Parkinson: Del intestino al cerebro

A Margaret Jarrett le diagnosticaron la enfermedad de Parkinson hace ocho años. Y aunque le molestaban muchos de los síntomas que suelen aquejar a los enfermos de Parkinson -temblor en reposo, marcha insegura y terribles pesadillas-, lo que más le molestaba era la pérdida del sentido del olfato. Como ávida jardinera, se enorgullecía de sus rosas, pero el hecho de no poder inhalar su perfumado aroma la deprimía.

"Uno da por sentado algo como el sentido del olfato", dijo Jarrett, de 72 años. "No te das cuenta de lo valioso que es algo hasta que desaparece".

La enfermedad de Parkinson combina trastornos del movimiento, como temblores en reposo, rigidez muscular, deterioro del equilibrio y lentitud de movimientos. También puede causar problemas neurológicos como depresión, insomnio, pérdida de memoria y confusión.

Su causa es desconocida, pero se asocia con el agotamiento de la dopamina y la destrucción de las neuronas en la región de los ganglios basales del cerebro.

La base del tratamiento actual de la enfermedad de Parkinson es la fisioterapia y los medicamentos que actúan para aumentar los niveles de dopamina en el cerebro. Una terapia relativamente nueva para el Parkinson es la exposición a la luz infrarroja.

La Dra. Ann Liebert, coordinadora de la investigación fotomolecular del Instituto de Investigación de Australasia, ha estado explorando la idea de utilizar la luz infrarroja para modular el microbioma del tracto gastrointestinal en los seres humanos.

El microbioma del intestino -compuesto por billones de bacterias, hongos y protozoos de cientos de especies diferentes que normalmente habitan en nuestro tracto gastrointestinal- ha sido objeto de una creciente atención científica en la última década, estableciéndose vínculos entre el microbioma y varias afecciones, como la obesidad, la diabetes tipo 2, las enfermedades cardiovasculares y la depresión. Varios estudios también han observado que el microbioma intestinal está notablemente alterado en pacientes con la enfermedad de Parkinson. El trasplante de microbiota fecal puede tener un efecto protector en modelos animales de Parkinson.

La razón de esto es desconocida. Sin embargo, una observación interesante es que otra patología común observada en la enfermedad de Parkinson es la acumulación de proteínas mal plegadas, llamadas cuerpos de Lewy, en el cerebro. Se ha demostrado que ciertas células sensoriales del intestino contienen estas mismas proteínas.

Los investigadores han planteado la hipótesis de que formas anormales de la proteína podrían viajar desde el intestino hasta el cerebro a través del nervio vago, un fenómeno observado en modelos animales de Parkinson. Los hallazgos de que las personas que se han sometido a una vagotomía quirúrgica -en la que se cortan ramas del nervio- tienen un menor riesgo de desarrollar Parkinson a lo largo de su vida apoyan esta teoría.

"Sabemos que la luz infrarroja puede reducir los síntomas del Parkinson y ofrecer protección a las células cerebrales. Así que queríamos comprobar si también podía modular el microbioma del intestino", dijo Liebert.

Los resultados provisionales de la primera media docena de participantes en Adelaida, incluida Margaret Jarrett, han sido prometedores.

"Los seis pacientes... mostraron un aumento de hasta el 20 por ciento en el microbioma favorable que se asocia con la reducción de la obesidad y la producción de ácidos grasos de cadena corta. Y las bacterias asociadas a la artritis reumatoide, la enfermedad de Crohn y la resistencia a la insulina disminuyeron", dijo Hosen Kiat, profesor de cardiología de la Universidad Macquarie, que supervisó el ensayo.

"Durante los últimos tres años, no he podido oler las flores", dijo Jarrett. "Pero varias semanas después de la prueba, empecé a oler de nuevo mis rosas, dafnes y gardenias, y fue maravilloso".

Otro participante, Barry Weldon, de 70 años, tuvo una experiencia similar. "Mi sentido del olfato mejoró significativamente", dijo. "Un día, entré en casa y, por primera vez en mucho tiempo, pude oler realmente la sopa que estaba cocinando mi mujer".

Ron Till, de 68 años, tuvo una mejora aún más espectacular. "El ensayo me permitió volver a dormir", dijo. "Fue increíble".

El neurólogo de Till le advirtió que no se hiciera ilusiones antes del ensayo, pero cambió de opinión cuando vio los resultados. "Me dijo que era medicina vudú y que probablemente no funcionaría", recuerda Till. "Pero después del ensayo, volví a mi evaluación trimestral con él, y me dijo: 'En realidad estás haciendo mejores pruebas que cuando empezaste conmigo hace diez años'".

El geólogo jubilado Sean Kennedy, de 76 años, también experimentó una mejora en su coordinación y equilibrio. "Mis habilidades como malabarista han mejorado", dijo.

En una revisión publicada en Photobiomodulation, Photomedicine and Laser Surgery, Liebert y sus coautores reconocen que, aunque se desconoce el mecanismo exacto por el que la terapia de luz altera el microbioma, existe un potencial indudable en la terapia de luz.

"La capacidad de la PBM [terapia de luz] para influir en el microbioma (si se demuestra que es aplicable a los seres humanos) permitirá una vía terapéutica adicional para abordar múltiples enfermedades, incluidas las cardiovasculares y la enfermedad de Parkinson, muchas de las cuales han eludido hasta ahora los enfoques de tratamiento eficaces", concluye el documento.

Kiat está entusiasmado con el potencial de la fototerapia. "Si podemos crear de forma no invasiva un microbioma metabólicamente más saludable a través de esta forma extremadamente barata y fácil, entonces las enfermedades inflamatorias y las enfermedades neurodegenerativas deberían ser influenciadas positivamente", dijo.

Mark Jeffery, médico de cabecera de Gold Coast, lleva más de cuatro años utilizando el láser en su consulta. Dice que las investigaciones respaldan el uso de la terapia de luz para una amplia gama de enfermedades, como el Parkinson, el Alzheimer, la depresión y el dolor crónico.

"La realidad es que no hay efectos secundarios reales de la terapia láser de bajo nivel, y es uno de los tratamientos más seguros que se pueden hacer", dice.

Liebert afirma que los prometedores resultados que han visto hasta ahora servirán de base para un gran ensayo aleatorio a doble ciego previsto para este año. "Tiene el potencial de aplicarse a enormes campos de la medicina", dijo.

El neurólogo de Weldon, Chris Kneebone, mantiene la mente abierta sobre el potencial de la terapia con luz infrarroja. "Sólo tenemos que esperar y ver qué nos dicen los resultados de los ensayos", dijo.

¿Su consejo para las personas que deseen probarlo para su Parkinson? "Si quieren intentarlo, háganlo", dijo. "No tengo ninguna razón para no recomendarlo, pero en este momento, tampoco tengo ninguna razón para pensar que sea útil".

En cuanto a Jarrett, no duda de que la terapia con luz infrarroja le ha ayudado. Vuelve a disfrutar de sus actividades en el jardín y tiene más energía de la que ha tenido en mucho tiempo.

"Siento que puedo volver a enfrentarme al mundo", dijo. "Mi jardín nunca ha tenido mejor aspecto".

Referencias

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30074108/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29247431/

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Psoriasis y terapia de luz

Psoriasis y terapia de luz

Ya seas joven, viejo o Kim Kardashian, la psoriasis no tiene límites, y no estamos bromeando. La psoriasis afecta a 125 millones de personas en todo el mundo, entre el 2% y el 3% de la población total. Aunque conocemos la psoriasis como una piel escamosa e inflamada, esta enfermedad de la piel que afecta a millones de personas es mucho más que eso.

La psoriasis es una enfermedad autoinmune en la que, a diferencia de un cuerpo típico que crea nuevas células de la piel una vez al mes, con la psoriasis, el cuerpo crea nuevas células de la piel en pocos días. En el caso de la psoriasis, el sistema inmunitario del cuerpo se encuentra en una situación de sobrecarga, incapaz de eliminar las células de la piel con la misma rapidez con la que se producen. Esto hace que las células de la piel se acumulen, creando una piel que pica, se escama y se inflama. 

Por supuesto, hay un porcentaje de personas que adquieren la psoriasis por su genética; sin embargo, hay muchos factores externos que pueden causar esta enfermedad de la piel, y todavía estamos aprendiendo más sobre ella. Los factores de riesgo son el estrés, las lesiones cutáneas, las infecciones víricas y bacterianas, el alcohol, el tabaco, la obesidad y los medicamentos.

Hasta ahora, el tratamiento de la psoriasis ha sido principalmente de base farmacéutica. La mayor parte del tratamiento de la psoriasis se centra en evitar que las células de la piel crezcan rápidamente y en eliminar la acumulación de escamas. Aparte de los tratamientos tópicos, se suelen utilizar cremas con esteroides para tratar la psoriasis de leve a moderada, reduciendo la inflamación.

Pero el uso de cremas con esteroides no está exento de consecuencias. Cuando se utilizan cremas con esteroides de forma continuada durante más de dos o cuatro semanas, pueden producirse efectos secundarios, como el síndrome de abstinencia de los esteroides tópicos. Este síndrome aparece cuando las cremas con esteroides se utilizan en exceso. Puede provocar ardor, escozor y enrojecimiento de la piel. Además, el uso prolongado de cremas con esteroides puede crear una atrofia local de la piel dependiendo del lugar del cuerpo donde se aplique.

Sin embargo, si busca un enfoque no farmacéutico para tratar la psoriasis, ya sea para su clínica dermatológica o para uso personal en casa, la terapia de luz podría ser la respuesta.

La fototerapia es una opción de tratamiento no invasivo, no irritante y no farmacéutico para las enfermedades de la piel, incluida la psoriasis. 

Entonces, ¿qué hace la terapia de luz para la psoriasis? ¿Ayuda realmente la terapia de luz roja a la inflamación? A través de la terapia de luz, este tratamiento puede:

  • Frena el crecimiento rápido de las células de la piel
  • Reducir o eliminar el picor
  • Reduce la inflamación y permite que la piel se cure
  • Suprimir un sistema inmunitario demasiado activo

Y lo que es más importante, diferentes formas de terapia de luz pueden tratar eficazmente:

  • Pequeñas áreas con psoriasis en placa gruesa
  • Psoriasis palmoplantar (en manos y pies)
  • Psoriasis en placa que cubre grandes áreas de la piel
  • Psoriasis del cuero cabelludo
  • Psoriasis ungueal

Para lograr los beneficios para la salud de la terapia de luz LED, así es como funciona. Cuando se utiliza, la luz penetra a través de la piel, alcanzando el nivel celular. Al cambiar las células de la piel, reduce las citoquinas que son responsables de inducir la psoriasis.

"Los rayos UVB no sólo tienen un enorme efecto antiinflamatorio, sino que también promueven las células T reguladoras (que suprimen las reacciones autoinmunes) y reducen el picor", afirma el doctor Matthew Lewis, dermatólogo reumatólogo del Stanford Health Care de California.

