Luz para controlar el dolor neuropático

Imagínese que el movimiento de un solo pelo de su brazo le provoca un fuerte dolor. Para los pacientes con dolor neuropático -una enfermedad crónica que afecta a entre el 7 y el 8% de la población europea, sin tratamiento eficaz- esto puede ser una realidad cotidiana.

Científicos del EMBL de Roma han identificado una población especial de células nerviosas en la piel que son responsables de la sensibilidad al tacto suave. Estas células son también las que provocan el dolor intenso en los pacientes con dolor neuropático. El equipo de investigación, dirigido por el jefe de grupo del EMBL, Paul Heppenstall, desarrolló una sustancia química sensible a la luz que se une selectivamente a este tipo de células nerviosas. Al inyectar primero la zona de la piel afectada con el producto químico y luego iluminarla con luz infrarroja cercana, las células nerviosas seleccionadas se retraen de la superficie de la piel, lo que produce un alivio del dolor. Nature Communications publica los resultados el 24 de abril de 2018.

El efecto picante

Al cortar las terminaciones nerviosas con luz, se deja de sentir el suave tacto que puede causar un dolor intenso en los pacientes neuropáticos. "Es como comer una pimienta fuerte, que quema las terminaciones nerviosas de la boca y las insensibiliza durante algún tiempo", dice Heppenstall. "Lo bueno de nuestra técnica es que podemos dirigirnos específicamente al pequeño subgrupo de neuronas que causan el dolor neuropático".

Hay muchas células nerviosas diferentes en la piel, que le hacen sentir sensaciones específicas como la vibración, el frío, el calor o el dolor normal. Estas células no se ven afectadas en absoluto por el tratamiento con luz. La piel sólo se desensibiliza al tacto más suave, como una brisa, un cosquilleo o un insecto que se arrastra por la piel.

Iluminación vs. Drogas

Los intentos anteriores de desarrollar fármacos para tratar el dolor neuropático se han centrado en su mayoría en dirigirse a moléculas únicas. "Sin embargo, creemos que no hay una sola molécula responsable. Hay muchas", explica Heppenstall. "Se podría conseguir bloquear una o un par de ellas, pero otras acabarían asumiendo la misma función. Con nuestro nuevo método de iluminación, evitamos este problema por completo".

El tacto y el dolor se evaluaron midiendo los reflejos en ratones afectados por dolor neuropático en sus extremidades. Normalmente, los ratones afectados retiran rápidamente la pata cuando se les toca suavemente. Sin embargo, después de la terapia de luz, mostraron reflejos normales al tocarlos suavemente. El efecto de la terapia dura unas semanas, tras las cuales las terminaciones nerviosas vuelven a crecer y el tacto suave vuelve a causar dolor.

El equipo también investigó el tejido de la piel humana. La composición general del tejido y las características específicas de las neuronas de interés parecen ser similares, lo que indica que el método podría ser eficaz para tratar el dolor neuropático en humanos. "Al final, pretendemos resolver el problema del dolor tanto en humanos como en animales", dice Heppenstall. "Por supuesto, hay que trabajar mucho antes de poder hacer un estudio similar en personas con dolor neuropático. Por eso ahora buscamos activamente socios y estamos abiertos a nuevas colaboraciones para seguir desarrollando este método, con la esperanza de utilizarlo algún día en la clínica."

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Iluminando las heridas ocultas: El trauma de la trata de personas

Iluminando las heridas ocultas: El trauma de la trata de personas

Trata de seres humanos

La trata de personas implica el uso de la fuerza, el fraude o la coacción para obtener algún tipo de trabajo o acto sexual comercial. Cada año, millones de hombres, mujeres y niños son víctimas de la trata en todo el mundo, incluido Estados Unidos. Puede ocurrir en cualquier comunidad, y las víctimas pueden ser de cualquier edad, raza, género o nacionalidad. Los traficantes pueden utilizar la violencia, la manipulación o las falsas promesas de trabajos bien remunerados o relaciones románticas para atraer a las víctimas a situaciones de trata.

Traumas

Los estudios recientes sobre el trauma han profundizado en nuestra comprensión del mismo y de su impacto. Describen una compleja gama de síntomas post-trauma e identifican las interacciones de múltiples factores que contribuyen a su gravedad. Por ejemplo, los síntomas más graves se asocian a historias de múltiples victimizaciones, que a menudo comienzan en la infancia y perturban las relaciones entre padres e hijos. Los impactos más profundos también se asocian con problemas de salud conductual concurrentes, como los trastornos por abuso de sustancias, y con una serie de otros problemas, como los apoyos sociales limitados, el bajo nivel socioeconómico y el estigma asociado a determinados acontecimientos traumáticos. La exposición a los traumas se produce a lo largo de un continuo de "complejidad", desde el incidente único y menos complejo que se produce en la edad adulta (por ejemplo, un accidente de coche) en el que todo lo demás es estable en la vida de una persona, hasta el trauma repetido e intrusivo "frecuentemente de naturaleza interpersonal, que a menudo implica una cantidad significativa de estigma o vergüenza" y en el que un individuo puede ser más vulnerable, debido a una variedad de factores, a sus efectos. En este extremo del continuo pueden situarse las víctimas de la trata de seres humanos, especialmente de la trata sexual.

Respuestas post-trauma para las víctimas de la trata de personas

La mayor parte de la bibliografía sobre el trauma y la trata se centra en el tráfico de mujeres y niñas nacidas en el extranjero para su explotación sexual comercial. Además de experimentar una violencia física y sexual aterradora, los investigadores informan de que las víctimas a menudo experimentan múltiples capas de trauma, incluyendo el daño psicológico del cautiverio y el miedo a las represalias si se contempla la posibilidad de escapar, el lavado de cerebro y, para algunos, una larga historia de violencia familiar, comunitaria o nacional. Además, los efectos emocionales del trauma pueden ser persistentes y devastadores. Las víctimas de la trata de seres humanos pueden sufrir ansiedad, trastorno de pánico, depresión grave, abuso de sustancias, trastornos de la alimentación y una combinación de todo ello. Para algunas víctimas, el trauma inducido por alguien en quien antes confiaban da lugar a una desconfianza generalizada en los demás y en sus motivos. Este impacto del trauma puede dificultar, en el mejor de los casos, el trabajo de los primeros intervinientes y de quienes intentan ayudar a las víctimas. En algunos casos, la exposición al trauma da lugar a una condición conocida como Trastorno de Estrés Postraumático (TEPT). El TEPT es una categoría de diagnóstico de salud mental creada originalmente para los combatientes de guerra y las víctimas de catástrofes y se aplica a las víctimas de otros traumas, incluidas las víctimas de la trata. Los síntomas característicos del TEPT incluyen la reexperimentación intrusiva del trauma (por ejemplo, escenas retrospectivas, pesadillas y pensamientos intrusivos), la evitación o el adormecimiento de los estímulos relacionados con el trauma o desencadenantes del mismo (por ejemplo, evitar ciertos lugares, personas y situaciones) y la hiperactivación (por ejemplo, mayor respuesta de sobresalto e incapacidad de concentración). Una vez establecido, tanto para adultos como para jóvenes, el TEPT suele ser crónico y debilitante si no se trata. Las respuestas posteriores al trauma, como las descritas anteriormente, contribuyen a los problemas de funcionamiento, como las dificultades para controlar las emociones, los arrebatos repentinos de ira o la automutilación, las dificultades de concentración, los comportamientos suicidas, las alteraciones de la conciencia y el aumento de la asunción de riesgos.

Disponibilidad y acceso limitados a servicios de salud mental adecuados.

Los proveedores de servicios identifican como problemas comunes la asequibilidad y el acceso a los servicios, así como la capacidad de respuesta de dichos servicios a las complejas necesidades de las supervivientes. Los proveedores señalan de manera uniforme que el acceso a los servicios de salud mental es un reto importante tanto para las víctimas internacionales como para las nacionales. Para la mayoría de las víctimas, la vergüenza es una de las mayores barreras que les impiden solicitar servicios de salud mental. Los proveedores señalan que el estigma asociado a las enfermedades mentales es un reto especialmente importante a la hora de conseguir que las víctimas nacidas en el extranjero y los hombres reciban tratamiento. En el caso de otras víctimas, aunque los proveedores informan de que están dispuestos a buscar ayuda para los problemas de salud física, la causa subyacente de los problemas o síntomas físicos -el trauma- a menudo se ignora y no se trata. En el caso de las víctimas menores de edad de EE.UU., las barreras para acceder a los servicios de salud mental están relacionadas principalmente con las cuestiones de confidencialidad y la preocupación de que alguien descubra lo que les ha ocurrido, la falta de documentos de identificación, la falta de seguro y las cuestiones jurisdiccionales relacionadas con el sistema. Por ejemplo, a menudo se da por sentado que los sistemas de bienestar infantil proporcionarán servicios de salud mental a los menores. 2 La obligación de denunciar a los menores a los servicios de protección de la infancia no se traduce necesariamente en el acceso al tratamiento. Si uno de los padres o el tutor legal no inflige el abuso, el caso suele considerarse fuera de la jurisdicción del sistema. En estos casos, los menores quedan al margen y no reciben los servicios que necesitan. Pero siguen existiendo problemas incluso si un joven tiene seguro médico o es atendido por el sistema de bienestar infantil. La mayoría de los proveedores señalan que las fuentes de derivación para el tratamiento de salud mental o el asesoramiento son limitadas para los jóvenes y los adultos. En una comunidad, la espera para una derivación psiquiátrica para los jóvenes era de hasta siete meses. Una vez que se obtiene el acceso a los servicios de salud mental o de asesoramiento, muchos proveedores no pueden mantener el tratamiento a largo plazo que muchas víctimas necesitan. Los proveedores informan de que las restricciones del seguro y/o la financiación suelen limitar el número de sesiones que puede recibir una víctima. Además, los servicios terapéuticos tradicionales suelen estar mal diseñados para responder a las necesidades de las poblaciones de víctimas transitorias, en particular las víctimas menores de edad, que a veces tienen dificultades para cumplir con las expectativas de citas semanales. Un tratamiento de salud mental con capacidad de respuesta requiere una flexibilidad considerable, que los sistemas de atención existentes pueden no apoyar. Por lo tanto, si bien la obtención de servicios en respuesta a la crisis inmediata no se considera un problema en la mayoría de los casos, ayudar a una víctima con la recuperación del trauma a largo plazo es una preocupación importante.

La nueva terapia: La luz roja

Durante los últimos 20 años, se ha acumulado un gran número de investigaciones sobre los efectos beneficiosos de la luz infrarroja en el rango de 600 a 1000 nm. La luz infrarroja puede activar las mitocondrias, estimulando los sistemas de segundos mensajeros, la transcripción del ADN y los factores de crecimiento. Como resultado, se forman nuevas sinapsis, los circuitos vuelven a crecer y las células madre pluripotentes se diferencian en neuronas.

Los estudios con animales han demostrado que la fotobiomodulación infrarroja (PBM) puede reducir el tamaño y la gravedad de las lesiones cerebrales y los accidentes cerebrovasculares y disminuir los daños y los síntomas fisiológicos en la depresión, el trastorno de estrés postraumático (TEPT), la enfermedad de Parkinson y la enfermedad de Alzheimer. El doctor Michael Hamblin, del Centro Wellman de Fotomedicina del Hospital General de Massachusetts (Boston), líder en este campo, describe la PBM como "el uso de luz roja o casi infrarroja para estimular, curar, regenerar y proteger el tejido que se ha lesionado, se está degenerando o corre el riesgo de morir".

¿Puede la luz infrarroja llegar al cerebro?

El cuero cabelludo y el cráneo humanos constituyen una barrera importante. La energía de la luz infrarroja debe estar en el rango de 0,9 a 15 J/cm2 en el tejido objetivo para activar las mitocondrias y otros eventos celulares. Incluso si un LED de 0,5 W sólo tuviera que penetrar el cráneo para llegar a la superficie del cerebro, sólo podría suministrar 0,0064 J/cm2 o 1/140 de la energía mínima necesaria para inducir el PBM. No se esperaría que la energía alcanzara las profundidades del cerebro necesarias para tratar la apoplejía, la enfermedad de Parkinson, la enfermedad de Alzheimer o muchas lesiones cerebrales.

Tratamiento de TBI, TEPT y depresión con luz infrarroja

Los productos patentados de terapia de luz de Kaiyan Medical incluyen el tratamiento con láser infrarrojo transcraneal (NILT). Nuestros dispositivos se basan en ensayos clínicos con una mejora clínica significativa de los síntomas, incluyendo dolores de cabeza, problemas cognitivos, trastornos del sueño, irritabilidad y depresión.

Un ensayo clínico abierto (n=39) demostró su eficacia para la depresión. En general, el 92% de los pacientes respondió y el 82% remitió, lo que es notablemente mejor que la tasa de respuesta de los antidepresivos orales. Los pacientes observaron beneficios en 4 tratamientos, y algunos lograron la resolución de los síntomas depresivos en 8 tratamientos. I

En Kaiyan, cada día reconsideramos los posibles mecanismos que subyacen a las escasas mejoras derivadas de los dispositivos basados en LED. Es posible que la luz de los dispositivos LED no penetre más allá de la piel en algunos casos. Aun así, podría inducir beneficios en el sistema nervioso central a través de un efecto remoto o sistémico en la piel irradiada, lo que se denomina fotobiomodulación remota.

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Deja de ponerte hielo en las lesiones

Deja de ponerte hielo en las lesiones

Aplicar hielo a una lesión es una de las modalidades de tratamiento más comunes. Pero, ¿es realmente beneficioso aplicar hielo?

Durante décadas,  entrenadores y  médicos han recomendado la aplicación de hielo para mejorar lesiones menores como esguinces y distensiones. El método en sí es sencillo: aplicar hielo, hacer presión y descansar. Este método de recuperación ha sido muy popular porque no requiere ningún equipo ni experiencia especial.

La idea se popularizó en 1978 con el libro Sportsmedicine Book escrito por el Dr. Gabe Mirkin. Desde la publicación del libro, el Dr. Mirkin ha cambiado realmente su opinion sobre el hielo como modalidad de recuperación útil. Al mantenerse al día con las nuevas investigaciones sobre la recuperación, los puntos de vista del Dr. Mirkin sobre el hielo se adaptaron y evolucionaron. Ahora cree que la aplicación de hielo en el tejido lesionado hace que el vaso sanguíneo se contraiga y detenga el flujo sanguíneo necesario para la curación y el procesamiento de la inflamación.

El hielo no es bueno para la recuperación.

Desde finales de los años 70, se han realizado muchos más estudios que examinan específicamente el efecto de la terapia de frío en las lesiones de los tejidos blandos. Un meta-análisis de 2008 que examinó múltiples estudios encontró que no hay suficiente evidencia para sugerir que la aplicación de hielo mejora la curación de las lesiones de tejidos blandos.

Varios estudios han llegado a la conclusión que la aplicación de hielo se basa en gran medida en pruebas anecdóticas o en alguien que dice que la modalidad funciona sin ningún dato concreto. Las pruebas anecdóticas son difíciles de contrarrestar. La gente tiende a creer en lo que cree que funciona y ha visto que funciona, incluso si las pruebas de la investigación refutan su razonamiento. Las lesiones por hielo es un claro ejemplo.

¿El hielo es perjudicial para la recuperación?

El hielo puede ser la herramienta más segura y sencilla para aliviar el dolor de nuestro cuerpo. Cuando se utiliza para adormecer una lesión, el hielo es beneficioso. Pero cuando se utiliza durante más de 5 minutos, según el Dr. Mirkin, el hielo puede ser perjudicial para el proceso natural de reparación de los tejidos del cuerpo. El uso prolongado del hielo también puede provocar una reducción de la fuerza, la flexibilidad y la resistencia.

El hielo no es el método mas ideal para la recuperación porque tiene el efecto de ralentizar la respuesta natural del cuerpo, lo cual es esencial para la curación. Es mejor utilizar una modalidad que potencie la respuesta natural de recuperación, como es la fototerapia.

La terapia de luz cura mejor que el hielo

El consumo de luz saludable es una parte clave para conseguir un estilo de vida sano y equilibrado. Al igual que el ejercicio, la alimentación nutritiva y el sueño reparador, la ingesta de luz saludable puede tener un gran impacto en la gestión de la recuperación. Puede mejorar la función celular y ayudar al proceso de recuperación natural de su cuerpo con tratamientos de fototerapia.

Inflamación y terapia de luz roja

La inflamación es una respuesta natural a las lesiones y una parte integral del proceso de curación. En una respuesta sana al estrés o a la lesión, la inflamación se produce en pocas horas y actúa para limpiar el tejido dañado e iniciar el proceso de reparación. Una vez curada la lesión o la tensión, la inflamación va desapareciendo gradualmente.

El hielo y la terapia de luz roja tienen efectos muy diferentes sobre la inflamación. El hielo actúa para suprimir la respuesta inflamatoria del cuerpo, mientras que la terapia de luz roja apoya la gestión de la inflamación. El hielo impide que la inflamación normal haga su trabajo, que es ayudarnos a curar y procesar la tensión. La terapia con luz roja puede acelerar el proceso de recuperación al ayudar al cuerpo a procesar la inflamación y el estrés oxidativo de forma más eficiente. El Dr. Michael Hamblin, de la Facultad de Medicina de Harvard, es uno de los principales investigadores de fotomedicina del mundo, y cree que la fototerapia produce una "reducción general de la inflamación".

El sueño sigue siendo clave para la recuperación

Puede que el Dr. Mirkin haya cambiado su opinion sobre el uso de hielo para la recuperación, pero el descanso básico sigue siendo un componente clave de la recuperación. No hay sustituto para el sueño cuando se trata de la capacidad del cuerpo para curarse a sí mismo. Los tratamientos de terapia de luz roja están diseñados para mejorar la función celular. Apoyan un estilo de vida equilibrado con luz saludable en la comodidad de su propia casa, lo que puede tener un impacto positivo en la calidad de su sueño.


La luz verde sigue mostrando efectos positivos en las personas que padecen de migrañas.

La luz verde sigue mostrando efectos positivos en las personas que padecen de migrañas.

Cualquier persona que padece de migrañas sabe lo mucho que puede debilitarte, y más aún si esa persona es un migrañoso crónico. En el peor de los casos, las migrañas pueden consumirlo todo: no puedes abrir los ojos por el dolor, e incluso puedes sufrir náuseas y vómitos. 

Las migrañas son más comunes de lo que crees. Se trata de un dolor de cabeza más fuerte, que suele afectar a un lado de la cabeza. A veces vienen con avisos, pero la mayoría de las veces te dan de repente, lo cual es probablemente lo más incómodo. Las migrañas pueden ser difíciles y dolorosas. Puedes estar teniendo un día normal sin problemas y, de repente, recibir una sacudida de dolor en la cabeza que parece ineludible.

Enfrentarse a una migraña es a menudo un  desafío bastante complicado; no puedes simplemente ir a acostarte y tomarte 30 minutos para descansar. La migraña tarda horas, incluso días, en desaparecer. Y si estás trabajando y no puedes tomarte varios días de descanso, esto puede convertirse en un problema grave. 

Las migrañas pueden ocurrir con o sin auras. Cuando ocurren con auras, esto significa que ves luces parpadeantes, manchas o líneas. Puede parecer que tu mente está jugando contigo cuando, en realidad, se trata de una migraña que se está formando. 

Las migrañas sin aura son las que llegan sin previo aviso; sin embargo, los cambios de humor pueden ser un indicador de que una migraña se está manifestando para ti. Los ojos pueden empezar a arder o lagrimear, y la nariz puede estar congestionada justo antes de una migraña. Suelen sentirse como un dolor punzante en la cabeza, como se ha mencionado, a menudo en un lado de la cabeza. Los dolores y calambres en el cuello también son algo que podrías sentir y experimentar durante una migraña. 

A menudo puede que la persona sienta una tensión en toda la cabeza y el cuerpo, provocando una sensación bastante incómoda. No es raro experimentar también vértigo y visión doble. Las migrañas a veces parecen incurables, precisamente por la forma en que los síntomas pueden variar. Se puede experimentar un tipo de migraña y, a los pocos días, otro completamente distinto. A veces duran minutos y otras, horas o días.

Si usted, alguien que conoce o un paciente suyo sufre migrañas de forma frecuente y grave, es probable que haya acudido a un médico para tratar esta molestia. Y aunque algunas personas tienen las estanterías llenas de recetas, muchas buscan algo menos invasivo, sin efectos secundarios, pero que siga siendo eficaz. Pues bien, por suerte, existe una solución para el tratamiento no invasivo de las migrañas: los tratamientos con lámparas de fototerapia.

La fototerapia es una forma de transformar tu salud general. En un tratamiento de terapia de luz, no sólo recibes alivio para las migraña sino también para tu bienestar. Los beneficios de la terapia de luz LED para la salud se multiplican cuanto más se invierte en ella. La terapia de luz alivia los síntomas que se interponen en tu camino y al mismo tiempo aumenta tu energía y mejora tu estado de ánimo.

La forma en que la terapia de luz puede ayudar a las migrañas es a través de la luz verde. Aunque la terapia con luz verde se ha estudiado durante un tiempo, estudios recientes están demostrando su eficacia contra las migrañas. Un nuevo estudio muestra que la exposición a la luz verde redujo el número de días de dolor de cabeza al mes en una media de alrededor del 60%. La luz no sólo redujo el dolor, sino también el tiempo de la migraña, haciéndola más corta y soportable. Otro estudio demostró que, inmediatamente después del tratamiento de fototerapia, los pacientes declararon haber reducido las molestias de la migraña en un 20%. La luz verde también produce un efecto relajante y ha mostrado un resultado mucho mejor para tratar las migrañas a largo plazo que cualquier otra forma de luz.

Así, cuando penetra en las células del cuerpo, regenera tu sistema celular y, por tanto, todo tu organismo. Es un proceso que debe realizarse en la oscuridad, en cualquier momento, durante un período de 15 a 30 minutos. Con tratamientos diarios, es mucho más probable que obtengas los numerosos beneficios de la terapia de luz. 

Los dispositivos de terapia de luz de Kayian son perfectos para tratamientos en casa o para su uso en clínicas médicas. Todos nuestros productos están diseñados específicamente para ti y para cumplir con los deseos y necesidades de tus clientes. Están certificados por la MDA y aprobados por la FDA, lo que garantiza que su dispositivo de terapia de luz cumple con las normas médicas y de seguridad.

Volver a la naturaleza: El poder curativo de los sonidos de las aves

Volver a la naturaleza: El poder curativo de los sonidos de las aves

¿Qué es la terapia de sonido?

El sonido se ha utilizado para curar y calmar a la gente durante miles de años. Los cuencos cantores del Himalaya, utilizados en Asia durante la oración y la meditación, influyen positivamente en la salud y el bienestar. Éste es sólo un ejemplo de instrumentos ancestrales de todo el mundo que se aplican como instrumentos curativos.

La terapia de sonido se basa en la premisa de que todos estamos formados por frecuencias energéticas, y las frecuencias de audio pueden interactuar con la energía de nuestro cuerpo para reequilibrar nuestros sistemas.

Dado que la música es básicamente un sonido organizado, puede deconstruirse para afectar positivamente a nuestro bienestar físico y psicológico.

Dolencias a las que puede ayudar la terapia de sonido:
  • Ansiedad
  • Depresión
  • Trastorno de estrés postraumático
  • Autismo y problemas de aprendizaje
  • Demencia
  • Comportamiento y trastornos psiquiátricos
Otros cinco beneficios de la terapia de sonido
  • Disminución de las respuestas al estrés
  • Disminución de los cambios de humor
  • Gestión del dolor
  • Mejora el sueño
  • Reduce la presión arterial

¿Cómo ayuda la música de pájaros en la terapia del sonido?

La respuesta de nuestro cuerpo al ruido se remonta a la época en que el ser humano comenzó a vagar por la tierra. Piensa en ruidos fuertes como el de tu despertador por la mañana, el traqueteo de un martillo neumático o el estruendo de la oficina abierta. Estos sonidos evocan en nuestro cerebro una reacción instintiva de lucha o huida, provocando una liberación de sustancias químicas que estimula la acción inmediata. Esta reacción ha sido fundamental para nuestra supervivencia desde hace siglos y sigue siéndolo hoy en día. El fuerte sonido del claxon de un coche estimula inmediatamente nuestro cerebro y nuestro cuerpo para responder rápidamente y alejarnos del peligro.

Las cosas que vemos, oímos y experimentamos momento a momento no sólo cambian nuestro estado de ánimo, sino que nos afectan a un nivel físico más profundo; alteran el funcionamiento de nuestros sistemas nervioso, endocrino e inmunitario.

Escuchar el canto de los pájaros es una forma maravillosa de reconectar con la naturaleza y alejar la atención del desorden y el caos que a menudo forman parte de nuestra vida cotidiana.

Según Eleanor Ratcliffe, de la Universidad de Surrey, en su tesis sobre las percepciones y los resultados restauradores asociados a la escucha de los pájaros, los sonidos de las aves tienen la capacidad de transportar al suyo a la naturaleza.

Así pues, la música de pájaros no sólo nos afecta positivamente en un nivel fundamental de frecuencia sonora, sino que también tiene la capacidad de hacerte creer que estás en un entorno natural, lo que de por sí reduce el estrés, la ansiedad y la depresión.

¿Por qué la música de pájaros es tan poderosa para relajarse y reducir la ansiedad?

En el acelerado mundo actual, es vital tomar decisiones de estilo de vida que reduzcan el estrés y, en última instancia, prolonguen la vida. Se ha revelado que escuchar música de ritmo lento y tono bajo sin letra puede reducir el estrés y la ansiedad en las personas que van a someterse a una cirugía invasiva. También disminuye la necesidad de tomar medicamentos para el dolor.

Ahora bien, los anteriores son algunos de los beneficios comprobados de escuchar música ordinaria. Piensa en lo poderoso que será añadir los sonidos de los pájaros a la mezcla.

Los cantos y las llamadas de los pájaros son el tipo de sonidos naturales que la mayoría de la gente asocia con la recuperación del estrés percibido.

Durante las entrevistas semiestructuradas realizadas a veinte participantes adultos, Eleanor Ratcliffe determinó las siguientes razones por las que el canto de los pájaros ayuda a la relajación y a reducir la ansiedad.

1. Invoca recuerdos positivos

Los sonidos de pájaros asociados a acontecimientos agradables o especiales ayudan a combatir el estrés y la ansiedad y a aliviar los episodios depresivos, ya que crean emociones positivas vinculadas a lugares y momentos concretos.

2. Cambia el enfoque

Escuchar música de pájaros en momentos difíciles aleja la atención de los problemas y conduce a la calma.

3. Cambio de estímulos

Nos acostumbramos a los sonidos cotidianos de la vida en la ciudad. Cuando escuchamos música de pájaros, nos proporciona un descanso de las emociones asociadas a nuestro entorno. Este breve respiro nos ayuda a reducir el estrés.

4. Bienvenida la distracción

La música de pájaros tiene la capacidad de sacarte sin esfuerzo de tu entorno actual sin que tengas que mover un músculo.

Como símbolo de la naturaleza, el canto de un pájaro te transporta lejos del ajetreo cotidiano y te aleja de las exigencias del día a día que pueden causarte ansiedad.

Aunque la ciencia aún no ha alcanzado la confianza de los creyentes en las propiedades curativas de la música de pájaros, las pruebas hablan por sí mismas, ya que la mayoría de los apoyos son anecdóticos.

La música de pájaros no es en absoluto un remedio milagroso y debe utilizarse junto con los medicamentos prescritos por su médico de cabecera.

¿Cómo funciona científicamente la música de pájaros?

La música de pájaros puede tener claramente efectos positivos en el estado de ánimo, la salud mental y el bienestar físico de una persona.

Pero, ¿qué pruebas científicas reales hay del impacto de la música en general sobre los estados mentales?

A continuación encontrará algunos estudios que respaldan lo que la gente lleva diciendo desde hace años: la música tiene propiedades curativas.

1. Cambia la función cerebral

El uso de electroencefalogramas (EEG) -un dispositivo que mide los impulsos eléctricos en el cerebro- estableció que la música con un ritmo fuerte estimula el cerebro. En cambio, los ritmos lentos favorecen la relajación del cerebro al promover un estado meditativo. Cuando se escuchan ritmos más rápidos, puede producirse una profunda concentración.

Según un psicólogo que fue uno de los investigadores participantes, el cerebro humano suele estar bloqueado en un nivel de funcionamiento específico. Pero al acelerar o ralentizar las ondas cerebrales, es más fácil que el cerebro cambie su velocidad en reacción a los estímulos externos e internos.

2. Aumenta el flujo sanguíneo en el cerebro

Thomas Budzynski, profesor de psicología de la Universidad de Washington, descubrió que la mente disfruta con los nuevos estímulos. Cuando el cerebro experimenta nuevas imágenes o sonidos, el flujo sanguíneo aumenta, lo que equivale a una mejor respuesta cognitiva. Algunas pruebas anecdóticas indican que este aumento del flujo sanguíneo puede ayudar a reparar las células cerebrales dañadas.

3. Estimula la liberación de péptidos opioides internos

En una revisión titulada The Neurochemistry of music (La neuroquímica de la música), se menciona que escuchar música disminuye la necesidad de medicación para el dolor debido a la euforia que se experimenta a menudo al escuchar determinada música.

4. Aumenta los niveles de dopamina

La dopamina es responsable de los movimientos corporales, pero también interviene en la respuesta emocional de una persona. Por esta razón, si la música aumenta la dopamina, será algo excelente, especialmente si se sufren cambios de humor, depresión, ansiedad y otras enfermedades mentales o síntomas asociados.

Utilizando tecnología de neuroimagen, se ha medido la liberación central de dopamina mientras se escucha música agradable, y los resultados son positivos. El tipo correcto de música aumenta la dopamina.

No es de extrañar que escuchar música sea una de las actividades más placenteras y relajantes de la vida.

Kaiyan Medical

Somos pioneros y artífices de los productos de luminoterapia. Poco a poco, estamos implementando los sonidos en nuestros dispositivos. Ya no diseñamos para nuestra piel y nuestros músculos, sino también para nuestros oídos.

Luz verde para las migrañas: ¿Funciona esta terapia?

Luz verde para las migrañas: ¿Funciona esta terapia?


"La migraña es una de las afecciones neurológicas más comunes en el mundo, y es debilitante", dijo el Dr. Ibrahim

Luz verde

La naturaleza no invasiva de la exposición a la luz verde la convierte en un candidato terapéutico ideal para otras afecciones neurológicas, como la fibromialgia o el dolor relacionado con el VIH. El Dr. Ibrahim y su equipo han completado recientemente otro estudio clínico en el que personas con fibromialgia probaron la terapia de luz verde. Al igual que el estudio sobre la migraña, los resultados son igualmente alentadores.

Estudio clínico

El tratamiento farmacológico de las migrañas puede ser ineficaz para algunos pacientes. Estudios anteriores demostraron que la exposición a la luz verde producía una antinocicepción y la reversión de la hipersensibilidad térmica y mecánica en modelos de dolor en roedores. Dada la seguridad de los diodos emisores de luz verde, evaluaron la luz verde como terapia potencial en pacientes con migrañas episódicas o crónicas.

Para el estudio, reclutaron (29 en total) pacientes, de los cuales siete tenían migrañas episódicas y 22 tenían migrañas crónicas. Utilizaron un diseño cruzado unidireccional que consistía en la exposición durante 1 ó 2 horas diarias a los diodos emisores de luz blanca durante 10 semanas, seguido de un período de lavado de 2 semanas, seguido de la exposición durante 1 ó 2 horas diarias a los diodos emisores de luz verde durante 10 semanas. Se permitió a los pacientes continuar con las terapias actuales e iniciar nuevos tratamientos según las indicaciones de sus médicos. Los resultados consistieron en encuestas informadas por los pacientes. La medida de resultado primaria fue el número de días de dolor de cabeza al mes. Las medidas de resultado secundarias incluían los cambios notificados por los pacientes en la intensidad y la frecuencia de las cefaleas durante un periodo de dos semanas y otras medidas de calidad de vida, como la capacidad de conciliar y mantener el sueño y la capacidad de trabajo. Se obtuvieron cambios en la medicación para el dolor para evaluar la posible reducción.

Cuando se analizaron siete pacientes de migraña episódica y 22 de migraña crónica como cohortes separadas, los diodos emisores de luz blanca no produjeron ningún cambio significativo en los días de cefalea ni en los pacientes de migraña episódica ni en los de migraña crónica. La combinación de los datos de los grupos de migraña episódica y migraña crónica mostró que los diodos emisores de luz blanca produjeron una reducción pequeña pero estadísticamente significativa de los días de cefalea (días ± SEM) de 18,2 ± 1,8 a 16,5 ± 2,01 días. Los diodos emisores de luz verde produjeron una disminución significativa de los días de cefalea de 7,9 ± 1,6 a 2,4 ± 1,1 y de 22,3 ± 1,2 a 9,4 ± 1,6 en los pacientes con migraña episódica y migraña crónica, respectivamente. Si bien se observó cierta mejora en los resultados secundarios con los diodos emisores de luz blanca, con los diodos emisores de luz verde se observaron más resultados secundarios con una magnitud significativamente mayor, incluidas las evaluaciones de la calidad de vida, el Cuestionario de Dolor McGill de Forma Corta, la Prueba de Impacto del Dolor de Cabeza-6 y la versión de cinco niveles de la encuesta quintidimensional EuroQol sin efectos secundarios informados. No fue posible llegar a conclusiones sobre la reducción de los analgésicos con la exposición a los diodos emisores de luz verde. No se notificaron efectos secundarios de la fototerapia. Ninguno de los pacientes del estudio informó del inicio de nuevas terapias.

Los diodos emisores de luz verde redujeron significativamente el número de días de dolor de cabeza en personas con migrañas episódicas o crónicas. Además, los diodos emisores de luz verde mejoraron significativamente varias medidas de resultado secundarias, como la calidad de vida, la intensidad y la duración de las cefaleas. Dado que no se registraron efectos adversos, los diodos emisores de luz verde pueden constituir una opción de tratamiento para aquellos pacientes que prefieren las terapias no farmacológicas o pueden considerarse un complemento de otras estrategias de tratamiento. Las limitaciones de este estudio son el reducido número de pacientes evaluados. Los datos positivos obtenidos apoyan la realización de ensayos clínicos más amplios para determinar los posibles efectos de la terapia con diodos emisores de luz verde.


Este estudio está registrado en clinicaltrials.gov con el número NCT03677206.

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0333102420956711

Trabajar desde casa, al estilo de la terapia de luz

Trabajar desde casa, al estilo de la terapia de luz

Este último año nos ha sacudido, dejando a muchos de nosotros en nuevas rutinas a las que todavía nos estamos adaptando. A menos que seas un trabajador esencial, muchos de nosotros trabajamos ahora desde casa para reducir el contacto con los demás. Aunque trabajar desde casa era un sueño para muchos, es seguro que no nos imaginábamos las cosas trabajando desde casa de esta manera.  

La rápida transición de la oficina al trabajo desde casa ha dejado a muchos sin preparación. Aparte de trabajar en condiciones estresantes, la mayoría se limitó a llevar el portátil a casa, pensando que sería una situación a corto plazo. Pero las cosas no salieron como estaba previsto.

