Does Red Light Therapy Work?
What is this red light therapy the gyms are talking up about? It started with NASA trying to grow plants in space. Biologist exposed cells to the near-infrared light with LEDs. The finding was that the cells exposed to the red light and compared against control cells showed a difference between 150 to 200 faster growth rates. Excellent for plants in space.
Now what about human cells? The red light therapy testing showed aid in healing of burns, diabetic skin ulcers, sores in the oral mucositis, wounds, and reducing chronic pain. NASA calls the red light High Emissivity Aluminiferous Luminescent Substrate (HEALS) technology.
Commercial use of the red light therapy to the public, has found uses for skin healing stimulation clearing up acne, diminishing wrinkles, and aiding in temporary relief from pain. Sessions with red light therapy last 15 to 18 minutes. Red light therapy has been approved by the FDA. The FDA states that Red light at 633nm has a non-significant risk.
The public can purchase red light therapy devices online or visit a gym with the red light therapy booths.
FDA. (2011). Memo to the conference of radiation control program directors on red lamps for skin rejuvenation being installed in tanning beds/booths. http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ResourcesforYou/Industry/ucm287899.htm
NASA. (2003). Light emitting diodes bring relief to young cancer patients; NASA technology used for plant growth now in clinical trials. http://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/news/news/releases/2003/03-199.html
NASA. (2011). Light Technology Successful Reduces Cancer Patients Painful Side Effects from Radiation and Chemotherapy. http://www.nasa.gov/topics/nasalife/features/heals.html
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