La exposición a la luz estimula la producción de vitamina D, que es un factor clave en el tratamiento de la psoriasis. "Sabemos que la vitamina D es enormemente importante para regular la diferenciación celular, pero está claro que hay factores en la luz UVB que benefician a la psoriasis por encima de cualquier efecto de la vitamina D", explica el Dr. Lewis. 

Esta información está respaldada por expertos en psoriasis estadounidenses y canadienses que revisaron la literatura desde principios de 2008 hasta finales de 2017, centrándose en las terapias basadas en la luz. Lo que se concluyó fue que se determinó que la fototerapia es segura y eficaz para su uso a largo plazo.

Si busca un tratamiento no invasivo y no farmacéutico para la psoriasis, lo que necesita es un dispositivo de fototerapia, ya sea para uso personal o clínico. Si usted es un profesional del cuidado de la piel o un dermatólogo, considere la posibilidad de etiquetar su propio dispositivo de fototerapia para atender mejor las necesidades de sus clientes y obtener los resultados que necesitan. 


Los quiroprácticos recurren a la fototerapia para la rehabilitación de accidentes de tráfico

Los quiroprácticos recurren a la fototerapia para la rehabilitación de accidentes de tráfico

Cuando nos sentamos en nuestros coches, aunque entendemos el riesgo que conlleva, la conducción se ve como una actividad despreocupada. Mientras se conduce, se puede ver a la gente hablando por teléfono, enviando mensajes de texto, maquillándose o comiendo. Nadie quiere verse involucrado en un accidente de coche, pero la gente puede ser bastante descuidada. No tenemos que convencerte; las cifras lo dicen todo. 

Se calcula que 3 millones de personas en EE.UU. resultan heridas cada año en accidentes de tráfico. La media de accidentes en Estados Unidos es de 6 millones al año. Alrededor del 27% de las lesiones no son mortales. Aunque es la mejor opción, impone la pregunta de: ¿qué pasa después del accidente? Nunca se está preparado para un accidente de coche, y desde luego nunca se está preparado para lo que viene después. 

Después de un accidente, es importante curar y recuperar las lesiones que haya podido sufrir. Las lesiones que se producen en los accidentes de coche son infinitas: brazos rotos, piernas, ligamentos rotos, latigazo cervical, conmoción cerebral, lo que sea. Algunos tienen la suerte de haber recibido sólo lesiones menores, pero muchos accidentes dejan a la gente con consecuencias más complicadas y a largo plazo. En cualquier caso, su cuerpo ha sufrido un traumatismo tras un accidente de tráfico.

Aunque los efectos de un accidente de coche pueden ser físicos, el trauma también puede ser mental. Durante un accidente de coche, tu cuerpo experimenta un subidón de adrenalina que puede enmascarar el dolor y otros síntomas, haciéndote creer que no estás herido. Incluso si no tienes lesiones visibles directamente después de un accidente, las lesiones pueden tardar días en aparecer mientras tu cuerpo vuelve a su estado habitual. 

Most post-car accident patients go to chiropractors and rehabilitation centers to receive treatment such as massage, adjustments, and light therapy. We’re going to focus on the latter, as light therapy is a non-invasive treatment to improve injuries and overall health.

Durante el tratamiento, la terapia de luz se dirige a zonas específicas del cuerpo, y la luz penetra a través de la piel, activando finalmente la producción de ATP. Esto, a su vez, ayuda a renovar las células muertas y a rejuvenecer las nuevas a un ritmo más rápido. 

La terapia láser de baja intensidad (LLLT) se ha estudiado para el tratamiento de las heridas crónicas, y los láseres de mayor potencia se han utilizado con éxito para cerrar heridas agudas como alternativa a la sutura. El tipo de terapia de luz que se puede utilizar varía, ya que hay muchos colores de luz que funcionan por sí mismos. 

Echemos un vistazo a un quiropráctico californiano que utiliza la terapia de luz para tratar a sus pacientes. El Doctor Marks ha estudiado la terapia de luz y trabaja con todas las zonas del cuerpo, incluidos los huesos, discos, articulaciones, ligamentos, músculos y nervios. Después de un examen, el Dr. Marks crea un plan de tratamiento de terapia de luz a medida, que se enfoca en combatir los espasmos, aliviar el dolor de la lesión y restaurar una gama completa de movimiento en la zona lesionada, todo ello a través de la terapia de luz. Es habitual que las personas sufran dolores y dislocaciones en la columna vertebral tras un accidente de coche, y la fototerapia es un complemento ideal para las técnicas de ajuste quiropráctico. 

Cada vez son más las personas que expanden sus negocios y clínicas quiropráctica añadiendo la terapia de luz LED como servicio, sobre todo porque la terapia de luz LED ha demostrado ser muy beneficiosa para los problemas musculoesqueléticos. Como dice un estudio: "Durante más de cuarenta años, la terapia con láser (luz) de baja intensidad (LLLT) y la terapia con LED (diodo emisor de luz) (también conocida como fotobiomodulación) ha demostrado reducir la inflamación y el edema, inducir la analgesia y promover la curación en una serie de patologías musculoesqueléticas." Se ha comprobado que la terapia de luz LED inicia un efecto dominó positivo a nivel celular, creando mejoras celulares que podrían amplificar los beneficios de los ajustes quiroprácticos.

La fototerapia ayuda a restablecer la configuración predeterminada del cuerpo, devolviéndole el equilibrio. También influye en gran medida en el ritmo circadiano, ayudándole a funcionar sin problemas, a descansar mejor y a recuperarse más rápidamente, incluso después de acontecimientos importantes como un accidente de coche. La exposición a la luz afecta directamente a su ciclo de sueño, que forma parte de su ritmo circadiano, ayudando a su cuerpo a curarse y regenerarse a través del sueño profundo. 

Como se mencionó, todo esto es posible debido a que la terapia de luz estimula la producción de ATP y crea una mejor regeneración de las células. Esto da espacio para un nuevo conjunto de células que eventualmente se desarrollaría sin importar la terapia de luz; sin embargo, con el impulso, se producen más rápido y en un estado mejorado. Esto es exactamente lo que el cuerpo necesita después de un accidente de coche.

Por no mencionar que los informes de los consumidores de terapia de luz muestran que más personas han estado satisfechas con sus resultados y han experimentado una mejora general en el bienestar y la salud en general - esto dice mucho con respecto a la eficacia de la terapia de luz. Kaiyan produce dispositivos de terapia de luz certificados por la MDA y aprobados por la FDA para el uso de la terapia de luz LED en casa y en la clínica. Con la ayuda de la terapia de luz, puede recibir el mismo tratamiento que recibiría de un quiropráctico, justo en casa. Es el complemento ideal para que los profesionales de la salud alternativa lo utilicen en su consulta, e incluso algo que pueden enviar a sus pacientes a casa para una curación más accesible. 


Nuevas investigaciones sobre la ruptura de la placa de Alzheimer con terapia de luz

Nuevas investigaciones sobre la ruptura de la placa de Alzheimer con terapia de luz

El Alzheimer es una enfermedad muy compleja, que sigue siendo objeto de importantes investigaciones: todavía hay muchas cosas que no entendemos sobre cómo y por qué se produce esta enfermedad. 

Sabemos que el Alzheimer es una enfermedad neurodegenerativa que comienza lentamente y empeora progresivamente en la mayoría de los casos, y la pérdida de memoria y los problemas cognitivos reales que se experimentan los denominamos demencia; el Alzheimer es la enfermedad física que provoca el desarrollo de la demencia. Cuando a una persona se le diagnostica Alzheimer, las conexiones entre sus células nerviosas dentro del cerebro se dañan y acaban perdiéndose poco a poco con el tiempo. 

Esto que provoca la desaparición de las conexiones entre los nervios son las proteínas. Las proteínas se acumulan en los pacientes con Alzheimer, concretamente en el cerebro, lo que provoca estructuras anormales que llamamos "placas" y "ovillos". La pérdida de la conexión conduce inevitablemente a la muerte completa de la célula nerviosa, lo que conlleva la pérdida de tejido cerebral. 

Pero, en los últimos años, los estudios han demostrado que podría haber una forma de mejorar y disminuir los síntomas de la demencia causada por el Alzheimer. Y esta mejora empieza con la terapia de luz.

Es posible que haya oído hablar de la terapia de luz, pero que no haya pensado mucho en ella con respecto a enfermedades degenerativas como el Alzheimer. Pues bien, piénselo de nuevo. La fototerapia es un tratamiento no invasivo y no farmacéutico para el cuerpo y la mente. Se dirige a la patología a nivel celular, contribuyendo a la estimulación del ATP y aumentando y mejorando la reproducción celular. Esencialmente, puede ayudar a proporcionar células mejores y más fuertes al cuerpo, lo que se traduce en un organismo más fuerte y una mejora general de la salud. 

Lainvestigación sugiere que la exposición a una luz que parpadea a 40 Hz puede promover la actividad cerebral de las ondas gamma, lo que podría activar potencialmente las células del cerebro para eliminar las placas que son comunes en la enfermedad de Alzheimer. Se trata de las llamadas placas beta-amiloides, que existen debido a la acumulación de proteínas. 

Se han realizado pruebas en torno al desarrollo de una molécula sensible a la luz denominada catalizador de fotooxigenación que se inyecta en ratones vivos con la enfermedad de Alzheimer. Los investigadores han demostrado que, aunque el catalizador permanece inactivo en su mayor parte mientras descansa en las células, se activa cuando se le aplica una luz cercana al infrarrojo. Los investigadores han utilizado este tratamiento de terapia de luz en los cerebros de los ratones durante 30 minutos al día durante una semana, y se han observado reducciones significativas en las proteínas amiloides. Según el estudio, lograron desbaratar las estructuras amiloides al cambiar los enlaces químicos que las mantienen unidas.

Ahora que la proteína ha sido alterada, tras desestabilizar la placa, el sistema inmunitario del organismo toma el relevo y elimina las células dañadas. Los investigadores observaron una fase que se producía en células de ratón que crecían en una placa. El sistema inmunitario del cerebro envolvía los amiloides oxidados y los descomponía en compartimentos ácidos.

Otra investigación reciente, publicada en Neuron, muestra que potenciar las oscilaciones gamma puede mejorar la conexión entre las células nerviosas, reducir la inflamación y preservar contra la muerte celular en modelos de ratón de la enfermedad de Alzheimer. También muestra que los efectos de largo alcance del tratamiento afectan a las células nerviosas, o neuronas, y a un tipo de célula inmunitaria llamada microglía.

Los investigadores también examinaron los cambios genéticos en los ratones tratados y no tratados. Descubrieron que las células nerviosas de los ratones no tratados presentaban una actividad reducida en los genes que reparan el ADN y en los que ayudan a operar las conexiones entre las células nerviosas. Los ratones tratados, en cambio, mostraban una mayor actividad en estos genes. También se observó que los ratones tratados realizaban más conexiones entre las células nerviosas y que estas conexiones funcionaban de forma más coherente.