Ha pasado un año y esas mismas personas siguen trabajando desde la mesa de su cocina. ¿El problema? Trabajar desde casa puede ser más perjudicial que beneficioso para nuestra salud mental y física. Y con ello aumenta el riesgo de quemarse, de lesionarse por falta de material de oficina adecuado y de que se difuminen las líneas entre la vida personal y la laboral. 

Entonces, ¿cómo dividir la vida laboral de la vida doméstica si su casa se ha convertido en su lugar de trabajo? 

Cuando todos estos problemas se acumulan, es una receta para el desastre. Cada vez son más las personas que trabajan desde casa que sufren dolores de cuello y articulaciones, que pasan más tiempo frente a la pantalla, que duermen mal, que se cansan de mirar, y que aumentan sus niveles de estrés y fatiga. 

Naturalmente, la mayoría de los médicos dirán que el remedio para estos síntomas es reducir el estrés haciendo ejercicio, meditando, yendo a la naturaleza, tomando más descansos, masajeando los músculos doloridos o trabajando con el equipo adecuado. Pero con los cierres y las cuarentenas implementadas, esas soluciones no están necesariamente disponibles.

Sin embargo, la terapia de luz roja es un tratamiento integral que puede promover un sueño de calidad, reducir el estrés y aliviar el dolor de cuello y de articulaciones. 

Pero, ¿cómo funciona la terapia de luz roja? 

Veamos cómo la fototerapia trata el dolor de cuello y hombros.

La mayoría de los tratamientos para el dolor de cuello y hombros consisten en fisioterapia, masajes o medicamentos para aliviar el dolor. Pero la terapia con luz roja ha demostrado ser una opción no invasiva para reducir significativamente el dolor de cuello y hombros.

La terapia con luz roja actúa reduciendo la inflamación, que suele ser tanto la causa como el síntoma del dolor de cuello y hombros. La luz roja e infrarroja penetra a través de la piel y llega a las células que producen energía (trifosfato de adenosina) en las mitocondrias. Al aumentar la función de las mitocondrias, las células producen más trifosfato de adenosina (ATP) y comienzan el proceso de rejuvenecimiento y reparación.

Cuando se produce una inflamación en el cuerpo, la terapia de luz roja repara esas células dañadas en los músculos, tendones y ligamentos, reduciendo el dolor que se siente en el cuello y los hombros.

Sin embargo, como hemos dicho antes, la terapia de luz roja no es sólo para el dolor de cuello y de articulaciones. Cuando se trata de la inflamación, ésta se produce en cualquier parte del cuerpo, incluidos los ojos.

Cuando trabajamos desde casa, solemos pasar tres horas más al día frente a nuestros dispositivos electrónicos. Esto tiene un grave impacto en la vista y en el bienestar general. Las investigaciones han demostrado que los tratamientos de terapia con luz roja pueden ayudar a curar los ojos de las lesiones, reducir la inflamación y proteger contra la pérdida de visión.

A medida que pasamos más tiempo frente a nuestros dispositivos, experimentamos más fatiga y una menor calidad del sueño. La terapia de luz roja ayuda a activar nuestro ritmo circadiano natural y promueve la mejora del sueño, reduciendo así la fatiga.

Trabajar desde casa no ha sido el sueño que todos esperábamos. De hecho, ha tenido un impacto negativo en nuestra salud mental y física. Sin embargo, hay una solución para sus síntomas y es la terapia de luz roja. 

Kaiyan Medical fabrica dispositivos de terapia de luz láser certificados por la MDA y aprobados por la FDA, ideales para las personas que experimentan síntomas por trabajar desde casa, como la fatiga ocular, el estrés y el dolor de cuello y hombros. 




Terapia de luz y las cesáreas

Terapia de luz y las cesáreas

La experiencia que vive cada mujer cuando se convierte en madre es un privilegio que viven de manera exclusiva las mujeres. El embarazo y el parto son momentos maravillosos y extraordinarios de la vida. Dar a luz a un hijo puede ser también una de las experiencias más alegres. Naturalmente, las futuras madres pasan mucho tiempo pensando en cómo van a dar a luz. Aunque la mayoría de la gente cree que el parto vaginal es la mejor manera de dar a luz, a veces no se puede evitar una cesárea. Además, el dolor del parto es uno de los más intensos que experimentan las mujeres, lo que hace que aumente el número de mujeres que optan por someterse a un parto por cesárea. Para controlar el dolor del parto se utilizan métodos de analgesia farmacológicos y no farmacológicos. La analgesia epidural es el método de analgesia farmacológica más utilizado. Sin embargo, puede tener efectos secundarios sobre el feto y la madre. La fotobiomodulación con diodos emisores de luz (LED) es una alternativa eficaz y no invasiva a los métodos farmacológicos.

La cesárea se introdujo en la práctica clínica como un procedimiento para salvar la vida de la madre y del bebé en casos muy necesarios. Se trata de un procedimiento quirúrgico en el que se realiza una incisión en los productos de concepción. El parto por cesárea se utiliza a menudo como medida profiláctica para aliviar los problemas comunes de un parto natural como la desproporción cefalopélvica, la falta de progreso del parto o el sufrimiento fetal. Una de las principales preocupaciones en la enfermería materno-infantil es el creciente número de partos por cesárea que se realizan anualmente. En la India, el parto por cesárea primario representa el 30,2% de los nacimientos. La mayoría de los estados se encuentran dentro del rango de cesáreas especificado por la OMS (del 5 al 15%). Entre ellos, cinco estados están por encima del rango y 12 estados por debajo del rango especificado. Los informes también declaran que la prevalencia de la cesárea es generalmente mayor en los estados del sur. Después de que el bebé nazca por cesárea, el resultado es una herida que debe cicatrizar, y el dolor es común durante este proceso de curación.

La aceleración de la cicatrización de la herida y el tratamiento del dolor en las mujeres sometidas a una cesárea podrían ayudarlas a volver a su funcionamiento normal, especialmente a iniciar la lactancia materna de sus recién nacidos como uno de los aspectos más importantes del cuidado de los mismos. El fracaso de la cicatrización incompleta de la herida es una de las probables complicaciones de la cesárea. La infección de la herida poscesárea debida al retraso en la cicatrización de la herida y el dolor no sólo son una de las principales causas de la prolongación de la estancia en el hospital, sino una de las principales causas de la aversión generalizada al parto por cesárea en los países en desarrollo. El tratamiento de estas condiciones es esencial para reducir la infección, la duración de la estancia hospitalaria y el dolor, y que la mujer puede volver a crear una rutina normal en su vida.

Las madres que se someten a una cesárea deben intentar conseguir una recuperación más inmediata que otros pacientes que también se someten a distintos procesos quirúrgicos. Varios estudios han investigado muchos enfoques y protocolos de curación de heridas y tratamiento del dolor en mujeres sometidas a cesárea. Aunque se han introducido diferentes enfoques, éstos siguen siendo inadecuados e insatisfactorios en muchas pacientes. Por lo tanto, parece que el tratamiento postoperatorio en este grupo de personas es más difícil que en otros pacientes quirúrgicos. Los rayos infrarrojos tienen el efecto terapéutico de aumentar el suministro de sangre y aliviar el dolor. Esto aumentará el suministro de oxígeno y nutrientes disponibles para los tejidos, acelerará la eliminación de los productos de desecho y provocará una menor inflamación. Cuando el calor es suave, el alivio del dolor se debe probablemente al efecto que tienen algunos sedantes en las terminaciones nerviosas  superficiales. También ayuda a conseguir la relajación muscular. Los rayos infrarrojos también tienen un efecto fisiológico sobre la vasodilatación cutánea debido a la liberación de vasodilatadores químicos, histamina y sustancias similares, y a un posible efecto directo sobre los vasos sanguíneos. Un calentamiento más intenso de los infrarrojos estimula las terminaciones nerviosas superficiales. Se ha observado que el dolor se debe a la acumulación de productos de desecho, y debido a un calentamiento más fuerte, el flujo sanguíneo aumenta y elimina ese producto de desecho, y el dolor se alivia. En algunos casos, el alivio del dolor está probablemente asociado a la relajación muscular. El músculo se relaja más fácilmente cuando el tejido está caliente. El propio alivio del dolor facilita la relajación muscular. Por lo tanto, la radiación infrarroja se considera una opción de modalidad de electroterapia para la curación de heridas y el dolor de las madres que se someten cada día a una cesárea.

Referencias

Hopkins K (2000) ¿Eligen realmente las mujeres brasileñas el parto por cesárea? Soc Sci Med 51:725-740

https://doi.org/10.1590%2F1806-9282.64.11.1045

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=16192541

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=10594500

La luz y el agua: La cuarta fase

La luz y el agua: La cuarta fase

El agua tiene tres fases: gaseosa, líquida y sólida; pero en el laboratorio del Dr. Pollack, los hallazgos implican la presencia de una cuarta fase sorprendentemente extensa que se produce en las interfaces. El nombre formal de esta cuarta fase es agua de zona de exclusión, también conocida como agua EZ. Este hallazgo puede tener profundas implicaciones para la química, la física y la biología.

En general, se piensa que el impacto de las superficies en la fase acuosa contigua no se extiende más allá de unas pocas capas de moléculas de agua. Sin embargo, el Dr. Pollack descubrió que los solutos coloidales y moleculares quedan profundamente excluidos de las proximidades de las superficies hidrofílicas hasta distancias de varios cientos de micrómetros. Se han observado zonas de exclusión tan grandes junto a muchas superficies hidrofílicas diferentes, y se excluyen muchos solutos diversos. Por tanto, el fenómeno de exclusión parece ser bastante general.

Se han aplicado múltiples métodos para comprobar si las propiedades físicas de la zona de exclusión difieren de las del agua a granel. Las imágenes de RMN, infrarrojos y birrefringencia, así como las mediciones del potencial eléctrico, la viscosidad y los espectros de absorción de infrarrojos y UV-VIS, revelan que la zona libre de soluto es una fase ordenada del agua físicamente distinta. Es muy parecida a un cristal líquido. Puede coexistir indefinidamente con la fase contigua que contiene soluto. De hecho, esta zona inesperadamente extensa puede ser un candidato para la "cuarta fase" del agua, largamente postulada por científicos anteriores.

La energía responsable de construir esta zona cargada y de baja entropía proviene de la luz. Descubrimos que la energía radiante incidente, incluyendo las longitudes de onda ultravioleta, visible e infrarroja cercana, induce el crecimiento de la zona de exclusión de una manera espectralmente sensible. El IR es especialmente eficaz. La exposición a la radiación durante cinco minutos a 3,1 µm (correspondiente al estiramiento del OH) provoca un aumento de la anchura de la zona de exclusión de hasta tres veces. Aparentemente, los fotones incidentes provocan algún cambio en el agua en masa que predispone a las moléculas constituyentes a reorganizarse y construir la zona de exclusión cargada y ordenada. Se está estudiando cómo ocurre esto.

Los fotones de la luz solar ordinaria pueden tener un efecto inesperado que va más allá del mero calentamiento. Es posible que la energía solar ordene y separe la carga entre la zona de exclusión cercana a la superficie y la masa de agua que se encuentra más allá; la separación crea efectivamente una batería. Esta separación de cargas inducida por la luz se asemeja al primer paso de la fotosíntesis. De hecho, esta acción inducida por la luz parece relevante no sólo para los procesos fotosintéticos, sino también para todos los ámbitos de la naturaleza que implican agua e interfaces.

En conclusión, se puede pensar en el agua como una batería. Es excelente para absorber y almacenar energía, y es bueno para transferir esa energía de molécula de agua a molécula de agua (imagina las ondas que se producen cuando dejas caer una piedra en un estanque). Las moléculas de agua acaban acercándose para estabilizarse; se vuelven más densas y viscosas y almacenan energía en forma de carga negativa. Esto es el agua EZ. Es como una batería cargada: lleva esa valiosa energía vibracional y está lista para entregarla. Utilizando los dispositivos de terapia de luz infrarroja de Kaiyan Medical, puedes hacer tu agua EZ. La otra alternativa es tomar el sol desnudo bajo el sol, pero eso puede llevarle a sufrir quemaduras solares, así que le sugerimos nuestros dispositivos.

Oftalmólogos: La fototerapia puede ser la solución a la fatiga ocular y al deterioro de la visión

Oftalmólogos: La fototerapia puede ser la solución a la fatiga ocular y al deterioro de la visión

Por mucho que avancemos en tecnología, estamos pagando el precio de la vista. Cada vez son más las personas que pasan su jornada laboral frente a un escritorio, mirando fijamente la pantalla del ordenador. 

Ya sea en casa o en el autobús, estamos pegados a nuestros smartphones o tabletas, manteniéndonos conectados al mundo que nos rodea. Lo que no sabemos es que cuanto más tiempo pasamos mirando pantallas, peor es nuestra visión. 

Mirar fijamente el teléfono inteligente, el ordenador portátil o la tableta durante mucho tiempo puede provocar cansancio, picor y sequedad en los ojos, lo que a la larga puede provocar visión borrosa y dolores de cabeza. Esto tiene un nombre: el síndrome de la visión por ordenador.

El síndrome de visión por ordenador se describe como los problemas relacionados con la visión que resultan del uso prolongado de dispositivos digitales, como ordenadores, teléfonos inteligentes y tabletas. Sin embargo, otros problemas relacionados con la visión se derivan de las cataratas, las gafas graduadas o las lentes de contacto, las migrañas, la edad, el glaucoma y los traumatismos, entre otros.

Pero con la ayuda de la terapia de luz, parece que hay una solución para la fatiga ocular y el deterioro de la vista. Investigadores del University College of London publicaron su estudio en la revista Journals of Gerontology y descubrieron que la terapia de luz roja puede ayudar a mejorar la función ocular a través de la interacción entre las mitocondrias y el trifosfato de adenosina (ATP).

¿Cómo se benefician las mitocondrias y el ATP de la luz roja? Las mitocondrias producen la mayor parte de la energía química necesaria para todas las reacciones bioquímicas del organismo. La energía producida se almacena en forma de ATP, que luego se convierte en difosfato de adenosina (ADP) o en monofosfato de adenosina (AMP). Para que el cuerpo humano se mantenga sano, el ATP es esencial para el proceso celular.

En cuanto a los ojos, la retina envejece más rápido que cualquier otra parte del cuerpo, según Glen Jeffrey, autor principal del estudio y profesor de neurociencia del Instituto de Oftalmología del University College de Londres. Glen añade que hasta el 70% del ATP de la retina disminuye a lo largo de la vida de una persona, lo que provoca una reducción de la función ocular.  

Aquí es donde la terapia de luz roja desempeña un papel importante en la mejora de la función ocular y la visión. Se cree que la terapia de luz roja aumenta la producción de ATP en las mitocondrias, mejorando y restaurando la energía celular, manteniendo los ojos sanos y funcionando de forma óptima. 

En el estudio, los investigadores probaron la función y la sensibilidad ocular de 21 participantes de entre 28 y 72 años sin enfermedades oculares preexistentes. Los participantes recibieron una pequeña luz LED, a la que tenían que mirar directamente durante tres minutos al día durante dos semanas. Los resultados fueron muy interesantes. En el caso de los menores de 40 años, no se observaron diferencias apreciables. Sin embargo, los mayores de 40 años experimentaron mejoras significativas en su capacidad para diferenciar los colores y en la sensibilidad de hasta un 20%. 

Glen explica que la terapia de luz roja "utiliza simples exposiciones breves a longitudes de onda de luz que recargan el sistema de energía que ha decaído en las células de la retina, algo así como recargar una batería". 

Aunque hay que realizar más estudios, esto arroja luz sobre el poder de la luz roja para restaurar la función ocular. Antes del estudio mencionado, se han realizado otros estudios en el pasado; sin embargo, éste es el primero en humanos. Sin embargo, los estudios anteriores también demostraron efectos positivos en el rendimiento de la retina y la reversión de los daños.

El futuro se presenta brillante para quienes tienen problemas oculares y quieren tratamientos no invasivos. Como dice Glen, "la tecnología es sencilla y muy segura". 

Con los dispositivos de terapia de luz roja de Kayian Medical, certificados por la MDA y aprobados por la FDA, puede proporcionar a los clientes un tratamiento no invasivo y eficaz para mejorar la función ocular.

Cómo la fototerapia mejora el tratamiento de fisioterapia

Cómo la fototerapia mejora el tratamiento de fisioterapia

Aunque la tecnología láser comenzó con Albert Einstein, no evolucionó significativamente hasta los años 60, cuando se construyó un prototipo de láser en los Laboratorios de Investigación Hughes de Malibú (California). Sin embargo, su finalidad no era la industria médica, sino la militar.

Con el tiempo, llegó a Hollywood cuando los directores de ciencia ficción se dieron cuenta de su potencial para los efectos visuales. Pero, por supuesto, no tardaron en subirse al carro de la luz láser otros sectores, como la medicina y la rehabilitación. A partir de ahí, la industria médica comenzó a entender los beneficios de la luz láser en el cuerpo humano cuando se habla de curación y recuperación.

La terapia láser de baja intensidad (luz) se utiliza para tratar diversas afecciones, como el alivio del dolor y la inflamación. En los últimos diez años, la investigación y los avances tecnológicos han perfeccionado la terapia de luz de baja intensidad, haciendo que el tratamiento sea muy eficaz para aliviar el dolor y curar.

¿Qué es la terapia de luz láser de baja intensidad?

Antes de hablar de sus capacidades, es esencial entender cómo funciona. La terapia de luz láser de bajo nivel es una técnica no invasiva que proporciona  una baja dosis de luz en el cuerpo que estimula la curación celular. La terapia de luz láser se dirige a la zona específica que se necesita y aumenta la movilidad reduciendo así el dolor y la inflamación.

La terapia de luz láser de baja intensidad funciona mediante un proceso denominado fotobiomodulación. Durante este proceso, la luz es absorbida por los tejidos del cuerpo, donde las células responden con una reacción fisiológica, promoviendo la regeneración celular. La luz estimula el metabolismo celular para promover el crecimiento celular y la curación de las células dañadas.

Cómo afecta la luz láser al cuerpo

Hay un par de maneras en que la terapia de luz láser afecta al cuerpo. Esto es lo que la terapia de luz láser provoca en el cuerpo:

  1. La energía de la luz es absorbida por la melanina, la hemoglobina y el agua. La energía se disuelve en calor, creando una sensación cálida que genera calma. La sensación de calor ayuda a los pacientes a sentirse relajados.
  2. Se produce un aumento en la producción de ATP en las mitocondrias a través de la energía luminosa, la central eléctrica de la célula. Debido a esto, hay más energía disponible para el proceso de curación.
  3. La energía de la luz ayuda a la liberación de óxido nítrico, que mejora la circulación del tejido dañado. El aumento de la circulación permite mejorar el intercambio de oxígeno, de nutrientes y la eliminación de residuos.
  4. La energía de la luz libera sustancias químicas cruciales que ayudan a reducir la inflamación.

Entonces, ¿se puede utilizar la terapia de luz láser junto con la fisioterapia? La respuesta es sí. De hecho, ambos tratamientos se complementan perfectamente.

La pareja perfecta: Terapia de luz láser y fisioterapia

En el caso de los pacientes que experimentan dolor crónico o agudo, la sensación de dolor no es el problema principal. Sin embargo, los pacientes pueden reducir de manera significativa los síntomas de dolor e inflamación mediante la fototerapia láser mientras se someten a tratamientos de fisioterapia. La terapia de luz láser es una de las mejores opciones para los procedimientos pre y postquirúrgicos y durante la rehabilitación.

Los pacientes que se someten a la terapia de luz láser suelen sentir sensaciones de curación cálidas y calmantes, así como una reducción inmediata del dolor después del tratamiento. Al reducir este dolor, los pacientes mejorarán su rendimiento en la fisioterapia y reducirán el tiempo de curación. Lo ideal es recomendarles entre cuatro y seis sesiones de fototerapia láser para obtener los mejores resultados.

Tanto si buscas mejorar tu consulta de quiropráctica, dermatología, medicina o fisioterapia, la terapia de luz láser puede proporcionar a tus pacientes el cuidado adicional que necesitan para reducir los síntomas de dolor e inflamación crónicos o agudos.

Con muchos productos de luz láser en el mercado, vas a necesitar asegurarte de que estás invirtiendo en un dispositivo de luz láser de grado médico para tu práctica o negocio. Kaiyan Medical fabrica dispositivos de terapia de luz láser certificados por la MDA y aprobados por la FDA, ideales para diversos sectores médicos y de rehabilitación.

50% mayor crecimiento y desarrollo de los músculos utilizando terapia de luz roja

50% mayor crecimiento y desarrollo de los músculos utilizando terapia de luz roja

Un estudio dividió aleatoriamente a los participantes en dos grupos distintos para un programa de entrenamiento de 8 semanas. Un grupo recibió un tratamiento de luz roja antes de cada sesión de entrenamiento, mientras que el otro grupo realizó el mismo entrenamiento sin el tratamiento de luz. Descubrieron que el grupo que recibió la terapia de luz mejoró el crecimiento muscular en un 50% más que los que sólo realizaron el entrenamiento muscular. Bastante sorprendente, ¿verdad?

Otro estudio aleatorizado, doble ciego y controlado con placebo, en el que se utilizó luz roja e infrarroja en los bíceps, demostró un rendimiento máximo y medio de más del 12% más que el grupo de control. Pero aunque todo esto es muy interesante, estoy seguro de que te estás preguntando si la terapia de luz roja merece la pena y qué puede hacer por TI. En primer lugar, estoy seguro de que muchos de ustedes aprecian el desglose de la ciencia, pero algunos de ustedes pueden no ser capaces de seguir, así que aquí está una explicación sencilla.

Los científicos han descubierto que nuestras células muestran una increíble respuesta a la luz, pero no a cualquier luz. Sólo en el rango de 660-850 nanómetros (nm) que es el llamado rango de luz roja. Este tipo de energía lumínica penetra en lo más profundo de la piel, los músculos y el tejido articular y estimula la producción de ATP, que debe considerarse como la forma que tiene el cuerpo de transportar la energía a donde debe ir. Más ATP significa una transferencia de energía más eficiente, lo que se traduce en varios beneficios a nivel celular.

Por lo tanto, al exponer nuestro cuerpo a la luz roja terapéutica, nuestras células reciben este impulso energético rejuvenecedor y antienvejecimiento que les permite realizar todas las funciones a un nivel superior y, ahora que entiende la ciencia que hay detrás, echemos un vistazo a las 5 razones por las que podría ser una buena idea invertir en esta tecnología.

Aumento de la energía y la testosterona

A veces nos sentimos aletargados y sin energía, como si nuestro cuerpo funcionara constantemente en vacío. Pero si pasas un rato al aire libre en un día caluroso de verano, de repente te sientes de maravilla. Es porque nuestro cuerpo depende de la luz como fuente de energía, ayudando a nuestras glándulas a regular la adrenalina, la testosterona, el metabolismo y varias otras funciones, y se ha demostrado que la terapia de luz roja puede aumentar la producción de testosterona, que a su vez puede aumentar los niveles generales de energía e incluso mejorar el rendimiento muscular máximo.

Reducción del tiempo de recuperación muscular

Después de un entrenamiento exigente, el cuerpo trabaja sin descanso para reparar y fortalecer las fibras musculares rotas. Esto lo sabemos. También sabemos que la nutrición desempeña un papel muy importante a la hora de proporcionar al cuerpo los recursos que necesita para este proceso. Pero lo que la mayoría de ustedes no sabe es que las longitudes de onda específicas de la luz desempeñan un papel en este proceso. Al mejorar la función mitocondrial, se ha demostrado que la luz roja produce ganancias medibles en la fuerza máxima y reduce los tiempos de recuperación.

Curación más rápida de las lesiones articulares y musculares

Las lesiones, los movimientos repetitivos o el envejecimiento, en general, pueden provocar fuertes dolores articulares y daños en los tejidos. Pero la respuesta curativa natural del cuerpo puede acelerarse en gran medida con la luz roja e infrarroja. Además, el alivio del dolor, los tiempos de recuperación más rápidos y la reducción de los síntomas de la artritis son sólo algunos más de los beneficios de la terapia de luz roja. Para los culturistas, sí, la luz roja también es excelente para reducir el dolor muscular de aparición retardada o DOMS. Después de todo, es un tipo de lesión del tejido muscular también.

Piel más sana y joven

La terapia de luz roja puede mejorar la claridad, el tono y la textura de la piel, reducir las líneas finas, las arrugas y los ojos hinchados, ayudar a desvanecer las cicatrices, el acné y las estrías, e incluso mejorar la cicatrización de las heridas y la circulación, simplemente aumentando la producción de colágeno y elastina.

Recuerde que el colágeno es un aminoácido de cadena larga y la proteína más abundante en el cuerpo. Es el responsable de dar a la piel su elasticidad, al cabello su fuerza y al tejido conectivo su capacidad de mantener todo en su sitio. De hecho, la proteína del colágeno constituye el 30% del total de las proteínas del cuerpo y el 70% de las proteínas de la piel.

Ahora bien, aunque el colágeno es beneficioso para todo el cuerpo, lo es más para la piel. Esto se debe a que, a medida que envejecemos, la epidermis (o capa externa de la piel) se adelgaza y pierde elasticidad en un proceso conocido como elastosis. Cuando esto ocurre, tendemos a mostrar más signos de envejecimiento y a adquirir más arrugas y estrías. Pero al restablecer la función celular normal, ya que la luz roja estimula la producción de colágeno, la terapia con luz roja puede ayudar a mantener su piel con un aspecto más saludable y joven durante MÁS TIEMPO.

Alivio del estrés

No se puede discutir que nuestra mente y nuestro cuerpo están sometidos a un estrés constante debido a nuestra ajetreada vida. Pues bien, se ha demostrado que la Terapia de Luz Roja calma nuestro estado físico y mental al reducir el estrés oxidativo. Ahora bien, no puedo atestiguar personalmente esto, simplemente porque mi estrés está por las nubes, y otras veces, me mentalizo y me relajo, pero tiene sentido. El estrés oxidativo no sólo es perjudicial para nuestra salud física, sino también para nuestro estado mental.


La eficacia de un sistema de diodos que emiten luz para el blanqueo de dientes

La eficacia de un sistema de diodos que emiten luz para el blanqueo de dientes

La primera comercialización de un blanqueador de peróxido de carbamida al 10% se produjo en 1989. Hoy en día, existen varias modalidades de tratamiento, que incluyen el blanqueamiento sin receta (autoadministrado), el blanqueamiento en la consulta (administrado por un profesional) y el blanqueamiento para llevar a casa supervisado por el dentista (dispensado por un profesional). La sociedad moderna desea ver el efecto del blanqueamiento de forma inmediata, lo que hace que se utilicen concentraciones más altas de productos químicos en la composición de los blanqueadores con diferentes fuentes de luz que se cree que aceleran el proceso de blanqueamiento. Estas altas concentraciones sólo deben ser aplicadas por personas cualificadas para controlar y prevenir posibles daños en los tejidos blandos orales. En la actualidad, el blanqueamiento en el consultorio utiliza principalmente peróxido de carbamida (PC) o peróxido de hidrógeno (HP), que pueden ser activados por el calor o la luz (con un catalizador químico) para catalizar el proceso de blanqueamiento dental. Se cree que la mayoría de las fuentes de luz descomponen el peróxido más rápidamente (al aumentar la temperatura) para formar radicales libres, que blanquean los dientes. Existen varias fuentes de luz, por ejemplo, diodos emisores de luz (LED), láseres, lámparas halógenas y lámparas de arco de plasma (PAC). Todas ellas disponibles en Kaiyan.

A laboratory study using six different photoactivation systems on three different 35% hydrogen peroxide whiteners found that only the diode laser, halogen lamp, and LED lamp showed significant color changes. Here, the light source is more important than the bleaching agent in the whitening process. Kossatz (2011) reported a larger difference in bleaching with a light-emitting diode than without it (on 35% HP gel), with a shade guide value change of 4.8 vs. 3.8 units. However, tooth sensitivity was higher (53% subjects) for the LED treated group but only 26% for the non-activated group after 24 hours of treatment. Tooth sensitivity was also found to be persistent and higher when the LED activation was used.

Sin embargo, la dieta ceto hace algo más que ayudar a la gente a perder peso. Reduce los niveles de azúcar e insulina en sangre, los trastornos del sueño, las convulsiones y otros trastornos cerebrales. Está claro que la dieta ceto tiene beneficios para la salud aparte de la pérdida de peso. Sólo esta dieta ha cambiado la vida de millones de personas en todo el mundo. Pero espere... ¿qué tiene que ver todo esto con la terapia de luz roja?

Antes de hablar de la terapia de luz roja junto con la ceto, es crucial entender la importancia de la luz natural para el cuerpo humano. Nuestro cuerpo responde a la luz de la misma manera que lo hace con los carbohidratos, las proteínas y las grasas. Nuestros cuerpos están construidos para funcionar con una cantidad óptima de luz natural para que nuestras células puedan producir energía.

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Necesitamos la luz como necesitamos las frutas y las verduras. Al igual que cuando comemos comida basura, si nos exponemos a una luz artificial abundante, nuestro cuerpo no funciona de forma óptima. Sin embargo, pasamos más tiempo que nunca dentro de casa, lo que significa que no recibimos suficiente luz natural. En pocas palabras: no es bueno para nuestros cuerpos y mentes.

Entonces, ¿cómo funcionan los dos juntos? Si usted está en la dieta ceto, su cuerpo entrará en un estado de cetosis, que promueve una mayor pérdida de peso, específicamente en la zona abdominal. Cuando el cuerpo es capaz de quemar la grasa de manera eficiente, el cuerpo funciona mejor, lo mismo ocurre con la terapia de luz roja.

La terapia de luz roja fortalece las mitocondrias dentro de nuestras células. Las mitocondrias son el centro neurálgico de las células donde se crea la energía. Al mejorar la función de las mitocondrias, una célula produce más ATP (trifosfato de adenosina). Con un aumento de la energía, las células funcionan de forma óptima y son capaces de regenerarse a un ritmo más rápido. 

La cetoterapia y la terapia de luz roja trabajan para mejorar naturalmente la funcionalidad de nuestro cuerpo, ya que ambas operan para mejorar la mitocondria. Keto trabaja para quemar ácidos grasos y cetonas en lugar de glucosa. Con la terapia de luz roja, disminuye el estrés oxidativo que ralentiza los sistemas de energía. Cuando se utiliza la terapia de luz roja durante una dieta ceto, sus células son capaces de trabajar de manera eficiente, ya que ambos aumentan la energía, el rendimiento físico y la pérdida de peso.

Pero la terapia con luz roja hace algo más que mejorar la energía y el rendimiento físico de su cuerpo. La terapia de luz roja mejora los patrones de sueño ajustando su ritmo circadiano y ayudando al cerebro a producir melatonina natural. Desarrollar un patrón de sueño regular además de perder peso sólo ayudará a mejorar su viaje de pérdida de peso, así como a equilibrar sus hormonas. La terapia de luz roja también reduce la inflamación y el dolor de las articulaciones, lo que ayuda a la experiencia general de pérdida de peso. 


Si usted está en la dieta ceto o está considerando darle una oportunidad, considere la posibilidad de facilitar el proceso mediante la suplementación con MDA de Lunas y dispositivos de terapia de luz roja aprobados por la FDA para ayudar a su viaje de pérdida de peso.

Referencias

14 de diciembre de 2020

Los queloides son basicamente un crecimiento excesivo del tejido fibrótico en la parte superficial de una lesión. Estos se producen como consecuencia de una cicatrización defectuosa. Las cicatrices queloides suelen crecer más allá de los límites de la herida, mientras que las cicatrices hipertróficas se limitan a la zona más superficial. Ambos tipos de cicatrices surgen como resultado de un deterioro de la proliferación fibroblástica y de la deposición de colágeno tras una lesión cutánea. Los queloides suelen tener un impacto funcional, estético o psicosocial en muchos pacientes, que ha sido comprobado en varios estudios sobre la calidad de vida. Pueden afectar en gran medida al estilo de vida del paciente y a su bienestar emocional, ya que provocan un dolor bastante intenso, picor, un aspecto rojo poco atractivo y una propagación inexorable. Curiosamente, los queloides y las cicatrices hipertróficas se encuentran exclusivamente en los seres humanos y no se dan en los animales de forma natural. La falta de modelos animales adecuados que recapitulen los procesos clave de las cicatrices queloides/hipertróficas ha dificultado enormemente nuestra comprensión y tratamiento para estas cicatrices.

Los tratamientos para los queloides incluyen la escisión quirúrgica, los corticosteroides intralesionales o tópicos, otras terapias intralesionales como son: 5-fluorouracilo (5-FU), bleomicina e interferón, imiquimod tópico, compresión, crioterapia, radiación, láminas de silicona y terapias con láser o luz. La recidiva es bastante frecuente, incluso con la terapia combinada. El láser y otras tecnologías basadas en la luz han introducido nuevas formas de tratar los queloides que pueden mejorar los resultados estéticos y sintomáticos al igual que disminuir la recurrencia de los queloides. Las terapias con láser y luz para los queloides pueden agruparse en tres categorías: láseres ablativos, láseres no ablativos y fuentes de luz no coherentes.

Los láseres no ablativos van directamente a la hemoglobina o la melanina. Los láseres de colorante pulsado (PDL) de 585 o 595 nm no son ablativos y el principal cromóforo es la oxihemoglobina. La PDL también se dirige a la melanina; por lo tanto, hay que tener cuidado para evitar las alteraciones pigmentarias. La hipótesis es que la PDL trata los queloides mediante el daño selectivo de los vasos sanguíneos que irrigan la cicatriz. El láser de diodo de 980 nm se dirige a la hemoglobina y la melanina. El láser de 1064 nm dopado con neodimio: itrio, aluminio y granate y el láser de 532 nm dopado con neodimio: tienen la hipótesis de tratar principalmente los queloides dañando los vasos sanguíneos dérmicos más profundos.

También se utilizan fuentes de luz no láser para tratar los queloides. Estas técnicas incluyen la terapia de luz pulsada intensa (IPL), la fototerapia con diodos emisores de luz (LED), también conocida como terapia de luz de bajo nivel, y la terapia fotodinámica (PDT). Estas modalidades utilizan energía luminosa que puede provocar la modificación funcional de los fibroblastos queloides. La IPL emite luz pulsada no coherente y de longitud de onda amplia, y se dirige a la pigmentación y la vasculatura. Se cree que la fototerapia con LEDs fotomodula la citocromo C oxidasa mitocondrial alterando la señalización intracelular. La TFD requiere la aplicación de un fotosensibilizador, normalmente el ácido 5-aminolevulínico o el ácido metil aminolevulínico, que es absorbido preferentemente por el tejido altamente vascularizado o metabólicamente activo y convertido en protoporfirina IX. Tras la exposición a la luz, la PpIX provoca radicales libres de especies reactivas de oxígeno que tienen un efecto citotóxico. La TFD también puede causar alteraciones en la síntesis y degradación de la matriz extracelular y modular la expresión de citoquinas y sus factores de crecimiento.

