aka Vitamin B3, proven to help acne, anxiety and even yeast infections, niacinamide works by improving ATP mitochondrial energy production. Shows promise for preventing/treating diabetes.
  • Progesterone topical – Protective steroid hormone, anti-aromatase effect which keeps oestrogen, coritsol, serotonin, etc. in balance. Ultimately helps energy production.
  • Aspirin – Thought of as regular painkiller, has beneficial effects for health. Similar anti-aromatase effect to progesterone, aspirin also inhibits the COX enzymes which are known to form inflammatory prostagladins from breakdown of polyunsaturated fats.
  • Methylene blue – Traditionally a dye, more recently discovered to maintain ATP production, especially in the brain. Very safe, even in higher doses.
  • Dermaroller – Physical device, useful for safe removal of scars. Works by breaking the skin hundreds of times on a microscopic level, which encourages new healing. Especially potent when combined with red light therapy.
  • Honey – Encourages faster wound healing when applied topically, while also sterilising. Historically used on horses and animals, it works on humans as effectively by providing a matrix and energy for new cells to grow into.