Gracias a los avances tecnológicos, la fototerapia está dando pasos de gigante para ayudar a los enfermos de Alzheimer. Para saber más sobre los beneficios de la fototerapia en otras enfermedades degenerativas, visite nuestro blog. Si está interesado en saber más sobre el poder de la terapia de luz en su propia vida o en su negocio, póngase en contacto con nuestro equipo.


Evaluación del mercado de dispositivos dermatológicos: El papel de la fototerapia

Evaluación del mercado de dispositivos dermatológicos: El papel de la fototerapia

El sector de la dermatología va mucho más allá del atractivo puramente cosmético. La creciente prevalencia del cáncer de piel y de otros trastornos cutáneos comunes contribuye de forma significativa al gran interés que despiertan los dispositivos dermatológicos. 

El tamaño del mercado mundial de dispositivos de dermatología se valoró en 11.800 millones de dólares en 2019 y se prevé que registre una CAGR del 15,1% en los próximos años. Y esto solo significa una cosa: los dermatólogos necesitan los dispositivos más nuevos y eficaces para sus pacientes.

Si bien hay un interés médico por la dermatología, también hay un interés creciente por los procedimientos cosméticos. Los avances tecnológicos en dispositivos de dermatología han acelerado el éxito de los tratamientos dermatológicos y cosméticos, y además se considera que el aumento de la renta disponible también está impulsando el mercado de dispositivos de dermatología. Aun así, la dermatología va más allá de las clínicas de cuidado de la piel, ya que los dispositivos de dermatología también se utilizan en muchos hospitales y clínicas de dermatología para tratar los trastornos de la piel.

A medida que la gente es más consciente de las condiciones de la piel y se esfuerza por alcanzar los estándares de belleza actuales, se interesa más por los tratamientos dermatológicos, especialmente los no invasivos. La mayoría de la gente no está interesada en pasar por el quirófano para mejorar sus rasgos o tratar las afecciones de la piel y es aquí donde la fototerapia desempeña un papel crucial en el mercado mundial de la dermatología. 

Veamos el mercado mundial y su necesidad de dispositivos de fototerapia. El aumento de las enfermedades de la piel es uno de los factores que se prevé que impulsen el mercado de la fototerapia en Asia-Pacífico. Los mercados emergentes, como China e India, ofrecen un gran potencial de crecimiento a los agentes del mercado. América del Norte dominó el mercado mundial de terapia de luz en 2018 debido al aumento de la prevalencia de los trastornos de la piel, incluidos el eczema y el cáncer de piel.

Losprocedimientos asociados a la corrección cosmética no invasiva han experimentado un aumento de la demanda, con el crecimiento de la población geriátrica, el incremento del gasto sanitario y el aumento de la renta disponible de las personas en los países desarrollados y en vías de desarrollo. Aunque el aumento de la renta disponible está contribuyendo a ello, los elevados costes de los dispositivos dermatológicos siguen impidiendo el pleno crecimiento del mercado.

Se están produciendo muchos avances tecnológicos entre los aparatos de dermatología, por ejemplo, los instrumentos de láser y la fototerapia. Los dispositivos de terapia de luz LED se están comprando cada vez más, ya que la producción de terapia de luz está aumentando significativamente . Se prevé que el mercado de dispositivos de fototerapia registre una tasa de crecimiento anual del 5,1% entre 2021 y 2027, lo que significa que si usted es dermatólogo y no dispone de un dispositivo de fototerapia, está perdiendo una gran oportunidad.

¿Cómo funciona la terapia de luz LED? 

Aunque se centra en mejorar el bienestar general de la persona, se centra en penetrar a nivel celular, rejuveneciendo y curando las células dañadas. Esencialmente, la fototerapia actúa desde el interior. Podemos utilizar la terapia de luz con fines de desintoxicación y para otras cuestiones que van desde el cuidado superficial de la piel hasta la curación de daños en los tejidos internos, fortaleciendo así el cuerpo y el organismo en general. 

La terapia de luz también puede ayudar en problemas de la piel como las estrías, proporcionando a la piel un aumento en la producción de colágeno. La mejora de la renovación celular proporciona a la piel una mayor elasticidad y colágeno en cualquier parte del cuerpo en la que se utilice el dispositivo, ya sea a través de una máscara facial, una lámpara o un panel. Se estima que la reducción de estrías seguirá siendo la segunda aplicación más importante de los dispositivos dermatológicos en el mercado, y se calcula que alcanzará los 4.000 millones de dólares en 2026.

Como puede ver, el mercado de la fototerapia está aportando opciones de tratamiento no invasivas y no farmacéuticas para el público, satisfaciendo tanto las necesidades cosméticas como las médicas. No es de extrañar que se espere que la fototerapia se dispare con éxito. 

Se espera que las clínicas de dermatología registren la CAGR más alta durante el periodo de previsión. A medida que aumenta la demanda, los dermatólogos necesitan tener en sus manos los dispositivos de fototerapia más modernos y eficaces. Por suerte, los productos Kaiyan son dispositivos de fototerapia certificados por la MDA y aprobados por la FDA, diseñados para uso clínico, e incluso podemos etiquetar los dispositivos de forma privada para los profesionales del cuidado de la piel. Pueden adaptarse a sus clientes, proporcionándoles un tratamiento regulado y de alta calidad para sus necesidades médicas y cosméticas.

Eleve su oficina en casa con terapia de luz

Eleve su oficina en casa con terapia de luz

Si te sientes agotado después de más de un año de trabajo en casa, no estás solo; mucha gente comparte tu frustración. Tristemente, cada vez es más común sentir este tipo de fatiga por trabajar desde casa. Aunque al principio parecía que trabajar desde casa sería divertido, nadie pensó que duraría tanto . Ahora forma parte de la rutina de muchas personas, y puede que nos preguntemos cómo será la vuelta a la normalidad. Algunas personas se sienten aún más ansiosas al volver a la oficina porque les preocupa enfermar, o simplemente se han acostumbrado a esta nueva forma de vida.

Y, algunas personas se han vuelto demasiado cómodas con el estilo de vida #WFH. Los estudios demuestran que trabajar desde la cama o el sofá, aunque sea cómodo, es extremadamente perjudicial a largo plazo, y mucha gente aún no ha creado un espacio de trabajo adecuado en su casa.

Nunca antes el mundo moderno había visto una situación tan prolongada como ésta, lo que plantea la pregunta: ¿cuáles serán los efectos a largo plazo? Al igual que asociar la cama con el trabajo provoca malos sentimientos y hábitos hacia el dormitorio, trabajar desde casa crea esta sensación de pérdida del espacio personal.

Entonces, ¿cómo puede elevar su oficina en casa y seguir sacando el máximo provecho de esta situación en curso? 

En primer lugar, si puedes, no trabajes desde tu dormitorio. Mantén el dormitorio únicamente como tu espacio personal. Si no tienes un espacio de oficina, puedes transformar un salón o un rincón de la cocina en un espacio de trabajo. Además, tu cuerpo te agradecerá si inviertes en un buen escritorio y una buena silla, y los ratones y teclados ergonómicos son imprescindibles en la oficina. La ergonomía afecta a la salud más de lo que crees, por lo que debes intentar ser consciente de tu entorno y darte el mejor ambiente de trabajo.

En segundo lugar, mantén un horario siempre que sea posible. En cuanto termines de trabajar, apaga el ordenador. Una distancia saludable del trabajo te ayuda a descansar durante el tiempo libre, y a estar más comprometido mientras estás en el trabajo. Incluso con el mejor equipo ergonómico, no pueden evitar el daño que le estás haciendo a tu cuerpo cuando te sientas frente al ordenador durante demasiadas horas al día. 

Pero lo más importante es que prestes atención a tu salud, tanto física como mental. No es de extrañar que, debido al COVID, todos nos hayamos alejado un poco de los demás, e incluso de nosotros mismos. Date la atención y el cuidado que mereces y necesitas. Si notas que tu salud física y mental se resbala, los tratamientos caseros de luminoterapia pueden ayudar a las personas a recuperar el rumbo.

Pero, ¿qué hace exactamente la luminoterapia? 

En primer lugar, puede ayudar a mejorar la salud física y mental. La terapia de luz funciona como suena: es una luz producida por una caja de luz, una máscara o una lámpara. El tipo de terapia de luz también varía, ya que se puede utilizar la luz azul para el acné, la luz roja para la inflamación de la piel, la luz púrpura para la relajación, etc. Puede seleccionar los colores en función de sus necesidades.

La luz de nuestros dispositivos ayuda a estimular la producción de ATP, que es el motor de las mitocondrias. Mediante la estimulación del ATP, la renovación celular se produce a un ritmo más rápido, rejuveneciendo las células muertas y viejas de la piel. Con la terapia de luz, ayudas a tu cuerpo a regenerarse, mejorando tu bienestar general. Por ejemplo, todos sabemos que la luz solar tiene un efecto directo sobre las personas, proporcionándonos la vitamina D que necesitamos para que nuestro cuerpo funcione de forma óptima. Una de las principales vitaminas que han faltado durante esta pandemia es la vitamina D. Aunque no actúa como sustituto, la fototerapia trata la deficiencia de vitamina D, reduciendo los síntomas, entre ellos la depresión y la ansiedad. También puede ayudar a conciliar el sueño regulando el ritmo circadiano y ayudando a producir más melatonina.

Los dispositivos de fototerapia no son invasivos, lo que significa que no se corre ningún riesgo para la salud. Puedes colocar un panel de luz en un rincón, donde te relajes, pongas música y te des un tratamiento de luz. O incluso puedes colocarlo cerca de tu escritorio para que empieces a asociar el lugar de trabajo en casa también como un espacio terapéutico, donde recibes tu dosis diaria de sol. 

Entonces, ¿dónde puede conseguir su dispositivo de terapia de luz en casa de confianza? Los dispositivos de terapia de luz de Kayian son dispositivos de terapia de luz certificados por la MDA y aprobados por la FDA. Son perfectos para los tratamientos caseros desde la comodidad de su hogar, y puede comprarlos para usted, para sus pacientes o incluso tener los dispositivos con etiqueta privada para su práctica. Es la herramienta esencial que todos hemos estado buscando durante esta pandemia y que proporciona beneficios para la salud y el bienestar de todo el cuerpo.

Terapia de luz y sistema linfático

Terapia de luz y sistema linfático


Aunque haya oído hablar del sistema linfático, es algo que realmente pocas personas comprenden; sin embargo, es una parte importante del cuerpo humano que es esencial para nuestra salud.

El sistema linfático forma parte de los sistemas circulatorio e inmunitario, y comprende una red de vasos linfáticos que transportan un líquido de color claro llamado linfa hacia el corazón. 

¿Por qué es importante? Pues por muchas razones. 

El tejido linfoide asociado al sistema linfático desempeña funciones inmunitarias para la defensa del organismo contra las infecciones y la propagación de tumores. Consiste en un tejido conectivo por el que pasa la linfa, formado por fibras reticulares, que contiene diversos leucocitos, principalmente linfocitos.