Los mecanismos por los que la TFD tópica mejora las cicatrices anormales son en gran medida desconocidos. Sin embargo, probablemente implican respuestas posteriores a las ERO producidas por las reacciones fotodinámicas: las ERO inducen daños en la membrana y las mitocondrias, lo que activa moléculas de señalización como el TNF-α y las interleucinas 1 6 al igual que la muerte celular. La muerte celular puede ser causada por apoptosis, necrosis y/o autofagia. Estos cambios pueden alterar la expresión de factores de crecimiento y citoquinas en la lesión, modulando así la producción de colágeno y la organización de la matriz extracelular.


¿Puede la luz roja ayudar a complementar una dieta de Keto para perder peso?

¿Puede la luz roja ayudar a complementar una dieta de Keto para perder peso?

11 de diciembre de 2020

Originalmente de https://www.lunaspanel.com/post/pro-athletes-harnessing-the-power-of-red-light


Ser un atleta profesional no es ninguna broma, y cuando tu cuerpo es una parte central de tu trabajo y carrera, es muy importante cuidarlo como se debe.  Incluso cuando los atletas hacen todo lo correcto para cuidar su cuerpo, las lesiones siguen siendo frecuentes en el deporte profesional; pero antes, si un atleta se lesionaba, su carrera estaba acabada por completo. Sin embargo, ahora los deportistas pueden someterse a una operación y volver a la cancha meses después. ¿Cómo es esto posible?

Como saben la mayoría de los atletas, una gran parte del tiempo se dedica a reparar los músculos y aliviar la inflamación para el siguiente partido. Independientemente del deporte, los equipos gastan millones de dólares en fisioterapeutas profesionales para garantizar que sus atletas reciban un alto nivel de tratamiento físico.

El proceso de recuperación de un deportista es un factor esencial que dermina su rendimiento a lo largo de su carrera. A menudo se oyen las palabras "optimizar el rendimiento" cuando se habla del proceso de recuperación de los deportistas. Hoy en día, este proceso no es sólo para curar a un atleta, sino para mejorar naturalmente su rendimiento.

Entonces, ¿cómo optimizan los terapeutas profesionales el rendimiento y la recuperación de los atletas? Pues bien, la terapia con luz roja está resultando ser uno de los tratamientos más eficaces para estas personas de alto rendimiento.

Los entrenadores profesionales siempre buscan formas naturales de mejorar el rendimiento de sus jugadores. Como la luz ha demostrado ser una modalidad líder, muchos entrenadores y atletas usan este método para mejorar el proceso natural de curación del cuerpo. Pero, ¿cómo funciona?

Cuando se lleva a cabo este proceso, la luz roja natural penetra en la piel y en las células. Una vez que esta llega a las mitocondrias, estimula la producción de trifosfato de adenosina (ATP). El ATP es una moneda natural de energía en el cuerpo humano. Con una mayor producción de ATP, las células del músculo se optimizan y se reparan más rápidamente.

Cientos de ensayos clínicos revisados por profesionales de la industria, han podido respaldar con evidencias los resultados que los atletas sienten en las canchas y campos. En 2015, los investigadores realizaron un meta-análisis de ensayos controlados con placebo, y los resultados fueron sorprendentes. Encontraron que la mayoría de los ensayos clínicos mostraron "una mejora significativa para las principales medidas relacionadas con el rendimiento", incluyendo la resistencia y la velocidad. Y a través de este meta-análisis, se concluyó que "la fototerapia (con láseres y LEDs) mejora el rendimiento muscular y acelera la recuperación cuando se aplica antes del ejercicio."

Sin embargo, la terapia de luz roja hace algo más que recuperar el tejido muscular. También aumenta la fuerza del músculo, mejorando en última instancia el rendimiento físico.

Un estudio de 2016 investigó la terapia de luz roja en atletas de élite, atletas entrenados y no entrenados. Lo que se descubrió fue que la terapia de luz roja después del entrenamiento podía aumentar la masa muscular de manera significativa. Por lo tanto, la terapia de luz roja no solo acelera el proceso de recuperación, sino que también mejora la fuerza muscular.

Tratamiento de queloides con láser y terapia de luz

Tratamiento de queloides con láser y terapia de luz

Otro estudio de 2018 completado por investigadores brasileños, seencontró que después de su ensayo aleatorio, triple ciego y controlado con placebo en jugadores de fútbol profesionales, los que se sometieron a la terapia de luz roja permanecieron más tiempo en el campo de juego. Se concluyó que la terapia de luz "tuvo una mejora significativa en todos los marcadores bioquímicos evaluados...la terapia [de luz] previa al ejercicio puede mejorar el rendimiento y acelerar la recuperación...".

Los ensayos clínicos que analizan detalladamente expertos en todo el mundo han llegado a la misma conclusión: la terapia con luz roja funciona para aumentar los niveles de rendimiento deportivo. Un dispositivo de terapia de luz roja de Luna puede ayudar a los atletas profesionales y al resto de nosotros a hacer ejercicio con regularidad, recuperarse de las lesiones y mejorar nuestra salud física y muscular.

7 de diciembre de 2020

Según los Centros de Control y Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC), más de 100 millones de adultos en Estados Unidos padecen diabetes o prediabetes. La diabetes, una enfermedad crónica caracterizada por niveles elevados de glucosa en sangre (azúcar en la sangre), se desarrolla porque el cuerpo no produce suficiente insulina, una hormona producida por el páncreas. Los niveles bajos de insulina hacen que la glucosa se acumule en la sangre, lo que provoca diversos problemas de salud, algunos graves.

Hay tres tipos de diabetes: tipo 1, tipo 2 y gestacional. Sea cual sea su tipo, la fototerapia podría ser la solución de tratamiento que ha estado buscando. En este artículo se analiza la luz roja y la luz infrarroja cercana (NIR) para la diabetes: una solución novedosa que ayuda a tratar las complicaciones de esta enfermedad a nivel celular, curando desde dentro hacia fuera.

Luz roja e infrarroja para la diabetes

Los atletas profesionales se aprovechan del poder de la luz roja

Los atletas profesionales se aprovechan del poder de la luz roja

La luz roja y NIR se ha utilizado con éxito para tratar las complicaciones asociadas a la diabetes. Antes de profundizar en ello, hagamos un rápido repaso de lo que es realmente este método de tratamiento.

La terapia de luz roja, también llamada terapia de luz de bajo nivel (LLLT) o fotobiomodulación, es un término general que se refiere a la luz roja y a la luz NIR. Utiliza potentes bombillas de diodos emisores de luz (LED) para emitir intensos haces de longitudes de onda rojas y NIR sobre la piel desnuda.

Las longitudes de onda de la luz se miden en nanómetros (nm). Las investigaciones han demostrado que las longitudes de onda rojas, de 630 nm a 660 nm, y las longitudes de onda NIR, de 810 nm a 850 nm, son las más beneficiosas y no tienen efectos secundarios.

Aunque los estudios suelen centrarse en las longitudes de onda del rojo o del infrarrojo cercano, los expertos afirman que el mejor tratamiento es utilizar ambas. De este modo, se obtienen beneficios tanto para la piel como para los tejidos profundos. Por ejemplo, las longitudes de onda de 630nm a 660nm se dirigen a la salud de la piel, y las longitudes de onda NIR más largas, de 810nm a 850nm, penetran más profundamente en el cuerpo. Las longitudes de onda NIR pueden incluso penetrar en el hueso y en el tejido conectivo duro, como el cartílago.

Aumenta la formación de capilares para mejorar el flujo sanguíneo

El doctor Thomas Burke, fisiólogo jubilado de la Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad de Colorado, ha estudiado el flujo sanguíneo -específicamente los cambios en el flujo sanguíneo- durante más de 30 años. La extensa investigación del Dr. Burke sobre los efectos de la terapia con luz roja en la circulación le ha llevado a concluir que la luz infrarroja aumenta el flujo sanguíneo en cualquier lugar del cuerpo al que se aplique. Esto tiene profundas implicaciones para el tratamiento de heridas de cicatrización lenta, como las úlceras del pie diabético, que afectan aproximadamente al 15% de los pacientes con diabetes.

Uno de los efectos de la diabetes es la escasa cantidad de óxido nítrico que produce el organismo, lo que dificulta el flujo sanguíneo normal. Esta es una de las razones por las que los diabéticos suelen desarrollar una afección circulatoria denominada enfermedad arterial periférica, en la que el estrechamiento de los vasos sanguíneos reduce el flujo de sangre a las extremidades. Muchos diabéticos también desarrollan una neuropatía diabética, un trastorno del sistema nervioso periférico que provoca la pérdida de sensibilidad en las extremidades, especialmente en los pies.

La combinación de un flujo sanguíneo deficiente y una neuropatía puede hacer que las personas con diabetes sean más susceptibles de sufrir úlceras o infecciones en los pies que, si se propagan, pueden requerir medidas extremas como la amputación. La LLLT puede ayudar a la circulación estimulando la formación de pequeños capilares en las zonas tratadas por la luz. Esto permite un mejor aporte de oxígeno y nutrientes a las regiones periféricas del cuerpo, incluidos los pies, que parecen ser los más afectados por las complicaciones diabéticas.

Aumento del metabolismo celular y de la energía

La disminución del flujo sanguíneo que caracteriza a la diabetes interfiere en el buen funcionamiento de las mitocondrias, las "fábricas de energía" que hay en la mayoría de las células del cuerpo. Cuando las mitocondrias funcionan con normalidad, su principal tarea es producir trifosfato de adenosina (ATP), una molécula rica en energía que sirve de combustible a las células. El ATP es esencial para el funcionamiento normal de las células, incluidas la reparación y la replicación.

La energía celular deficiente, conocida oficialmente como disfunción mitocondrial, es una de las principales causas de la neuropatía diabética, por lo que restablecer la función mitocondrial normal es esencial. Cuando hay un desequilibrio crónico de azúcar en la sangre, las células se estresan, son incapaces de funcionar correctamente y de repararse a sí mismas.

La terapia de luz de baja intensidad aborda la disfunción mitocondrial aumentando la producción de ATP. Esto, a su vez, energiza las células y desencadena una reacción en cadena de procesos biológicos beneficiosos y una mejora de la salud. Cuando la función mitocondrial vuelve a la normalidad, ayuda a las úlceras cutáneas y al dolor neuropático y contribuye a restablecer el funcionamiento normal del sistema nervioso periférico.

Restablecimiento del funcionamiento normal de los nervios

Terapia de luz y la diabetes

Terapia de luz y la diabetes

Hoy en día, la neuropatía diabética puede tratarse con luz infrarroja cercana. Según un estudio realizado en 2015 por investigadores médicos de Irán, la terapia con luz NIR reduce eficazmente el dolor neuropático y promueve la regeneración de las células nerviosas dañadas.

Un estudio anterior realizado por investigadores de Japón también se centró en los efectos de la LLLT en la regeneración de los nervios. Se sabe que la alteración de los niveles de azúcar en sangre puede provocar estrés oxidativo, que puede causar inflamación. El estudio reveló que la luz NIR actúa como antioxidante y reduce la inflamación, lo que favorece la regeneración de los nervios.

Aumento de la producción de colágeno

La diabetes puede provocar cambios incómodos y a menudo dolorosos en la piel, como sequedad severa, descamación, agrietamiento y crecimiento anormal de callos. La terapia con luz roja estimula la producción natural de colágeno del organismo, de modo que, a medida que se renuevan las células de la piel, la piel dañada puede ser sustituida gradualmente por una piel sana. La mejora del flujo sanguíneo y del funcionamiento celular también favorece el crecimiento de la piel sana.

Reducción de la inflamación para una curación más rápida de las heridas

Las úlceras del pie diabético pueden formarse debido a una combinación de mala circulación, deficiencia del sistema inmunitario que dificulta la lucha del organismo contra las infecciones, disminución de la sensibilidad del pie (neuropatía diabética) y zapatos mal ajustados. Será necesario eliminar el tejido infectado y muerto. El crecimiento de tejido nuevo y sano necesita ser apoyado con el control del azúcar en la sangre y el funcionamiento óptimo de las mitocondrias, y la producción de colágeno.

Un sistema inmunológico más fuerte

La mejora de la salud requiere un sistema inmunitario robusto, y la LLLT puede ayudar de varias maneras significativas. Por ejemplo, estimula la producción de células madre, que son las células maestras del cuerpo con el potencial de convertirse en muchos tipos diferentes de células. Las células madre permanecen en un estado latente, no especializado, hasta que se las necesita, momento en el que se movilizan a la acción y son transportadas a diversas partes del cuerpo donde asumen funciones especializadas.

También es esencial para un sistema inmunitario sano la tiroides, que la terapia de baja intensidad ayuda a equilibrar. Las personas con diabetes tienen un mayor riesgo de desarrollar hipotiroidismo, que es una tiroides poco activa. El hipotiroidismo provoca una disfunción mitocondrial y un mal funcionamiento celular.

Además, las investigaciones han demostrado que la LLLT favorece la regeneración del hígado para una eliminación más eficaz de los residuos. Esto ayuda a tratar la inflamación sistémica y apoya el funcionamiento del sistema inmunológico.

Consistencia

La LLLT no es una cura instantánea para ninguna enfermedad. Es posible que experimente un alivio después de una sola sesión, pero los mejores resultados llegarán con el tiempo a medida que las células del cuerpo se regeneren y optimicen su funcionamiento. Esto puede llevar de unas semanas a unos meses. Varias sesiones a la semana pueden ayudar a controlar y minimizar las complicaciones de la diabetes y mantener la enfermedad en remisión de forma continuada.

5 de diciembre de 2020

The decreased blood flow that’s characteristic of diabetes interferes with the proper functioning of mitochondria, the “energy factories” inside most body cells. When mitochondria function normally, their primary job is to produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP), an energy-rich molecule that serves as fuel for cells. ATP is essential for normal cellular functioning, including repair and replication.

La transmisión de energía a través de la piel también se ve afectada por la absorción de la energía luminosa por parte de las estructuras cutáneas. Las longitudes de onda de la luz de 650 a 900 nm son las que mejor penetran en la piel. Las longitudes de onda inferiores son absorbidas por la melanina y la hemoglobina, y las longitudes de onda superiores a 900 nm son absorbidas por el agua. Con un rayo láser bien enfocado, las longitudes de onda rojas (~ 648 nm) pueden penetrar de 2 a 4 cm por debajo de la superficie de la piel, y las longitudes de onda infrarrojas (~ 810 nm) pueden penetrar hasta 6 cm.

Ahora Kaiyan ha facilitado el uso de la LLLT. Los dispositivos médicos de Kaiyan pueden tratar varios puntos de acupuntura simultáneamente al mismo tiempo.

29 de noviembre de 2020

Somos animales de costumbres. Cuando se trata de la intimidad, es una actividad nocturna. Los hallazgos publicados en The Daily Mail descubrieron que la mayoría de las personas tienen sexo entre las 9:30 p.m. y las 10:30 p.m. Pero lo que la mayoría de la gente no sabe es que para mejorar el sexo, se necesita la luz.

La baja libido (deseo sexual) ha sido un problema físico tanto para hombres como para mujeres. En Estados Unidos, la disfunción sexual afecta al 43% de las mujeres y al 31% de los hombres. Sin embargo, otros estudios han demostrado que se trata de un problema mundial. Un estudio con 5.255 participantes masculinos de Croacia, Noruega y Portugal descubrió que el 14,4% declaró una falta de deseo sexual de dos meses o más.

Está claro que la libido baja no es un problema de un solo género; es un problema de salud que afecta tanto a hombres como a mujeres. En el caso de las mujeres, una encuesta realizada en el Centro Médico de la Universidad de Hackensack (Nueva Jersey) reveló que el 36% de las mujeres de entre 18 y 3 años y el 65% de las mujeres de entre 46 y 54 años declararon tener poco deseo sexual.

Pero, ¿por qué estamos perdiendo la libido?

La pérdida de la libido es un problema común vinculado tanto a lo físico como a lo psicológico. Los problemas físicos relacionados con la libido baja incluyen un nivel bajo de testosterona, el consumo de alcohol y drogas, la medicación y el poco o demasiado ejercicio. Al mismo tiempo, los problemas psicológicos pueden incluir el estrés, la salud mental, la depresión y los problemas de relación.

¿De dónde provienen muchos de estos problemas? Bueno, ciertamente no ayuda el hecho de que estemos viviendo nuestras vidas en exceso: estamos trabajando más; estamos crónicamente estresados y, en general, vivimos de maneras que no son naturales para nuestra especie.

Sin embargo, el lugar donde vivimos también desempeña un papel crucial. Según el doctor Andrea Fagiolini, "en el hemisferio norte, la producción de testosterona del cuerpo disminuye de forma natural desde noviembre hasta abril, y luego aumenta de forma constante durante la primavera y el verano, con un pico en octubre. El efecto de esto se ve en las tasas de reproducción, siendo junio el mes con mayor tasa de concepción".

Dado que la producción de testosterona de nuestro cuerpo disminuye de forma natural durante el invierno y la primavera, muchas personas buscan un tratamiento. Por ello, muchos optan por la terapia hormonal sustitutiva. Se trata de un tratamiento controvertido que viene acompañado de una fuerte dosis de efectos secundarios, como cáncer de próstata o de mama, apnea del sueño, toxicidad hepática y eventos cardiovasculares.

¿Se supone que la gente debe adaptarse a vivir con una libido baja si no quiere someterse a un tratamiento peligroso? Por supuesto que no. Por suerte, la terapia de luz roja ha demostrado a través de varios estudios clínicos que mejora los niveles de libido baja.

En la Universidad de Siena (Italia), los científicos probaron las respuestas sexuales y psicológicas a la luz brillante. Descubrieron que el uso regular de la terapia de luz a primera hora de la mañana aumenta los niveles de testosterona y la satisfacción sexual.

Entonces, ¿cómo aumenta la terapia de luz roja la testosterona en el cuerpo, exactamente?

Cuando el cuerpo se expone a la luz brillante, produce una sustancia química llamada hormona luteinizante (LH). Cuanta más LH se produce en el cuerpo, mayor es el aumento de la testosterona, afirma el investigador principal, el doctor Andrea Fagionlini.

Otros estudios realizados en animales sugieren que la terapia con luz roja influye en las células de Leydig, las productoras de esperma del organismo situadas en los testículos.

¿Tratamiento de acupuntura con láser?

¿Tratamiento de acupuntura con láser?

Dado que los niveles de testosterona son los más altos por la mañana, la falta de luz diurna puede reducirlos. El Dr. Anawalt dijo: "[Así que] la exposición a la luz brillante podría aumentar las concentraciones de testosterona, lo que llevaría a mejorar la libido". Añadió que "muchos hombres, y mujeres, con la libido baja, sufren de depresión. La luz brillante que imita la luz del sol puede ayudar a aliviar la depresión. La mejora del estado de ánimo se traduce en una mejora del deseo sexual".

La terapia de luz roja puede aumentar los niveles de testosterona y reducir algunas de las causas de la libido baja, como la depresión, la ansiedad y la fatiga general.

Los paneles de terapia de luz roja de Lunas tienen muchos beneficios,incluso en nuestra vida sexual y amorosa, que es un componente integral de nuestro bienestar.

Auditorías

What is the Difference

La fase final y más sencilla del pensamiento de diseño. Dado que el pensamiento de diseño no fluye como el tiempo de forma estrictamente lineal entre las etapas, hay ocasiones en las que la creación de prototipos conduce de nuevo a la ideación y en las que la definición del problema requiere en realidad más tiempo de empatía para reevaluar las necesidades del cliente. Debido a esta naturaleza frecuentemente recursiva, cuando llegamos a la fase final del proceso de pensamiento de diseño, a veces las pruebas simplemente confirman el último paso de nuestra solución. Otras veces, puede reiniciar todo el proceso desde el principio. La importancia de moverse con fluidez a lo largo de las cinco fases.

Conclusión:

La creatividad consiste en hacer, no en pensar. El pensamiento de diseño también consiste en jugar y actuar. Esas acciones oscilarán entre un enfoque orientado al proceso y un enfoque orientado al ser humano en función del proyecto. Al final, tanto si hablamos de compañeros de trabajo como de clientes, lo único que tienen en común es que son personas que buscan soluciones a sus problemas. Resolver el problema sin dirigirse a las personas sólo conducirá a la frustración y al fracaso. Ofrecer un enfoque de los problemas basado en las soluciones, en lugar de un enfoque basado en los problemas, garantizará una mayor posibilidad de aplicación duradera y eficacia de cualquier problema que estemos resolviendo.

Fuentes:

- https://www.ideou.com/pages/design-thinking

- https://www.creativityatwork.com/design-thinking-strategy-for-innovation/

- https://dschool.stanford.edu/resources-collections/a-virtual-crash-course-in-design-thinking

- https://www.interaction-design.org/literature/article/5-stages-in-the-design-thinking-process

- https://hbr.org/2008/06/design-thinking

Los consumidores exigen alimentos procesados de alta calidad con mínimos cambios en las propiedades nutricionales y sensoriales. Se considera que los métodos no térmicos mantienen los atributos de calidad de los alimentos mejor que el procesamiento térmico tradicional. La luz pulsada (PL) es una tecnología emergente no térmica para la descontaminación de superficies y envases de alimentos, que consiste en pulsos de corta duración y alta intensidad de luz blanca de amplio espectro. Se considera una alternativa a los tratamientos continuos con luz ultravioleta para alimentos sólidos y líquidos. Este artículo ofrece una revisión general de los principios, los mecanismos de inactivación microbiana y las aplicaciones de los tratamientos PL en los alimentos. También se discuten los parámetros críticos del proceso que deben ser optimizados para mejorar la eficiencia de los tratamientos con PL. La PL tiene un potencial considerable para ser aplicada en la industria alimentaria. Sin embargo, es necesario resolver problemas tecnológicos para evitar el sobrecalentamiento de los alimentos y lograr una mejor penetración y homogeneidad del tratamiento. Además, es necesario investigar más a fondo para entender cómo afecta la PL a los atributos de calidad de los alimentos.

Tecnologías no térmicas


¿Podría la terapia de luz roja ser la cura para tratar la libido baja?

¿Podría la terapia de luz roja ser la cura para tratar la libido baja?

La luz pulsada (PL) se utiliza para la rápida inactivación de microorganismos en superficies de alimentos, equipos y materiales de envasado de alimentos. Los términos luz pulsada de alta intensidad y amplio espectro y luz blanca pulsada son sinónimos de PL.

Las lámparas de destello de gas inerte generan pulsos intensos y cortos de luz ultravioleta (UV) para la inactivación microbiana que se iniciaron a finales de la década de 1970 en Japón. En 1988, una amplia experimentación llevada a cabo por PurePulse Technologies Inc. proporcionó un proceso de luz pulsada denominado PureBright® para esterilizar productos farmacéuticos, dispositivos médicos, envases y agua. La eficacia del proceso se probó contra una amplia gama de microorganismos, incluyendo bacterias (células vegetativas y esporas), hongos, virus y protozoos. Sin embargo, la industria alimentaria no adoptó la tecnología hasta 1996, cuando la Administración de Alimentos y Medicamentos aprobó el uso de la tecnología PL para la producción, el procesamiento y la manipulación de alimentos.

Descripción del PL

La PL implica el uso de pulsos intensos de corta duración y amplio espectro para garantizar la inactivación microbiana en la superficie de los alimentos o de los materiales de envasado. La energía electromagnética se acumula en un condensador durante fracciones de segundo y luego se libera en forma de luz en un tiempo breve (de nanosegundos a milisegundos), lo que da lugar a una amplificación de la potencia con un consumo mínimo de energía adicional (Dunn et al. 1995). Normalmente, el equipo utilizado para producir PL comprende una o más unidades de lámparas de xenón ajustables, una unidad de alimentación y una conexión de alto voltaje que permite la transferencia de un impulso eléctrico de alta corriente. Cuando la corriente pasa a través de la cámara de gas de la unidad de lámpara, se emite una breve e intensa ráfaga de luz. La luz producida por la lámpara incluye longitudes de onda de amplio espectro, desde el ultravioleta hasta el infrarrojo cercano. La distribución de la longitud de onda va de 100 a 1.100 nm: UV (100-400 nm), luz visible (400-700 nm) e infrarrojos (700-1.100 nm). Los pulsos de luz utilizados para aplicaciones de procesamiento de alimentos suelen emitir de 1 a 20 destellos por segundo con una densidad de energía en el rango de unos 0,01 a 50 J cm-2 en la superficie (Barbosa-Canovas et al. 1998).

Alimentos líquidos

Muchos líquidos, como el agua, tienen un alto grado de transparencia a una amplia gama de longitudes de onda, incluida la luz visible y la UV. Otros líquidos, como las soluciones de azúcar y los vinos, presentan una transparencia más limitada. El aumento del número de sólidos disminuirá la intensidad de la penetración de la radiación UV. En una solución acuosa, cuanto menor sea la transparencia, menos eficaz será el tratamiento PL. Los líquidos con alta absorbencia UV deben ser tratados como una capa fina para reducir la absorción de la radiación del líquido. De este modo, la absorción UV del líquido es baja, y es más probable que las bacterias sean sometidas a dosis letales. La absorción de los zumos frescos clarificados y de los que contienen pulpa varía considerablemente. El zumo de manzana clarificado tiene una absorbencia baja, con coeficientes de absorción de unos 11 cm-1, mientras que la absorbencia del zumo de naranja puede alcanzar valores cercanos a los 50 cm-1. Se observó una correlación positiva entre el contenido de vitamina C y el coeficiente de absorción de los zumos de manzana clarificados.

Conclusiones

La PL es una novedosa tecnología no térmica para inactivar los microorganismos patógenos y de deterioro de los alimentos. Las importantes reducciones microbianas en tiempos de tratamiento cortos, el limitado coste energético de la PL, la ausencia de compuestos residuales y su gran flexibilidad son algunas de las principales ventajas de la técnica. Este método es claramente eficaz en la inactivación de microorganismos in vitro, pero su potencial para los alimentos reales está aún en fase de investigación. Es necesario realizar más estudios para evaluar los efectos de los tratamientos con PL en las propiedades de los alimentos más allá de la seguridad y el deterioro. Es necesario optimizar los factores críticos del proceso para lograr el nivel de inactivación deseado para aplicaciones alimentarias específicas sin que ello afecte a la calidad. Es necesario diseñar equipos de PL con buena penetración y tiempos de tratamiento cortos para fines comerciales. Además, es necesario comparar la aplicabilidad de los tratamientos PL a escala industrial con otros procesos térmicos no térmicos o convencionales.

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Since testosterone levels are the highest in the morning, a lack of daylight can reduce morning levels. Dr. Anawalt said, “[So] exposure to bright light might raise testosterone concentrations, leading to improved libido.” He added that “many men, and women, with low libido, suffer from depression. The bright light that mimics sunshine may help alleviate depression. Improved mood results in improved sex drive.”

Red light therapy can increase testosterone levels and reduce some of the causes of low libidos, such as depression, anxiety, and overall fatigue.

Lunas red light therapy panels have many benefits — even on our sex and love lives — which is an integral component to our well-being.

Entendiendo lo fundamental sobre el pensamiento del diseño

Entendiendo lo fundamental sobre el pensamiento del diseño

In his book The Sciences of the Artificial, Herbert Simon started what we now refer to as design thinking. Since then, numerous other works have been published detailing design thinking concepts and how it relates to all manner of different business models. One of the most famous icons to design thinking in the modern era is probably Apple, Inc. Let’s ask ourselves:

· Did you feel you needed an iPod before Apple created?

· Did you feel you needed an iPhone before Apple created it?

Apple’s genius during the early 2000s was not in creating new products that no one had ever heard of. There were dozens of cell phone manufacturers making quality cell phones before the iPhone landed. There were dozens of MP3 players on the market before the original iPod.

But, once Apple entered the arena, none of that mattered. Why? Because Apple understood the unarticulated needs (and in fact, you could even argue that Apple’s real genius was creating a need for a product by releasing that product!) of its customers. How were they able to do this?

How can we solve a problem for our customer in such a way that they don’t even know the problem exists until we show the solution?
The Five Phases of Design Thinking

La oxigenoterapia hiperbárica es un procedimiento generalmente seguro. Las complicaciones son raras. Pero este tratamiento conlleva algunos riesgos.

Los riesgos potenciales incluyen:

Lesiones en el oído medio, incluidas las fugas de líquido y la rotura del tímpano, debido a los cambios de presión del aire

Miopía temporal causada por cambios temporales en el cristalino

Colapso pulmonar causado por cambios de presión atmosférica (barotrauma)

Convulsiones como resultado de un exceso de oxígeno (toxicidad del oxígeno) en su sistema nervioso central

Disminución del nivel de azúcar en sangre en personas con diabetes tratadas con insulina

En determinadas circunstancias, el fuego - debido al entorno rico en oxígeno de la cámara de tratamiento.

Cómo prepararse

Se le proporcionará una bata aprobada por el hospital o un guardapolvo para que la use en lugar de la ropa habitual durante el procedimiento.

Por su seguridad, no se permite la entrada en la cámara hiperbárica de objetos como mecheros o dispositivos a pilas que generen calor. Es posible que también tenga que quitarse los productos para el cuidado del cabello y de la piel que tengan una base de petróleo, ya que son un peligro potencial de incendio. Su equipo de atención médica le dará instrucciones sobre la preparación para someterse a la oxigenoterapia hiperbárica.

Durante la terapia de oxígeno hiperbárico

La oxigenoterapia hiperbárica se realiza normalmente como procedimiento ambulatorio, pero también puede realizarse durante la hospitalización.

En general, existen dos tipos de cámaras de oxígeno hiperbárico:

Una unidad diseñada para una persona. En una unidad individual (monoplaza), usted se acuesta en una mesa que se desliza dentro de una cámara de plástico transparente.

Una sala diseñada para acoger a varias personas. En una sala de oxígeno hiperbárico para varias personas -que suele tener el aspecto de una gran sala de hospital- puede sentarse o tumbarse. Puede recibir oxígeno a través de una máscara sobre la cara o de una capucha ligera y transparente colocada sobre la cabeza.

Ya sea en un entorno individual o con varias personas para la oxigenoterapia hiperbárica, los beneficios son los mismos.

Durante la terapia, la presión del aire de la sala es de dos a tres veces superior a la normal. El aumento de la presión del aire creará una sensación temporal de plenitud en los oídos, similar a la que se puede sentir en un avión o en un lugar elevado. Puede aliviar esa sensación bostezando o tragando.

Para la mayoría de las afecciones, la oxigenoterapia hiperbárica dura aproximadamente dos horas. Los miembros de su equipo de atención médica le supervisarán a usted y a la unidad de terapia durante todo el tratamiento.

Después de la terapia de oxígeno hiperbárico

El equipo terapéutico le evalúa, incluyendo la observación de los oídos y la toma de la tensión arterial y el pulso. Si es diabético, se le mide la glucosa en sangre. Cuando el equipo decida que está preparado, podrá vestirse y marcharse.

Es posible que se sienta algo cansado o hambriento después del tratamiento. Esto no limita las actividades normales.

Para beneficiarse de la oxigenoterapia hiperbárica, es probable que necesite más de una sesión. El número de sesiones depende de su estado de salud. Algunas enfermedades, como la intoxicación por monóxido de carbono, pueden tratarse en tres visitas. Otras, como las heridas que no cicatrizan, pueden requerir 40 tratamientos o más.

Para tratar eficazmente las afecciones médicas aprobadas, la oxigenoterapia hiperbárica suele formar parte de un plan de tratamiento integral proporcionado con otras terapias y medicamentos diseñados para adaptarse a sus necesidades individuales.

La crioterapia es una tendencia con seguidores de culto en los sectores de la recuperación, el bienestar y la belleza. Puede utilizarse en combinación con la terapia de luz para obtener mejores resultados. Es posible que hayas oído hablar de ella o que hayas visto a famosos o deportistas saliendo de cámaras de frío en las redes sociales, pero ¿qué es la crioterapia? ¿Por qué todo el mundo habla de ella?

En su forma más básica, la crioterapia es simplemente el uso de temperaturas frías para curar el cuerpo. El uso del frío para ayudar a nuestro cuerpo a recuperarse de una lesión, inflamación, dolor o relajación se ha utilizado desde el principio. Poner hielo en una herida o moretón, saltar en un lago frío o tomar un baño de hielo son formas básicas de crioterapia. Estos métodos hacen que la sangre estancada comience a moverse de nuevo, promoviendo un nuevo flujo sanguíneo, que trae consigo la curación. Se trata de un principio fundamental y bien entendido que ha sido ampliamente aceptado y utilizado como medio de recuperación a posteriori, pero que puede ser bastante incómodo, inconveniente y extremadamente ineficaz en comparación con la crioterapia actual mediante el uso de cámaras de crioterapia.

Día a día

La crioterapia moderna se basa en las modalidades de frío del pasado para proporcionar una recuperación mucho más cómoda, conveniente y eficaz a través de las cámaras de crioterapia. Las cámaras de crioterapia proporcionan una rápida sesión privada de 2-3 minutos de exposición de todo el cuerpo a temperaturas poco profundas en un entorno seco, contenido y con aire respirable. Si le añadimos música, terapia de luz y la impresionante niebla del frío, se convierte en una experiencia divertida que distrae completamente de lo frío que acabas de pasar.

· https://www.interaction-design.org/literature/article/5-stages-in-the-design-thinking-process

· https://hbr.org/2008/06/design-thinking

La luz y la conservación de los alimentos

La luz y la conservación de los alimentos

Consumers demand high-quality processed foods with minimal changes in nutritional and sensory properties. Nonthermal methods are considered to keep food quality attributes better than traditional thermal processing. Pulsed light (PL) is an emerging non-thermal technology for decontamination of food surfaces and food packages, consisting of short time high-peak pulses of broad-spectrum white light. It is considered an alternative to continuous ultraviolet light treatments for solid and liquid foods. This paper provides a general review of the principles, mechanisms of microbial inactivation, and PL treatments applications on foods. Critical process parameters that are needed to be optimized for better efficiency of PL treatments are also discussed. PL has considerable potential to be implemented in the food industry. However, technological problems need to be solved to avoid food overheating and achieve better penetration and treatment homogeneity. Besides, more extensive research is needed to understand how PL affects quality food attributes.

Nonthermal technologies

Nonthermal technologies are being applied in food processing as a viable alternative to thermal processing. Traditionally, most foods are thermally processed by subjecting them to temperatures between 60 °C for a few minutes and 100 °C for a few seconds. During this period, a large amount of energy is transferred to the food, which may trigger reactions that lead to undesirable changes or by-products formation. During nonthermal processing, food temperature is held below that achieved in thermal treatments. Thus, vitamins, essential nutrients, and flavors are expected to undergo minimal or no changes.

Los spas médicos suelen recomendar la terapia de luz azul para las arañas vasculares porque no tienen que ser administradas por médicos capacitados. Y, sí, después de varias sesiones costosas, puede empezar a ver una diferencia. El método más eficaz para tratar las arañas vasculares es la escleroterapia. También discutiremos los beneficios de usar la Escleroterapia es una alternativa efectiva.

¿Qué son las arañas vasculares?

Antes de hablar de cómo tratar las arañas vasculares con la terapia de luz azul o la escleroterapia, tenemos que hablar de las causas de las arañas vasculares.

