According to Dr. Michael Hamblin at Harvard University:
“Photobiomodulation (PBM), formerly known as low‐level laser (light) therapy (LLLT), is approaching its 50th anniversary, after being discovered by Endre Mester working in Hungary in 1967 (Hamblin, de Sousa, & Agrawal, 2016). Originally thought to be a property of red lasers (600–700 nm), PBM has broadened to include near‐infrared (NIR) wavelengths 760–1200 nm, and even blue and green wavelengths.
The best‐known medical applications of PBM have been for indications, including stimulation of wound healing (Hopkins, McLoda, Seegmiller, Baxter, 2004; Kovacs, Mester, & Gorog, 1974), reduction of pain, reduction of inflammation in orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions (Aimbire et al., 2006; Gam, Thorsen, & Lonnberg, 1993), and mitigation of cancer therapy side effects (Zecha et al., 2016a; Zecha et al., 2016b).
However, in recent years, there has been growing interest in the use of PBM in various brain disorders (Hamblin, 2016b; Hennessy & Hamblin, 2016; Naeser & Hamblin, 2011; Naeser & Hamblin, 2015). The (almost) complete lack of any adverse side effects of PBM, coupled with the growing disillusion with pharmaceutical drugs that affect brain function, have combined together to suggest an alternative physical therapy approach to improving brain function.”
The benefits of laser therapy include:
Three primary effects from using photon therapy: photoelectric, photothermal, and photomechanical.
“All living things require light just as they need air, food and water. In the 6th century B.C. Herodotus observed this, noting that exposure to sunlight was required for normal bone growth. Heliotherapy, or treatment with sunlight, was used by the ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman physicians to address many conditions and has almost certainly been practiced since the dawn of time.” -Laser Therapy a Clinical Manual by Dr. Blahnik, OMD, LAc and Dr. Rindge, DOM, Lac
“Without the ability to achieve -50 mV and the necessary raw materials to make new cells, you cannot maintain your health, and you will suffer aging and chronic disease. You also are unable to repair injuries, so they can also lead to chronic disease. You don’t need drugs to heal. You need to make new cells that work to heal. To make good cells you need voltage…” – Healing is Voltage by Dr. Jerry Tennant, MD
New cells are constantly being made in our body. If our voltage is too low, we will not produce healthy new cells and we will suffer from chronic illness and/or pain. If someone is chronically ill, then their voltage is low.
• Our skin is replaced every 6 weeks
• The liver is replaced every 8 weeks
• The gut lining is replaced every 3 days
• Your nervous system is replaced every 8 months
• We replace the macula of the eye every 48 hours
PBM will raise the voltage of tissue, thus facilitating the normal healing process to shorten the duration and enhance the process of healing. Therefore, ALL doctors should use laser therapy on ANY condition that exists. Laser acupuncture can be done very quickly and easily with the right tools and significant changes have been noted in the research when done correctly. PBM Therapy will, with a BROAD spectrum of safety and efficacy, stabilize cells/neurons via enhancing mitochondrial function, improving ion channel signaling pathways, reducing inflammation, and stabilizing membrane structures. PBM will promote a positive epigenetic change via early response genes and stimulate progenitor stem cells; along with growth factors that promote neurogenesis and synaptogenesis.
Laser can do the following:
• Accelerate cellular reproduction and growth.
• Expedite wound healing by stimulating fibroblast development in damaged tissue.
• Increases enzyme output, oxygenation of cells, immune response, and general metabolic activity.
• Reduces fibrous scar tissue formation from cuts, burns, and other traumas.
• Reduces swelling and inflammatory pain in the joints and tissue.
• Stimulates blood and lymph circulation throughout the body.
• Maximizes nerve function and speeds recover from nerve damage.
Brief exposure to light can have positive lasting effects of days, weeks, or even months.
- Increase nitric oxide
- Reduce interleukin 1
- Decrease bradykinin
- Increase angiogenesis
- Stimulate vasodilation
- Normalize ion channels
- Increase Beta Endorphins
- Accelerate leukocytic activity
- Enhance lymphocyte response
- Stabilize the cellular membrane
- Increased nerve action potential
- Increase prostaglandin synthesis
- End headache and migraine pain
- Improve temperature modulation
- Increased release of acetylcholine
- Restore cellular voltage above -50mV
- Enhance ATP production and synthesis
- Block depolarization of C-fiber afferents
- Enhance superoxide dismutase (SOD) levels
- Decrease C-Reactive protein and neopterin
- Increase axonal sprouting and nerve cell regeneration
- And more coming through the research!