Entre las funciones que tiene el sistema linfático se encuentran: 

  • Proteger su cuerpo de los invasores que causan enfermedades
  • Mantener los niveles de líquidos corporales
  • Absorción de las grasas del tracto digestivo
  • Eliminación de residuos celulares

Como se puede apreciar, el papel que desempeña el sistema linfático es muy importante. Sin embargo, los bloqueos, las enfermedades o las infecciones pueden afectar a la función de su sistema linfático, todo lo cual crea una disfunción linfática en el cuerpo.

Un problema muy común que surge de la disfunción linfática es el linfedema. El linfedema provoca hinchazón en los brazos o las piernas. Los dedos de las manos o de los pies pueden retener líquido e hincharse, e incluso los tejidos de la cabeza y el cuello también pueden verse afectados. El linfedema puede provocar cambios en la piel, decoloración de la misma, ampollas, fugas de líquido de la piel e infecciones.

Otro problema que se produce cuando nuestro sistema linfático no hace su trabajo es la infección. Una infección puede provocar  hinchazón en los ganglios linfáticos. En determinadas situaciones, los propios ganglios linfáticos pueden infectarse (lo que se denomina linfadenitis) por organismos que se propagan por el sistema linfático desde el lugar de la infección original. Nuestro cuerpo se queda sin su protección, lo que lo hace susceptible de contraer enfermedades.

Cuando el sistema linfático no funciona de forma óptima, tiene más dificultades para recibir los fluidos transportados por el sistema venoso, los cuales se acumulan en el espacio entre la pared inferior de la piel y la parte superior de los músculos, provocando una presión superior a la que debería de haber en condiciones normales.

Debido a esta presión excesiva, se corre el riesgo de que las fibras que permiten que la piel y los músculos no se expandan en exceso se debiliten. Si esto ocurre, se forma un edema con la consiguiente hinchazón. 

Al principio, la hinchazón crece lentamente y generalmente no causa ningun tipo de dolor. Puede afectar a una sola extremidad o a varias. Los síntomas del linfedema incluyen el cambio de color de la piel en la zona afectada por el edema y la sensación constante de pesadez de la extremidad, así como el picor. 

Nada de esto parece un paseo por el parque. Sin embargo, la fototerapia puede ayudar a mejorar este drenaje  para evitar la hinchazón. 

¿Qué es la fototerapia y cómo funciona? La fototerapia es un tratamiento no invasivo y no farmacéutico que se centra en mejorar la salud general del cuerpo. Dependiendo del color de la luz, ya sea de una lámpara, caja o máscara, obtendrás beneficios específicos. La terapia de luz roja suele ser antiinflamatoria, la azul ayuda con las bacterias que causan el acné y los beneficios de la terapia de luz blanca incluyen la mejora del estado de ánimo y la ayuda para contrarrestar los trastornos del sueño. Sin embargo, todas actúan para rejuvenecer el cuerpo a nivel celular.

Con la terapia de luz, tus células se regeneran con cada sesión. La reproducción de las células se acelera, creando un conjunto completamente nuevo de células que se basa en crear otras más jóvenes y fuertes. Se libera ATP, que es el combustible de nuestro cuerpo, lo que nos proporciona un organismo más sano y eficiente. 

Se revisaron cinco ensayos sobre los beneficios de la fototerapia en la linfa, que finalmente concluyeron que existían pruebas de moderadas a sólidas sobre la eficacia de los tratamientos de fototerapia en los problemas linfáticos. En 2012, cuatro ensayos descubrieron que la fototerapia con LEDs mostraba resultados favorables en la reducción del volumen de las extremidades en quienes trataban el linfedema.

En general, la fototerapia puede ayudar al sistema linfático mejorando el drenaje, restaurando la actividad linfática normal y reduciendo la inflamación. La terapia de luz también aumenta la linfangiogénesis y disminuye la inflamación en estudios con animales. 

Normalmente, la única forma de mejorar el sistema linfático es manteniendose hidratado, comiendo saludable y realizando masajes linfáticos; pero la fototerapia ofrece ahora un apoyo linfático adicional mediante tratamientos caseros no invasivos. 

En Kaiyan, estamos orgullosos de producir dispositivos de terapia de luz certificados por la MDA y aprobados por la FDA que ayudan a las personas a llevar una vida más sana y equilibrada. Esto significa que usted o sus pacientes tienen la libertad de tratar su cuerpo con un tratamiento no farmacéutico y no invasivo que no tiene efectos secundarios. Su uso es sencillo y seguro y los productos que creamos en Kaiyan son perfectos para utilizarlos como tratamientos en casa o en su clínica para mejorar el bienestar y la calidad de vida de todos.

Modulación de frecuencia - Nogier y terapia de luz

Modulación de frecuencia - Nogier y terapia de luz

Muchos procesos fisiológicos dependen del ciclo de la luz. En nuestras células existen unas moléculas fotorreceptoras especiales llamadas citocromo c oxidasas, que son enzimas de la cadena respiratoria de las mitocondrias. Las mitocondrias son orgánulos celulares que suministran energía celular. Las oxidasas del citocromo c absorben la luz en la ventana fototerapéutica (espectro NIR y R), desencadenando una secuencia de reacciones redox en la membrana mitocondrial interna. La respuesta fotobiológica de estos mecanismos primarios se manifiesta en la transducción de la señal fotográfica a mecanismos secundarios que garantizan varios efectos clínicos: curación de heridas, mejora de la circulación sanguínea y linfática, regeneración e inmunomodulación. La fotobiomodulación proporciona al organismo una ayuda sustancial para mantener la homeostasis del cuerpo. Esto se aplica especialmente al espectro rojo y al infrarrojo cercano. La luz contribuye a mantener o restablecer el equilibrio en el organismo incluso a nivel celular, donde:

  • Actúa como antioxidante contribuyendo a la protección de las células contra los radicales libres.
  • Afecta a las proteínas que protegen a las células de los procesos degenerativos.
  • Aumenta la resistencia osmótica de los glóbulos rojos, evitando así la hemólisis.
  • Afecta a los factores de crecimiento del sistema nervioso y los microvasos y al tejido muscular y conectivo.
  • Afecta a la señalización celular.
  • Regula las inflamaciones, la respuesta inmunitaria y los ritmos circadianos.
  • Favorece la regeneración de los tejidos.
  • Estimula la circulación local.
  • Favorece el sistema linfático.

La luz afecta a los mecanismos de incidencia de la enfermedad y acorta sustancialmente el tiempo de recuperación. De este modo, contribuye a reducir los costes médicos, ya que disminuye el uso de medicamentos. Un estimulador de luz no puede sustituir a un estilo de vida saludable ni a los cuidados médicos necesarios en caso de lesiones o enfermedades, pero se han demostrado efectos complementarios. La zona irradiada muestra una mejor circulación, el metabolismo celular y la producción de energía en las células mejora, y se estimulan los efectos curativos y regenerativos en el tejido. El estimulador de luz puede utilizarse como terapia independiente o complementaria.

Modulación de frecuencia

Los dispositivos de luz terapéutica pueden modularse en varias frecuencias. La modulación une las propiedades de la luz con frecuencias técnicamente compatibles que estimulan adicionalmente las capacidades regenerativas del cuerpo y potencian los efectos de la terapia de luz.

Frecuencias de Nogier

Se utilizan siete frecuencias diferentes para tratar diferentes lesiones y aliviar enfermedades a través de la luz. Estas frecuencias, las frecuencias Nogier, regulan diversas afecciones. El Dr. Paul Nogier fue un neurólogo francés y el fundador de la auriculoterapia, que determinó las frecuencias para tratar los distintos tipos de tejidos. Las siete frecuencias Nogier determinadas experimentalmente pueden utilizarse en la terapia de luz para apoyar la rehabilitación de un órgano afectado a través de los puntos de acupresión o del tejido lesionado. Además, estas frecuencias ayudan a establecer un equilibrio saludable de energías a través de los puntos de meridiano y acupresión según los principios de acupresión y acupuntura. Las frecuencias Voll también pueden modular los dispositivos de luz. Estas frecuencias se utilizan para la terapia de biorresonancia con dispositivos electrónicos individuales que incluyen tanto frecuencias para el diagnóstico como frecuencias para el tratamiento de condiciones que se producen debido a la actividad celular deteriorada. La frecuencia Voll de 2,45 Hz es eficaz para las afecciones agudas, subagudas y crónicas. El uso de la luz de una longitud de onda de 610-670 nm y 830-870 nm ayuda con las lesiones musculares y esqueléticas, el dolor, las lesiones de tendones y ligamentos, y las lesiones del sistema nervioso. Afecta a los puntos de acupuntura. Fortalece y relaja el cuerpo y afecta directamente a sistemas individuales del organismo o a órganos individuales. Se utiliza para los edemas, la sinusitis, el insomnio y los trastornos vegetativos. La terapia de luz se complementa a menudo con las frecuencias de Nogier y Voll, que simulan varios tipos de tejidos y ofrecen un apoyo eficaz para el tratamiento de diversas condiciones médicas y lesiones. El tipo de lesión o la afección médica determina la frecuencia adecuada que debe utilizarse.

Siete frecuencias de Nogier para lograr un equilibrio energético saludable del cuerpo que son las más utilizadas en la terapia de luz:

  • Frecuencia A: 292 Hz
  • Frecuencia B: 584 Hz
  • Frecuencia C: 1.168 Hz
  • Frecuencia D: 2.336 Hz
  • Frecuencia E: 4.672Hz
  • Frecuencia F: 73 Hz
  • Frecuencia G: 146 Hz

Por lo general, se aplica que las frecuencias más bajas se utilizan para facilitar la actividad celular y para la regeneración, mientras que las frecuencias más altas (C-E) se utilizan para el alivio y la eliminación del dolor. Los efectos de estas frecuencias se potencian si se incluyen varias frecuencias en una terapia.

  • Efecto analgésico: C, E.
  • Efecto regenerador: F,G,D.
  • Relajación: A,B,E.

Beneficios y efectos

F : Facilita la actividad celular, especialmente cuando esta actividad es reducida. Activa las funciones corporales. Estimula los puntos de acupuntura

G : La función antiinflamatoria estimula el sistema inmunitario. Acelera la recuperación. Este ajuste se combina a menudo con otros ajustes, ya que las inflamaciones comprenden varias fases.

A : Tiene un efecto estimulante sobre los tejidos de origen ectodérmico (el sistema nervioso central y periférico, los epitelios sensoriales, la epidermis con pelo, las uñas, las glándulas cutáneas, la hipófisis, la epífisis). Facilita la recuperación tras intervenciones quirúrgicas, restaura la piel y las mucosas (heridas, arrugas, úlceras, aftas, herpes). Ayuda con las migrañas. Esta frecuencia se utiliza como frecuencia universal para los puntos de acupuntura.

B : Tiene un efecto estimulante sobre los tejidos de origen endodérmico (el hígado, la vesícula biliar, el páncreas, el asa intestinal, la vejiga urinaria). Mejora la circulación sanguínea y linfática. También afecta a la conducción de las fibras nerviosas. Impide el desarrollo de ampollas en la fase inicial del herpes y facilita la curación de las heridas en la cavidad bucal.