Las arañas vasculares, llamadas científicamente telangiectasias, son una pequeña red de vasos sanguíneos visibles justo debajo de la superficie de la piel. Se llaman "arañas vasculares" porque parecen telas de araña rojas.

Las arañas vasculares suelen aparecer en las piernas, los pies, los muslos y la cara. También pueden causar un ligero dolor y molestias.

Causas y peligros de las arañas vasculares

Aunque las arañas vasculares no son peligrosas en sí mismas, pueden indicar una enfermedad venosa subyacente.

La enfermedad venosa, también conocida como insuficiencia venosa crónica, es una enfermedad en la que las válvulas de las venas funcionan mal. Se supone que las válvulas actúan como puertas unidireccionales y facilitan el flujo de sangre hacia el corazón. Sin embargo, cuando funcionan mal, la sangre vuelve a fluir hacia abajo y se acumula alrededor de las piernas. Esto puede ejercer presión sobre las venas y provocar arañas vasculares o varices.

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Aunque las arañas vasculares en sí mismas no son peligrosas, la enfermedad venosa sí lo es y debe tratarse inmediatamente. Si no se trata, la insuficiencia venosa puede provocar hemorragias, infecciones cutáneas y úlceras.

En el peor de los casos, la enfermedad venosa también puede provocar una trombosis venosa profunda, una enfermedad en la que la sangre se coagula en las venas. Si la sangre coagulada se rompe, puede llegar a los pulmones, provocando una afección potencialmente mortal denominada embolia pulmonar.

¿Qué es la terapia de luz azul para las arañas vasculares?

La terapia de luz azul para las arañas vasculares es un método en el que se utiliza luz azul o láser para tratar las arañas vasculares. El láser no es de naturaleza ultravioleta y emite fotones que generan calor. El calor puede destruir el vaso sanguíneo dañado con el tiempo. Así, la vena dañada se encoge y acaba disolviéndose.

Ventajas de la terapia de luz azul para las arañas vasculares

La única vez que la terapia de luz azul para las arañas vasculares tiene una ventaja sobre la escleroterapia es cuando se trata de los pies o la cara.

Tanto la cara como el pie son densos en conexiones venoso-arteriales. Cuando se utiliza la escleroterapia, el esclero debe inyectarse en las venas. Inyectarlo en las arterias puede ser peligroso. La mayoría de los médicos conservadores prefieren no utilizar la escleroterapia para las arañas vasculares de la cara o del pie.

Por ello, es mejor optar por la terapia de luz azul para las arañas vasculares de la cara o del pie.

Escleroterapia: Una alternativa a la terapia de luz azul para las arañas vasculares

La escleroterapia es el método más eficaz y permanente para tratar las arañas vasculares. Se trata de un procedimiento mínimamente invasivo en el que se inyecta un medicamento llamado Esclerosante en la vena dañada.

El esclerosante inflige cierto daño químico a las venas, lo que hace que las paredes de las mismas se peguen y acaben cerrándose. La sangre se dirige entonces a venas más sanas, y la vena dañada acaba reabsorbiéndose.

Ventajas de la escleroterapia para las arañas vasculares

Las ventajas de la escleroterapia para tratar las arañas vasculares son múltiples:

El proceso es mínimamente invasivo y no quirúrgico.

La escleroterapia no duele ni causa muchas molestias.

Funciona inmediatamente, y no es necesario volver para varias sesiones de tratamiento.

Puede deshacerse de las arañas vasculares de forma permanente.

El proceso completo sólo dura unos 30 minutos.

Puede retomar sus actividades diarias inmediatamente después.

Es más barato que la terapia de luz azul.

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Lo único que tenemos en común con los animales, las plantas y otros organismos vivos es que todos estamos hechos de pequeñas células. El intrincado cuerpo humano alberga en sí mismo billones de células. Sin células, no habría vida en la Tierra.

En este artículo hablamos de la anatomía y la función celular. Aquí, entendemos cómo la luz juega un papel en el apoyo y la aceleración de la respiración celular.

¿Qué es una célula?

Piense en las células como el bloque básico de construcción de todos los organismos vivos. Al ser la unidad más pequeña de la vida, las células contienen muchas partes, cada una con una función diferente y específica. El centro de mando de la célula se llama núcleo y contiene el ADN humano.

Cuando estas células se combinan para formar un organismo, se convierten en responsables de actividades vitales como la ingesta de nutrientes, la producción de energía, la construcción de estructuras y el procesamiento del material hereditario. Se encargan de que el cuerpo obtenga suficiente energía y nutrientes para funcionar las 24 horas del día.

¿Qué es el ATP?

Una actividad esencial que nuestras células realizan para nosotros es tomar oxígeno y nutrientes para alimentar la energía del cuerpo. Esta unidad de energía que convierten las células se llama energía de trifosfato de adenosina (ATP).

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With the support of WCSAR, Ignatius experimented with LEDs, which provide high-energy efficiency and virtually no heat, despite releasing waves of light 10 times brighter than the Sun. Ignatius admits that some scientists involved in the project were skeptical at first, thinking that the idea of using LEDs to promote plant growth was far-fetched. However, the experiments demonstrated that red LED wavelengths could boost the energy metabolism of cells to advance plant growth and photosynthesis. This finding prompted Ignatius to develop a line of LED products that emit the exact wavelength of light that plants use in photosynthesis.

“Our company gives credit to Dr. Ray Bula, the director of WCSAR, for having the foresight to go against the prevailing dogma of the time and design the first plant experiment using monochromatic light to grow lettuce plants,” Ignatius proclaims.

In 1989, Ignatius formed QDI to bring the salt grain-sized LEDs to market. In October 1995, the light sources made their Space Shuttle flight debut on the second U.S. Microgravity Laboratory Spacelab mission (STS-73, Columbia).

Growing

When NASA determined that red LEDs could grow plants in space, Marshall Space Flight Center awarded QDI several Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracts to investigate the broad-spectrum diodes' effectiveness in medical applications. The contracts, issued from 1995 to 1998, focused on increasing energy inside human cells. NASA hoped that the LEDs would yield medical benefits on Earth and stem bone and muscle mass loss in astronauts, which occurs during long periods of weightlessness. (In space, the lack of gravity keeps human cells from growing naturally.) Furthermore, since wounds are slow to heal in a microgravity environment, LED therapy could accelerate healing and keep what would be termed as minor wounds on Earth from becoming mission-catastrophic in space.

In addition to promoting cell growth, the red LEDs are capable of activating light-sensitive, tumor-treating drugs that, when injected intravenously, could destroy cancer cells while leaving surrounding tissue virtually untouched. The technique, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in laboratory and human trials, is known as Photodynamic Therapy.

With the SBIR assistance from NASA, QDI set out to alter a surgical probe that could emit long waves of red light to stimulate a Benzoporphyrin-derivative drug called Photofrin, which delivers fewer post-operative side effects than comparable drugs. Ignatius also developed a friendly and successful working relationship with Dr. Harry Whelan, pediatric neurology and director of hyperbaric medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. The two had met after Ignatius came across a newspaper article highlighting Whelan’s ground-breaking brain cancer surgery technique, which uses drugs stimulated by laser lights to accelerate healing. Accordingly, QDI provided more than $1.25 million from its SBIR contracts to support Whelan’s pioneering photobiomodulation research and bring him on board to help improve the surgical probe.

Collectively, Ignatius, Whelan, and researchers from NASA successfully altered the probe for pediatric brain tumors and the prevention of oral mucositis (a common side effect of chemotherapy and radiation treatments) in pediatric bone marrow transplant patients at the Medical College of Wisconsin. In May 1998, a 20-year-old female became the first patient to undergo surgery with the modified probe. The young woman had endured six brain surgeries and chemotherapy and radiation treatments over a span of 10 years, but her aggressive cancer kept coming back. Having exhausted all of her conventional treatment options, she turned to the NASA-sponsored Photodynamic Therapy technology.

During the procedure, surgeons excised as much of the recurring brain tumor as they could then injected the light-activated Photofrin into her bloodstream and inserted the LED probe into the remaining tumor tissue. The probe, which casts long wavelengths that generate less heat and penetrate deeper into tissue than the shorter wavelengths of traditional medical lasers, proved to be both safe and effective, as the tumor never returned, and the patient recovered with no complications. A second operation that took place 3 months later on a male patient was also deemed successful by Whelan and his Medical College of Wisconsin surgeons' team.

FDA-approved clinical trials continued at several other facilities over the next 3 years, including the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York; Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago; and the Instituto de Oncologia Pediatrica in Sao Paulo, Brazil. QDI became recognized as a U.S. Space Foundation “Space Technology Hall of Fame” award recipient in 2000 and a Marshall Space Flight Center “Hallmark of Success” in 2004.

Product Outcome

The positive clinical trial results and continued support from NASA and follow-on research grants from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency helped QDI and the Medical College of Wisconsin fully transition space technology into a new, non-invasive medical device. The WARP 10 (Warfighter Accelerated Recovery by Photobiomodulation) is a high-intensity, hand-held, portable LED unit intended for the temporary relief of minor muscle and joint pain, arthritis, stiffness, and muscle spasms. It also promotes the relaxation of muscle tissue and increases local blood circulation. Unlike the surgical probe, the WARP 10 does not require intravenous medicine; instead, the unit can be placed directly on the skin where treatment is to occur.

La terapia de desensibilización y reprocesamiento por movimientos oculares (EMDR) es una técnica de psicoterapia interactiva utilizada para aliviar el estrés psicológico. Es un tratamiento eficaz para el trauma y el trastorno de estrés postraumático (TEPT).

Durante las sesiones de terapia EMDR, se reviven las experiencias traumáticas o desencadenantes en dosis breves mientras el terapeuta dirige los movimientos oculares.

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Se cree que la EMDR es eficaz porque el recuerdo de acontecimientos angustiosos suele ser menos perturbador desde el punto de vista emocional cuando se desvía la atención. Esto permite exponerse a los recuerdos o pensamientos sin tener una fuerte respuesta psicológica.

Cómo la terapia de luz roja puede combatir el dolor y la rigidez de la artritis

Cómo la terapia de luz roja puede combatir el dolor y la rigidez de la artritis

¿Cuáles son los beneficios de la terapia EMDR?

Se cree que las personas que se enfrentan a recuerdos traumáticos y las que padecen TEPT son las que más se benefician de la terapia EMDR.

Se cree que es especialmente eficaz para quienes tienen dificultades para hablar de sus experiencias pasadas.

Aunque no hay suficientes investigaciones que demuestren su eficacia en estas áreas, la terapia EMDR también se está utilizando para tratar:

depresión

ansiedad

ataques de pánico

trastornos de la alimentación

adicciones

¿Cómo funciona la terapia EMDR?

La terapia EMDR se divide en ocho fases diferentes, por lo que tendrá que asistir a varias sesiones. El tratamiento suele durar unas 12 sesiones distintas.

Fase 1: Historia y planificación del tratamiento

Trastorno bipolar y y como combatirlo con terapia de luz

Trastorno bipolar y y como combatirlo con terapia de luz

Fase 2: Preparación

El terapeuta le ayudará a aprender diferentes formas de afrontar el estrés emocional o psicológico que está experimentando.

Se pueden utilizar técnicas de gestión del estrés, como la respiración profunda y la atención plena.

Fase 3: Evaluación

Durante la tercera fase del tratamiento EMDR, su terapeuta identificará los recuerdos específicos que serán objeto de atención y todos los componentes asociados (como las sensaciones físicas que se estimulan cuando se concentra en un evento) para cada recuerdo objetivo.

  • Fases 4-7: Tratamiento

A continuación, su terapeuta empezará a utilizar las técnicas de la terapia EMDR para tratar sus recuerdos específicos. Durante estas sesiones, se le pedirá que se centre en un pensamiento, recuerdo o imagen negativos.

  • Su terapeuta le hará realizar simultáneamente movimientos oculares específicos. La estimulación bilateral también puede incluir golpecitos u otros movimientos mezclados, dependiendo de su caso.
  • Después de la estimulación bilateral, el terapeuta te pedirá que dejes la mente en blanco y que te fijes en los pensamientos y sentimientos que tienes espontáneamente. Después de identificar estos pensamientos, el terapeuta puede pedirte que vuelvas a centrarte en ese recuerdo traumático o que pases a otro.
  • Si se angustia, el terapeuta le ayudará a volver al presente antes de pasar a otro recuerdo traumático. Con el tiempo, la angustia por determinados pensamientos, imágenes o recuerdos debería empezar a desaparecer.
  • Fase 8: Evaluación
  • En la fase final, se le pedirá que evalúe su progreso después de estas sesiones. Su terapeuta hará lo mismo.
  • ¿Qué eficacia tiene la terapia EMDR?
Múltiples estudios independientes y controlados han demostrado que la terapia EMDR es un tratamiento eficaz para el TEPT. Incluso es una de las opciones más recomendadas por el Departamento de Asuntos de los Veteranos para tratar el TEPT.

Un estudio realizado en 2012 con 22 personas descubrió que la terapia EMDR ayudó al 77% de los individuos con un trastorno psicótico y TEPT. Se descubrió que sus alucinaciones, delirios, ansiedad y síntomas de depresión mejoraron significativamente después del tratamiento. El estudio también descubrió que los síntomas no se exacerbaron durante el tratamiento.

Un estudio más antiguo de confianza de Source que comparaba la terapia EMDR con la típica terapia de exposición prolongada, encontró que la terapia EMDR era más eficaz en el tratamiento de los síntomas. El estudio también descubrió que la terapia EMDR presentaba una menor tasa de abandono de los participantes. Sin embargo, ambas ofrecían una reducción de los síntomas del estrés traumático, incluyendo tanto la ansiedad como la depresión.

Varios estudios pequeños también han encontrado pruebas de que la terapia EMDR no sólo es eficaz a corto plazo, sino que sus efectos pueden mantenerse a largo plazo. Un estudio de 2004 evaluó a las personas varios meses después de que recibieran el tratamiento "estándar" (SC) para el TEPT o la terapia EMDR.

Durante e inmediatamente después del tratamiento, observaron que la EMDR era significativamente más eficaz para reducir los síntomas del TEPT. Durante los seguimientos de tres y seis meses, también reconocieron que los participantes mantenían estos beneficios mucho tiempo después de haber terminado el tratamiento. En general, el estudio descubrió que la terapia EMDR proporcionaba a las personas una reducción de los síntomas más duradera que la SC.

La terapia EMDR ha demostrado su eficacia en el tratamiento de traumas y TEPT. También puede ayudar a tratar otros trastornos mentales como la ansiedad, la depresión y los trastornos de pánico.

But How Light Therapy Helps?

Humans have natural 24-hour clocks, which are disrupted in bipolar disorder. One way of treating bipolar disorder is to handle the circadian rhythm (24*7 natural cycle that regulates the physical, mental, and behavior changes). And this can be achieved with bright light therapy.

The light emitted during light therapy activates the retina in the eye, resulting in a stimulus being transmitted from the eye to the brain's hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is a part of the brain that has a vital role in regulating mood. It also helps control many bodily functions, such as the release of hormones from the pituitary gland and channelizing the mood.

The light acts through the eyes to regulate the biological clock located in a tiny brain region. There are disturbances in the biological clock that affect circadian rhythms in people with bipolar disorder, including hormonal rhythms, sleep, feelings, cognition, and other behaviors.

Para una solución portátil, el bolígrafo LED multifunción tiene el tamaño de una pequeña linterna. Utiliza una longitud de onda especial que se supone que ofrece efectos antiinflamatorios en zonas localizadas de aplicación.

3) Dispositivo de mano con luz roja LED

El dispositivo de mano cuenta con un mango ergonómico que dispone de cómodos apoyos para los dedos que le proporcionan un agarre firme mientras lo utiliza. Su diseño compacto lo convierte en una buena opción para viajar.

2)Panel de luz infrarroja de terapia de luz para todo el cuerpo

Con un mayor número de diodos, este panel está diseñado para una penetración más profunda que muchos de sus competidores. Afirma que puede ayudar a reducir la inflamación, estimular el crecimiento celular y aumentar la circulación.

1. Almohadilla de Terapia de Luz Led Roja/Infrarroja aprobada por la FDA

Incidentes de apoplejía y terapia de luz roja

Incidentes de apoplejía y terapia de luz roja

La energía del sol convierte una sustancia química de la piel en vitamina D3, que es transportada al hígado y luego a los riñones para transformarla en vitamina D activa.

La principal causa de la deficiencia de vitamina D es la falta de luz solar directa

Los seres humanos, día a día, pasan menos tiempo al aire libre. La mayoría de la gente trabaja en el interior, y muchas de nuestras actividades de ocio se desarrollan también en un entorno interior. Además, cuando estamos en el exterior, muchas personas evitan el sol en la medida de lo posible. El resultado es que el cuerpo no absorbe suficientes rayos UVB para crear la cantidad de vitamina D que necesita. A menudo, los síntomas de la carencia de vitamina D son bastante leves. Cuando se notan, consisten principalmente en:

Dolor de huesos.

Fatiga crónica.

Fracturas óseas frecuentes.

Referencias

Procesos de pensamiento confusos.

Debilidad muscular.

Huesos blandos o deformados.

Ondas cerebrales - Empieza a conocer tu cerebro

Ondas cerebrales - Empieza a conocer tu cerebro

Los niños pueden desarrollar un asma grave.

Problemas del sistema inmunitario, lo que aumenta el riesgo de infección.

La resistencia a la insulina, que afecta a la capacidad del cuerpo para procesar el azúcar y aumenta el riesgo de diabetes, esclerosis múltiple e intolerancia a la glucosa.

La osteoporosis, una condición que incluye huesos frágiles que son más propensos a fracturarse.

Reducción de la función cognitiva.

El raquitismo, una enfermedad ósea que provoca huesos blandos y deformidades del esqueleto.

Otras condiciones que se darían sin suficiente luz solar

Sin la luz del sol, habrá más melatonina en el cuerpo de la mujer. Esta es una hormona que suprime la fertilidad, reduciendo así sus posibilidades de concebir un bebé. Además, las mujeres que reciben menos luz solar llegan a la menopausia antes que las que se exponen al sol. Los hombres también pueden sufrir la falta de luz solar; ésta influye directamente en los niveles de testosterona.

Nervios en bruto

Se cree que si los niños no reciben suficiente luz solar, tendrán más riesgo de desarrollar esclerosis múltiple, una enfermedad del sistema nervioso central, cuando sean adultos.

Todos esos dolores y molestias

Sin la luz del sol, prepárate para sufrir más dolores en todo el cuerpo. La luz del sol ayuda a calentar los músculos del cuerpo y a reducir el dolor causado por afecciones inflamatorias como la artritis.

No hay emociones de sol

Sin la luz del sol, estaríamos atrapados para siempre en el trastorno afectivo estacional (TAE), comúnmente conocido como depresión invernal. Es una forma de depresión causada específicamente por la falta de luz solar. La luz artificial no puede sustituir totalmente a la luz solar natural.

Pruebas recientes sugieren que la vitamina D puede ayudar a prevenir muchos trastornos, como la diabetes, la esclerosis múltiple, la artritis reumatoide, la enfermedad pulmonar obstructiva crónica, el asma, la bronquitis, el síndrome premenstrual, el aumento de la presión arterial, los accidentes cerebrovasculares y los ataques cardíacos, e incluso el cáncer. Los niveles bajos de vitamina D en suero también se asocian con el sobrepeso, la obesidad abdominal, el síndrome metabólico, los accidentes cerebrovasculares y la diabetes. Además, tener niveles bajos de vitamina D en sangre durante un periodo prolongado se asocia a un aumento de los infartos de miocardio y de la mortalidad por cualquier causa.

Beta brainwaves dominate our normal waking state of consciousness when attention is directed towards cognitive tasks and the outside world. Beta is a ‘fast’ activity, present when alert, attentive, engaged in problem-solving, judgment, decision making, or focused mental activity.

Beta brainwaves are further divided into three bands; Lo-Beta (Beta1, 12–15Hz) can be thought of as a ‘fast idle’ or musing. Beta (Beta2, 15–22Hz) is the high engagement or actively figuring something out. Hi-Beta (Beta3, 22–38Hz) is a highly complex thought, integrating new experiences, high anxiety, or excitement. Continual high-frequency processing is not a very efficient way to run the brain, as it takes a tremendous amount of energy.

Gamma (γ) Waves(35 TO 42 HZ) — Concentration

Gamma brainwaves are the fastest brain waves (high frequency, like a flute) and relate to the simultaneous processing of information from different brain areas. Gamma brainwaves pass information rapidly and quietly. The most subtle of the brainwave frequencies, the mind has to be quiet to access gamma.

Gamma was dismissed as ‘spare brain noise’ until researchers discovered it was highly active in states of universal love, altruism, and the ‘higher virtues.’ Gamma is also above the frequency of neuronal firing, so how it is generated remains a mystery. It is speculated that gamma rhythms modulate perception and consciousness and that a greater presence of gamma relates to expanded consciousness and spiritual emergence.

New Trial to Test Brain Wave Stimulation as Alzheimer’s Preventative

With a new $1.8 million grant from the Part the Cloud-Gates Partnership Grant Program of the Alzheimer’s Association, researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Massachusetts General Hospital are launching a new clinical trial to test whether stimulating a key frequency of brain waves with light and sound can prevent the advance of Alzheimer’s disease pathology even before volunteers experience symptoms such as memory impairment.

“Because Alzheimer’s disease leads to neurodegeneration and cognitive decline, the best time for intervention may be before those symptoms even begin,” said Dr. Li-Huei Tsai, Picower Professor of Neuroscience and director of The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at MIT. “We are hopeful that our safe, non-invasive approach of sensory stimulation of 40Hz gamma brain rhythms can have a preventative benefit for patients. We are very grateful to Part the Cloud-Gates Partnership Grant Program for their support in funding rigorous research to test this exciting possibility.”

In extensive testing in Tsai’s lab with multiple mouse models of Alzheimer’s, the light and sound stimulation technique, called Gamma ENtrainment Using Sensory Stimuli (GENUS), improved cognition and memory, prevented neurodegeneration, and reduced amyloid and tau protein buildups. The research showed that increasing 40Hz brain rhythm power and synchrony stimulated the brain’s immune cells and blood vessels to clear out the toxic proteins. Early results from human testing at MIT show that GENUS is well tolerated and increases 40Hz power and synchrony, just like in the mice.

The new study, conducted in collaboration with neurologist Dr. Keith Johnson at MGH, will enroll 50 volunteers aged 55 or older who show signs of amyloid protein plaque buildup in PET scans but remain cognitively normal. Experimental volunteers will receive an hour of GENUS light and sound stimulation in their homes daily for a year. At regular checkups, the team will monitor GENUS's effect on amyloid buildup via PET scans as well as other biomarkers such as tau and for changes in cognition, sleep, structural and functional MRI, and other indicators of brain function and health.

The trial will be double-blinded, randomized, and controlled, meaning that some volunteers will be exposed to non-GENUS light and sound during the trial to provide a non-treatment comparison group. To ensure that bias does not influence the results, neither the volunteers nor the experimenters will know which group's volunteers are.

Referencias

https://picower.mit.edu/news/new-trial-test-brain-wave-stimulation-alzheimers-preventative

https://brainworksneurotherapy.com/what-are-brainwaves

Muse - La cinta de cabeza con sensor cerebral

Muse - La cinta de cabeza con sensor cerebral

Overview

Muse is a wearable device in the form of a headband that senses the brain's electrical rhythms (EEG). The headband is coupled with a smartphone app (Calm) that monitors the user’s brain electrical activity and gives immediate feedback to achieve a “calm” or meditative pattern. Over time, the use of this device is thought to help reduce distractibility, improve stress control, and improve mood.

Use

The headband is light and comfortable but requires a bit of experience to fit properly and to transmit reliable signals by BlueTooth to the associated smartphone app. The device will not work with older versions of many smartphones (such as the iPhone 4). The instructions for use are straightforward and easy to follow, and the program is up and running within minutes. Once one gets started, it is straightforward to adjust settings and to personalize the program.

UI

The user is asked to sit quietly with eyes closed and to focus on counting expirations. The app displays one of two pleasant visual backgrounds associated with wind or water sounds. The volume and frequency of these weather sound decrease as the EEG rhythm become the “calm” state. Therefore, one gets immediate and easy to understand feedback as to how one is doing. The sessions can be set to last from 3 minutes to 45 minutes.

Appropriateness

Immediately after finishing a session, the app provides a graphical depiction of one’s EEG rhythm, grouped into “calm,” “neutral,” or “active” bands. The app calculates the amount of time spent “calm” and awards points for “calm” time. The points are associated with certain awards and expressions of positive feedback. Besides, the app graphically displays the percentage of time spent “calm” over variations and prescribes several challenges to increase time performance. All times performance of this is lovely and easy to understand and to manipulate.

Account Management

The company’s website provides a great deal of information regarding frequently asked questions and troubleshooting. When I submitted a question to the company over the website, I received an answer within hours. The app allows one to permit for session data to be aggregated by the company for research purposes. I think it is useful to share personal data because they may ultimately determine how effective the device might be.

Scientific Basis

The Muse headband is a remarkable technological advance over earlier versions of EEG neurofeedback technologies. Neurofeedback is a technique that has been employed for mental health conditions for more than a decade and formerly required a link between traditional EEG recording devices with desktop or laptop computers. Through operant conditioning, these techniques seek to alter brain functioning by giving live feedback about EEG rhythms to the patient. Patients are rewarded if they can achieve certain EEG rhythm characteristics, such as decreased theta activity (4–7 cycles per second) or an increase in alpha activity (12–15 cycles per second). A higher proportion of alpha wave activity is thought to be associated with focused attention and a feeling of calm or well-being.

Traditional neurofeedback techniques have never been fully tested in psychiatric conditions for several reasons. First, these techniques are not protected by exclusive intellectual property, so industrial funding for large-scale trials has not been available. Similarly, devices designed to deliver neurofeedback have not been seen as unique medical devices by the FDA, which could be protected by patents. Furthermore, there is some disagreement about which pattern of EEG rhythms would be most therapeutic for particular groups of patients. I was not able to locate references to clinical trials using Muse technology specifically.
Although not formally approved for clinical use by the FDA, many clinics currently offer neurofeedback treatments. However, widespread clinical adoption of neurofeedback has not occurred due to concerns about cost relative to the uncertainties about efficacy. Most protocols recommended that individuals come to a supervised clinical setting for multiple sessions per week over several months. This is a time consuming and expensive endeavor which, due to lack of published scientific data on efficacy, is not reimbursed by insurance companies. With the Muse technology, EEG neurofeedback has entered the world of self-directed activity using a wearable device coupled with a smartphone app. Therefore, the cost is much reduced, and it becomes feasible to decide individually whether the techniques are a worthwhile investment of time.

Cost

The Muse headband costs $299, and the app is free. This appears to be a very reasonable cost, given the complexity of the technology and the amount of information obtained with its use.

Reviewed April 2015

Referencias
  • ADHD
    Neurofeedback has been studied most extensively in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, for which at least 5 randomized controlled trials with mixed results have been published.
    Bink M, van Nieuwenhuizen C et al: Neurocognitive effects of neurofeedback in adolescents with ADHD: A randomized controlled trial. J Clin Psychiatry 75:535–542, 2014
  • Major Depression
    Peeters F, Oehlen M, et al.: Neurofeedback as a treatment for the major depressive disorder — a pilot study. PLoS One. 2014 Mar 18;9(3):e91837. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0091837. eCollection 2014
  • Performance Anxiety
    Gruzelier JH, Thompson T et al: Application of alpha/theta neurofeedback and heart rate variability training to young contemporary dancers: state anxiety and creativity. Int J Psychophysiol 93:105–111, 2014
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
    Koprivova J, Congedo M et al: Prediction of treatment response and the effect of independent component neurofeedback in obsessive-compulsive disorder: a randomized, sham-controlled, double-blind study. Neuropsychology 67:210–223, 2013
  • Reading Disabilities
    Nazari MA, Mosanezhad E et al.: The effectiveness of neurofeedback training on EEG coherence and neuropsychological functions in children with reading disability. Clin EEG Neurosci, 43:315–322, 2012
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
    Kouijzer ME, van Schie HT et al.: Is EEG-biofeedback an effective treatment in autism spectrum disorders? A randomized controlled trial. Appl Psychophsiolo Biofeedback 38:17–28, 2013
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
    Nelson DV, Esty ML: Neurotherapy of traumatic brain injury/posttraumatic stress symptoms in OEF/OIF veterans. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci 24:237–240, 2012
  • Insomnia
    Hammer BU, Colbert AP, et al.: Neurofeedback for insomnia: a pilot study of Z-score SMR and individualized protocols. Appl Psychophysiol Biofeedback 36:251–264, 2011.
  • Several other studies have proposed benefits in cognitive performance for normal subjects or in meditators.
  • Gruzelier JH: EEG-neurofeedback for optimizing performance. I: A review of cognitive and affective outcomes in health participants. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews 44:124–141, 2014
  • Ros T, Munneke MAM, Ruge D, Gruzelier JH, and Rothwell JC: Endogenous control of waking brain rhythms induces neuroplasticity in humans. European Journal of Neuroscience, 31:770–778, 2010
  • Vidyarthi J and Riecke BE: Interactively mediating experiences of mindfulness meditation. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 72:674–688, 2014


Historia - Luz verde para la hiperplasia benigna de próstata

Historia - Luz verde para la hiperplasia benigna de próstata

Paul Hamernik says that “green light” laser surgery has meant he can enjoy his life again. As a stock car racer, Paul Hamernik thought his frequent restroom breaks were an occupational hazard. He accepted that his bladder was small, and his nerves ran wild — until he learned his PSA level was increasing.

“PSA, or prostate-specific antigen, is a normal substance produced by the prostate, usually found in an increased amount in the blood of men who have prostate cancer, infection or inflammation of the prostate, and benign prostatic hyperplasia,” explains Lance Mynderse, M.D., a urologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

“My local doctor suggested I go to Mayo and be evaluated,” says Paul. “He said Mayo had advanced tests and procedures to diagnose and treat prostate conditions that weren’t widely available.”

Fortunately, Paul didn’t have prostate cancer. But, because of his age and PSA level, the clinic invited him to participate in a pharmaceutical trial studying the effect of dutasteride in preventing prostate cancer in men with elevated PSA levels.

“I didn’t know anything about the drug, but I wanted to help advance medical science, so I decided to enroll,” says Paul. “I’ve always been proactive with my health. That’s why I started having my PSA tested early.”

During the four-year, double-blind study, Paul took a medicine — the drug or a placebo — every day. Half-way through the study, he had a prostate biopsy and urine flow analysis.

“I remember having an ultrasound on my bladder after emptying it,” recalls Paul. “The technician thought the ultrasound machine wasn’t working, and she went to get help.”

The equipment was working, and what the technician initially saw proved accurate. Paul’s bladder was holding three times the amount of urine that it should. It had become distended, and he was unable to empty it.

“If I hadn’t been in this clinical trial, being monitored the way I was, this urine flow problem probably would not have been diagnosed until after my kidneys were involved,” says Paul.

“Paul’s bladder problem was caused by an enlarged prostate, which often leads to bladder outlet obstruction and restriction of urine flow,” says Dr. Mynderse. “Paul’s condition was benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH — a natural aging process that happens in all men.” While all men experience BPH, not all have symptoms — and certainly not as severe as Paul.

This clinical trial identified a problem that normal healthcare wouldn’t have found since Paul didn’t have any complaints, and a urine flow analysis wouldn’t normally be done. Unfortunately, Paul wasn’t a candidate for surgery when his enlarged prostate was diagnosed because his bladder had lost function. “When the bladder becomes that enlarged, it loses much of its elasticity and squeeze,” explains Dr. Mynderse.

At that point, reducing the size of the prostate might not help, as the bladder still can’t empty if it’s not capable of squeezing, even when you eliminate the prostate obstruction. “Therefore, we needed to ensure bladder function would return before scheduling surgery,” says Dr. Mynderse.

What this meant for Paul was regular self-catheterization five times per day. “I was terribly bummed,” says Paul. “First, it’s challenging to find a sterile environment & many places aren’t accommodating.” Paul’s employer offered a special restroom, and he learned some other tricks that helped but didn’t change his situation.

“I ended up clinically depressed because the catheter interfered with my ability to race stock cars, which I’ve done almost all my life,” says Paul. “There’s no support group for catheters, and I felt alone and very odd.”

“Going green” with surgery.

Paul’s diligence paid off. “His bladder function returned, and we were able to schedule a special surgery called photoselective vaporization of the prostate or PVP,” says Dr. Mynderse.

This surgery is often called green light laser surgery because it emits a highly visible green light. “The green light is created by lithium triborate, a chemical used as the lasing medium,” says Dr. Mynderse.

Mayo Clinic urologists pioneered the use of laser energy to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia in the 90s. In fact, Mayo’s Department of Urology is the” green light” laser's birthplace to treat BPH. Today, Mayo Clinic is only one of a handful of medical centers in the U.S. that are considered “Centers of Excellence” using PVP laser therapy to treat BPH.

“During the surgery, we vaporize the prostate through an instrument placed down the urethra, called transurethral — and there’s no cutting,” explains Dr. Mynderse. “We direct the light on the inner surface of the prostate, and there’s minimal bleeding. The by-products of the light energy interaction with the prostate and hemoglobin are bubbles and fine debris.”

Imagine the prostate as an orange. The laser vaporizes or shrinks the fruit or tissue occupying the core and leaves the rind intact. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, under anesthesia. “After 12 hours, we remove the catheter, and the patient can urinate immediately,” says Dr. Mynderse. “This is a significant shift in inpatient treatment from the historical standard TURP method.”

Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) has been the gold standard surgical treatment for enlarged prostate for decades. However, up to 25% of patients experience complications after TURP, including excessive bleeding, urinary incontinence, and sexual impotence. TURP also subjects patients to risks inherent in any surgical procedure and a hospital stay of 1 to 3 days and a 4 to 6 weeks recovery time.

“I left the hospital the same day and with no pain,” says Paul. “Dr. Mynderse is my hero because he got rid of my catheter, and I enjoy life the way I use to.”


Referencias

https://sharing.mayoclinic.org/2012/12/18/green-light-laser-surgery-treats-bph/

Cámaras Hiperbáricas - Terapia de Oxígeno

Cámaras Hiperbáricas - Terapia de Oxígeno

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized environment. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a well-established treatment for decompression sickness, potential risk of scuba diving. Other conditions treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy include serious infections, bubbles of air in your blood vessels, and wounds that may not heal due to diabetes or radiation injury.

In a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber, the air pressure is increased two to three times higher than normal air pressure. Under these conditions, your lungs can gather much more oxygen than would be possible breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure.

When your blood carries this extra oxygen throughout your body, this helps fight bacteria and stimulate the release of substances called growth factors and stem cells, which promote healing.