C : Estimula los tejidos de origen mesodérmico (tejido conjuntivo y de sostén, tejido muscular estriado y liso, órganos hematopoyéticos, la linfa, los riñones, los genitales). Favorece la cicatrización ósea y facilita la recuperación tras lesiones musculares, ligamentosas y articulares. Relaja los músculos y mejora la movilidad de las articulaciones.
D: Complementa las frecuencias A y C.

E : Alivia el dolor.

Los modernos aparatos de luz para la fotobiomodulación son de frecuencia modulada y están pensados para las terapias específicas que queramos realizar. Esto significa que, además del tratamiento con las siete frecuencias básicas, permiten utilizar programas preestablecidos que combinan automáticamente varias frecuencias en intervalos de tiempo recomendados. Las frecuencias cambian automáticamente en función del tipo de lesión o de la condición médica. Tras la terapia, los aparatos se apagan automáticamente.

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El camino hacia la remisión: Se comprueba la eficacia de la terapia de luz  para los supervivientes de cáncer

El camino hacia la remisión: Se comprueba la eficacia de la terapia de luz  para los supervivientes de cáncer

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

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

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.

16 de marzo de 2021

Trastorno del espectro autista (TEA)

El trastorno del espectro autista (TEA) es un complicado síndrome del desarrollo del sistema nervioso que se caracteriza clínicamente por el deterioro del lenguaje, la disfunción en el compromiso social, el lenguaje, los movimientos y comportamientos estereotipados y diversos déficits cognitivos.

La luz puede tener una profunda influencia en las personas. La iluminación de diferentes colores puede afectar a nuestro estado de ánimo, y la falta de luz natural puede provocar depresión. Esto se aplica especialmente a las personas con autismo.

Los niños con autismo son especialmente susceptibles a los cambios de humor debidos a la iluminación. Las luces de colores suaves, como el azul, pueden ayudar al niño a relajarse y ser creativo. En cambio, las luces parpadeantes, zumbantes o de colores fuertes pueden confundirles e incluso hacerles daño. Por ello, es importante que la iluminación sea controlable y supervisada en las habitaciones de los niños.

Además de la iluminación manufacturada, la iluminación natural también tiene sus efectos. La iluminación natural ha demostrado ser beneficiosa para los niños autistas. El trastorno afectivo estacional, o TAE, causado por la falta de luz natural durante los meses de invierno, puede fomentar problemas de comportamiento y depresión. Se ha demostrado que la luz natural alivia estos síntomas.

La terapia de luz se ha utilizado durante más de un año para aliviar estos síntomas. La luz natural puede ayudar a regular los ritmos circadianos del niño. Estos ritmos rigen el "reloj maestro interno" de nuestro cuerpo. Por ejemplo, nos indican cuándo es el momento de dormir. La falta de luz natural puede hacer que nuestros ritmos se desincronicen. Por eso, el tratamiento puede hacer que un niño con insomnio se duerma sin ayudas y esté más alerta durante el día, entre otros beneficios.

El mejor momento para el tratamiento es por la mañana, poco después de que el niño se levante. Incluso pasar sólo 30 minutos a la luz puede mejorar su estado de ánimo y sus hábitos de sueño. Puede que al principio no sea posible dedicar 30 minutos, por lo que, mientras se llega a ese tiempo, puede ser útil otra sesión por la tarde. Pero la terapia nocturna puede tener efectos negativos, empeorando la rutina del niño y dificultando que se duerma.

Estudio clínico

4. Increases Dopamine Levels

Dopamine is responsible for body movements but also plays a role in a person’s emotional response. For this reason, should music raise dopamine, it will be an excellent thing, especially if you’re suffering from mood swings, depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses or associated symptoms.

También hay cajas de luz, lámparas de pie y de escritorio, visores de luz, HDST, simuladores de amanecer, bombillas de terapia de luz.

Se prevé que los dispositivos portátiles para la piel (HDST) registren una tasa de crecimiento del 5,6% hasta 2027. Se estima que el mercado de la terapia de luz alcanzará un CAGR del 5,8% hasta 2027, acelerado por el creciente número de trastornos del sueño junto con el creciente uso de la terapia de luz para tratar los trastornos del sueño.

Las principales aplicaciones clínicas de la fototerapia son los trastornos del sueño en tiempo biológico, la demencia, los trastornos del estado de ánimo y el insomnio. Con la fototerapia, es habitual administrar 5000 lux/h diarios durante varias semanas. Los efectos son a largo plazo sólo si las sesiones de terapia son persistentes y continuas.  

La terapia de luz se utiliza en muchas áreas de especialización, pero principalmente en hospitales, centros quirúrgicos y centros de diagnóstico. Usted puede recibir tratamiento en una caja de terapia de luz transpirada por un médico.

Terapia de luz y niños con autismo

Terapia de luz y niños con autismo

El tamaño del mercado norteamericano de la terapia de luz superó los 350 millones de dólares en 2020 debido a los avances tecnológicos, incluyendo las crecientes aplicaciones de terapia de luz. Además, la presencia de los principales actores del mercado y la disponibilidad de mercancías reforzarán el crecimiento de los ingresos del mercado regional.

Se confía en que el mercado prediga un desarrollo vigoroso gracias a los constantes avances mecánicos. Los síntomas y los efectos secundarios de los distintos procedimientos y los constantes avances en la terapia de tratamiento con luz harán que los individuos se inclinen por el tratamiento con luz.

Además, el creciente interés por los tratamientos de vanguardia para la piel y la salud en general, por ejemplo, el tratamiento con luz azul y luz roja, contribuirá al desarrollo del mercado. Asimismo, el aumento de la selección de tratamientos no intrusivos para diferentes problemas de la piel, como las arrugas, el enrojecimiento facial, las erupciones cutáneas y la rosácea, afectará de forma significativa a los futuros ingresos del mercado.

El interés por la luz azul se amplió además de forma significativa durante la pandemia de COVID-19. Como indican los científicos de la atención médica, la luz azul actúa como antimicrobiano contra varios microorganismos. Inactiva algunas infecciones, incluyendo el COVID y la infección estacional básica.

Kaiyan Medical forma parte del mercado en auge y nuestra producción de dispositivos de terapia de luz certificados por la FDA y la MDA son perfectos para los tratamientos en casa.

Se dice que el estrés es el precursor de todas las enfermedades. En una sociedad moderna y cada vez más rápida como la nuestra, el estrés es responsable de muchos problemas de salud mental y física. Estar estresado se ha convertido en la norma y, sin embargo, a menudo malgastamos nuestro tiempo libre en cosas que ni siquiera disfrutamos tanto (¿hay alguien que se pasee por las redes sociales?). 

Todos hemos pasado por eso. Nos sentimos estresados como consecuencia de problemas familiares o de pareja, o antes de un examen o un acontecimiento desalentador. Además, llevar un estilo de vida agitado y desequilibrado no ayuda a mantenernos tranquilos y calmados, sino que intensifica el estrés.

El estrés está relacionado con un 36% más de riesgo de desarrollar 41 enfermedades autoinmunes, como la artritis reumatoide, la psoriasis, la enfermedad de Crohn y la celiaquía. Nos hemos convertido en nuestros propios enemigos. Mientras nos apresuramos y corremos para tener todo hecho, nuestros cuerpos están desarrollando graves problemas, y ni siquiera nos damos cuenta.

Dedicar quince minutos de tu día a centrarte en ti mismo, en tu mente y en tu cuerpo no debería considerarse un lujo. En el tiempo que dedicas a quejarte de que te quita tiempo al día, podrías haber hecho una pausa y hacerlo. Así que, ¿por qué no cambias tu narrativa y te permites un poco de alivio? 

Así que es hora de invertir en uno mismo. La fototerapia no sólo es beneficiosa para nuestra belleza exterior, sino también para nuestro equilibrio interior. Actúa hacia el interior, dirigiéndose directamente a las células y promoviendo el rejuvenecimiento celular. Y hay muchas maneras de utilizar la terapia de luz; desde ayudar en los problemas del cuidado de la piel hasta utilizar nuestra terapia de luz UV para la curación de heridas.

El tipo de terapia de luz depende de su elección; hay una variedad de colores que se dirigen a diferentes problemas. Desde el rojo y el azul hasta el amarillo y el púrpura, todos comparten el mismo beneficio de que la luz acelera nuestro trifosfato de adenosina (ATP). El ATP es el combustible de nuestras células y una mejor producción de ATP equivale a un mejor organismo en total. 

Se sabe que la luz desencadena la liberación de serotonina en nuestro cerebro. La serotonina también se conoce como la sustancia química del cerebro que nos hace sentir bien. La terapia de luz es la intervención perfecta cuando nos sentimos deprimidos; también está relacionada con la mejora de otros problemas mentales.

Ayuda a aliviar el estrés y es algo que se puede hacer en casa con nuestros dispositivos de terapia de luz. No sólo se obtienen beneficios para la salud y la belleza, sino que también se fomenta una actividad cerebral equilibrada. Lo bueno de hacer los tratamientos uno mismo es que puede elegir cuándo hacerlos y en qué condiciones. Combinar el tratamiento de fototerapia con la meditación puede ser la mejor opción.

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Terapia de luz para el tratamiento de la colitis ulcerosa y la EII

Terapia de luz para el tratamiento de la colitis ulcerosa y la EII

¿Por qué mencionamos la meditación? Bueno, sus beneficios para el cuerpo y la mente son infinitos, y también puede ayudar con su tratamiento de terapia de luz. Hay muchas maneras diferentes de incorporar la meditación en su rutina diaria.

La meditación es, en general, una práctica para lograr un mayor control de las actividades de nuestra mente, de modo que ésta sea capaz de concentrarse en un solo pensamiento, en un concepto elevado, sin pensar demasiado y quedándose quieta, en paz. La contemplación es afín a la meditación, que significa dejar que la mente descanse en su estado natural. Por lo tanto, es una práctica orientada a la autorrealización, que puede tener una finalidad religiosa, espiritual, filosófica o mejorar las condiciones psicofísicas.

Combinar tu tiempo de terapia de luz con la meditación sólo obligará a tu cuerpo a entrar en un estado más puro para su bienestar. Dejar de lado el mundo exterior y centrarse únicamente en el interior mientras tus células se rejuvenecen de verdad es un proceso increíble, y un ritual que puedes incorporar a tu régimen de autocuidado diario o semanal.

A menudo nos cuesta encontrar una verdadera vía de escape cuando podríamos conseguirla en nuestra propia casa. Programar sesiones de meditación y terapia de luz para ti mismo a diario te proporcionará un momento de atención plena. Puede beneficiarse tanto física como mentalmente de su salud, incluso ahora que parece más difícil de conseguir cada día. 

En Kaiyan, nos dedicamos a mejorar el cuerpo desde dentro hacia fuera. Para ayudarle a conseguir una vida equilibrada, nuestros dispositivos de terapia de luz, certificados por la MDA y aprobados por la FDA, son el tratamiento perfecto en casa.