Your body’s tissues need an adequate supply of oxygen to function. When tissue is injured, it requires even more oxygen to survive. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the amount of oxygen your blood can carry. With repeated scheduled treatments, the temporary extra high oxygen levels encourage normal tissue oxygen levels, even after the therapy is completed.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat several medical conditions. And medical institutions use it in different ways. Your doctor may suggest hyperbaric oxygen therapy if you have one of the following conditions:

  • Severe anemia
  • Brain abscess
  • Bubbles of air in your blood vessels (arterial gas embolism)
  • Burns
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Crushing injury
  • Deafness, sudden
  • Decompression sickness
  • Gangrene
  • Infection of skin or bone that causes tissue death
  • Non-healing wounds, such as a diabetic foot ulcer
  • Radiation injury
  • Skin graft or skin flap at risk of tissue death
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Vision loss, sudden and painless
Risks

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is generally a safe procedure. Complications are rare. But this treatment does carry some risk.

Potential risks include:

  • Middle ear injuries, including leaking fluid and eardrum rupture, due to changes in air pressure
  • Temporary nearsightedness (myopia) caused by temporary eye lens changes
  • Lung collapse caused by air pressure changes (barotrauma)
  • Seizures as a result of too much oxygen (oxygen toxicity) in your central nervous system
  • Lowered blood sugar in people who have diabetes treated with insulin
  • In certain circumstances, fire — due to the oxygen-rich environment of the treatment chamber.
How to Prepare

You’ll be provided with a hospital-approved gown or scrubs to wear in place of regular clothing during the procedure.

For your safety, items such as lighters or battery-powered devices that generate heat are not allowed into the hyperbaric chamber. You may also need to remove hair and skin care products that are petroleum-based, as they are a potential fire hazard. Your health care team will provide instruction on preparing you to undergo hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

During Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is typically performed as an outpatient procedure but can also be provided while hospitalized.

In general, there are two types of hyperbaric oxygen chambers:

  • A unit designed for 1 person. In an individual (monoplace) unit, you lie down on a table that slides into a clear plastic chamber.
  • A room designed to accommodate several people. In a multi-person hyperbaric oxygen room — which usually looks like a large hospital room — you may sit or lie down. You may receive oxygen through a mask over your face or a lightweight, clear hood placed over your head.

Whether you’re in an individual or multi-person environment for hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the benefits are the same.

During therapy, the room's air pressure is about two to three times the normal air pressure. The increased air pressure will create a temporary feeling of fullness in your ears — similar to what you might feel in an airplane or at a high elevation. You can relieve that feeling by yawning or swallowing.

For most conditions, hyperbaric oxygen therapy lasts approximately two hours. Members of your health care team will monitor you and the therapy unit throughout your treatment.

After Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Your therapy team assesses you, including looking in your ears and taking your blood pressure and pulse. If you have diabetes, your blood glucose is checked. Once the team decides you are ready, you can get dressed and leave.

You may feel somewhat tired or hungry following your treatment. This doesn’t limit normal activities.

Aunque las arañas vasculares no son peligrosas en sí mismas, pueden indicar una enfermedad venosa subyacente.

To benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy, you’ll likely need more than one session. The number of sessions is dependent upon your medical condition. Some conditions, such as carbon monoxide poisoning, might be treated in three visits. Others, such as non-healing wounds, may require 40 treatments or more.

To effectively treat approved medical conditions, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is usually part of a comprehensive treatment plan provided with other therapies and drugs designed to fit your individual needs.

El sanador congelado - Crioterapia

El sanador congelado - Crioterapia

Cryotherapy is a trend with a cult following in the recovery, wellness, and beauty industries. It can be used in combination with light therapy for better results. You may have heard people talking about it or seen celebrities or athletes posting themselves coming out of icy cold chambers on social media, but what is Cryotherapy? Why is everyone talking about it?

In its most basic form, Cryotherapy is simply the use of cold temperatures to heal the body. Using the cold to help our bodies recover from injury, inflammation, soreness, or relaxation has been used since the beginning. Putting ice on a wound or bruise, jumping in a cold lake, or taking an ice bath are basic cryotherapy forms. These methods cause stagnant blood to start moving again, promoting new blood flow, which brings healing. It is a fundamental, well-understood principle that has been widely accepted and used as a means of after the fact recovery but can be quite uncomfortable, inconvenient, and extremely inefficient compared to modern-day cryotherapy through the use of cryotherapy chambers.

Day by day

Modern-day cryotherapy lends from past cold modalities to provide a much more comfortable, convenient, and effective recovery through cryotherapy chambers. Cryotherapy chambers provide a quick, 2–3 minute private session of whole-body exposure to shallow temperatures in a dry, contained, breathable air environment. Add in some music, light therapy, and awesome fog from the cold, and it becomes a fun experience that completely distracts from how cold you just got!

The goal of true whole body cryotherapy is to expose as much skin as possible to temperatures of -166F or below for a short period of time (2–3 minutes) to create a drop in the external skin temperature of 30–40 degrees. The best way to measure this is to use an infrared temperature device before and after the session on the upper arm's back, measuring the two temperature readings' delta.

Effects of Cryotherapy

Blood rushing to the core is our body’s natural way of protecting our core organs from extreme cold. When exposed to freezing temperatures, blood rushes from our extremities to our core, creating a systemic response throughout the body that produces many benefits. Cold promotes increased blood flow, bringing fresh, oxygenated blood full of white blood cells to the body's areas that need it. Cryotherapy amplifies these positive effects and adds many more incredible benefits by activating the vagus nerve and causing vasoconstriction and vasodilation. The vagus nerve is responsible for the regulation of internal organ functions [NCBI]. The vagus nerve is activated by cold on the back of the neck and touches every major organ in the body.

Whole Body Cryotherapy is not just for extreme athletes or those with present injuries, either. The best practice is for healthy, normal adults (minors with doctors) to regularly practice whole body cryotherapy 3–5 times per week. It is important to maintain a constant cryotherapy regimen and not just use it when you feel you need it or are injured. It is a continual recovery modality that helps the body stay healthy and even resist injuries and illness.

Luz para controlar el dolor neuropático

Luz para controlar el dolor neuropático

Imagínese que el movimiento de un solo pelo de su brazo le provoca un fuerte dolor. Para los pacientes con dolor neuropático -una enfermedad crónica que afecta a entre el 7 y el 8% de la población europea, sin tratamiento eficaz- esto puede ser una realidad cotidiana.

Científicos del EMBL de Roma han identificado una población especial de células nerviosas en la piel que son responsables de la sensibilidad al tacto suave. Estas células son también las que provocan el dolor intenso en los pacientes con dolor neuropático. El equipo de investigación, dirigido por el jefe de grupo del EMBL, Paul Heppenstall, desarrolló una sustancia química sensible a la luz que se une selectivamente a este tipo de células nerviosas. Al inyectar primero la zona de la piel afectada con el producto químico y luego iluminarla con luz infrarroja cercana, las células nerviosas seleccionadas se retraen de la superficie de la piel, lo que produce un alivio del dolor. Nature Communications publica los resultados el 24 de abril de 2018.

El efecto picante

Al cortar las terminaciones nerviosas con luz, se deja de sentir el suave tacto que puede causar un dolor intenso en los pacientes neuropáticos. "Es como comer una pimienta fuerte, que quema las terminaciones nerviosas de la boca y las insensibiliza durante algún tiempo", dice Heppenstall. "Lo bueno de nuestra técnica es que podemos dirigirnos específicamente al pequeño subgrupo de neuronas que causan el dolor neuropático".

Hay muchas células nerviosas diferentes en la piel, que le hacen sentir sensaciones específicas como la vibración, el frío, el calor o el dolor normal. Estas células no se ven afectadas en absoluto por el tratamiento con luz. La piel sólo se desensibiliza al tacto más suave, como una brisa, un cosquilleo o un insecto que se arrastra por la piel.

Iluminación vs. Drogas

Los intentos anteriores de desarrollar fármacos para tratar el dolor neuropático se han centrado en su mayoría en dirigirse a moléculas únicas. "Sin embargo, creemos que no hay una sola molécula responsable. Hay muchas", explica Heppenstall. "Se podría conseguir bloquear una o un par de ellas, pero otras acabarían asumiendo la misma función. Con nuestro nuevo método de iluminación, evitamos este problema por completo".

El tacto y el dolor se evaluaron midiendo los reflejos en ratones afectados por dolor neuropático en sus extremidades. Normalmente, los ratones afectados retiran rápidamente la pata cuando se les toca suavemente. Sin embargo, después de la terapia de luz, mostraron reflejos normales al tocarlos suavemente. El efecto de la terapia dura unas semanas, tras las cuales las terminaciones nerviosas vuelven a crecer y el tacto suave vuelve a causar dolor.

El equipo también investigó el tejido de la piel humana. La composición general del tejido y las características específicas de las neuronas de interés parecen ser similares, lo que indica que el método podría ser eficaz para tratar el dolor neuropático en humanos. "Al final, pretendemos resolver el problema del dolor tanto en humanos como en animales", dice Heppenstall. "Por supuesto, hay que trabajar mucho antes de poder hacer un estudio similar en personas con dolor neuropático. Por eso ahora buscamos activamente socios y estamos abiertos a nuevas colaboraciones para seguir desarrollando este método, con la esperanza de utilizarlo algún día en la clínica."

Cómo la intensidad de la luz puede proteger contra los ataques cardíacos

Cómo la intensidad de la luz puede proteger contra los ataques cardíacos

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have found that intense light amplifies a specific gene that bolsters blood vessels and offers protection against heart attacks.

"We already knew that intense light can protect against heart attacks, but now we have found the mechanism behind it.”

Study’s senior author Tobias Eckle, MD, PhD, professor of anesthesiology, University of Colorado School of Medicine

The study was published recently in the journal Cell Reports.

The scientists discovered that housing mice under intense light conditions for one week robustly enhances cardioprotection, which resulted in a dramatic reduction of cardiac tissue damage after a heart attack. They also found that humans could potentially benefit from a similar light exposure strategy.

To find out why they developed a strategy to protect the heart using intense light to target and manipulate the function of the PER2 gene, which is expressed in a circadian pattern in the part of the brain that controls circadian rhythms.

By amplifying this gene through light, they found that it protected cardiovascular tissues against low oxygen conditions like myocardial ischemia, caused by reduced oxygen flow to the heart.

They also discovered that the light increased cardiac adenosine, a chemical that plays a role in blood flow regulation.

Mice that were blind, however, enjoyed no cardioprotection indicating a need for visual light perception.

Next, they investigated whether intense light had similar effects on healthy human volunteers. The subjects were exposed to 30 minutes of intense light measured in lumens. In this case, volunteers were exposed to 10,000 LUX, or lumens, on five consecutive days. Researchers also did serial blood draws.

The light therapy increased PER2 levels as it did in mice. Plasma triglycerides, a surrogate for insulin sensitivity and carbohydrate metabolism, significantly decreased. Overall, the therapy improved metabolism.

Eckle has long known that light plays a critical role in cardiovascular health and regulating biological processes. He pointed out that past studies have shown an increase in myocardial infarctions during darker winter months in all U.S. states, including sunnier places like Arizona, Hawaii, and California. The duration of the light isn’t as important as the intensity, he said.

“The most dramatic event in the history of the earth was the arrival of sunlight,” Eckle said. “Sunlight caused a great oxygen event. With sunlight, trillions of algae could now make oxygen, transforming the entire planet.”

Eckle said the study shows, on a molecular level, that intensive light therapy offers a promising strategy in treating or preventing low oxygen conditions like myocardial ischemia.

He said if the therapy is given before high-risk cardiac and non-cardiac surgery, it could offer protection against injury to the heart muscle, which can be fatal.

“Giving patients light therapy for a week before surgery could increase cardioprotection,” he said. “Drugs could also be developed that offer similar protections based on these findings. However, future studies in humans will be necessary to understand the impact of intense light therapy and its potential for cardioprotection.”

Source:

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Journal reference:

Oyama, Y. et al. (2019) Intense Light-Mediated Circadian Cardioprotection via Transcriptional Reprogramming of the Endothelium. Cell Reports. doi.org/10.1016/j.celrep.2019.07.020.


Cómo exponerte a la luz puede encenderte por dentro - La falta de exposición a la luz puede aumentar el riesgo del síndrome metabólico

Cómo exponerte a la luz puede encenderte por dentro - La falta de exposición a la luz puede aumentar el riesgo del síndrome metabólico

Yes, fat cells deep under your skin can sense light. And when bodies do not get enough exposure to the right kinds of light, fat cells behave differently.

This discovery, published Jan. 21, 2020, in the journal Cell Reports, was uncovered by scientists at Cincinnati Children’s who were studying how mice control their body temperature. What they found has implications far beyond describing how mice stay warm.

The study shows that light exposure regulates how two kinds of fat cells work together to produce the raw materials that all other cells use for energy. The study authors say that disruptions to this fundamental metabolic process appear to reflect an unhealthy aspect of modern life — spending too much time indoors.

Our bodies evolved over the years under the sun’s light, including developing light-sensing genes called opsins. But now we live so much of our days under artificial light, which does not provide the full spectrum of light we all get from the sun.”

Richard Lang, PhD, developmental biologist and senior author of the study.

Lang directs the Visual Systems Group at Cincinnati Children’s and has authored or co-authored more than 120 research papers, including many related to eye development and how light interacts with cells beyond the eye.

“This paper represents a significant change in the way we view the effects of light on our bodies,” Lang says.

Shining New Light on the Role of Light

Many people understand that certain wavelengths of light can be harmful, such as gamma radiation from a nuclear bomb or too much ultraviolet light from the sun burning our skin. This study from Lang and colleagues describes a different, healthy role for light exposure.

Despite the fur of a mouse or a person's clothing, light does get inside our bodies. Photons — the fundamental particles of light — may slow down and scatter around once they pass the outer layers of skin, Lang says. But they really do get in, and when they do, they affect how cells behave.

In this direction, Lang’s work dates back to 2013 when he led a study published in Nature, which demonstrated how light exposure affected fetal mice's eye development. More recently, in 2019, Lang and colleagues published two more papers, one in April in Nature Cell Biology that reported possible benefits of light therapy for eye development in preterm infants, and another study in October in Current Biology that details how light receptors in the skin help mice regulate their internal clocks.

The new study in Cell Reports includes important contributions from Russell Van Gelder, MD, Ph.D., and Ethan Buhr, Ph.D., from the University of Washington, Randy Seeley, Ph.D., University of Michigan.

“This idea of light penetration into deep tissue is very new, even to many of my scientific colleagues,” Lang says. “But we and others have been finding opsins located in a variety of tissue types. This is still just the beginning of this work.”
How Light Ignites an Internal Fire

In the latest findings, the research team studied how mice respond when exposed to chilly temperatures — about 40° F. They already knew that mice, much like humans, use both a shivering response and an internal fat-burning response to heat themselves.

Deeper analysis revealed that the internal heating process is compromised in the absence of the gene OPN3 and exposure, specifically to a 480-nanometer wavelength of blue light. This wavelength is a natural part of sunlight but occurs only at low levels in most artificial light.

When light exposure occurs, OPN3 prompts white fat cells to release fatty acids into the bloodstream. Various types of cells can use these fatty acids as energy to fuel their activities. But brown fat literally burns the fatty acids (in a process called oxidation) to generate heat that warms up the chilly mice.

When mice were bred to lack the OPN3 gene, they failed to warm up other mice when placed in chilly conditions. But surprisingly, even mice with the correct gene failed to warm up when exposed to light that lacked the blue wavelength.

This data prompted the team to conclude that sunlight is required for normal energy metabolism. At least in mice. While the scientists strongly suspect that a similar light-dependent metabolic pathway exists in humans, they need to complete another series of experiments to prove it.

“If the light-OPN3 adipocyte pathway exists in humans, there are potentially broad implications for human health,” the study states. “Our modern lifestyle subjects us to unnatural lighting spectra, exposure to light at night, shift work, and jet lag, all of which result in metabolic disruption. Based on the current findings, insufficient stimulation of the light-OPN3 adipocyte pathway may be part of an explanation for the prevalence of metabolic deregulation in industrialized nations where unnatural lighting has become the norm.”

What’s Next?

It likely will require several years of study to flesh out this discovery. Someday, in theory, “light therapy” could become a method for preventing metabolic syndrome from developing into diabetes. Replacing indoor lights with better, full-spectrum lighting systems also could improve public health, Lang says.

However, more study is needed to pin down the potential therapeutic value of light therapy. Questions to answer include determining how much sunlight is needed to support a healthy metabolism and whether people battling obesity might lack a functional OPN3 gene in their fat cells. Also unknown: when would light therapy matter most: for pregnant mothers? For infants and children? Or for fully developed adults?

Source:

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Journal reference:

Opsin 3-Dependent Adipocyte Light Sensing enhances Nayak, G., et al. (2020) Adaptive Thermogenesis in Mice. Cell Reports. doi.org/10.1016/j.celrep.2019.12.043.

La terapia de luz puede beneficiar a los pacientes con LTC (lesión cerebral traumática)

La terapia de luz puede beneficiar a los pacientes con LTC (lesión cerebral traumática)

According to a pioneering study by researchers from the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), light therapy is safe and has measurable effects on the brain.

Senior investigators Rajiv Gupta, MD, Ph.D., director of the Ultra-High Resolution Volume CT Lab at MGH and Benjamin Vakoc, Ph.D., at the Wellman Center led the study, which was supported by a grant from the Department of Defense (DOD) and published in JAMA Network Open September 14th.

This study is one of the first, if not the first, prospective, randomized, interventional clinical trials of near-infrared, low-level light therapy (LLLT) in patients who recently suffered a moderate brain injury. If further trials support these findings, light therapy could become the first widely-accepted treatment for this type of injury.

TBI is the leading cause of traumatic injury worldwide, and an estimated 69 million people experience such an injury every year. However, there are no treatments for this condition yet, largely because the underlying biological mechanisms are not well understood. It is so challenging to do studies with actual patients in the acute stage of trauma.

"The Gulf War put TBI in the headlines because body armor had been greatly improved by then. But there were still brain injuries caused by the shock waves from high powered explosives.”

Rajiv Gupta, MD, PhD, Director, Ultra-High Resolution Volume CT Lab

For various reasons, the number of TBIs has increased around the globe since then, but effective treatments are still sorely needed. For this study, a special helmet had to be designed specifically to deliver the therapy, an undertaking that required a mix of medical, engineering, and physics expertise.

This multidisciplinary team included Gupta, a neuroradiologist, Vakoc, an applied physicist, and others specializing in developing and translating optical instrumentation to the clinic and biologic laboratories. Both Gupta and Vakoc are also associate professors at Harvard Medical School.

“For this study, we designed a practical, near-infrared treatment based on Wellman Center research and working directly with DOD on the vexing problem of TBI, a condition faced by so many,” says Rox Anderson, MD, the center’s director.

Another challenge was optimizing the wavelength of the near-infrared LLLT.

“Nobody knows how much light you need to get the optimal effect,”

explains Lynn Drake, MD, one of the study co-authors and director of business development at the Wellman Center.

“We tried to optimize the wavelength, dosing, timing of delivery, and length of exposure.”

This was done through a series of pre-clinical experiments led by Anderson. These included multiple preclinical studies led by Michael Hamblin, Ph.D. Anderson and Hamblin are both co-authors of this paper.

Near-infrared LLLT has already been considered for multiple uses, but to date, few if any studies of this technology have been tested and none in patients with TBI.

It has been studied in stroke patients, and Wellman's basic laboratory research suggests it is neuroprotective through a mechanism mediated by specialized intracellular organs called mitochondria. It took several years of research at Wellman to understand the basic mechanism before the clinical trial.

The randomized clinical trial included 68 patients with moderate traumatic brain injury who were divided into two groups. One group received LLLT via the special helmet, which delivered the light. Patients in the control group wore the helmet for the same amount of time but did not receive the treatment.

Vakoc’s team at Wellman designed the helmet. During the study, the subjects’ brains were tested for neuron activity using quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) metrics, and the subjects also underwent neurocognitive function assessment.

MRI was performed in the acute (within 72 hours of the injury), early subacute (2–3 weeks), and late subacute (approximately three months) stages of recovery. During each visit and at six months, clinical assessments were performed using the Rivermead Post-Concussion Questionnaire, with each item assessed on a five-point scale.

Twenty-eight patients completed at least one LLLT session, and none reported any adverse reactions. Also, the researchers found that they could measure the effects of transcranial LLLT on the brain.

The MRI studies showed statistically significant differences in myelin's integrity surrounding the neurons of treated patients versus the control group. Both these findings support follow-up trials, especially since there are no other treatments for these patients.

The study also showed that light does impact the cells. While it is well established that cells have light receptors, “going into this trial, we had several unanswered questions such as whether the light would go through the scalp and skull, whether the dose was sufficient, and whether it would be enough to engage the neural substrates responsible for repair after TBI,” says Gupta.

It’s important to note, and he adds that for this initial study, the researchers focused on patients with moderate traumatic brain injury. That helped ensure their study could have statistically significant findings because patients in this category are more likely to demonstrate a measurable effect.

“It would be much more difficult to see such changes in patients with mild injuries, and it is quite likely that in patients with severe brain injuries, the effect of light therapy would be confounded by other comorbidities of severe trauma,”

says Gupta.

He adds that researchers are still very early in the development of this therapy. It is unknown if it could be applied to other types of brain injury, such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which has received a lot of public attention over the last few years.

CTE is a progressive degenerative disease associated with a history of repetitive brain trauma such as that experienced by certain athletes, most notably football players.

This study opens up many possibilities for the broader use of photomedicine. “Transcranial LED therapy is a promising area of research, with potential to help various brain disorders where therapies are limited,” says Margaret Naeser, Ph.D., a prominent researcher in photomedicine and research professor of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine. She was not affiliated with this particular study.

Source:

Massachusetts General Hospital

Journal reference:

Longo, M, G. F., et al. (2020) Effect of Transcranial Low-Level Light Therapy vs. Sham Therapy Among Patients With Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury. doi.org/10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.17337.

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There’s an emerging disruptor in the beauty industry as companies target a different consumer type to expand the half a trillion-dollar market — men.

Across the globe, men’s adoption of beauty use is already starting to take off. But the trend comes in many different shapes and forms. For beauty companies struggling to find new avenues of growth, it’s a huge opportunity to see whether men are looking for traditional grooming products, discreet moisturizers, beauty balms, or popular light therapy.

According to Allied Market Research, the men’s personal care industry is predicted to hit $166 billion by 2022. According to market researcher NPD Group, just last year, men’s skin-care products alone saw a more than 7% jump in sales and with the category currently valued at $122 million.

“In recent years, the notion that men can’t or shouldn’t be using skin-care products or caring more in general about all aspects of their appearance has been receding,”

Said Andrew Stablein, a research analyst at Euromonitor International, in a research note.

The success of digitally native brands catered directly to men such as Harry’s and popular subscription service Dollar Shave Club reveal

“the average men’s grooming routine isn’t about just shaving, but can be aided by using skin-care products,”

Stablein said.

Even high-end designers like Chanel have jumped on the trend, launching its first made-for-men skincare and cosmetics line known as “Boy De Chanel” last September.

“It seems that mass players are trying to expand their market and gain share in a slowing market by growing their user base,”

Said Alison Gaither, beauty and personal care analyst at Mintel.

This includes tutorials from U.K. makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury and Rihanna’s Fenty brand, which have both put out instructions for guys who want to use makeup subtly for a more groomed appearance.

According to Coresight Research, the Asia Pacific market is now one of the fastest-growing regions for men’s grooming and cosmetic product use. Jason Chen, general manager for Chinese online retail site Tmall, told Coresight that “supply cannot meet the demand for male make-up products across China.”

However, recent data suggests the new generation of beauty consumers prefer a non-binary approach altogether. According to NPD’s iGen Beauty Consumer report, nearly 40% of adults aged 18–22 have shown interest in gender-neutral beauty products and holistic products.

“There are so many … [people] growing up with the idea that you’re not tied to the gender you’re born with,”

Said Larissa Jensen, a beauty industry analyst at NPD.

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In 2016, shortly after Coty acquired CoverGirl, the brand made history with its first-ever “CoverBoy” featuring popular YouTube makeup artist James Charles.

Charles recently found himself in a very public spat with Tati Westbrook, another YouTube beauty vlogger. Coverage of the feud, which began after Charles backed a vitamin brand that was a rival to Westbrook’s own, has been widespread and shows the influence these internet personalities have and how the business has evolved over the past two years.

While Charles may be having his struggles now, as he has lost millions of subscribers, the attention he originally received from CoverGirl sparked similar collaborations by major brands including L’Oreal, who featured beauty blogger Manny Gutierrez, known under the moniker Manny MUA, as the face of its Maybelline Colossal mascara campaign in 2017.

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¿Qué tan efectiva es la terapia de luz azul para las arañas vasculares?

¿Qué tan efectiva es la terapia de luz azul para las arañas vasculares?

Medical spas often recommend Blue light therapy for spider veins because they don’t have to be administered by trained doctors. And, yes, after several expensive sessions, you might start seeing a difference. The most effective method to treat spider veins is Sclerotherapy. We’ll also discuss the benefits of using Sclerotherapy is an effective alternative.

What are Spider Veins?

Before discussing how to treat spider veins with blue light therapy or sclerotherapy, we need to discuss what causes spider veins.

Spider Veins, scientifically called Telangiectasias, are a small network of blood vessels visible just under the skin's surface. They are called “spider veins” because they look like red spider webs.

Spider veins generally occur on the legs, feet, thighs, and face. They can also cause slight pain and discomfort.

Causes and Dangers of Spider Veins

While spider veins aren’t dangerous in and of themselves, they can indicate underlying vein disease.

Vein Disease, also known as Chronic Venous Insufficiency, is a disease in which the valves in the veins malfunction. The valves are usually supposed to act as one-way doors and facilitate blood flow to the heart. However, when they malfunction, blood flows back down and pools around the legs. This can put pressure on the veins and lead to spider veins or varicose veins.

While spider veins themselves aren’t dangerous, vein disease is hazardous and needs to be treated immediately. If left untreated, venous insufficiency can result in bleeding, skin infections, and ulcers.

In the worst-case scenario, vein disease can also lead to Deep Vein Thrombosis, a medical condition in which blood clots in the veins. If the clotted blood breaks, it can get carried to the lungs, leading to a potentially fatal condition called Pulmonary Embolism.

What is Blue Light Therapy for Spider Veins?

Blue Light Therapy for spider veins is a method in which blue light or laser is used to treat spider veins. The laser is non-UV in nature and emits photons that generate heat. The heat can destroy the damaged blood vessel over time. As such, the damaged vein shrinks and eventually dissolves.

Advantages of Blue Light Therapy for Spider Veins

The only time that blue light therapy for spider veins has an advantage over sclerotherapy is when it comes to the foot or face.

Both the face and the foot are dense with venous-arterial connections. When using Sclerotherapy, the Sclero has to be injected into the veins. Injecting it into the arteries can be dangerous. Most conservative physicians prefer not to use Sclerotherapy for spider veins in the face or foot.

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Sclerotherapy: An Alternative to Blue Light Therapy for Spider Veins

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  • Sclerotherapy doesn’t hurt or cause much discomfort.
  • It works immediately, and you don’t need to come back for multiple treatment sessions.
  • It can get rid of spider veins permanently.
  • The entire process takes just about 30 minutes.
  • You can resume your daily activities immediately after.
  • It is cheaper than Blue Light Therapy.


Terapia de luz roja para mejorar la función celular.

Terapia de luz roja para mejorar la función celular.

The one thing we have in common with animals, plants, and other living organisms is that we are all made of tiny little cells. The intricate human body in itself houses trillions of cells. Without cells, there wouldn’t be any life on Earth at all.

In this article, we discuss cellular anatomy and cellular function. Here, we understand how light plays a role in the support and acceleration of cellular respiration.

What is a cell?

Think of cells as the basic building block of all living organisms. As the smallest unit of life, cells contain many parts, each with a different and specific function. The command center of the cell is called the nucleus that contains the human DNA.

As these cells combine to form into an organism, they become responsible for vital activities like nutrient intake, energy production, structure building, and hereditary material processing. They make sure that your body gets enough energy and nutrients to function 24/7.

What is ATP?

One essential activity that our cells do for us is by taking in oxygen and nutrients to fuel body energy. This energy unit that is converted by the cells is called Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) Energy.

The ATP itself is a molecule packed with high energy that empowers cellular function. ATP is required by the body to do every activity. Other cells that do more strenuous activities like muscle cells would need more ATP than others. The ideal optimal cellular function would allow cells to produce and use enough energy to achieve body balance or homeostasis.

How is ATP produced?

The mitochondria are the powerhouses of the cell. They are responsible for the production of ATP. Aside from cellular energy, this double-membrane powerhouse does protein synthesis, cell signaling, and cell apoptosis. ATP is produced with oxygen (aerobic) or without oxygen (anaerobic), the former being more beneficial because it converts more energy. Thus, 95% of cellular energy goes through an aerobic process.

Our cells go through a process called Aerobic cellular respiration to convert oxygen, food, and water into the body’s energy currency, which is ATP. This process is a well-organized metabolic pathway that consists of four stages. Our bodies take in nutrients from the food we eat for the first two stages to convert them into carbon compounds. Then for the next steps, these carbon compounds are transformed into the energy that our cells use.

How does light therapy support cellular function?

Light can sometimes be less attributed to improve our body’s physiology. However, light has benefits that go beyond aesthetic and technological purposes. Just like how light plays a role in plants' photosynthesis, it also benefits human cellular function.

Red light therapy from Kaiyan Medical composes of Red and Near-Infrared Wavelengths that aid in the Mitochondria's function to produce more ATP energy. It works by increasing the number of Mitochondria in our cells and by boosting their function.

The electron transport chain heavily governs the cellular respiration process. Red Light therapy has photons that can boost the mitochondria to function better through the Cytochrome C Oxidase. It plays an essential role in the cellular respiration process by improving the cell's electron transfer process. In this way, more ATP can be produced by the body for an enhanced cellular function.

As mentioned earlier, oxygen plays an essential role in the cellular respiration process. The infamous Nitric Oxide can take the rightful place of oxygen to limit ATP production that causes stress and cellular death. Red light therapy also gets rid of a harmful roadblock to ATP in the dissociation of Nitric Oxide and the Cox. The photons from Red light therapy prohibits the production of nitric oxide.

The effect that Red Light therapy does on our body is that by improving cellular function, our body can achieve these benefits:

  • Improved blood Flow
  • Increased Energy Build up
  • Enhanced Healing Response
  • Reduced Inflammation
  • Reduced Stress
  • Balanced Cellular Function

As you do daily activities such as eating, drinking, walking, or working out, think of the massive role that your cellular system plays to make these activities possible. In this way, you can put conscious efforts into improving your cellular system through a healthy diet and lifestyle and by integrating Red Light Therapy.

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El uso de luz para curar tus heridas

El uso de luz para curar tus heridas

I remember how I used to come home with a bruise or cut every day after playing basketball in my childhood. Cuts and bruises were a part of the game, but my mother never took them lightly.

They may not seem like a tiny problem, but sometimes even a small wound can affect critical ways. It can lead to an infection as the cut exposes your body to external bacteria. This is why it important not to neglect the wounds.

What Happens When we Get a Cut?

Do you know what exactly happens when we get a cut?

In a small cut, the skin gets punctured, and the regular blood vessels get damaged. The effect is on the dermis layer. Whereas in the case of a deep cut, the impact is majorly on the tissues and the blood vessels break down completely results bleeding.

How our Body Reacts to Wounds?

When you get a cut, the body gets help from cells like neutrophils and immune cells. The section starts clotting the blood and reduces the blood flow. Antibodies, proteins clean up the site and eat the dead skin cells and other wastes.

Once the cut is free from germs, the skin growth gets started, and your body starts to rebuild the lost tissues and fix the broken blood vessels with the new ones. This repair work is done by cells called fibroblasts. In the last stage of wound healing, a lot of remodeling done to make the vessels and tissue functional again.

(Image source: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/)

The Light on the Wounds

No wonder science and technology have covered a long way to make human life easier. Now wounds can be treated with light therapy.

Yes, light therapy!!

That sounds out of the ordinary. But light therapy can heal your wounds by 200%!!

Wounds that Can be Treated by Light Therapy

Since wounds are of different types, wounds can be open or closed wounds. According to reports, LED light therapy can treat non-healing wounds, i.e., that doesn’t heal after 4 weeks. People with the following types of wounds can be healed from LED light therapy:

• Diabetic ulcers

• Venous ulcers

• Pressure ulcers

• Non-healing surgical wounds

• Serious burns

• Oral sores from chemotherapy/radiation

• Metabolic-disease-related wounds

• Wounds that repeatedly break down

How Red and Near-Infrared light Works for Wound

Light therapy a broad range of light having different wavelengths. Red light (620 nm — 680 nm) is visible red light, whereas Near-Infrared light (700nm — 1100nm) is invisible. Many studies reported that biologists have found that treating the cells with near-infrared light can grow 150% to 200% faster than cells not stimulated by light.

Biologically the Near-Infrared light boosts microcirculation and formation of new capillaries at the wound section.

Infrared light rays increase cellular energy that speeds up any healing process and penetrates deeper into the skin. As a result, the wound section receives more oxygen and nutrients to naturally help with the wound's healing process.

The light nurtures the lymph system activity. This assists with the detoxification process of the wound without overtaxing the lymph system and prevents lymphedema. The near-infrared rays also clean up the dead or damaged cells, making a clear blood circulation path.

Another benefit of Infrared therapy is that it helps release ATP (raw cellular energy), which gives energy to the damaged cells in the wound to heal better and faster (study).

Not only this, the studies have shown that the wound size also decreased by up to 36%.

Source: www.slideshare.net/amintalebi1/light-and-wound-healing

So, next time you encounter a wound, put a light on it!!

Let your cut heal through LIGHT THERAPY!

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Mejorar la agudeza mental con la terapia de luz

Mejorar la agudeza mental con la terapia de luz

It’s common knowledge that as we age, our normal brain function gets disrupted. We tend to find it harder to recall information, memorize names, and respond with reason. The decline of our mental acuity causes these commonplace mental problems. Contrary to popular belief, aging is not the sole culprit for mental deterioration. Many factors, such as aging, lifestyle changes, and environmental stress, contribute to the decline of mental acuity.

As cognitive decline progresses, significant mental changes can result in disorders such as dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. While these can be common aspects of life, they aren’t inevitable. Many medical experts believe that there are many lifestyle changes that you can take to prevent the degradation of Mental Acuity.

What is Mental Acuity?

Mental acuity is known as the sharpness of the mind. It involves our cognitive ability to concentrate, process, understand, reason, and memorize. On the other hand, intelligence means the extent to which our brains absorb and process a specific amount of information at a given amount of time. Mental acuity is a natural and essential aspect of our brain health and is not a measure of how “smart” we are.

Mental acuity allows us to perform daily activities effectively and efficiently. When our cognitive ability functions well, we’re more capable of doing things without damage or conflict.

What are the symptoms of a Deteriorating Mental Acuity?

Some signs of a deteriorating cognitive ability may be subtle. However, when left untreated could progress over time to more serious mental disorders. According to the National Institute on Aging, 8 out of 10 people who experience amnestic mild cognitive impairment develop into having Alzheimer’s disease.

Here are some early symptoms of a deteriorating mental acuity:

  • Absent-mindedness and having trouble concentrating
  • Forgetfulness of specific details like names, dates, events, and facts
  • Inability to reason and make vital decisions
  • Difficulty in retrieving information
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty in following simple instructions

How to Improve Mental Acuity

Prevention is better than cure when it comes to developing chronic brain disorders. Here’s how you can take your brain health into your own hands by observing these lifestyle habits:

  1. Ensure a well-balanced diet

Getting enough nutrition is the key to ensure mental sharpness. Making sure you eat a well-balanced diet can help your body supply enough nutrients to your brain. Omega 3 Fatty Acids are essential nutrients that help build and restore brain cells. The brain also needs antioxidants to prevent inflammation.

Excessive intake of toxins such as alcohol and drug can depreciate your mental ability. Experts agree that poor gut health also results in a weakened immune system. As a result, it weakens your body’s inflammatory response. A poor inflammatory response causes mental disorders such as schizophrenia and dementia.

  1. Have Enough Sleep

Irregular sleep patterns and sleep deprivation disrupt your body’s circadian rhythm that can lead to short-term mental problems as well as long-term chronic health problems.

Your body’s circadian rhythm is a natural body clock that controls your sleep-wake schedule as well as your digestive patterns. When you’re sleep-deprived, these rhythms get disturbed. As a result, you experience headaches, mood swings, and difficulty to focus and recall information. Aside from these unwanted effects, not having enough sleep also negatively impacts your overall brain health.

  1. Get Yourself Moving

Exercise isn’t just for physical and aesthetic purposes. It also affects brain function in multiple ways. When you exercise, your body pumps more oxygen into your brain through an increased heart rate. Exercise allows your body to release hormones that are vital in nourishing your brain cells. It also promotes growth factors in your brain to assist in the growth of neuronal connections.

A study at the University of Georgia shows that a 20-minute exercise daily can improve memory retention and information processing. Many experts agree that a sedentary lifestyle may accelerate your way into cognitive decline.

  1. Use Red Light Therapy

Red Light therapy is a more modern approach to non-invasive and low-risk medical treatments. It is a form of photobiomodulation that allows light to change human cells' physiology that causes a wide range of benefits such as biological balance and cellular energy.

Kaiyan Medical is one of the pioneers of Red light therapy that uses red wavelengths to deliver benefits to the skin and near-infrared lights to penetrate deeper within the skin’s surface. This dual technology allows for better absorption and effectiveness of the benefits of Red light therapy.

As near-infrared wavelengths penetrate the brain’s cellular system, it promotes energy production by stimulating the mitochondria. It also prevents stress by keeping away oxidative stress. Thus, it delivers multiple benefits such as better blood flow, faster cell regeneration, and improved healing.

A study shows that red light therapy has significantly improved brain function when given to patients with cognitive dysfunction. All these benefits are vital in promoting and maintaining a healthy mental acuity. Red light therapy delivers all these cellular benefits to promote better sleep quality and a more balanced circadian clock.

As you maintain these lifestyle changes, you can experience a more improved brain function and better brain health. Now you can defy all odds and allow your brain to perform at its peak by having a healthy lifestyle and a balanced body.

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https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324044#oily-fish

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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5403829/

https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/brain-exercises

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4870908/


Bienestar animal: Terapia de luz roja para perros

Bienestar animal: Terapia de luz roja para perros

Certified pup parents know pets could easily sense when we’re feeling sad, happy, scared, or sick. Our furry friends could probably read us better than we could read them. However, active pets are also prone to injuries, cuts, wounds, inflammation, and infections like human beings.

If you’re a pet owner, you’d always want to give your pets the best care possible to make sure they are healthy and happy at all times. Thankfully, medicine has innovated well enough to find more advanced treatments and maintenance tools for our canine friends. In recent years, pet owners and some veterinarians have been using safe, non-invasive, and high-tech treatments for pets and domestic animals such as Red-Light therapy.

What is Red Light Therapy?

Red light therapy has been utilized by the veterinary world to deliver similar benefits to pets, just like humans. Red light therapy is a non-invasive treatment and a form of photobiomodulation that alters animal cells' physiology.

Light therapy produces wavelengths of photons that the photoreceptors in the animal’s bodies can absorb. The light provides alteration to the animal cells that result in numerous benefits such as better blood circulation and natural cellular regeneration.

Multiple studies support the efficacy of red-light therapy to animals. A 2017 study shows how Red Light therapy promoted faster healing for dogs that underwent bone surgery. The findings were also complemented by another study that suggests near-infrared wavelengths promoted bone cell reproduction for dogs.

Red Light Treatment for Dogs?

When our pets sprain their ankles or cut their pads, their cells become damaged. As a result, their bodies need cell energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) to repair damaged cells and tissues.

The photoreceptors in their body absorb red light. The light stimulates ATP production in the animal’s body that results in faster delivery of nutrients and better excretion of toxins. All of these processes are essential for the body’s healing.

Red Light also promotes better circulation as it stimulates Nitric Oxide production to help blood vessels remain flexible. Injured or damaged cells need proper blood flow for healing. Light therapy helps in the healing process by increasing blood flow to ensure enough nutrients and oxygen in the affected area.

Red light is beneficial for surface healing by helping tissues that are potent in hemoglobin. On the other hand, near-infrared light can work better on deeper wounds as it can pass through the animal’s body's deeper tissues.

Innovators like Kaiyan Medical uses the FDA-cleared Red Light Therapy pad that utilizes the combined technology of Red Light-emitting diodes that can penetrate the skin and infrared wavelengths that can heal muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Red light and near-infrared wavelengths are the ideal combination of surface and inner healing.

Aside from providing the cells with energy, the light also stimulates collagen production, which aids in repairing damaged tissues. Collagen is an essential protein that can help get rid of scars and wounds.

What are the conditions that can be addressed by Red Light Therapy?

Skin and Surface issues

  • Surface wounds
  • Hair loss
  • Eczema
  • Other Skin Conditions
  • Wounds and Cuts

Deeper surface issues

  • Arthritis
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Ligament injuries
  • Post-surgery Inflammation
  • Pain, Inflammation, and Swelling
  • hip dysplasia
  • Tendon problems
  • Strains and sprains
  • Salivary gland problems

General Maintenance

  • Maintenance of healthy joints and Bones
  • Maintenance of healthy Cardiovascular system
  • Maintenance of healthy Digestive system
  • Healthy Vision
  • Prevention of anxiety

Light therapy can be your best therapeutic tool in boosting your pet’s overall wellbeing. As a general rule, light therapy is a safe and non-invasive option for treating minor issues and maintaining their overall health. However, if your pet is undergoing more severe health problems, it’s best to consult your veterinarian for a more conducive treatment plan. While red light therapy is not a panacea for all your dog’s health issues, it’s a low-risk and pain-free option to complement treatments and to promote overall wellness for your beloved pet.

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¿Qué relación tiene la terapia de luz roja con la dieta cetogénica?

¿Qué relación tiene la terapia de luz roja con la dieta cetogénica?

Red light therapy is an easily accessible and affordable clinical device that boosts metabolism and increases ATP energy production. It is a non-invasive modulator of metabolism that delivers proper frequency, power, and luminance by shifting the mitochondria's function organically.

Ketogenic Diet and Red Light Therapy

A ketogenic diet involves the consumption of low-carb, high-fat meals. When practiced together with red light therapy, it can amplify your metabolic flexibility. It also helps cells burn more sugar and fat efficiently. Good levels of ATP energy production (empowered by mitochondria by converting oxygen and nutrients to ATP) can help prevent high-blood or low-blood pressure conditions. The process of creating ATP energy works best when our body and cells are well-balanced, reaching a state called homeostasis.

One thing to consider in following a diet plan is over-nutrition, which may lead to metabolic inflexibility. When over-feeding happens, the production of ATP energy may result in metabolic congestion. Red light therapy can help alleviate this metabolic congestion by focusing amplification of ATP energy levels. Insulin can mediate metabolic congestion by the fluidity between glucose, fatty acids, and amino acids. An important step for ATP energy production is forming the COX enzyme, which can aid metabolism by pairing oxygen neutralized into the water with high-energy electrons.

If the COX enzyme goes out of sync with electrons' flow, the high-energy electrons won’t effectively be neutralized into water. Red light can help regulate the healthy formation of the COX enzyme, efficiently oxidizing fat. The ketogenic diet triggers cells to insulin by stimulating ATP energy production by increasing metabolic flexibility, reducing carbon combustion, and helping clear metabolic congestion.

Significance to Healing

The chemical DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) plays numerous vital roles in health. It helps with the metabolism of cholesterol that produces hormones such as progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone. As we age, our levels of DHEA decreases, as well as the synthesis of such hormones. Low levels of progesterone can affect women in their peri-menopausal and post-menopausal stages. This is a function of the decline in mitochondria, which then affects ATP energy levels.

Low levels of DHEA may contribute to the insufficiency of adrenaline and estrogen dominance, which is common to middle-aged women at the peri-menopausal or post-menopausal stage. Women rely on the production of adrenaline and DHEA to keep their progesterone levels and prevent estrogen dominance.

Lower production of DHEA and progesterone can be an effect of elevated secretion of cortisol that is caused by acute/chronic stress. When high levels of stress reduce the adrenal glands' proper functions due to the decrease of synthesis of the adrenal cortex steroid hormones in the mitochondria, it results in adrenal insufficiency.

Based on health professionals' studies, when cortisol levels drop, it inhibits the synthesis and secretion of DHEA/progesterone, resulting in pathophysiological changes caused by stress. Enzyme activation and regulatory signaling can affect the fluidity dynamics between cortisol, DHEA, and other hormones such as progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone.

Red light therapy and ketogenic diet can mediate inflammatory stress and regulate the healthy production of DHEA.

Estrogen Levels

Estrogen is a master regulator of female metabolism. A youthful and regulatory expression of estrogen is the production of 17B-estradiol (E2). It modulates the menstrual cycle to ensure the healthy release of the corpus luteum, which secretes progesterone.

On the other hand, progesterone helps maintain a healthy uterus lining. When the expression of E2 is sufficient, progesterone secretion also increases. Having high progesterone levels means having lower estrogen and a lesser risk of getting diseases like breast, ovary, and colon cancer. E2 also contributes to potential partition fuel, orchestrating metabolic flexibility, and increasing energy levels that lead to optimal cerebral glucose metabolism.

The decline in the peripheral steroidogenesis of E2, progesterone, and testosterone is common as time goes by.

Testosterone Levels

A 12-week ketogenic diet may increase testosterone levels in men due to an increase in cholesterol and DHEA. Red light therapy also improves the mitochondrial synthesis of testosterone from DHEA.

For males, testosterone naturally converts to E2, but healthy testosterone levels stipulate a hormonal challenge to the synthesis of E2. An enlarged prostate can be caused by estrogen dominance when there is no testosterone/estrogen ratio balance. Having healthy testosterone levels may lead to a decline of estrogen dominance, as it is for progesterone in women.

Other Healing Benefits

Healthcare professionals strongly believe that red light therapy can be a powerful healing agent that may help prevent diabetic ulcers and lower chances of extremity amputations when practiced together with a ketogenic diet.

Diabetic ulcers usually result to lower limb amputations in the long-run. Studies show that diabetic foot ulcers and lower extremity amputations are increasing in number. In fact, having unhealed wounds can be alarming as the post-amputation survival rate for people with diabetes averages to only five years. Statistics show the urgent need to prevent, detect, and prove that treatments for lower limb ulcers should be highly considered. Red light therapy has been proven to increase the circulation of blood flow and healthier skin.

Innovation

Red light therapy and ketogenic diets are considered to be disruptive innovators in the healthcare system. Apart from the fact that red light therapy is non-invasive, such treatment shows great potential in helping lengthen the lifespan and improve people's overall health. Red light therapy also promotes a more affordable and accessible treatment that can be done in the comfort of your home.

Here at Kaiyan Medical, we offer red light therapy devices to help you achieve your health and aesthetic goals. To learn more about the brands and products we offer, please click here.

More References

https://perfectketo.com/red-light-therapy/

https://perfectketo.com/keto-diet-plan-for-beginners/

https://www.rejuvcryo.com/the-science/2019/8/14/article-the-surprising-synergy-between-keto-and-red-light-therapy-rejuvcryo-north-county-san-diego

Los beneficios de la terapia de luz roja en el tratamiento del hipotiroidismo

Los beneficios de la terapia de luz roja en el tratamiento del hipotiroidismo

Thyroid issues are a commonplace problem that affects all ages and genders. It significantly contributes to changes in mental outlook, energy levels, skin, and weight. Hypothyroidism has drawn much attention due to many cases that are left undiagnosed, untreated, or inadequately treated. As a result, it led to more serious problems such as infertility, heart disease, neurological problems, and high cholesterol and blood pressure levels. Not to mention, treatment studies for hypothyroidism have experienced a significant backlog throughout the years.

In this article, we take a look at the basic precepts of hypothyroidism and how Red light therapy plays a role in treating the thyroid problem.

What is Hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism is a chronic abnormality of the thyroid gland, demonstrating an inadequacy of thyroid hormones such as triiodothyronine and thyroxine (T4). Normal levels of thyroid hormones stimulate a healthy amount of mitochondrial energy production. This means that in hypothyroid cases, the thyroid inhibits a state of low cellular energy.

As a result, people who suffer from this chronic problem often feel unusual fatigue, tiredness, weight changes, and skin problems. However, symptoms can vary from person to person and may even be subtle enough to be left undiagnosed and untreated. When left untreated, the disease causes more irreversible neurological, reproductive, and cardiovascular problems. It’s also found that Hypothyroidism is found to be five to eight times more prevalent in women than in men.

What Causes Hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism can be caused by a wide range of diet and lifestyle issues. Some cases can be caused by a lack of iodine intake, especially in more underdeveloped parts of the world. It can also be caused by other dietary issues such as low carb intake, excess polyunsaturated fat intake, and alcoholism. Other typical causes include stress, aging, sleep deprivation, and heredity.

What is Light Therapy?

When talking about light, we often think of it as the first thing we switch on in a dark room or the bright rays that set up the mood. We don’t usually think of it as having bioactive properties, penetrating beneath our skin, affecting the way our hormones, tissues, and cells function.

In reality, our cells actually capture photons of light, just like how plants do. Light therapy, also called photobiomodulation, essentially means light (photo) changing (modulation) your biology (bio).

How Can Red Light Therapy Help Treat Hypothyroidism?

Red and near-infrared light therapy, backed by over 5,000 studies, has grown its significance in medicinal treatments throughout the years.

Red light therapy is significantly targeted for hypothyroidism because unlike other kinds of light; they have a greater penetrability beneath our skin.

In fact, a 2010 study found that 38% of patients with Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism who were given red light therapy treatments have reduced their medication dose, while 17% have been able to stop the medication completely.

Here’s how it works:

  1. It Supplies energy

Because hypothyroidism is reflective of low cellular energy in the thyroid, red and near-infrared light helps the cells work better by supplying more energy to your body.

They have a photoreceptor called cytochrome c oxidase that works by catching photos of light. Like how our food is being processed by our body for the mitochondria to stimulate energy, the photos of light also stimulate energy production in the mitochondria. The mitochondria are responsible for the energy production of our body’s cells.

  1. It Prevents Stress

Red light is also shown to prevent stress by averting nitrous oxide poisoning. This means that aside from helping the mitochondria supply more energy, red light helps the thyroid hormone by alleviating stress-related molecules' effects.

  1. It Breaks the Cycle

Hypothyroidism is a vicious cycle of having low energy availability and decreased thyroid hormone production. By stimulating energy production in the mitochondria and preventing nitrous oxide poisoning prevention, red light can potentially break the cycle responsible for hypothyroidism.

In Kaiyan Medical, we produce a medical-grade red light therapy device that is effective and non-invasive, ideal for supplementing hypothyroidism treatments. Our device has a dual optical energy technology that combines red light and infrared light therapy as an excellent spectrum for deeper penetration and absorption. You can now rise above hypothyroidism and maximize your body’s healing properties with our Red Light therapy device.

More References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6247385/

https://drruscio.com/red-light-therapy-part-ii/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6822815/

https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/treating-hypothyroidism


Acelerando la recuperación de los atletas: Tratamiento de terapia de luz roja

Acelerando la recuperación de los atletas: Tratamiento de terapia de luz roja

Athletes take exercise and training very seriously to maximize and improve performance. Whether you’re a competitive elite athlete or someone who’s just born to win every day, recovery can be one of the most neglected aspects of our daily lives.

Recovery: We hear it all the time from coaches and instructors, but it’s also one of the hardest things to do. The saying “Push yourself to your limits” happens also to have its own limits. Neglecting your training recovery aspect for optimal performance can take a toll on our body in the long run.

In this article, we show the importance of rest and recovery and some of the ways to speed up our body’s healing process, such as integrating red light therapy treatment.

What is Recovery?

After training or a strenuous workout, our body responds to strain, injury, or stress as a defense mechanism in inflammation. While it may sound damaging, inflammation is a natural response when our muscle tissue regenerates and grows from microtears. Going through the process is important to allow muscle growth and performance improvement. However, the inflammation needs recovery for your muscles to heal from too much strain or injury for it to maximize its healing effects.

Recovery is the process that your body undergoes to recuperate between training sessions or from the time of danger to its healing progression. Recovery works by giving your body time to regenerate muscle tissues.

Whether it’s a strain, acute soreness, or severe damage, your body needs time to heal. The time needed for the recovery process is also dependent on the severity of the damage/strain/injury. This means that the greater the stressor's intensity to your body, the longer the time you need to spend to allow your body to recover.

What are the Examples of Recovery?
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Resting
  • Cooling down
Why is Recovery Time Important?

Many athletes have made recovery time a priority as it assists in the healing process of muscles post-inflammation. Giving your body time to recover can result in an improved performance.

During the recovery time, the muscle repairs regenerate and strengthens to tolerate a higher level of strain the next time. In other words, taking time to heal makes you stronger and less susceptible to future injuries. Having enough recovery time helps in optimal performance and longevity by helping the athletes convalesce both psychologically and physically to train and perform better.

By doing this, you can prevent future chronic problems, decreased sports performance, increased risk of injuries, or fatigue caused by inadequate healing.

What are the Ways to Speed Recovery?

1. Plan Your Rest Time

Planning your rest schedule and duration involves many factors such as the intensity of your activity, your age, and your skill level in sports/pieces of training. You may need less time to recover or more, depending on your personal needs. As a general rule, for medium to intense workouts/training, it is prescribed to maintain a healthy duration of 45 hours in between training.

Pro tip: Engage in Active Recovery

If you’re not suffering from an injury or severe damage, it’s important to incorporate active recovery periods during your recovery time so your body can maintain its active state.

Proper blood circulation is important in the recovery process. When the body gets injured, the body responds by dilating blood cells to speed up blood flow. Active recovery helps maintain good blood circulation and removes lactic acid out of inflamed muscles. Active recovery activities involve light physical movements such as stretching or yoga to allow proper blood flow and help your muscles recover and adapt better.

2. Get Enough Sleep

The Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is at its peak at night as we sleep. This hormone is responsible for tissue repair and recovery. This is why the key to a speedy recovery is to make you get a good REM sleep at the right time during your recovery period. Make sure to get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep at night to ensure that your body gets enough rest that it needs and to avoid any future complications. Lack of sleep can deter the process of muscle recovery.

Pro tip: Don’t be scared of having a few extra hours

Especially when you are suffering from intense strain/injury, it’s important to sneak in a few extra hours of sleep within your recovery period. In fact, a 2018 study suggests that sleep extension, a form of sleep intervention, can significantly contribute to the success of an athlete’s recovery. One way to ensure you get a significant amount of rest is to make sure your body has a healthy circadian rhythm. If you’re worried that you’re having trouble sleeping at night, there are many ways to improve your circadian clock- including red light therapy.

3. Refuel your Body

A healthy diet is also one of the great pillars of health. The nutrients you take in play a great role in your body’s function to cooperate with the recovery process. Minimize processed foods that may contain too much salt, sweets, and alcohol. These types of food may promote inflammation and dehydration, which can hinder the recovery process. Make sure to eat a balance recommended diet of whole foods.

Have an evaluation with a licensed dietitian or nutritionist to assess your nutritional needs. Assessment may vary depending on different factors such as weight, BMI, and activity level.

Pro tip: Focus on your Protein Intake

Protein is the key macronutrient that is responsible for muscle building and repair. It has amino acids that are metabolized by your body to ease muscle inflammation and build stronger muscles. Skip gulping on those protein supplements and focus instead on taking protein from whole foods such as lean meat, eggs, and cheese.

4. Listen to your Body

There can be all kinds of rules in recovery to maximize healing, but you can’t go wrong with paying attention to your body’s signals. Often, your body’s responses can be neglected. However, overlooking these signals can result in overtraining, which puts your body at risk of having more problems in the long run.

Despite your recovery time or period, if your body signals indicate pain and soreness, it’s important to give it time to recover better to address the issue. Aside from obvious physiological signs, pay attention to your heart rate variability, indicating your body’s adaptability to stress and your overall cardiovascular fitness.

5. Incorporate Red Light Therapy

Thanks to innovative medical devices, athletes and trainers have utilized more advanced healing modalities like red light therapy. Red Light Therapy is a popular, non-invasive, and effective light therapy treatment that can improve blood circulation essential for tissue and muscle recovery. It works by using LED to deliver wavelengths that deeply penetrates the skin and cells.

Integrating red light therapy in your recovery process can speed up muscle repair and minimize pain and swelling. The therapy accelerates the healing process by enhancing macrophage activity responsible for the white blood cell’s healing and anti-inflammatory response.

Pro tip: Try using Light Therapy Body Pad

Kaiyan Medical’s Light Therapy Body pad utilizes a high-end, medical-grade dual optical energy pad that uses 30 pieces of red light and 30 pieces of infrared light. The therapy's duality promotes deep treatment by treating injured skin surface while repairing deeper muscle, bones, tissue, and joint damage. The therapy pad is specially made with a broader light spectrum to increase absorption and penetration so you can maximize the treatment’s benefits. It’s a safe, non-invasive treatment that you can add to your recovery process so you can get back in the game stronger than ever.

Recovery and Rest are just as important as optimizing and improving performance. Allowing your body to maximize its natural healing processes can improve performance and overall better physical and mental health.

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Entiende por qué las saunas y la terapia de luz roja son distintas pero  complementarias

Entiende por qué las saunas y la terapia de luz roja son distintas pero  complementarias

Saunas and red light therapy devices are clinically-proven treatments that complement each other wonderfully, even if they depend on distinct biological mechanisms to yield various natural health and aesthetic benefits.

In this article, we’ll focus on how things work for red light therapy and the distinctions of traditional saunas, and what you can actually gain by availing of either of them.

What You Need to Know About Saunas

Saunas can make your body’s core temperature hotter by supplying sufficient heat throughout your body. It has been a part of traditional medicine for various centuries, as the old century folks realized the health benefits of sweating. Although there are multiple types of saunas, two of them are the most popular:

  1. Traditional Convection Saunas

When you think of saunas, this is the first scenario that comes to mind: hot and steamy. This type of sauna requires more energy as it delivers heat to the atmosphere, warming the air inside the sauna, and distributes heat in the body. Traditional convection saunas can maintain air temperatures between 170–200°F and are an ideal type of sauna for general use. It is important to comprehend the different temperatures required for specific health concerns since being exposed to heat more than what has required triggers a warning for unsubstantiated claims.

  1. Infrared Saunas

The latest trend in saunas is the infrared saunas. Inside, instead of warming the air, this kind of sauna heats actual objects. Such objects include those with emitting surfaces, charcoal, and carbon fiber. Infrared saunas' effectivity is directly attributed to the temperature, humidity, and length of time your body is exposed to heat, even though many saunas claim to provide “full-spectrum” infrared wavelengths.

The farther the wavelengths are in the infrared spectrum, the more they are considered efficient and effective in heat production. This will be thoroughly discussed later, but the general gist is that heat supplementation is the primary purpose of saunas, convection, and infrared.

On the other hand, near-infrared wavelengths in near-infrared saunas generate very little heat. Most of the high-quality standard saunas use more effective heats from the far-infrared spectrum or IR-C wavelengths.

What are the Health Benefits of Saunas?

Inducing thermal stress on the body is the primary function of every sauna, but what does it really mean?

One of many biological responses from sauna usage is increased heart rate as well as perspiration. The essential body processes protein metabolism and is also affected by enough heat. Heat shock proteins are a special kind of protein that responds specifically to cellular stress from heat. Heat stress induction leads to natural health benefits like those we gain doing physical activities.

One experiment had participants sat in a sauna treatment for 30 minutes at 194°F for 3 weeks, totaling 13 work sessions. The results showed that the participants improved 32% in performance tests versus those who underwent sauna treatments.

Besides improving your cardiovascular functions, using saunas can help reap benefits such as detoxication, decreased depression, and lesser chronic fatigue.

Red Light Therapy vs. Saunas

What differentiates saunas from red light therapy devices is their mechanism of action. While saunas utilize heat for biological effects, red light therapy devices supply healthy light wavelengths directly to the skin and cells. Even when producing almost no heat, red light therapy devices help with cellular function improvement and support bodily balance. Simply put, red light therapy helps energize the body with light, while saunas heat your body.

How does red light therapy work?

Mitochondria, the powerhouse of our cells, is wonderfully affected by certain wavelengths of natural light. This helps in producing energy within the cells of our body, feeding photons to our cells from natural light via red light therapy.

What about clinically-proven wavelengths?

We feel warm when exposed to sunlight and other heat sources such as fire and hot coals because most of the wavelengths, including ultraviolet (UV), are rapidly absorbed by the outer layers of the skin tissue as heat.

However, unknown to many, some wavelengths have the unique capability of boosting your cellular functions and energy. These are those few wavelengths that can penetrate human tissues more effectively, having photons power-up your “cellular batteries.”

What to Look for When Buying Red Light Therapy Devices and Saunas?

One of the first few things you need to look for in saunas is the temperature it produces. You need to consider some other factors, including the type of wood, the heating unit (Is it conventional or infrared? Is it near far or full-spectrum?), finishes and stains, price, and more.

On the other hand, some of the factors you need to consider when choosing a red light therapy device are the device’s light energy output, light color or frequency range in terms of nanometers, warranty, body or treatment coverage area, the price, and the credibility of the company provider.

Light Therapy and Saunas: Friends with Benefits

Saunas and red light therapy devices offer a wide range of natural health benefits, which surprisingly go well with each other. They both support balance and health to improve your fitness and function but do not overlap with each other’s effects because of energy supplementation in distinct forms and wavelengths. What a great combination of complementary natural therapies!

Here at Kaiyan Medical, we provide different types of red light therapy devices for various medical, wellness, and aesthetic uses. To see our list of products, click here.

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Hablemos de la recuperación del rendimiento óptimo y como se relaciona con la terapia de luz roja

Hablemos de la recuperación del rendimiento óptimo y como se relaciona con la terapia de luz roja

Performance and recovery go hand in hand when training or doing physical activities, regardless if you’re an athlete or not. In fact, athletes and their trainers utilize light therapy to improve their performance and muscle health and optimize recovery. To expound further, this article will tackle optimizing performance in fitness, improving the recovery process, and breaking down the significance of light therapy.

Optimizing Performance and Improving Recovery

Optimizing performance means paying attention to the body and how it functions, to live and train the body, and to find the best way to support its functions. Performance is not based on how hard or heavy are the weights you lift or the number of kilometers you’ve run; it is how effective your performance is and how you match it with your lifestyle (with the way you eat, drink and sleep).

On the other hand, recovery is about the effectiveness of the body’s healing process and the conscious effort of being in your best shape by enhancing your workout. It is also about utilizing the body’s tools and functions to effectively finish the jobs required daily.

Physical Performance and Recovery

Performance and recovery are correlated to one another. In exercising or training, if you want to improve fitness, workouts should be consistent. To get stronger, faster, and bigger, certain efforts must be made to increase performance levels. The recovery process is essential in health. It contributes to the workout; it is the downtime between training sessions or a break due to an injury or a period of healing from any exhaustion experienced.

Breaks like cool-downs, rest, and ample time of sleep give your body time to recuperate. They also allow healing for the muscles and tissues affected, strained, or damaged from workouts or training.

Performance is better when recovery time from soreness or inflammation is maximized. It also helps prevent burnout, fatigue, and possible injuries. If recovery is not made right, your physical performance may not reach its optimal state. Some athletes and trainers even make a recovery a priority over training itself. They believe that when an athlete recovers better than their competition, they will train harder in the long run.

Recovery is for Everyone

Even if you are not an athlete, you should know how to let your body rest, heal, and recover properly from any form of injury or physical activity. Everyone has their own activity levels to maintain. It may not be sports-related, but everyone demands effort from their bodies on a day-to-day basis.

When Recovery is Not Prioritized…

Regardless if you are an athlete, your body has limits. And if you push too hard, the body can break down and perform worse, especially if you didn’t observe any recovery time. Overtraining and pushing the body beyond its limits can affect performance in the short term or long term. Chances of injury are higher when you don’t allow yourself to recover, and it may also affect hormonal levels and the function of the immune system. The body needs time to process inflammation or any injury.

Inflammation and the Importance of Recovery

Inflammation happens when the body responses to danger or strain. It often takes place during a strenuous workout. When exercising, inflammation may indicate muscular damage. And when a muscle is “damaged,” it means that the tissue is growing and undergoes repair to get stronger.

Experiencing inflammation is a normal part of the growth and repair of muscle tissues. However, if you won’t set aside time for recovery, your inflammation may worsen over time and lead to greater health consequences.

4 Easy Ways to Improve the Recovery Process

Here are some ways that can help you improve your body’s recovery process:

  1. Body awareness

The body speaks when it sends signals to the brain. Sometimes, we dismiss these signals because of training goals. This may eventually lead to fatigue and injury. When you experience pain or when your muscles are sore, it is important to give your body time to recuperate. You must also be aware of your heart rate, especially at rest, as it may be saying something about the state of your health.

  1. Getting enough sleep

Besides giving your body time to recuperate, deep sleep also allows the body to digest and process fat and recover from inflammation or damaged muscle tissues. It is harder for the body to recover from pain, strain, fatigue, and injury when you’re sleeping less than 7–8 hours per night. If you’re struggling with getting enough sleep, try doing meditation or speak with a doctor so he/she can advise you about developing a sleeping routine.

  1. Eating a balanced diet.

Getting the right amount of whole foods, good carbohydrates, protein, and good fat can also boost your performance and recovery. Lowering your intake of processed foods, alcohol, and sugary drinks can also help decrease inflammation.

  1. Aiming for balanced and healthy cells

The performance and recovery of our bodies depend entirely on our cells. When our cells are creating and using energy efficiently, our bodies recover faster. ATP (adenosine triphosphate) energy is released to give us power in what we do. The process of creating ATP energy works best when our body and cells are well-balanced, reaching a state called homeostasis.

Light Therapy, Performance, Healing, and Recovery

High-quality devices are now available in the market to help athletes and trainers enhance the body’s natural healing and recovery process through light therapy.

Light therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses LED lights to deliver red and near-infrared light to the skin and cells. It promotes efficient cellular ATP energy production and helps restore the balance of cells and tissues. Light therapy can be done before or after a workout. Some even do it both times — before and after a workout, depending on their goals.

Pre-conditioning with light therapy before working out can also help strengthen muscle performance. It can limit muscle damage and strain, lessening the chances of inflammation or soreness. When used after a workout, it promotes the speedy recovery of muscles and accelerates its adaptability to exercise. It also helps the body process acute inflammation after physical activity.

The Relationship Between Light Therapy and Muscle Cells

Muscles are composed of millions of cells that need to release ATP energy to fulfill the body's jobs, balancing exercise and stress. Light therapy helps improve cellular ATP energy, glycogen synthesis, oxidative stress reduction, and protection against muscle damage from exercising. Light therapy also helps improve blood circulation and oxygen availability, which allows better healing and recovery. It helps with the overall improvement of physical performance and faster recovery times. It also helps limit fatigue from exercising and strength training.

Recover and Improve Your Performance with Light Therapy

As discussed, light therapy promotes faster healing and recovery and soothes cells under stress when doing strenuous workouts, incurring injuries, and experiencing inflammation. When you set aside time for recovery, you give your body and cells what they need to function, thus improving your overall performance.

At Kaiyan Medical, we offer high-quality light therapy devices to help you achieve and maintain your fitness and performance goals. If you have questions about our products and the brands we offer, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We will respond to you as soon as possible.

Terapia de luz roja para la pérdida de cabello

Terapia de luz roja para la pérdida de cabello

If you’re one of the 35 million men or 21 million women in the United States who are losing their hair, you know how hard it can be to slow down getting bald. Creams, pills, and other treatments are often touted as solutions, but even if they do work, they come with side effects. Meanwhile, hair loss takes a tremendous mental toll. Among the most common effects are diminished self-esteem and confidence, as you notice others wearing hairstyles you couldn’t possibly pull off. And while some people rock the bald look, it’s not for every guy suffering from male pattern baldness and it’s rarely an option for women.

If this sounds like you, red light therapy is worth a look. Red light therapy for hair loss is backed by research, is completely natural, and can slow–or in some cases, reverse–hair loss without disruptive side effects. If you’re curious how this is possible, what the most relevant studies say, and–more importantly–if it will work, this article is for you. From cellular growth to the proper how-to steps, read on to uncover how red light can help you get your hair back.

Why Do We Lose Hair?

According to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, almost half of men show noticeable hair loss by reading middle age. Surprisingly, the numbers are even higher among women: by the age of 60, nearly 80 percent of women show noticeable hair loss.

So, why do we lose hair? Briefly, losing hair helps us making room for new growth. A typical human will have up to 100,000 hairs on their head, and it’s only normal to lose 50–100 every day. After that, that causes get more complicated.

A few of the most common causes include:

Genetics

The most common cause of hair loss is hereditary hair loss or androgenetic alopecia. Male pattern baldness is characterized by M-shaped hair loss that begins at the temples and a bald spot in the back. It can begin as early as puberty or later in life. Female pattern baldness generally manifests as thinning on the head's top and crown, widening the center part but not affecting the front hairline.

Stress

Both acute and chronic stress contribute to hair loss in men and women. In acute stress, hair loss is often tied to a specific cause such as a sudden loss of a loved one, an accident, illness, or surgery; this hair loss may be temporary. Chronic stress, including job stress, relationship stress, and financial stress, also appears to accelerate hair loss.

Poor Nutrition

Specifically, inadequate protein intake affects hair follicles and contributes to hair loss. While over 40 million Americans are malnourished due to poverty, easy accessibility of junk food means that while many Americans get enough calories in their diets, they do not necessarily get the nutrition they need.

Red Light Therapy for Hair Loss


Given the side effects, cost, limited success, and ongoing hassles of these common hair restoration treatments, it makes sense to look at an alternative that is painless, non-invasive, has no side effects, and can actually enhance your health in a variety of different ways at the same time. Red light therapy is that option. Also red light therapy can help improve various other conditions, including joint pain from arthritis, sun damage, and nerve damage, to name a few. In fact, it can even treat one of the root causes of hair loss: thyroid problems.

What Is Red Light Therapy?


Red light therapy is a phototherapy that uses specific wavelengths of light to reduce inflammation, accelerate healing, and promote a healthy skin tone. Red light is part of the visible light spectrum (not to be confused with infrared light or ultraviolet light, invisible to the human eye) and is bioactive in humans. This means that our bodies respond to it beneficially in much the same way that plants respond to sunlight: by creating more energy at the cellular level.