12 de marzo de 2021

Crecimiento de la barba y terapia de luz

"El beneficio de tener barba es la protección, además de la estética", dice el doctor Dave Harvey. "Es una buena protección contra el viento, las rozaduras y los traumatismos. También es una tendencia, por lo que vemos a muchos hombres con alguna forma de vello facial."

Los beneficios de la barba para la salud

Las barbas pueden:

Proteger la piel de los daños del sol. La barba puede ayudar a proteger la piel de los dañinos rayos UV, aunque el grado de protección puede depender de la densidad y el grosor del pelo. "Va a tener cierta protección porque el pelo es un medio reflectante", dice el Dr. Harvey. "Aunque algunos rayos UV lo atraviesan, hay cierta dispersión de la luz, y así es como ayuda a proteger contra el daño solar".

Te mantiene caliente. La barba puede añadir una capa de protección a la barbilla y el cuello, manteniéndote caliente cuando hace frío. Cuanto más larga y abundante sea la barba, mejor aislará tu cara.

Te hace sentir más atractivo. Un estudio realizado por la Revista Oficial de la Sociedad de Comportamiento y Evolución Humana descubrió que los hombres con una barba moderadamente poblada son más atractivos. Los hombres con barba poblada pueden ser percibidos como mejores padres que podrían proteger e invertir en sus hijos. "Los hombres con barba tienen un aspecto poderoso", dice el Dr. Harvey. "Y eso es algo atractivo".

Problemas comunes para los cultivadores de barba

Perspectivas del mercado de la fototerapia hasta 2026

Perspectivas del mercado de la fototerapia hasta 2026

"Si no te limpias bien la barba y la dejas hacer lo suyo, a veces puedes acumular levadura y tener caspa dentro de la barba", dice el doctor Harvey. "Con eso, obtendrás una descamación reactiva en la cara y una descamación como lo harías con la caspa. Así que a esos pacientes hay que ponerles un champú antimicótico".

Los cultivadores de barba también se enfrentan al reto de los folículos encarnados que dan lugar a protuberancias conocidas como acné queloidal.

"Algunos hombres tendrán un tipo de protuberancia cicatricial elevada llamada acné queloidal del cuello", dice. "Así que les ofrecemos antibióticos tópicos o Retin A por esos motivos concretos".

Terapia láser de baja intensidad para la barba

La terapia láser de baja intensidad (LLLT) es un tratamiento aprobado por la FDA que utiliza la energía de la luz láser para hacer circular el flujo sanguíneo hacia los folículos pilosos. La terapia láser para el crecimiento del cabello puede utilizarse para detener la caída del cabello en hombres y mujeres. Los láseres no invasivos estimulan los folículos pilosos para inducir el rebrote, lo que da lugar a una barba más espesa en varias semanas de tratamiento.

La terapia capilar con láser también se denomina terapia de luz roja. El proceso irradia fotones en el tejido de la piel, lo que hace que los fotones sean absorbidos por los folículos pilosos más débiles y promuevan el crecimiento del cabello.

¿Qué éxito tiene la depilación láser?

El tratamiento con láser para la caída del cabello funciona porque los fotones amplifican la circulación y la estimulación, lo que hace que vuelvan a aparecer los folículos pilosos que pueden haber muerto.

There are also light boxes, floor and desk lamps, light visors, HDST, dawn simulators, light therapy bulbs.

Handheld devices for skin (HDST) are projected to witness 5.6% growth rate till 2027. The light therapy market is estimated to attain a CAGR of 5.8% till 2027, accelerated by the increasing number of sleep disorders coupled with the growing use of light therapy to treat sleeping disorders.

Las condiciones anaeróbicas inhibieron fuertemente el proceso por el cual la luz UV de onda larga induce la pérdida de iones K+ de los glóbulos rojos. Se ha demostrado que la irradiación UV puede afectar a las propiedades osmóticas de los glóbulos rojos, a la estructura submicroscópica y al metabolismo de los nucleótidos de adenina. Se utilizaron tiempos de irradiación (60, 120, 180, 240 y 300 minutos); durante la irradiación, el ATP disminuyó mientras que las cantidades de ADP, AXP y compuestos de adenina aumentaron. La radiación UV también aumentó el intercambio de iones hipotónicos Na +, y K+ y el valor del hematocrito aumentó.

Se utilizó un sistema polimérico bifásico que contenía polidextrano para demostrar que la superficie celular de los eritrocitos circulantes se reducía tras la irradiación UV. Esto contribuyó a prolongar la supervivencia de los eritrocitos transfundidos y se sugirió que explicaba la actividad terapéutica más eficaz de la sangre autotransfundida.

Efectos en los linfocitos (células T y células B)

En general, la UBI disminuye la viabilidad de los linfocitos. La irradiación UVC es la más eficaz entre las tres regiones espectrales UV. La irradiación UVB y UVC puede abolir la capacidad proliferativa y estimulante y la capacidad accesoria/de presentación de antígenos de los linfocitos in vitro. Las propiedades de la superficie celular, la movilización de calcio, la producción y liberación de citoquinas y otros procesos subcelulares podrían ser modificados por la irradiación UV. Areltt et al. utilizaron el ensayo "Comet" para detectar la rotura de la cadena de ADN (electroforesis en gel unicelular) como indicador de la reparación por escisión para demostrar que los linfocitos T humanos circulantes eran exquisitamente hipersensibles a los efectos letales y dañinos para el ADN de la radiación UV-B, lo que plantea la posibilidad de que la UV-B pueda contribuir a la inmunosupresión a través de un efecto directo sobre los linfocitos T extracapilares.

Efectos en las plaquetas

La producción de H2O2 en las plaquetas es baja a una dosis de UV poco profunda, pero aumenta repentinamente a medida que la dosis se incrementa por encima de 0,4 J/cm2. Pamphilon informó de que los concentrados de plaquetas (PC) podían llegar a ser no inmunogénicos después de la RUV y tras ser almacenados durante 5 días en contenedores DuPont Stericell. Los niveles de lactato, de β-trombomodulina y de factor plaquetario eran más altos después de la UV. En cambio, los niveles de glucosa disminuyeron con una dosis de irradiación de 3000 J/m2 a una longitud de onda media de 310 nm aplicada en bolsas DuPont Stericell. La irradiación ultravioleta B (UVB) del concentrado de plaquetas (PC) aceleró la desregulación de CD14 y aumentó inespecíficamente la pérdida de monocitos al inhibir la regulación al alza de ICAM-1 y HLA-DR. Sin embargo, la irradiación UV de concentrados de plaquetas produjo una reducción de la respuesta inmunológica en una suspensión celular.

Cosas que hay que tener en cuenta antes de comprar un dispositivo UVC

Hay algunas cosas que debe considerar antes de invertir en una varilla UVC u otros dispositivos UVC.

Incorporación de la meditación a su ritual de fototerapia

Incorporación de la meditación a su ritual de fototerapia

Lo primero y más importante a tener en cuenta: la seguridad. Los expertos afirman que los rayos UVC pueden afectar a las células de la piel de la misma manera que matan a las bacterias; pueden causar mutaciones en ellas y provocar cáncer de piel. Mirar las luces UVC también puede causar ceguera irreversible.

Aquí en Kaiyan Medical, le sugerimos que busque dispositivos UVC que vengan con interruptores de seguridad, es decir, botones de "apagado" automático que detienen la emisión de luz tan pronto como usted esté en riesgo de exposición directa.

Lo segundo que hay que tener en cuenta es la legitimidad del producto. Hemos visto algunos productos de consumo UVC falsificados en el mercado. Pero a menos que tenga un dispositivo en casa que mida la longitud de onda en tiempo real (también conocido como espectrómetro), no hay forma de distinguir los productos que utilizan rayos UVC de otros rayos UV.

Conclusión:

La irradiación UV de la sangre fue aclamada como una terapia milagrosa para el tratamiento de infecciones graves en las décadas de 1940 y 1950. En un irónico capricho del destino, este periodo histórico coincidió con la introducción generalizada de los antibióticos con penicilina, que rápidamente se revelaron como una terapia milagrosa médica aún mayor. Además, otro gran éxito de la UBI, que se utilizaba cada vez más para tratar la poliomielitis, también fue eclipsado por la introducción de la vacuna Salk contra la poliomielitis en 1955. El UBI había sido originalmente un descubrimiento estadounidense, pero luego pasó a ser más estudiado en Rusia y otros países orientales, que durante mucho tiempo se habían concentrado en las terapias físicas para muchas enfermedades, que en Occidente se trataban más habitualmente con medicamentos.

Sin embargo, en la última década, el problema de las bacterias multirresistentes a los antibióticos ha crecido sin cesar. Las cepas bacterianas multirresistentes (MDR) y panresistentes (PDR) y sus infecciones relacionadas son amenazas emergentes para la salud pública en todo el mundo. Se asocian a tasas de mortalidad aproximadamente dos veces superiores y a ingresos hospitalarios considerablemente prolongados. Las infecciones causadas por cepas resistentes a los antibióticos suelen ser difíciles de tratar debido al limitado abanico de opciones terapéuticas. Recientemente, en febrero de 2015, la Review on Antimicrobial Resistance declaró que "las infecciones resistentes a los medicamentos podrían matar a 10 millones de personas más en todo el mundo cada año para 2050 si no se abordan. Para esa fecha, también podrían costar al mundo alrededor de 100 billones de dólares en pérdida de producción: más que el tamaño de la economía mundial actual, y aproximadamente equivalente a que el mundo pierda la producción de la economía del Reino Unido cada año, durante 35 años".

Light is known to trigger the release of serotonin in our brain. Serotonin is also known as the happy "feel-good" brain chemical. Light therapy is the perfect intervention when feeling down; it's also linked to improving other mental issues. 

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Gurús del bienestar: ¿Quiénes recurren a la fototerapia para el tratamiento de todo el cuerpo?

Gurús del bienestar: ¿Quiénes recurren a la fototerapia para el tratamiento de todo el cuerpo?

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¿Inyección de luz ultravioleta? - Irradiación de sangre ultravioleta (UBI)

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H2O2 production in platelets is low at a shallow UV dose, but it increased suddenly as the dose increased above 0.4 J/cm2. Pamphilon reported that platelet concentrates (PC) could become non-immunogenic after UVR and after being stored for 5 days in DuPont Stericell containers. Lactate levels, β-thrombomodulin, and platelet factor were higher after UV. In contrast, glucose levels decreased with an irradiation dose of 3000 J/m2 at a mean wavelength of 310 nm applied in DuPont Stericell bags. Ultraviolet B (UVB) irradiation of platelet concentrate (PC) accelerated downregulation of CD14 and nonspecifically increased the loss of monocytes by inhibiting the upregulation of ICAM-1 and HLA-DR. However, UV irradiation of platelet concentrates produced a reduction of immunological response in a cell suspension.

La terapia de luz existe desde hace décadas, pero está volviendo a ser una realidad a medida que su eficacia y sus resultados son más conocidos. Lo mejor es que no sólo es beneficiosa para obtener un brillo juvenil, sino también para la salud en general. Así que si está interesado en incorporar una máscara en su práctica, es hora de que compruebe la máscara Aduro (y adivine qué - con Kaiyan, puede crear una máscara facial de terapia de luz premium con su propia etiqueta).

"Aunque sólo lo he utilizado unas pocas veces, puedo afirmar que, en lo que respecta a los LED, éste es increíble. No soy nuevo en el mundo del LED, así que hablo por experiencia cuando digo - WOW. Es cómodo y tiene un peso agradable. Pero lo más importante es que deja la piel brillante y suave. No puedo esperar a ver aún más resultados cuanto más tiempo lo use". - Mary F.

Nuestra máscara facial LED es un dispositivo de terapia de luz que utiliza diferentes longitudes de onda para crear 11 tratamientos diferentes para muchos tipos de problemas de la piel. Se inspiró en los dispositivos de terapia de luz de la NASA. Tiene 7 opciones de luz LED diferentes, y cuando el color de luz seleccionado penetra en la piel, la energía de los fotones se transfiere a las células. Este es el principio básico de todos los dispositivos de terapia de luz. 

Cuando la luz penetra en la piel, las células convierten esta energía en ATP (nuestra fuente de energía), estimulando la actividad y la reproducción celular. Las células potenciadas mejoran su ritmo y estimulan el rejuvenecimiento natural del cuerpo. Esto conduce a un aumento en la producción de colágeno y los procesos de rejuvenecimiento natural del cuerpo - lo que resulta en una piel joven y una mejora general en la complexión de su piel. La terapia de luz LED de Aduro sirve principalmente para el rejuvenecimiento de la piel y la mejora de las condiciones de la piel, dependiendo del tipo de luz utilizada durante el tratamiento.

"En primer lugar, me entusiasmó que se enviara tan rápido. El embalaje es estupendo, las instrucciones son fáciles de leer. Me encanta el dispositivo. Tiene muchas funciones. Realmente puedo notar una diferencia en mi cutis después de unos pocos días. La textura de mi cara y las líneas de expresión. Definitivamente vale la pena. Fue un regalo de cumpleaños para mí... ¡¡¡Gracias por un gran producto!!!" - Judy R.

Por ejemplo, para tratar la epidermis -la capa externa de la piel- se utiliza luz roja o infrarroja. Cuando se aplica a la epidermis, ésta absorbe la luz y estimula la producción de colágeno. La piel, por tanto, tiene más colágeno, parece más suave y con más volumen, lo que puede reducir la aparición de líneas finas y arrugas. 

Mientras que la terapia de luz LED azul se centra en las glándulas sebáceas. Éstas son necesarias para lubricar la piel y el cabello, pero también pueden volverse hiperactivas y provocar una piel grasa y acné.

La luz azul bajo la piel también destruye las bacterias que causan el acné, lo que puede ayudar en el tratamiento del acné grave, incluidos los quistes y los nódulos sebáceos. La luz azul se utiliza a menudo en combinación con la luz LED roja para curar el acné, reducir las cicatrices y aumentar los efectos antiinflamatorios. 

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Y esto es sólo un ejemplo del poder de la terapia de luz. Nuestras máscaras faciales LED ofrecen siete formas diferentes de luz que tienen sus propios componentes curativos únicos.

Los tratamientos disponibles con nuestra máscara facial LED van desde el antienvejecimiento hasta el bloqueo del dolor. La máscara puede:

Aumenta la hidratación desde el interior hacia el exterior

Ayuda a igualar la pigmentación y las rojeces de la piel

Tono de piel uniforme y cutis claro

Reducir el acné

Revitaliza e ilumina la piel

Reduce el eczema y la rosácea en las pieles sensibles

Los tratamientos son calmantes y purificantes para todo tipo de pieles. Con nuestra mascarilla facial, también hay opciones de tratamientos para pieles mayores de 40 años y un tratamiento específico para el rejuvenecimiento celular. En función de sus necesidades , podrá personalizar la luz que desee incluir en su tratamiento terapéutico.

Tengo más de 40 años y acabo de mudarme al Caribe. Espero que esto me ayude con el envejecimiento y la exposición al sol. Acabo de empezar la sesión de 20 minutos hace 3 días y realmente siento que está haciendo magia. La máscara es muy cómoda y en general puedo decir que está muy bien hecha. Estoy muy contenta con mi compra y les informaré de mis resultados en unos meses. -Sarah D.

Además de los fines cosméticos, la máscara de LEDs recorre todas las longitudes de onda de la luz, lo que se conoce como el ajuste de bienestar general, y puede ayudar con el Trastorno Afectivo Estacional (TAE). 

Kaiyan Medical fabrica dispositivos de terapia de luz láser certificados por la MDA y aprobados por la FDA que se pueden personalizar exactamente según las necesidades de sus clientes. Sin embargo, una cosa es segura, los clientes están delirando con la máscara Aduro y no se cansan de ella.

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El PRP aprovecha los poderes rejuvenecedores del propio cuerpo para estimular el crecimiento del cabello de forma natural. El tratamiento consiste en extraer una pequeña cantidad de sangre del brazo del paciente. Esta sangre se hace girar en una centrifugadora hasta que se separa el plasma y se extraen los factores de crecimiento y las células madre. Este plasma, junto con los factores de crecimiento y las células madre, se inyecta en el cuero cabelludo del paciente para estimular el crecimiento del cabello.

Terapia de luz

La terapia de luz roja/azul utiliza la energía luminosa para estimular el crecimiento del cabello. La terapia de luz roja/azul funciona con luz suministrada en longitudes de onda terapéuticas específicas dentro de los espectros de luz infrarroja y roja. La energía de estas luces estimula los folículos pilosos para que estén constantemente en la fase de crecimiento o anágena. El resultado es un cabello más grueso, más largo y más sano.

La terapia con luz roja (630 nm) estimula la producción de ATP (energía celular) para estimular las células del folículo piloso. También aumenta el flujo sanguíneo a la raíz del cabello, lo que aporta más nutrientes a las células del folículo piloso. También se cree que el aumento del flujo sanguíneo ayuda a eliminar los productos de desecho perjudiciales que pueden afectar al crecimiento del cabello.

La terapia de luz infrarroja cercana (880 nm)que es una energía luminosa invisible, promueve la producción de colágeno y elastina. Penetra más profundamente en el cuero cabelludo para ayudar a reducir la inflamación, que causa el adelgazamiento del cabello.

La terapia con luz azul (420 nm) es especialmente eficaz para el acné, ya que penetra en las moléculas de la piel que provocan la formación de la bacteria P. acnes. Estas moléculas reaccionan

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Cuando hablamos de cuidado de la piel, no se nos viene a la mente personalizar este tipo de productos. Hoy en día, las opciones disponibles en el mercado se producen para las masas y no de forma individual. Muchas personas con múltiples problemas de piel tienen dificultades para encontrar productos para el cuidado de la piel que realmente se adapten a sus necesidades. Sin embargo, las mascarillas de fototerapia pueden personalizarse y se adaptan a las necesidades de cada cliente.

Si trabaja en el sector de belleza y cuidado de la piel, los dispositivos de terapia de luz son un paso revolucionario e innovador, ya que podrá ofrecer a sus clientes una máscara de terapia de luz única.

Pero, ¿cuál es el proceso de creación de una máscara de fototerapia personalizada? He aquí los seis pasos que hay que tener en cuenta a la hora de elaborar una máscara de fototerapia personalizada.

Los seis pasos para crear su máscara Led personalizada

Mientras sigues estos seis pasos, ten en cuenta tu visión de la máscara. Esto te ayudará a responder a algunas de las preguntas que se te harán a continuación.

¿Cuál es tu objetivo?

Le ayudará determinar los objetivos de su producto. ¿Quiénes es tu cliente ideal? ¿Cuáles son sus problemas específicos de cuidado de la piel? Si comprendes los aspectos básicos, ayudarás a tu empresa a determinar la estrategia correcta a la hora de crear tu producto personalizado. Las máscaras de fototerapia pueden fabricarse con diferentes colores de LED para una amplia gama de tratamientos de belleza, como la reducción del acné, el tratamiento antienvejecimiento y la producción de colágeno.

¿Qué material va a utilizar?

Hay que elegir el material adecuado. Las máscaras faciales pueden estar hechas de una variedad de materiales, cada uno con distintas propiedades, ventajas y versatilidad. Hay tres tipos de máscaras de fototerapia a tener en cuenta: flexibles, semiduras y duras.

Su flexibilidad permite a los usuarios llevarlo mientras realizan sus actividades diarias. Las almohadillas de aire patentadas y los LED SMD emisores son ideales para el cuidado de la piel en interiores y a diario. Las máscaras semiduras son para uso profesional y tienen una carcasa mas dura, mientras que el interior es suave. Las máscaras duras suelen ser potentes máscaras faciales para uso profesional y vienen con opciones de varios tipos de luz que tus clientes pueden seleccionar de manera muy facil y rápida. Ofrecen una experiencia de terapia de luz más profunda para los clientes.

¿Qué forma tendrá su máscara?

Las máscaras de fototerapia no tienen por qué tener un diseño tradicional de talla única. Dependiendo de tus objetivos, podrás elegir donde quieras que se encuentren las mejillas, la frente y los ojos en la máscara. De este modo, tendrás más control sobre la forma en que la máscara se adaptará a la cara de tus clientes.

¿Qué áreas tratará tu mascarilla?

Una máscara tradicional cubre toda la cara. Sin embargo, no es necesario que la mascarilla ofrezca una cobertura total. Piense en las zonas de la cara que le gustaría tratar, ya que es posible que sólo quiera crear una máscara para una zona específica.

Solicite un prototipo

Has respondido a todas las preguntas anteriores y ahora tienes una visión más clara de cómo quieres que sea tu máscara. A partir de aquí, te ayudamos a tomar tu idea o concepto y a utilizar nuestra creatividad y nuestros 14 años de experiencia en el sector para crear una máscara que se ajuste a tus objetivos.

Lanza tu negocio y escúchanos

Ahora que el producto está creado, es el momento de lanzarlo. Antes del lanzamiento, producimos cantidades prepiloto que nos permiten afinar nuestros dispositivos y garantizar la alta calidad de principio a fin sin que tengas nada de que preocuparte.

Crear una máscara facial de terapia de luz es una cosa, pero también hay que asegurarse de que cumpla todos tus objetivos y que tus clientes esten más que satisfechos. Una vez lanzado el producto, es fundamental controlar su rendimiento y escuchar los comentarios de los clientes.

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Sin embargo, en los últimos años se ha producido un cambio en la mentalidad de la gente. Sí, muchos siguen optando por los sustitutos de las comidas y las cirugías para perder peso; sin embargo, otros se centran en comer limpio y eliminar los conservantes de su dieta. En lugar de seguir las modas de las dietas rápidas, muchos intentan cambiar su estilo de vida, incluso recurriendo a métodos de alimentación alternativos como la dieta cetogénica, una dieta baja en carbohidratos y alta en grasas que comparte similitudes con la dieta Atkins. Básicamente, se comen menos carbohidratos y se sustituyen por grasa. Al hacer esto, el cuerpo entra en un estado de cetosis, lo que permite que la grasa de la dieta y del cuerpo se queme en energía. 