Red light (also called low-level light therapy or LLLT) for hair loss was discovered somewhat by accident in the 1960s when mice were given chemotherapy. The chemotherapy-induced hair loss, but when the mice were irradiated with red light, the fur grew back thicker than before. Modern red light therapy works similarly, using high-power LEDs to saturate your body with wavelengths of therapeutic light. It typically uses visible light in various colors, but the red and infrared ranges are best for a wide variety of conditions, including hair loss. While sunlight provides a complete spectrum of wavelengths (including red light), it also contains harmful UVA and UVB wavelengths. Using the red light frequency alone has no side effects, such as burning or skin damage.


How Red Light Therapy Restores Hair


Red light is especially effective at treating hair loss; specifically, light in the 620nm (nanometer) to 660nm wavelengths work best. It works by increasing blood flow in the scalp; this stimulates the metabolism in hair follicles, resulting in more hair production.

You lose hair during hair loss but not the follicles–the tube-like formations that anchor hair to the skin. At the base of each follicle is the hair bulb (the whole thing looks somewhat like a tall vase). At the bulbous part of the vase are the papilla and the matrix; this is where hair begins to grow. We see as “hair” mostly a protein called keratin that makes up the hair shaft. When the hair follicles and the papilla and matrix cells are not functioning properly, they cannot support hair growth,, causing it to slow or cease altogether.

Red light penetrates the skin to the base of the hair follicles, stimulating the cells, papilla,, and matrix to produce more energy, which results in these cells replicating more successfully. This replication leads to new hair growth from these previously-dormant follicles. Red light also:

Stimulates Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) production, a coenzyme responsible for fueling cellular structures. Increases in ATP cause individual cells within the hair follicle to increase their activity, including the rate at which they replicate. Restoring the energy of the hair follicles' cellular structures means the papilla creates more keratin, which results in hair growth.

Increases collagen production. Hair is primarily made up of a protein called keratin. While collagen — another type of protein — isn’t present in hair, it acts as an antioxidant to fight damage caused by free radicals (compounds that develop in the body during stress, environmental pollutants, poor nutrition, etc.). Free radicals damage hair follicles, which contributes to their inability to grow hair. Increased collagen means less oxidative damage, which can lead to increased hair growth.

Increases the creation of new capillaries, which improves blood flow to the scalp and brings oxygen and nutrients to hair follicles,, and removes waste that can lead to hair follicle damage. One study linked improved blood flow to the growth of thicker, healthier hair. Barbers have long encouraged men to massage their scalps to increase blood flow, but increasing blood flow using red light is generally more effective.

Cases Where Red Light Does NOT Work

It’s important to note that while red light therapy is effective for many types of hair loss (especially alopecia or temporary hair loss due to hormonal imbalances or illness), it’s not effective 100% of the time. For example, hair loss due to chemotherapy will continue until the treatment is stopped. The same applies to hair loss due to the side effects of other medications. Also, any hair follicles that have been destroyed due to injury, surgery, burns, or other permanent injuries will not grow back. And remember, please see your doctor if you experience sudden or dramatic hair loss, which can signal a serious underlying condition. Red and Near-Infrared Light: a Potent Combination

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El efecto de la terapia de luz verde y roja en la audición

El efecto de la terapia de luz verde y roja en la audición

Low-level laser therapy

Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) has been practiced for over 20 years in Europe and has been introduced in the United States as a treatment for pain and postsurgical tissue repair. It has been proposed that laser energy in the red and near-infrared light spectrum may aid in the repair of tissue damage. A proposed mechanism for this therapeutic effect is the stimulation of mitochondria in the cells to produce more energy through the production of adenosine triphosphate.

Studies in humans have investigated the effects of LLLT on both hearing loss and tinnitus, with equivocal results. Some studies have found an improvement in hearing thresholds and tinnitus symptoms.

The Subjects

A total of 35 adult subjects were enrolled in the study. Two subjects withdrew from the study due to loss of interest and/or scheduling difficulty. The data from three additional subjects were not included in the analysis. One subject yielded unreliable audiometric and speech understanding data, speech scores could not be obtained from one subject with a profound hearing loss, and calibration problems compromised data from the third subject. Data from the remaining 30 subjects were included in the analyses. The experimental protocol was approved by the Institutional Review Board of The University of Iowa, and written informed consent was obtained from all participants.

The Device

An Erchonia EHL laser was used to provide the laser stimulation. The device was a portable unit that consisted of a hand-held probe and a main body. The probe contained two laser diodes. One diode produced light in the green part of the visible light spectrum (532 nm wavelength), and the other diode produced light in the red part of the visible light spectrum (635 nm wavelength). Both diodes produced energy levels of 7.5 mW (class IIIb). The laser beams from both diodes were dispersed through lenses to create parallel line-generated beams, rather than spots. A second Erchonia EHL device served as the placebo. It was identical to the treatment device, except that the laser diodes were replaced with nonfunctioning standard light-emitting diodes.

The Groups

The study used three groups: treatment, placebo, and control. Subjects were pseudorandomly assigned to one of the three groups.

Initial group assignment was random with occasional adjustment to ensure that the three groups were similar in terms of number of participants, female/male ratio, mean age of participants, and mean pure-tone audiometric thresholds. The treatment group received the laser treatment protocol using the functional laser device. The placebo group also received the laser treatment protocol, but using the nonfunctioning laser device. The control group made similarly timed visits to the laboratory but received no real or feigned “treatment.” The study used a repeated-measures design, with each subject taking a battery of pretests, followed by treatment followed by a battery of posttests.

Analysis

Data were obtained from both ears of each subject. Since no obvious differences were seen between left and right ears, data from both ears were combined in the following analyses. Strictly speaking, this likely violates the statistical assumption of independent sampling, since the test results from left and right ears of a single subject are likely to be highly correlated. None of the statistical tests used in the analyses are robust to the assumption of independent sampling, and the effect of including both ears is likely to be that of artificially increasing the sample size, making it more likely that a statistically significant result will be found. All statistical tests were conducted using a significance level of .

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No statistically significant effect of LLLT on auditory function was found, as assessed by pure-tone audiometry, speech understanding, and TEOAEs in this test. Additionally, no individual subjects showed any clinically significant change. It remains possible that other methods of LLLT could have an effect on hearing. The type of device used was not the best one for this type of study. Further research elucidating the anatomic and physiologic bases for therapeutic effects of LLLT on hearing are needed before further clinical testing is warranted.

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El cerebro en nuestra piel

El cerebro en nuestra piel

Dr. Claudia Aguirre which has a Ph.D. in neuroscience from USC and travels the world lecturing on a broad range of topics from neuroscience to skin care has been researching the power of the skin and its connection with the brain.

The skin is highly innervated and intricately connected to the brain and central nervous system, just as other sensory organs are. Dr. Claudia Aguirre is discovering that the skin has a lot of neuro potential, or neuroplasticity, that has gone unrecognized. For example, just as our eyes have receptors that transduce light photons into signals to the brain that we process as vision, we’re discovering that our skin also has light receptors. Although we don’t yet know how they work, we speculate that they might be signaling the brain to make systemic changes that affect the full nervous system. Similarly, olfactory receptors in the hair follicles, just as we do in the nose.

Examples

Another example is touch, for which our skin is the primary sense organ. Skin is also our largest organ, which gives us a clue as to how important touch is. Different receptors in the skin can tell us not only whether what we touch is hot or cold, rough or smooth. Skin can even sense the intention behind the touch. A gentle touch feels much different than an aggressive one. We can tell whether the person giving us a massage is paying attention or whether they’re distracted. Moreover, different kinds of touch elicit different biochemical and hormonal responses, which have systemic results. A hug or kiss stimulates the release of oxytocin, the bonding hormone, through the bloodstream, while a punch or shove will release adrenaline and cortisol. All of these capabilities are what we say by the hidden brain in the skin.

Nervous System

The skin is connected to the nervous system; it’s connected to the endocrine system. The skin is impacted by our emotional states and, conversely, our skin can impact how we feel about ourselves. Cultural stress and anxiety can trigger or aggravate many skin conditions—from acne to eczema to herpes, psoriasis, and rosacea. Conversely, a disfiguring skin condition can trigger stress, anxiety, depression, and even suicide. Chronic, generalized anxiety can create chronic inflammation and exacerbate inflammatory skin conditions, such as the ones mentioned previously. Chronic stress can result in chronic anxiety, hypervigilance, poor sleep, and a whole cascade of effects resulting in a constant breakdown of tissues and organs, including the skin. There’s a whole new field of medicine being developed called psychodermatology, which is the study and treatment of the psychological component of skin conditions. Better understanding of the neuropotential of skin also opens the possibility of whole new avenues of treatment with light therapy for many of our chronic conditions.

In Kaiyan Medical we have understood that neuroscience should absolutely be part of the conversation about skincare and beauty because the brain and the skin are intimately connected. Skincare is important not only for the skin, but also the brain. That's why we keep developing light therapy devices for skin and brain. In Kaiyan we always recommend to listen for all the little signs that your skin tells you that you tend to ignore. You get a rash, and you brush it off: “Maybe it’s just dry out. Maybe I need to switch creams.” But if it occurs repeatedly, you need to look more closely and ask, “What could my skin be trying to tell me?” Are you repressing emotions? Is there a relationship issue you’re avoiding? Is there some other life circumstance that’s “gotten under your skin”? The body has a wisdom we should listen to.

Referencias

https://drhowardmurad.com/the-brain-in-our-skin-an-interview-with-dr-claudia-aguirre/

http://doctorclaudia.com/about

https://www.janinerod.com/the-hidden-brain-in-your-skin-claudia-aguirre-tedxucla/

Se puede curar el dolor muscular con terapia de luz?

Se puede curar el dolor muscular con terapia de luz?

Light Therapy Healing Muscular Pain

When it comes to pain, we could hardly avert it! Especially the muscle pain. Given that the human body has over 600 muscles, it is tough to avoid muscle pain. Evidently, one out of three Americans is affected by muscle pain annually.

Not only this, Musculoskeletal pain affects around 116 million Americans, which results in poor productivity, missed work or school, fatigue, and lost interest in work.

But doesn’t we treatments for this chronic pain? Of course, we do have several options. Currently, therapies available consist of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, steroid injections, pain medications, and surgery. Each of these has its own specific risk profiles.

What we need now is an effective solution that is less time-consuming, low risk, safe and non-invasive, and yet cost-effective. All these features are available in treatment; we call Low Laser Light Therapy (LLLT). Light therapy has been in the medical field over the past forty years. Light therapy has been demonstrated to lessen inflammation and edema, promote healing in a range of musculoskeletal pathologies. LLLT is being accepted around the globe. This is an advanced, cost-effective, non-invasive therapy for pain that could elevate the quality of life while reducing your financial strains. The causes of muscular pain are numerous. Hence, LLLT helps people from all fields like sports, fitness, medical, and even old age.


Mechanism of LLLT

In this process, light with a wavelength in the red to the near-infrared region of the spectrum (660nm–905nm) is employed on the skin surface. The reason for using these wavelengths is that they have the ability to penetrate the skin and soft/hard tissues. From various conducted clinical trials, this treatment is proven to have a good effect on pain, inflammation, and repairing of the tissues. The therapy goes from 30 to 120 seconds or more a week, depending upon the pain's severity.

Based on the tissue condition, the therapy can go on for weeks or months. LLLT has resulted in relief and reduction of inflammation, pain relief, and accelerated tissue regeneration.

But how does the light actually work?

LLLT in the Treatment of Pain

Do you know that many acute orthopedic conditions such as strains, sprains, muscular back pain, frozen shoulder, neck and back pain, etc., are amenable to Low Laser Light Therapy (LLLT)?

The Infra-Red light relieves pain in a different section of the body and increases relaxation sensation while also comforting the muscles. LLLT has been shown to enhance the multiplication of cells like fibroblasts, keratinocytes, endothelial cells, and lymphocytes. Fibroblasts and keratinocytes are two major cell types that respond to the inflammatory phase in the repair/regeneration process.

LLLT can enhance neovascularization, promote angiogenesis, and increase collagen synthesis to succor in the healing of acute and chronic wounds. The LED light sessions have shown the ability to heal skin, nerves, tendons, cartilage, and bones. Low-intensity LLLT stimulates mitochondria and also enhances the mitochondrial membrane potential.

The peripheral nerve endings of nociceptors (also known as the pain receptors), consisting of the thinly myelinated and unmyelinated, slow-conducting C fibers, lie within the epidermis. This complex network converts harmful stimuli into action potentials. Moreover, these nerve endings lie on the surface or superficial in nature, making the LLLT wavelength penetration work easy.


Hence, with the rise of chronic pain in different countries, it is imperative to validate cost-effective and safe techniques for managing painful conditions, allowing people to live active and productive lives. Light therapy is constantly evolving in relieving muscular pain. It improves the muscle's endurance, reduces muscle soreness, joint pain, and inflammation.

It’s time to let go of the pain!!

Experience the difference with light therapy from Kaiyan Medical.

More References:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12605431/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27472858/

https://arthritis-research.biomedcentral.com/track/pdf/10.1186/s13075-015-0882-0

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0004951414601276?via%3Dihub

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4743666/

La clave para un mejor sexo - Terapia de luz roja

La clave para un mejor sexo - Terapia de luz roja

The famous fitness coach Ben Greenfield uses red light naked every morning. He flips a switch, flooding the room with a bright red glow. Then he stands naked in the red light for 20 minutes.

“It seems to like, wake you up a little bit; it kind of simulates sunrise,” Greenfield tells. “And it’s almost mildly addictive — the feel-good effect of how you feel after you use one of these.”

Greenfield, a 39-year-old fitness instructor, is an evangelist for red light therapy, a treatment that’s increasingly popular in the world of sports, beauty, and biohacking. Some converts to red-light therapy treatment soak in the ruddy glow for a very personal reason.

Luz roja para la testosterona
Red Light Therapy

Light therapy has been for hundreds of years. Recently, we can trace it back to 1967 with Hungarian scientists, red light therapy, scientifically known as photobiomodulation or low-level laser (light) therapy, has made a comeback in the last two decades.

Michael Hamblin, a researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital and professor at Harvard Medical School, explains in a 2017 research paper on the topic that the treatment was confined to a “SCIENTIFIC WASTELAND,” and widely considered “SNAKE OIL.”

But recent studies suggest red-light therapy can improve skin quality, addictions, pets’ mood, sleep quality, depression, muscle recovery, and relieve pain.

Indeed, some studies suggest light therapy stimulates mitochondria, a.k.a. the “powerhouse” of a cell, and increases the production of adenosine triphosphate, the organic chemical that carries energy in the body and plays a big role in metabolism.

Bio-hacking Yourself

In Kaiyan Medical, we are on a constant quest to optimize our brains and bodies. Some studies have actually demonstrated that exposing the torso or the testes to light can potentially increase testosterone. In fact, studies on the effects of light on the testes go way back to 1939, when researchers exposed various parts of men’s bodies to UV light. They found that men’s testosterone levels went up by 120% when the participants’ chests were exposed to UV light, and they went up by 200% with UV exposure to the genital area.

Sunlight exposure directly to the testes reportedly has an even more profound effect, boosting production in Leydig cells (the cells that produce testosterone) by an average of 200%

The theory is this: while sunlight has many beneficial effects, such as vitamin D production and improved mood, it is not without its downsides. Too much exposure to sunlight, particularly to sensitive areas like the skin around your precious ball sac, can create sunburn, excess radiation, inflammation and damage. And let’s face it: you don’t want a shrunken, shriveled, dehydrated dick, no matter how impressive the tan.

Red light, however, is different than sunlight. Red light is comprised of light wavelengths in the range of 600–950 nanometers (nm). According to red light therapy proponents, red light works to stimulate ATP production, increase energy available to the cell and in particular, increase the activity of the Leydig cells in your testes, which are the cells responsible for testosterone production.

Optimizing Sex

In the last five years, light therapy researchers and red-light therapy companies set their sights on men like Greenfield — the guy who gets naked every morning in his home office.  “The impact of [low-light therapy] on sexual health is an emerging field, but I see its potential to improve sexual function and libido with recent studies,” Hamblin says. “It has been shown to improve sperm function and may have applications in increasing fertility in both men and women.”  Research on sexual health applications of red-light therapy is relatively minimal in men, and basically nonexistent for women. A few studies in animals suggest red light therapy might influence LEYDIG CELLS — the body’s sperm producers, which live in the testicles. Another study in humans suggests red light therapy can increase testosterone levels and sexual satisfaction.

Don't let the Fear Defeat You

Sexual health issues — from “low T” to erectile dysfunction — can be challenging to treat because of the social stigma, Goldstein explains. There’s a “fear,” the urologist says. Many men are ashamed and avoid seeing a doctor.  “If they can get something over the counter that's purported to help them, millions of men will be willing to try it and maybe they would never buy it again,” Goldstein tells.  “Good advertising and good marketing will create a market for a product, whether it's proven to be of value or not.”  

Reduce Infertility

One of the biggest concerns for those who suffer from Low-T is infertility. Several studies show that red light therapy helps increase sperm motility, which is essential for successful impregnation. In 2017, researchers from the University of California, San Diego, found that sperm exposed to 630nm red light increased sperm swimming speed and force.

A similar study by researchers from Iran found an after exposing sperm to an 830nm NIR light device. Sperm motility is associated with cellular energy; more energized sperm will swim with greater vigor. This is a vital component of male reproductive health, and success in improving sperm motility points to the use of red light therapy as a way to treat male infertility.

Luz roja para la testosterona
Feeling Like a Super Hero

On top of using red light, both Greenfield and Wiles eat healthy, work out regularly, and practice stress-management techniques. Which habit, or a combination of each, helps them “optimize” their sex life or their physical health isn’t clear.

Even though the research doesn’t match their claims — yet— Greenfield and Wiles have no intention of slowing down.  “Before I go and give a presentation or if I'm giving a lecture or even if I'm just seeing a patient in clinic, I'll go ahead and throw that thing on and I will feel like a million bucks," Wiles says. "I’ve noticed increased overall sexual health, sexual satisfaction, and stamina."  Recently, Greenfield has been shining the light for one very specific reason: He and his wife are trying for a baby.  “Sometimes if I know I've got like a date night with my wife or we're going to have sex that night, I'll wait until the evening to do the treatment because the immediate effects are even better, especially the blood flow," Greenfield says.  "Erectile quality is just better right after you use it.”

More References

https://platinumtherapylights.com/blogs/news/red-light-therapy-for-boosting-testosterone

https://www.inverse.com/mind-body/red-light-therapy#:~:text=A%20few%20studies%20in%20animals,testosterone%20levels%20and%20sexual%20satisfaction.

Terapia de luz - Descubre el significado de los colores

Terapia de luz - Descubre el significado de los colores

Introduction to Color Light Therapy

Color Light therapy is based on the idea of restoring balance by applying color to the body. Its history is rooted as far back as the Mayan culture.

In India, Ayurveda, an ancient form of medicine practiced for thousands of years, is based on the idea that every individual contains five elements of the universe that are present in specific proportions unique to each individual, including their personality type and constitution. When these elements are out of balance, Ayurveda works with the energies inherent in the colors of the spectrum to restore this balance.

In ancient Egypt the art of healing with color was founded in the Hermetic tradition, the Ancient Egyptians and Greeks used colored minerals, stones, crystals, salves, and dyes as remedies, and painted treatment sanctuaries in various shades of color.

In China, traditional Chinese medicine incorporates color to be associated with each organ and elemental system. This healing method looks at the idea that every individual is a balance. The first color wheel was invented by Sir Isaac Newton. He split white sunlight into red, orange, yellow, green, cyan, and blue. He then joined the two ends of the color spectrum together to show the natural progression of colors.

Light Therapy has been valued throughout history as a remarkable source of healing. Today, the therapeutic applications of light and color are being investigated in major hospitals and research centers worldwide. Results indicate that full-spectrum, ultraviolet, colored, and laser light can have therapeutic value for a range of conditions from chronic pain and depression to immune disorders.

Wellness Benefits

Light Therapy has been reported, as part of a healthy lifestyle, to temporarily reduce swelling, relieve pain, decrease inflammation, accelerate open wound healing and greatly reduce overall recovery after medical/surgical procedures. Patients have demonstrated an increased range of motion, decreased muscle tension and spasm, and improved circulation.

Rejuvenating LED light therapy can be used for temporary pain management such as joint and back pain, sore or torn muscles, sprains, arthritis, post-surgical scars, burns, wounds, and more. When used with infrared technology, light therapy (phototherapy) is one of the most effective and non-invasive ways to improve overall wellness.

Light therapy is also used to temporarily relieve Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD affects individuals when the lack of sunlight results in seasonal depression. Phototherapy helps with SAD by resetting the internal biological clock (Circadian rhythms), helping individuals sleep better, and regulate their mood. Even companies, such as GE and Philips, have created phototherapeutic products to improve and regulate mood.

Cosmetic Benefits

Light therapy is also a growing treatment for anti-aging. Many individuals have seen a temporary reduction in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet, and age spots.

Light therapy is “effective at improving the appearance of the face, neck, and chest by reducing the signs of aging, wrinkles and age spots”, says Web M.D. Combined with infrared therapy, LED phototherapy can be a great way to revitalize skin.

Healing With Color

Color is light split into different wavelengths vibrating at different speeds and at different frequencies. Objects that ABSORB all wavelengths and DO NOT reflect are black in nature. Objects that REFLECT all wavelengths and DO reflect are white in nature. Between black and white lies COLOR. Colors are wavelengths of energy that, to us, appear as color because of the potential and capabilities of the object to either absorb or reflect the energy.

Red Light

In the early 1990s, RLT was used by scientists to help grow plants in space. The scientists found that the intense light from red light-emitting diodes (LEDs) helped promote the growth and photosynthesis of plant cells.

The red light was then studied for its potential application in medicine, more specifically to find out if RLT could increase energy inside human cells. The researchers hoped that RLT could be an effective way to treat the muscle atrophy, slow wound healing, and bone density issues caused by weightlessness during space travel.

You may have heard of red light therapy (RLT) by its other names, which include:

  • photobiomodulation (PBM)
  • low-level light therapy (LLLT)
  • soft laser therapy
  • cold laser therapy
  • biostimulation
  • photonic stimulation
  • low-power laser therapy (LPLT)

Red is called “The Great Healer”. So far is the most popular light therapy. To wind down before bed, use red light. “The color signals that it’s night, which may encourage the body to produce melatonin,” says Michael Breus, Ph.D., an advisory board member for SleepScore Labs.

Red light can also improve your workout. Just one to five minutes of exposure to red and infrared light right before exercise boosted strength and prevented soreness, says Ernesto Leal-Junior, Ph.D., the head of the Laboratory of Phototherapy in Sports and Exercise at Nove de Julho University in Brazil. “Certain wavelengths of red and infrared light-660 to 905 nanometers-reach skeletal muscle tissue, stimulating the mitochondria to produce more ATP, a substance that cells use as fuel,” he says.

Luz verde

Green is the universal healing color. Originally, the color of love. Green is midway in the color spectrum; therefore, it contains both a physical nature and a spiritual nature, in equal balance and in equal harmony.

Gazing at green light can reduce chronic pain (caused by fibromyalgia or migraines, for example) by up to 60 percent, according to a study in the journal Pain, and animal studies have shown that the beneficial effects can last up to nine days. “Looking at green light seems to lead to an increase in the body’s production of enkephalins, pain-killing opioid-like chemicals. And it reduces inflammation, which plays a role in many chronic pain conditions,” says researcher Mohab Ibrahim, M.D., Ph.D.

More studies are needed before doctors can make recommendations on how and how often to use green light to treat migraines and other pain, and Dr. Ibrahim says you should see a physician before trying to treat yourself at home. But at this point research indicates that exposing yourself to an hour or two every night-either by using a green light bulb in a lamp or by wearing glasses fitted with tinted optical filters-may decrease migraines and other types of chronic pain

Helps to treat and prevent hyper-pigmentation by inhibiting the production of excess melanin which then prevents it from traveling to the surface. It will help break up the melanin clusters that are already on the surface.

Yellow Light

Yellow helps awaken mental inspiration arousing a higher mentality. Thus, it is an excellent color for nervous or nerve-related conditions or ailments; fueling the solar plexus. Yellow has a very enriching effect upon the intellect. Yellow can be used for conditions of the stomach, liver, and intestines. It can help the pores of the skin by repairing scarred tissue. These rays have an alkalizing effect which strengthens the nerves. Awakening, inspiring, and vitally stimulating the higher mind promoting self-control. Typical diseases treated by yellow are constipation, gas, liver troubles, diabetes, eczema, and nervous exhaustion. Providing clarity of thought, increasing awareness, stimulating interest, and curiosity yellow energy is related to the ability to perceive or understand.

The yellow is used for treating redness, flushing, irritation, and Rosacea. It may also reduce the appearance of the tiny blood vessels on the nose and face.

Blue Light

Blue light therapy technology is an additional option for the treatment of acne. Research has shown in-office and at-home systems produce positive results.

“Blue light therapy effectively helps alleviate this common skin condition affecting 50 million Americans and 94 percent of all females, according to Judith Hellman, MD, a board-certified dermatologist, in practice in New York City. Dr. Hellman, who practices medical dermatology and specializes in dermatological surgery, laser surgery, and anti-aging skin treatments, explains how the blue light treatment system works for acne, its uses, and her clinical experience with the technology.

Cyan Light

It is used as a gentle acne treatment to control oil production in the skin as well as reduce inflammation. It also promotes the synthesis of protein and collagen.

Orange Light

Orange has a freeing action upon the mind, relieving repression. Because orange is a blend of red and yellow, it combines physical energy with mental wisdom, inducing a transformation between lower physical reaction and higher mental response. Thus, it is often referred to as “The Wisdom Ray.” Orange is warm, cheering, and non-constricting.

Through orange, we are able to heal the physical body (red) and, at the same time, induce within the mind (yellow) greater understanding. Orange helps assimilate new ideas. Orange is the best emotional stimulant, helping to remove inhibitions paving independent social behavior. Bring joy to your workday and strengthen your appetite for life. Orange aids in repairing inflammation of the kidneys, gallstones, menstrual cramps, epilepsy, wet cough, and all sinus conditions.

Purple Light

Violet is the last color we can see before light passes on to ultra-violet. Violet purifies our thoughts and feelings giving us inspiration in all undertakings. The violet energy connects us to our spiritual self bringing guidance, wisdom, and inner strength and enhances artistic talent and creativity. Leonardo da Vinci proclaimed that you can increase the power of meditation ten-fold by meditating under the gentle rays of Violet, as found in church windows.

Light therapy uses colors for their proposed wellness abilities in treating emotional and physical disturbances. Light therapy is based on the premise that different colors evoke different responses in people. For example, some colors are considered to be stimulating, whereas others may be soothing. Color therapy has been suggested for many uses, based on tradition or on scientific theories. Consult with a health care provider before using color therapy for any use.

Infrared Light

Infrared light penetrates to the inner layers of the skin at about 2 to 7 centimeters deep. Hence, it reaches the muscles, nerves, and even the bones. Many studies have shown that a frequency of infrared light, with wavelengths from 700 to 1,000 nanometers, is best used for healing inflammatory conditions.

The use of electricity for healing purposes began in 2,750 BC when people used electric eels to give electric shocks. Electricity and magnetism were used in people with just little success. However, in 1975, transcutaneous electrical stimulation (TENS) was developed to treat chronic pain. It was not until recently that infrared therapy was developed to improve wound healing, reduce the pain caused by arthritis, boost endorphin levels, and bioactivate neuromodulators.

Infrared therapy technology allows people to harness the benefits of the sun, without being exposed to harmful ultraviolet rays. Also, infrared therapy is safe and effective, without adverse side effects. As a matter of fact, infrared light is safe and is used even for infants in neonatal intensive care.

Infrared light is absorbed by the photoreceptors in cells. Once absorbed, the light energy kickstarts a series of metabolic events, triggering several natural processes of the body on a cellular level.

Kaiyan Medical

In Kaiyan, we are in love with light therapy. We believe in the natural balance in our bodies. We develop devices such as the Aduro mask which will provide you with the full range of color light therapies.

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Terapia de luz roja - Aprende lo fundamental

Terapia de luz roja - Aprende lo fundamental

We are not just made of biochemical matter. We are charged energy beings, constantly interacting with the environment. Light plays a crucial role in this natural process. Comprehensive new research has unearthed a full new understanding of how our cells function optimally. Food is not the only way we obtain energy; the light also charges us.

Science now shows your body operates like a battery. Certain wavelengths of sunlight power it, and your general health is determined by your ability to receive and maintain a charge. This is what light therapy is about.

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 unique 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)

Red light wavelengths ranging from 600–680nm. Red light boosts the formation of collagen and elastin and assists in cell communication. It penetrates superficially and can be used for skin conditions.

Near-Infrared wavelengths ranging from 750–850nm. NIR stimulates healing, increases mitochondrial function, and improves blood flow and tissue oxygenation. It penetrates deeper into the body.

A high-quality home device like those produced by Kaiyan uses medical-grade LEDs to shine natural red and near-infrared light on your body. Like the wavelengths of light your body needs from natural sunlight, without the heat or UV rays that cause sun damage and without the need for sunny weather. Check the list of best light therapy masks.

How to Recharge your 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.

At the core of your body’s power to heal itself are sub-cellar 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, and muscles.

This is because mitochondria generate most of the body's chemical energy supply via the ATP (adenosine triphosphate). They also regulate various other tasks, such as signaling, 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.

Mitochondria
  1. LED light at a wavelength from 600–680nm(red) and between 810–850nm(infrared) is delivered to the tissue via the red light therapy device.
  2. The light enters the cell’s mitochondria and is absorbed by the chromophores, including the protein cytochrome c oxidase(CCO) and EZ water, increasing its activity.
  3. As a result of this highlighted activity, three molecules are affected. Adenosine Triphosphate(ATP), Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), and Nitric Oxide (NO).
Water

Approximately 70% of our body weight and 99% of our bodies ’ 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 proton is excluded and pushed to the bulk water, and a lattice-like negatively charged water for near the membrane. This increases the voltage across the membrane—this charge separation of water in the body functions as the positive and negative poles of a battery.

What Does “Red Light Therapy” Mean?

As a term, “red light therapy” refers to treatments from LEDs or cold lasers that deliver wavelengths of natural red and near-infrared light.

The term does not include white light, blue light, or blue LED masks, and it is not the same as full-spectrum light. Some people may include infrared or far-infrared wavelengths along with red light therapy, but those are typically used in dry saunas because of their ability to produce heat. Red light therapy does not rely on heat, a major difference between natural light treatments and heat-based modalities like an infrared sauna, traditional sauna, or other heat therapy type.

Generally, “red light therapy” describes natural light treatments that deliver the same therapeutic red and near-infrared wavelengths as natural sunlight. This differs from artificial light treatments like tanning — or bright light therapy from light therapy lamps, lightboxes, or happy-light if you’re interested in natural light treatments for seasonal affective disorder.

The following terms may also call red light therapy: RLT, photobiomodulation (PBM), phototherapy, LED therapy, LED light therapy, infrared therapy, low-level laser therapy, or low-level light therapy (LLLT).

A Multilevel Treatment

Red light therapy works on multiple levels in the body.

Molecular

  • Chromophores, cytochrome c oxidase, water, opsins
  • Retrograde mitochondrial signaling
  • 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

Cellular

  • Inflammation, Cytoprotection, Proliferation
  • Protein synthesis
  • Stem cell production and migration
  • Immune cell viability
  • Retrograde mitochondrial signaling
  • Transforming growth factor
  • Pro-and anti-inflammatory cytokines
  • Vascular endothelial
  • Mitochondrial membrane potential

Tissue

  • Muscles: Increase endurance, tone density
  • Brain: Improves cognition and immune
  • Nerves: Repair and pain relief
  • Healing: Bones, tendons, and wounds
  • Hair: Increases growth
  • Skin: Improvements of the collagen network, anti-aging, skin disorders
  • Fat: Fat re-absorption improved by enhanced micro-circulation
  • Lymph: Improved immunity
Systemic Effects

Red light therapy affects multiple bodily systems:

Fascia

The fascia is a complex web of sensitive and highly interconnected connective tissue beneath the skin that attaches, stabilizes, encloses, and separates muscles and other internal organs.

Fascia is primarily made from hydrated collagen-Protein chains in a triple helix formation surrounded by water, with a capacity to generate an electric charge in response to applied mechanical stress (piezoelectric).

The bio-electrical nature of the collagen-rich matrix is the key to understanding how pathological changes in one part of the body may cause a cascade of “remote effects” in seemingly unrelated areas and organ systems. The fascia is the long-overlooked but absolutely crucial interconnecting organ of the human body. The therapeutic effect of red light energy can be carried through the fascia network to other parts of the body where it is needed. This is turn, elevates the body’s capacity to communicate via this charged matrix in a positive feedback loop.

The well-known energy meridians of traditional Chinese medicine may actually be low resistance pathways operating through the fascia, conveying energy to the rest of the body.

Gut-Brain Axis

The gut-brain axis links the emotional and cognitive center of the brain with peripheral intestinal functions. Red light energy applied to the abdomen area can therefore influence mood and neuropsychological issues via several mechanisms:

  • Reduction in bowel inflammation and gut spasms.
  • Stimulation of neurotransmitters and hormones in the gut, including serotonin, leptin, and ghrelin.
  • Modulation of the micro-biome. The gut microbes are sensitive to light energy and respond to light energy with differences in growth, migration, and proliferation of the different species.
  • The increasing availability of neurotransmitters activates the brain’s immune system, increases blood flow, and removes toxins.
  • Increased blood circulation and reduced blood pressure leading to a reduction of anxiety and brain fog.
  • Modulation of the vagus nerve, one of the biggest nerves connecting the gut and brain. This plays an important role in stress and social communication, communicating motor and sensory impulses to every organ in the body.

Immune System

Beaming red light and near-infrared light onto cells creates a short, low-dose metabolic stress that builds up the cells' anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and natural defense systems, making the body stronger and more resilient to infections.

This is the concept of hormesis; safe, low-level exposure to stressor results in increased resistance to illness. Red light has been shown to influence the immune response in several ways:

  • Activation of the mast cells leading to the movement of leukocytes and reduced inflammation.
  • Mast cell DE-granulation and the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines.
  • Increased infiltration of the tissues by leukocytes.
  • Enhanced proliferation, maturation, and motility of fibroblasts
  • Increased production of fibroblast growth factor.
  • Lymphocyte activation and proliferation.
  • Macro-phages activated to act as phagocytes.

Circulatory System

Red light therapy has been shown to aid the circulatory system's functioning and increase the micro-circulation of blood, one of the most recognized and well-documented effects of this therapy.

Red light stimulates the formation of new capillaries carrying more oxygen to the body.

A good oxygen supply is intricately involved in numerous biological processes, including cell proliferation, angiogenesis, and protein synthesis, required to restore tissue function and integrity.

Increased circulation allows for waste products to be carried away more effectively. It triggers and heightens the body’s own scavenging process for and ingesting degenerated cells for clean-up.

In fact, increased micro-circulation of blood is thought to be the most vital function for healing the body for almost every illness. For general well-being, Nutrient-rich blood and efficient waste removal is strongly linked to good health.

Nervous System

The nervous system is a complex electrical system, including the brain and spinal cord. It collects, processes, and responds to the input of energy-be it light, sound, heat, or pressure — and it relays these messages to the brain and around the body.

Red light energy affects the nervous system in several crucial ways:

  • Myelination of fibers and a better lamellar organization of the myelin sheath.
  • Improvement of electrophysiological function.
  • Facilitation of neural regeneration.
  • Release of growth factors.
  • Increase of vascular network and collagen.
  • Faster regeneration of nerve lesions and functional improvement of damaged nerves.

The peripheral nerves can be damaged by infection or high sugar levels in the case of diabetic neuropathy.

Red light therapy is being explored as a promising drug-free therapy for all kinds of nerve damage.

Stem Cells

At the frontier of science, red light therapy shows huge promise in current research to stimulate the growth of stem cells in the body and maximize the effect of stem cell implantation for a wide variety of medical purposes.

Therefore, red light may be useful after surgery to stimulate stem cells to aid the repair of tissues and possibly organs.

Light at certain wavelengths has also been shown to coax stem cells to repair teeth, so red light therapy could soon revolutionize dental treatments. Indeed, some progressive dental clinics now offer red light therapy as an alternative to conventional drug and drill treatments.

Red light therapy has been shown to stimulate mesenchymal stem cells in the bone marrow to enhance their capacity to infiltrate the brain.

This has implications for healing degenerative conditions such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease , currently lacking any orthodox treatment solution.

Where Did Red Light Therapy Come From?

Red light therapy has become a popular natural health intervention, both in professional settings and with home devices.

Light therapy technology has been used in medicine for decades, and NASA experimented with red light therapy use in space in the 1980s and 1990s. In the last 10–20 years, red light therapy has become more widely used thanks to breakthroughs in LED lighting technology that have made affordable home devices possible.

Major advances in clinical light therapy research, and increased public interest in natural health technologies, have also contributed to the growing use and popularity of red light therapy.

In 2016, Kaiyan Medical was the first red light therapy manufacturer to offer affordable, medical-grade devices to consumers for convenient, at-home use.

Relieve Pain And Discomfort

In humans, photobiomodulation is reportedly effective against various pain conditions, including mucositis, carpal tunnel syndrome, orthodontic pain, temporomandibular joint pain, neck pain, neuropathic pain from amputation, and menstrual cramps.

Red light therapy significantly reduces the severity of pain hypersensitivity while improving sensorimotor function.

These improvements are preceded by an anti-inflammatory microglia/macrophage cell population in the injury zone, thereby providing a lasting pain relief effect.

Red light therapy has been shown to yield effective pain relief via the modulation of multiple mechanisms:

  • Inhibitory cyclooxygenase and prostaglandins
  • Modulating nerve transmission
  • Increasing endorphins serotonin release
  • Stimulating metabolism
  • Activating peripheral opioid receptors
Repair Skin

Red light therapy is used for the rapid and safe healing of wounds from burns, surgery incisions, scars, diabetic neuropathy, ulcers, and bedsores.

Faster and better wound healing was one of NASA’s original findings and one of the key recognized uses for this technology. Red and near-infrared light promote beneficial effects during all four phases of the wound-healing process:

  • Coagulation
  • Inflammation
  • Migration
  • Remodeling

These processes are regulated by many growth factors connected with nitric oxide (NO) signaling release, which is modulated by light energy.

A major typical inhibiting factor for the body’s ability to recover from a wound is low oxygen flow. Therefore, the unique ability of red light to increase oxygen flow to the affected area has a massive effect on the healing process.

By reducing inflammation, oxygenation of the area, and formation of new blood vessels, a rapid healing process unfolds with less pain and scarring.

Red light energy may also reduce or prevent the need for pharmaceutical painkiller medication during the healing process.

Revive Immunity

If your body is energized on a cellular level and communication between the organ systems is efficient, your body will naturally develop disease resistance.

Your immune defense works to fend off bacteria and viruses all the time. Red light therapy boosts this system in several ways.

It releases nitric oxide and melatonin, which are involved in DNA repair and have a powerful antimicrobial effect.

It also works through a process known as hormesis. When red and near-infrared light is beamed into cells, it causes mild metabolic stress, which results in cells engaging their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant response.

In this way, the body is primed and ready to respond better to infections. Boosted immunity is also a natural consequence of other systemic effects of red light therapy.

Studies have shown a variety of benefits to the immune system:

  • Improved melatonin production
  • Improved antioxidant production
  • Increased micro-circulation enabling the transportation of immune cells.
  • Promotes activity in the lymph nodes
  • Increased NO levels
  • Better flow of neurotransmitters
  • Boosted collagen and elastin production
  • The more efficient function of cells and organelles
  • Boosts T cells pre-operatively
  • Improved thyroid function
Reduce Inflammation

Inflammation can be acute and topical ( short-lived, caused by accidents, sprains, and infections ), chronic and general ( long-term, caused by persistent conditions ).

While acute inflammation is a healthy physical healing response, chronic and general inflammation can be detrimental to health and often goes undetected.

Currently, the main treatment for inflammation in the body is NSAID or steroid drugs, both of which have side effects and disrupt the body's healing process. Red light therapy stimulates the body to activate its own healing mechanism, dramatically reducing the health risks associated with long term drug use.

Red light therapy works by decreasing the number of inflammatory cells, increasing fibroblast proliferation ( the cell that synthesizes the extra-cellular matrix and collagen ), stimulating angiogenesis ( the formation of new blood vessels ), and activating the body’s innate anti-inflammatory, antioxidant defenses.

The following conditions, associated with chronic and acute inflammation, are currently being investigated as highly promising targets for red light therapy.

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Sinusitis
  • Muscular sprains
  • Fibro-myalgia
  • Neuron inflammatory disorders such as Alzheimer’s
  • Irritable bowel syndrome and colitis
  • Rheumatic conditions
Regain Performance

Red light therapy has become a hot topic in sports and performance. Not only is it safe and non-toxic-it yields rapid and lasting results in many areas of application.

Besides the overwhelmingly beneficial effects on health overall, red light therapy supports muscle growth and repair by increasing the amount of ATP available, which allows for better performance and faster recovery.

Red light therapy used before training is known to prepare and strengthen the body and physical exertion to help with recovery.

Documented effects from red light therapy include:

  • Reducing DOMS ( Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness )
  • Greater endurance and performance
  • Improving sleep quality
  • Increasing sexual function and libido ( Including Testosterone )
  • Aiding weight loss
  • Boosting cognitive function
  • Reversing skin aging
  • Reducing cellulite
Red Light Therapy for Depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that impacts at least 5% of Americans, especially in the winter months, when natural light exposure is lowest. SAD is also called seasonal depression, winter depression, or the winter blues.

Some people treat SAD symptoms with treatment options like bright white light therapies that mimic the sun’s light intensity at a bright time of day.

More researchers and physicians have used natural light treatments like red light therapy to help with natural light deficiency and the winter blues in recent years in conjunction with antidepressant medication and psychotherapy.

Who Uses Red Light Therapy?

In addition to the growing number of people using red light therapy devices in their home, red light therapy systems can be found in many professional and clinical settings:

Skincare Professionals: Red light therapy is a popular skin treatment among Hollywood celebrities for anti-aging, and it’s used by leading skincare professionals like estheticians and dermatologists to treat skin conditions and promote collagen production.

Health Practitioners: Red light therapy is an emerging subspecialty of medicine in a wide range of fields. From oncologists treating cancer side effects, to dentists reducing oral inflammation, to physicians treating mental health conditions, red light therapy is becoming more widespread in clinical practice.

Natural Health Experts: Leading voices in natural health and wellness like Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, Dave Asprey, and Ben Greenfield use red light therapy. So do Paleo and Keto health experts like Mark Sisson, Dr. Anthony Gustin, Luke Storey, and Robb Wolf.

Sports Medicine Pros: Light therapy companies work side by side with the National Association of Sports Medicine (NASM), and red light therapy is used to heal sports injuries by sports medicine professionals across the globe. Including the top trainers and doctors on the PGA Tour, like Dr. Troy Van Biezen and Dr. Ara Suppiah.

Elite Pro Athletes: Red light therapy is a popular training tool across pro sports, from NFL stars like Patrick Peterson, to UFC champs like Anthony Pettis, to gold medal gymnast Sanne Wevers.

Fitness & Training: World-class personal trainers like Lacey Stone and Jorge Cruise use red light therapy to both enhance performance and improve the muscle recovery process.

Supportive Cancer Care: The Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) recommends red light therapy for the treatment of oral mucositis (OM), a common and debilitating symptom of cancer treatment.

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La terapia de luz puede ayudar a una crisis que solemos ignorar: PTSD

La terapia de luz puede ayudar a una crisis que solemos ignorar: PTSD

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.

Most people who go through traumatic events may have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping, but with time and good self-care, they usually get better. If the symptoms get worse, last for months or even years, and interfere with your day-to-day functioning, you may have PTSD.

Getting effective treatment after PTSD symptoms develop can be critical to reduce symptoms and improve function.

PTSD symptoms are generally grouped into four types: intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking and mood, and changes in physical and emotional reactions. Symptoms can vary over time or vary from person to person

The Light Helper, the EMDR Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an interactive psychotherapy technique used to relieve psychological stress. It is an effective treatment for trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

During EMDR therapy sessions, you relive traumatic or triggering experiences in brief doses while the therapist directs your eye movements.

EMDR is thought to be effective because recalling distressing events is often less emotionally upsetting when your attention is diverted. This allows you to be exposed to the memories or thoughts without having a strong psychological response.

Over time, this technique is believed to lessen the impact that the memories or thoughts have on you.

What are the Benefits of EMDR Therapy?

People who are dealing with traumatic memories and those who have PTSD are thought to benefit the most from EMDR therapy.

It’s thought to be particularly effective for those who struggle to talk about their past experiences.

Although there is not sufficient research to prove its effectiveness in these areas, EMDR therapy is also being used to treat:

How Does EMDR Therapy Work?

EMDR therapy is broken down into eight different phases, so you’ll need to attend multiple sessions. Treatment usually takes about 12 separate sessions.

Phase 1: History and treatment planning

Your therapist will first review your history and decide where you are in the treatment process. This evaluation phase also includes talking about your trauma and identifying potential traumatic memories to treat specifically.

Phase 2: Preparation

Your therapist will then help you learn several different ways to cope with the emotional or psychological stress you’re experiencing.

Stress management techniques such as deep breathing and mindfulness may be used.

Phase 3: Assessment

During the third phase of EMDR treatment, your therapist will identify the specific memories that will be targeted and all the associated components (such as the physical sensations that are stimulated when you concentrate on an event) for each target memory.

Phases 4–7: Treatment

Your therapist will then begin using EMDR therapy techniques to treat your targeted memories. During these sessions, you will be asked to focus on a negative thought, memory, or image.

Your therapist will simultaneously have you do specific eye movements. The bilateral stimulation may also include taps or other movements mixed in, depending on your case.

After the bilateral stimulation, your therapist will ask you to let your mind go blank and notice the thoughts and feelings you’re having spontaneously. After you identify these thoughts, your therapist may have you refocus on that traumatic memory, or move on to another.

If you become distressed, your therapist will help bring you back to the present before moving on to another traumatic memory. Over time, the distress over particular thoughts, images, or memories should start to fade.

Phase 8: Evaluation

In the final phase, you’ll be asked to evaluate your progress after these sessions. Your therapist will do the same.

How Effective is EMDR Therapy?

Multiple independent and controlled studies have shown that EMDR therapy is an effective treatment for PTSD. It’s even one of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ strongly recommended options to treat PTSD.

A 2012 study of 22 people found that EMDR therapy helped 77 percent of the individuals with a psychotic disorder and PTSD. It found that their hallucinations, delusions, anxiety, and depression symptoms were significantly improved after treatment. The study also found that symptoms were not exacerbated during treatment.

An older study trusted Source that compared EMDR therapy to typical prolonged exposure therapy, found that EMDR therapy was more effective in treating symptoms. The study also found that EMDR therapy had a lower dropout rate from participants. Both, however, offered a reduction in the symptoms of traumatic stress, including both anxiety and depression.

Several small studies have also found evidence that EMDR therapy is not only effective in the short term but that its effects can be maintained long term. One 2004 study evaluated people several months after they were given either “standard care” (SC) treatment for PTSD or EMDR therapy.

During and immediately after treatment, they noticed that EMDR was significantly more efficient in reducing symptoms of PTSD. During the three- and six-month follow-ups, they also recognized that participants maintained these benefits long after the treatment had ended. Overall, the study found that EMDR therapy gave people a longer-lasting reduction in symptoms than SC.

EMDR therapy has proven to be effective in treating trauma and PTSD. It may also be able to help treat other mental conditions like anxiety, depression, and panic disorders.

Some people may prefer this treatment to prescription medications, which can have unexpected side effects. Others may find that EMDR therapy strengthens the effectiveness of their medications. In Kaiyan Medical, we can help you create your own EMDR therapy device.

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El secreto de la Bella Durmiente: La terapia de luz roja

El secreto de la Bella Durmiente: La terapia de luz roja

Lack of sleep is a villain in America and Europe. Light intake is a big part of the problem. Over 65% of adults say they don’t get enough good sleep every week. Most people also don’t get nearly enough natural light for optimal health: the average American spends over 90% of their time indoors.

In addition to not getting enough natural light, people today are surrounded by artificial blue light from screens and overhead lighting. An overload of artificial blue light can cause headaches and make it harder to get to sleep and stay asleep. When we take in all that bright blue light from laptops, TVs, and phones, especially before we go to bed, our bodies get the signal that it's time to be awake, even if we're tired.

Melatonin is the naturally-occurring hormone that regulates sleep and wakefulness. Emerging research is showing that red light therapy treatments can help people produce more of their own, natural melatonin than exposure to other light sources like blue light. Red light therapy is natural light. It’s much less bright than blue light, with a lower color temperature than daytime sun, as the image above shows. Research has shown that red light doesn’t upset your sleep cycle like bright blue light. Red light therapy is showing great clinical results for people with insomnia and sleep disorders.

The light therapy is a simple, non-invasive treatment that delivers concentrated natural light to your skin and cells. Clinical research is showing that red light therapy can improve sleep quality and duration, and help people produce more of their own melatonin.

Light plays a major role in your sleep cycle. The body’s circadian clock interprets light as a sign of when to sleep and when to be awake. Artificial blue light from phones, computers, and other screens is extremely bright and can knock your circadian rhythm out of whack. Red light has the opposite effect: it’s ideal for evenings because it has a low color temperature—far lower than blue light and much closer to the natural sunset.

Red light therapy treatments are quick and simple: you just sit or stand in natural light for 5 to 15 minutes, ideally every day. This stimulates your mitochondria and gives your cells the natural light they need to make energy.

How Does Red Light Therapy Help You Sleep?

Natural light is a key ingredient for a healthy circadian rhythm and restful sleep. If you struggle to sleep, your light intake could be a big factor. Red light therapy delivers natural light like you’d get from the sun, but without UV rays, excess heat, or the need for sunny weather.

Red light therapy treatments supercharge your cells with the natural light they need to make more core ATP (adenosine triphosphate) energy. This helps your body run more efficiently, heal faster, and has shown great results for producing more natural melatonin and improving sleep disorders like insomnia.

Red light therapy treatments have shown great sleep results in a range of peer-reviewed clinical studies. One study on the sleep of pro basketball players showed that a 2-week course of red light therapy in the evening improved players’ sleep quality in the short term. Based on the results, the researchers suggested red light therapy would be a good non-invasive, drug-free solution to sleep struggles.

Overcoming Sleep Disorders with Red Light Therapy

Kaiyan's light therapy products are registered with the FDA as class II medical devices for the treatment of pain, strain, and inflammation. While the existing clinical research has been very positive for red light therapy and sleep, keep in mind that Kaiyan's devices are not cleared with the FDA for the treatment of various sleep disorders or melatonin.

Recent research on sleep disorders among people with migraine headaches has shown that red light therapy both decreased headache frequency, and was the only treatment that improved patients’ sleep disorders.

A 2014 study on cognitive function and traumatic brain injury (TBI) recorded that participants had significantly decreased episodes of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and improved sleep.

Analyzing patients’ electrical brain activity, a 2013 sleep study concluded that red light therapy was especially effective at helping people with sleep disorders fall asleep.


When I’m indoors training under the buzz of artificial lights, my body doesn’t get the natural light it needs. Add computers, cell phones, televisions, etc. and it’s easy to overload yourself with blue light. I used to have trouble sleeping after long training days, but since adding more natural light to my routine with red light therapy, I’ve been falling asleep as soon as I lie down, and I’ve been staying asleep all night.*

Sanne Wevers

Gold-Medal Winning Dutch Gymnast

Red Light Therapy, Sleep, Depression, and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Research is showing how closely mood and sleep disorders are interconnected. Parts of the brain that regulate sleep have also been found to closely affect mood. A 2013 review concluded that “nearly all people suffering from mood disorders have significant disruptions in circadian rhythms and the sleep/wake cycle.”

This Greatist post on natural light and serotonin gives good background on the connections between natural light intake, mental health, and sleep. It also mentions using Kaiyan's red light therapy devices to get more natural light, even when you can’t get more sunlight.

Trouble sleeping is one of the most common symptoms of seasonal affective disorder, a type of depression most common in the darker winter months. Some physicians treating patients with mental health disorders have said red light therapy both improves mood, and helps people with depression get better sleep.

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Color Temperature

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Hamblin M. “Mechanisms and applications of the anti-inflammatory effects of photobiomodulation”. AIMS Biophys. 2017.

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Loeb LM, Amorim RP, et al. “Botulinum toxin A (BT-A) versus low-level laser therapy (LLLT) in chronic migraine treatment: a comparison.” Arquivos de neuro-psiquiatria. 2018 Oct;76(10):663-667.

Naeser MA, Zafonte R, et al. “Significant improvements in cognitive performance post-transcranial, red/near-infrared light-emitting diode treatments in chronic, mild traumatic brain injury: open-protocol study.” Journal of Neurotrauma. 2014 Jun 1;31(11):1008-17.

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Nutt D, Wilson S, et al. Sleep disorders as core symptoms of depression. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience. 2008 September.

Avci P, Gupta A, et al. Low-level laser (light) therapy (LLLT) in skin: stimulating, healing, restoring. Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery. Mar 2013.

Máscaras de terapia de luz de alta calidad

Máscaras de terapia de luz de alta calidad

Due COVID, everyone is obsessed with skin care these days, regular at-home routines have really leveled up, and no skin-care gadget is as intriguing as the LED light-therapy mask.

Celebrities are no longer the only ones who get to wear luminescent masks and haunt the public’s dreams by instagramming their LED selfies. There are now several regular-person versions available online, meaning anyone can harness the power of LED light, the green light for pain relief and slimming, the blue for bacteria-killing and red for collagen- and elastin-stimulating.

In Kaiyan Medical, we can create your FDA cleared light therapy mask based on your needs and market.

Here the top light therapy masks

MZ Skin Light-Therapy Golden Facial Treatment Device


Average price: $625

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If your skin is temperamental, it’s nice to have a well-rounded, high-performance mask on call. Designed to replicate MZ skin founder Dr. Maryam Zamani’s in-office treatments, it comes with five different light settings (red, blue, green, yellow, and white) so you can focus on anything from inflamed breakouts to the annoying scars and discoloration those pimples sometimes leave in their wake.


DMH Aesthetics Light Shield


Average price: $189

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Using this mask you can actually see out of it without lines obstructing your view. It’s designed to be very wearable and on-the-go, so you can continue doing whatever you’re doing while treating your skin. The Light Shield allows the wearer to enjoy RED, BLUE, and AMBER LED therapies. Specifically target post-treatment/facial redness with RED light, shown to boost circulation and speed healing

Project E Beauty Wireless LED Light Skin Rejuvenation Therapy Mask


Average price: $200

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This mask comes with seven different light colors to treat every skin-care issue imaginable on the face. Project E’s mask goes a step further with a bonus attachment for the neck, arguably the most overlooked part of skin-care routines. 99 + 40 LED lights cover your face & neck, upgraded to emit the most optimal wavelengths with 5 levels of intensity.


LG Derma Pra.L Mask


Average price: $480

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If you’re a K-beauty fan, there’s a Korean LED face mask just for you! This one comes from LG. All that appliance expertise has been channeled into a mask that hits the skin with red and infrared LED light in quick, nine-minute sessions focused on improving skin elasticity and brightness.


Dr. Dennis Gross Skin-Care SpectraLite Faceware Pro


Average price: $435

This LED mask from Dr. Dennis Gross is one of the more fashionable ones on the market. It comes with gold accents, 162 LED lights, and three treatment options to choose from: red-light therapy, blue-light therapy, or red and blue–light therapy.


TOP #1 — ADURO ® 7+1 LED FACE MASK


$399.00

Do you value personal comfort while lurking and skulking? This soft, silicone mask is less hockey goalie and more like an actual face mask that molds to your face shape for a more comfortable treatment. The aduro mask is the most advanced home-use facial mask based on light therapy.

  • 7 LED colors
  • Infra-Red Skin Boosting
  • 11 different treatments
  • 20 minutes
  • Non invasive
  • Clinically proven
  • Slows down the aging process
  • Prevents wrinkles
  • Soothes redness of the skin
  • Clears up skin imperfections
  • Stimulates cell rejuvenation
  • Improves skin tone

More information about Aduro here


Máscara LED personal - Aduro Australia
Máscara LED personal - Aduro Australia
Máscara LED personal - Aduro Australia
Máscara LED personal - Aduro Australia
Máscara LED personal - Aduro Australia

Máscara LED personal - Aduro Australia
Máscara LED personal - Aduro Australia
Máscara LED personal - Aduro Australia


Derrota a la migraña con el poder de la luz verde

Derrota a la migraña con el poder de la luz verde

What is a Migraine?

Migraine is a neurological condition that can cause multiple symptoms. It’s frequently characterized by intense, debilitating headaches. Symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, difficulty speaking, numbness or tingling, and sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines often run in families and affect all ages.

People describe migraine pain as:

  • Pulsating
  • Throbbing
  • Perforating
  • Pounding
  • Debilitating
Migraine Symptoms

Migraine symptoms may begin one to two days before the headache itself. This is known as the prodrome stage. Symptoms during this stage can include:

  • Food cravings
  • Depresión
  • Fatigue or low energy
  • Frequent yawning
  • Hyperactivity
  • Irritability
  • Neck stiffness
LED Green Light: a Novel, Non-Invasive, and Non-Pharmacological Therapy.

The effects of green light on the brain have been researched and well-documented for years. The green light can reset the circadian rhythm through melatonin, the hormone that regulates our sleep-wake cycles. A special photoreceptor system in the human eye picks up light and elicits non-visual responses, sending signals to the brain to reset the body’s internal clock and altering melatonin production levels.

Long-time sufferers of migraines and other chronic pain conditions may benefit from exposure to LED green light. A new study, led by pharmacologist Mohab M. Ibrahim, M.D., Ph.D., found that the color green may be key to easing pain.

Ibrahim’s interest in studying the ameliorating effects of green light was inspired by his brother, who has dealt with severe headaches for several years. Instead of taking ibuprofen, his brother would sit in his garden and soak up the verdure of nature to ease the pain from his headaches.

“I wanted to see what is in his garden or in a garden, in general, that would make headaches better,” said Ibrahim, director of the Chronic Pain Management Clinic at Banner — University Medical Center Tucson.

In his clinical practice, Ibrahim also saw that his patients suffering from migraines and fibromyalgia had limited treatment options, and wanted to find a novel, non-invasive, nonpharmacological therapy.

In his study, which has yet to be published, Ibrahim exposed 25 migraine volunteers first to white lights for two hours as a control, then to green LED lights. He measured multiple parameters, including pain reduction, frequency of migraines or headaches, frequency of fibromyalgia flare-ups, pain intensity and duration, and quality of life.

On a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 indicating no pain and 10 the highest level of pain, migraine volunteers had an initial average baseline pain score of 8. After completing the green light therapy, their score dropped down to an average of 2.8. The frequency of headaches dropped from 19 to 6.5 per month, and the overall quality of life climbed from 48 percent to 78 percent.

“The best part about it … is the simplicity, the affordability and, most importantly, the lack of side effects,” Ibrahim said. “It’s a normal light. We’re not using a high-energy laser or anything like that.”

But if pain works through the nervous system, how exactly can green light, which works through the visual system, make people feel better?

New studies show that there are neuronal connections that span from the retina all the way to the spinal cord, passing through the parts of the brain that control and modulate pain. Green light changes the levels of serotonin and alters the endogenous opioid system, an innate pain-relieving system found throughout the central and peripheral nervous system, gastrointestinal tract, and immune system, said Bing Liao, M.D., a neurologist at Houston Methodist Hospital.

“The endogenous opioid system … allows the body to generate something similar to opioids and gives us a sensation of pain relief and happy feeling,” Liao said. “Research has found that, with green light, the receptors of the endogenous opioid system can increase production in the brain and body, and the hormone by itself can increase in production, as well. … It might be an explanation for why people feel good when they’re in a green environment.”

While more studies must be done to test the efficacy of green light therapy as a treatment for chronic pain, Ibrahim said he is trying to advance this therapy as a complement to current therapies.

“What this green light therapy offers is a non-invasive, non-pharmacological additional tool, so it might help reduce opioids,” he said. “I don’t think it will eliminate opioids, but at least it may reduce it enough. It may provide people just with extra help or extra relief so that they may not need the number of opioids that they’re on.”

Referencias

https://www.tmc.edu/news/2020/02/exposure-to-green-light-may-reduce-pain/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28001756

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21182447

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23964217

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7769534

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http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214647416300381?via%3Dihub

Los 5 mejores analgésicos LED

Los 5 mejores analgésicos LED

What is Holistic Medicine?

Holistic medicine is a whole-body approach to healthcare. It aims to improve health and wellness through the body, mind, and soul.

Principles of Holistic Medicine

Holistic medicine is based on several core values:

  • Good health is a combination of physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and social wellness.
  • Prevention first, treatment second.
  • The disease is caused by a problem with the whole body, rather than a single event or body part.
  • The goal of treatment is to fix the underlying cause of disease, instead of just improving the symptoms.
LED Light Therapy: What is it, and Does it Work?

LED stands for light-emitting diode. These lights have been in use since the 1960s, but people have only recently begun to use them as a skin treatment.

NASA originally developed LED lights for plant growth experiments in space.

However, since then, LEDs have shown promising results in wound healing and human tissue growth.

Different wavelengths of light in LED lights, including blue and red, penetrate the skin at different depths. This penetration may trigger biological processes that help the skin rejuvenate and heal.

LED light therapy is a popular non-invasive skin treatment for acne, sun damage, wounds, and other skin problems.

If you prefer to avoid the pharmaceutical way to manage issues with joints or muscles, you might want to try one of these LED pain relievers instead. Using a combination of wavelengths from the visible and infrared light spectrum, you can help to relieve many conditions, including arthritis, without the risk of potentially harmful side effects.

Here the Top 5 Pain Relief Devices


5) Double Side FDA Cleared Red/Infrared Lights Therapy Glove

People suffering from arthritis or a repetitive strain injury to their fingers or wrists can appreciate the design of the Red Light Therapy Double Side. It surrounds your hand for complete coverage.


4)The Multifunction Pen LED

For a portable solution, the multifunction pen LED is about the size of a small flashlight. It uses a special wavelength that’s supposed to offer antiinflammatory effects in localized areas of application.

3) Handheld Device with LED Red Light

The handheld device boasts an ergonomic handle that has comfortable rests for your fingers to provide you with a firm grip as you use it. Its compact design makes it a good option for travel.



2)Light Therapy Infrared Light Panel for Whole Body

With a bigger number of diodes, this panel is designed for deeper penetration than many of its competitors. It claims to be able to help reduce inflammation, stimulate cell growth, and increase circulation.

1. FDA Cleared Red/Infrared Led Light Therapy Pad

The sheer size of the therapy pad makes it suitable for treating a wide number of areas on the body, most notably the lower back. With only 15minutes of therapy needed, is the best balance between convenience and LED power.

To order or discuss your LED light medical device don’t hesitate to contact us at info@kaiyanmedical.com


¿Cuál es la vitamina que  normalmente no se encuentra en ningún alimento vegetariano? - La vitamina D.

¿Cuál es la vitamina que  normalmente no se encuentra en ningún alimento vegetariano? - La vitamina D.

What would happen if you don’t get enough sun?

Which is the vitamin that is not normally found in any vegetarian food? Vitamin D.

Scientists have defined vitamins as organic (carbon-containing) chemicals that must be obtained from dietary sources because they are not produced by our bodies. Vitamins play a crucial role in our body’s metabolism, but only tiny amounts are needed to fill that role.

The discovery of Vitamin D was the culmination of a long search for a way to cure rickets in the 1920s, a painful childhood bone disease. Within a decade, the fortification of foods with vitamin D was on the way, and rickets became rare in the United States. However, research results suggest that vitamin D may have a role in other aspects of human health.

Vitamin Dit’s absent from all-natural foods except for fish and egg yolks, and even when it’s obtained from foods, it must be transformed by the body before it can do any good. That’s why the energy of the Sun is so important.

The sun’s energy turns a chemical in your skin into vitamin D3, which is carried to your liver and then your kidneys to transform it into active vitamin D.

La principal causa de la carencia de vitamina D es la falta de luz solar directa.
The main cause of vitamin D deficiency is a lack of direct sunlight

Humans, day by day, spend less time outdoors. Most people work indoors now, and many of our leisure pursuits occur in an indoor setting as well. What’s more, when we are outside, many people avoid the sun as much as possible. The result is the body not absorbing enough UVB rays to create the amount of vitamin D it requires. Often, symptoms of vitamin D deficiency are quite mild. When noticed, they mainly consist of:

  • Bone pain.
  • Chronic fatigue.
  • Frequent bone fractures.
  • Muddled thought processes.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Soft or deformed bones.

Though you may not notice any symptoms, that doesn’t mean that vitamin D deficiency doesn’t present serious health risks. These include:

  • Children may develop severe asthma.
  • Immune system problems, raising your risk of infection.
  • Insulin resistance, impacting your body’s ability to process sugar and increasing your risk of diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and glucose intolerance.
  • Osteoporosis, a condition that includes brittle bones that are more likely to fracture.
  • Reduced cognitive function.
  • Rickets, a bone disease that causes soft bones and skeletal deformities.
Other conditions that would happen without enough sunlight

Menos posibilidades de tener un bebé

Without sunlight, there will be more melatonin in a woman’s body. This is a hormone that suppresses fertility, thereby reducing her chances of conceiving a baby. Moreover, women who get less sunlight reach their menopause earlier than those who are exposed to the Sun. Men can also suffer from a lack of sunlight; it directly influences testosterone levels.

Menos posibilidades de tener un bebé

Raw nerves

It’s believed that if children don’t get enough sunlight, they’ll be more at risk of developing multiple sclerosis, a disease of the central nervous system when they become adults.

All those aches and pains

Without sunlight, be prepared to get more pains all over your body. Sunlight helps to warm the body’s muscles and reduce the pain caused by inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.

No sunny emotions

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Without sunlight, we would be forever stuck with the seasonal affective disorder (SAD), commonly known as the winter blues. It’s a form of depression that is specifically caused by a lack of sunlight. Artificial light cannot fully replace natural sunlight.

Recent evidence suggests that vitamin D may help prevent many disorders, such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, bronchitis, premenstrual syndrome, increased blood pressure, strokes and heart attacks, and even cancer. Low serum vitamin D levels are also associated with being overweight, abdominal obesity, metabolic syndrome, stroke, and diabetes. In addition, having lower blood vitamin D levels for a long period is associated with increased heart attacks and all-cause mortality.

In Kaiyan medical, we believe in the benefits of light. We believe in healing without chemicals. With our lights, we want you to have the best version of yourself. More at kaiyanmedical.com

1. Almohadilla de Terapia de Luz Led Roja/Infrarroja aprobada por la FDA

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Holick MF (December 2004). “Sunlight and vitamin D for bone health and prevention of autoimmune diseases, cancers, and cardiovascular disease”. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 80 (6 Suppl): 1678S–88S. doi:10.1093/ajcn/80.6.1678S. PMID 15585788.

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Palacios C, De-Regil LM, Lombardo LK, Peña-Rosas JP (November 2016). “Vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy: Updated meta-analysis on maternal outcomes”. The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 164: 148–155. doi:10.1016/j.jsbmb.2016.02.008. PMC 5357731. PMID 26877200.

Roth DE, Leung M, Mesfin E, Qamar H, Watterworth J, Papp E (November 2017). “Vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy: state of the evidence from a systematic review of randomised trials”. BMJ. 359: j5237. doi:10.1136/bmj.j5237. PMC 5706533. PMID 29187358.

La belleza y el rayo: la magia de la terapia de luz roja.

La belleza y el rayo: la magia de la terapia de luz roja.

Skeptical

While I was initially skeptical at the 8-minute treatment, after I started to calm my mind, I fell in love with it. From age spots, to dry skin and acne, it cures whatever ails you. Could sound like a magic potion from a princess but is just light therapy. Before you go with the “What the…?” face, it’s only a matter of time before it shows up in most of the celebrities’ social media.

Most of our users describe it as

“warm and relaxing, and allows you to go into a meditative state of mind.”

LED light therapy has an established history of skin uses. The U.S. Navy SEALs began using it in the 1990s to help heal wounds quickly and to help regenerate damaged muscle tissues.

Since then, the treatment has been researched for different situations in aesthetics. It’s mainly noted for increasing collagen and tissues.

There are different frequencies, or wavelengths, used with LED light treatment. These include red and blue light frequencies, which don’t contain ultraviolet rays and are readily absorbed into the skin.

Terapia de luz

Different than Daylight

Unlike ultraviolet rays from the sun which damage the DNA of skin cells, “light emitted in this spectrum is perfectly safe,” said Dr. Susan Bard, a board-certified dermatologist based in New York City.

That means there’s no tanning or burning when you’re exposed to red light. Its effects happen deep inside at the cellular level. All living things need to make ATP cellular energy to function and survive, and nearly all living things rely on natural light to power this process in our cells every day. Red and near-infrared wavelengths of natural light stimulate the mitochondria in your cells, the powerhouses responsible for taking light, oxygen, and the food we eat — and turning it into usable energy for our bodies through the process of cellular respiration.

Terapia de luz

Uses of Red Light

Red light therapy has been used to treat or improve the following:

  • pain
  • inflammation
  • healing
  • tissue regeneration
  • autoimmune diseases
  • brain disorders
  • athletic performance
  • eyesight
  • heating
  • cancer therapy side effects

“The number of conditions red light can treat is ‘continuously expanding”

said Michael R. Hamblin, PhD, a principal investigator at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School.

The Short Version

Light therapy delivers safe, concentrated wavelengths of natural light to your skin and cells, with no chemicals, UV rays, or excess heat. These red and near-infrared wavelengths of light stimulate the mitochondria in your cells similar to natural sunlight, reducing oxidative stress, and increasing circulation, so your body is able to make more core energy to power itself.

In Kaiyan medical, we believe in the benefits of light. We believe in healing without chemicals. With our lights, we want you to have the best version of yourself.