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.

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.

Es seguro decir que la mayoría de la gente preferiría ralentizar los signos físicos del envejecimiento, particularmente en sus rostros - y la prueba está en los números. En 2018, se estimó que el mercado mundial del antienvejecimiento tenía un valor de unos 50.200 millones de dólares estadounidenses. Eso sí que es un montón de crema para la piel y Botox. Y esas cifras no hacen más que aumentar: para 2027, se prevé que la industria de productos antienvejecimiento tenga un valor de 83.200 millones de dólares estadounidenses.

Por supuesto, una gran parte de las ventas se destinan a cremas y sueros antienvejecimiento; sin embargo, ha habido un aumento en los procedimientos cosméticos de tejidos blandos como el Botox y los tratamientos de relleno. Un informe de la Sociedad Americana de Cirujanos Plásticos de 2018 reportó alrededor de 7,4 millones de inyecciones de toxina botulínica (Botox) y 2,6 millones de inyecciones de relleno dérmico que utilizamos ese año.

Sólo en Estados Unidos, el bótox y los rellenos son los segundos procedimientos cosméticos mínimamente invasivos más populares. Pero, ¿por qué son tan populares? Debido a su carácter invasivo, son más eficaces que las cremas antienvejecimiento. Sin embargo, eso tiene un precio potencialmente arriesgado y doloroso. 

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Como ocurre con cualquier terapia médica, los resultados del tratamiento de la rosácea pueden variar de un caso a otro. El cumplimiento de la terapia, es decir, el uso de la medicación según lo prescrito por el médico, es una clave importante para el éxito. Consulte a un dermatólogo u otro médico para determinar la terapia adecuada para su caso individual.

Subtipo 1: Enrojecimiento facial

El subtipo 1 (eritemato-angiectásico) de la rosácea se caracteriza por el rubor y el enrojecimiento facial persistente. También puede haber vasos sanguíneos visibles y es frecuente que se produzcan molestias en la cara.

La investigación sobre los procesos físicos implicados en la rosácea ha dado lugar recientemente a una nueva terapia de prescripción para aliviar el enrojecimiento facial. También puede ser importante que identifique y evite los factores ambientales y de estilo de vida que desencadenan el enrojecimiento o la irritación de la piel. Los factores más comunes se tratan en Los desencadenantes de la rosácea, y existe un Diario de la rosácea para ayudarle a identificar y evitar los factores que afectan a su caso individual.

El aspecto del rubor, el enrojecimiento y los vasos sanguíneos visibles también pueden disimularse con cosméticos, y las molestias faciales pueden beneficiarse de un cuidado adecuado de la piel, ambos comentados en Cuidado de la piel y cosméticos.

Los vasos sanguíneos visibles y el enrojecimiento grave de fondo pueden reducirse con láser o terapia de luz pulsada intensa. Suelen ser necesarias varias sesiones para obtener resultados satisfactorios, y más adelante pueden ser necesarias sesiones de retoque, ya que el proceso de la enfermedad subyacente sigue presente.

En casos concretos, el enrojecimiento extenso puede moderarse un poco mediante el uso de ciertos fármacos.

Subtipo 2: Bultos y granos

El subtipo 2 (papulopustular) de la rosácea se caracteriza por un enrojecimiento facial persistente y granos y protuberancias similares a los del acné, y suele aparecer después o al mismo tiempo que el subtipo 1. Sin embargo, afortunadamente, se han estudiado y aprobado ampliamente varios medicamentos para esta forma común de rosácea y también pueden utilizarse a largo plazo para prevenir la reaparición de los síntomas.

En los casos leves o moderados, los médicos suelen prescribir una terapia oral y tópica para controlar la rosácea de forma inmediata, seguida de un uso a largo plazo de la terapia tópica sola para mantener la remisión. También se ha desarrollado una versión de la terapia oral con menos riesgo de resistencia microbiana específicamente para la rosácea y que es segura para su uso a largo plazo.

Se pueden prescribir dosis más altas de antibióticos orales y se pueden utilizar otros fármacos para los pacientes que no responden a los tratamientos convencionales.

Subtipo 3: Engrosamiento de la piel

El subtipo 3 (fimatoso) de la rosácea se caracteriza por el engrosamiento y el aumento de la piel, más frecuentemente alrededor de la nariz. Esta afección se desarrolla principalmente en los hombres. Aunque los casos leves pueden tratarse con medicamentos, las manifestaciones moderadas o graves suelen requerir cirugía.

Existe una amplia gama de opciones quirúrgicas, como la criocirugía, la ablación por radiofrecuencia, la escisión tangencial combinada con la escultura de tijera y el injerto de piel. Se puede utilizar un láser quirúrgico como bisturí incruento para eliminar el exceso de tejido y recontornear la nariz, a menudo seguido de una dermoabrasión.

Subtipo 4: Irritación ocular

El subtipo 4 (ocular) de la rosácea se caracteriza por uno de los muchos síntomas oculares, que incluyen un aspecto acuoso o inyectado en sangre, sensación de cuerpo extraño, ardor o escozor, sequedad, picor, sensibilidad a la luz y visión borrosa. Un historial de estilos es una fuerte indicación y tiene "ojo seco" o blefaritis.

El tratamiento de la rosácea ocular de leve a moderada puede incluir lágrimas artificiales, antibióticos orales y la limpieza diaria de las pestañas con champú para bebés en una toallita húmeda. Los casos más graves deben ser examinados por un oftalmólogo, que puede prescribir tratamientos oftálmicos, ya que las posibles complicaciones corneales pueden implicar la pérdida de agudeza visual.

Tratamiento y condiciones

Actualmente, existen dos métodos de tratamiento tradicionales, como son los medicamentos y el tratamiento físico. Los médicos pueden recetar medicamentos. Por lo general, los medicamentos son antibióticos. Sin embargo, los antibióticos tienen efectos secundarios. Además, no hay pruebas de que la rosácea sea una enfermedad bacteriana. Así que la eficacia del tratamiento podría seguir siendo incierta. Además, ir al médico puede requerir mucho tiempo y dinero.

El tratamiento físico puede ser una sopa o un gel para ayudar a mejorar la piel. Sin embargo, las personas tienen diferentes tipos de piel. Por lo general, es muy costoso diagnosticar el estado de la piel con gran detalle; las personas tienen diferentes tipos de piel. El uso incorrecto de los productos de belleza podría empeorar los problemas de la piel o aumentar la sensibilidad.

En la actualidad se dispone de varios enfoques terapéuticos para el tratamiento de la rosácea, cuyo objetivo principal es controlar los síntomas de la enfermedad. El plan terapéutico debe adaptarse al subtipo de rosácea y confeccionarse en función de las manifestaciones dominantes del paciente. En general, la reducción de la terapia oral en favor de la terapia tópica o física es deseable para reducir los efectos secundarios para los pacientes y aumentar la seguridad del tratamiento.

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La acupuntura, según la medicina tradicional china, es una medicina alternativa que trata a los pacientes mediante la inserción de agujas y la manipulación en los puntos de acupuntura (APS) del cuerpo. La acupuntura provoca la contracción de las fibras de colágeno, lo que da lugar a la polimerización de la actina soluble y a la formación de fibras de tensión de actina, afectando a los sistemas nervioso e inmunitario. Además, la acupuntura provoca cambios moleculares en las APs de los tejidos a nivel celular. Las reacciones fisicoquímicas locales en los PA envían señales a los órganos a través del fluido tisular y los sistemas circulatorios de la sangre para un ajuste óptimo de los órganos del cuerpo.

Se cree que se practica desde hace más de 2500 años, y esta modalidad se encuentra entre las prácticas curativas más antiguas del mundo. La acupuntura se basa en la idea de que los seres vivos tienen Qi, definido como energía interior, y que es un desequilibrio en el Qi o una interrupción en el flujo del Qi lo que causa la enfermedad. La terapia de acupuntura se centra en el reequilibrio del flujo del Qi, y la práctica está ganando progresivamente credibilidad como terapia primaria o coadyuvante por parte de los proveedores médicos occidentales.

Acupuntura láser

Kaiyan Medical ha estado trabajando para crear bolígrafos láser ergonómicos que simulen el proceso de acupuntura. La acupuntura láser (AL) -irradiación láser no térmica y de baja intensidad para estimular los puntos de acupuntura- se ha hecho más común entre los profesionales de la acupuntura en los últimos años. La AL es una alternativa más segura y sin dolor que la acupuntura tradicional, con mínimos efectos adversos y mayor versatilidad. La AL tiene muchas características que la convierten en una opción atractiva como modalidad de tratamiento, entre ellas la mínima sensación, la corta duración del tratamiento y los mínimos riesgos de infección, traumatismo y complicaciones hemorrágicas.

¿Cuál es la diferencia?

En la acupuntura, las agujas se insertan en puntos de acupuntura específicos, que pueden ser estimulados manualmente de varias maneras, incluyendo movimientos suaves de torsión o hacia arriba y hacia abajo. Además, la profundidad de la penetración de las agujas también es manipulada por el acupuntor. El paciente puede referir sensaciones de De Qi, que son sensaciones de presión, calor u hormigueo en las capas superficiales de la piel. Se han propuesto muchas teorías para explicar el funcionamiento de la acupuntura, como la teoría del control del dolor y la de las endorfinas y los neurotransmisores. Otros han postulado que la acupuntura modula la transmisión de las señales de dolor y altera la liberación de endorfinas y neurotransmisores endógenos, lo que provoca cambios fisiológicos.

Todo sobre la fascia y la fototerapia

Todo sobre la fascia y la fototerapia

Efecto antiinflamatorio del láser

Se ha informado de una reducción de la inflamación comparable a la de los fármacos antiinflamatorios no esteroideos en estudios con animales en los que se utilizó LLLT roja e infrarroja cercana, con potencias de láser que van de 2,5 a 100 mW y dosis de energía suministradas que van de 0,6 a 9,6 julios. Los estudios en humanos han mostrado efectos antiinflamatorios similares con la LLLT, lo que puede explicar muchos resultados clínicos positivos asociados.

Efectos celulares de la LLLT

La LLLT mejora la fisiología celular al aumentar el potencial redox general de la célula hacia una mayor oxidación y un aumento de las especies reactivas de oxígeno, al tiempo que disminuye las especies reactivas de nitrógeno. Estos cambios en el estado redox activan numerosas vías de señalización intracelular, incluyendo la síntesis de ácidos nucleicos, la síntesis de proteínas, la activación de enzimas y la progresión del ciclo celular.17 La LLLT también altera la expresión de genes que pueden mejorar el crecimiento celular e inhibir la apoptosis celular.16 Estos efectos celulares de la LLLT podrían reflejar su capacidad para inducir cambios a largo plazo en las células y los beneficios de la LLLT para la curación de heridas, la regeneración de los nervios y la reducción de la inflamación.


Características de la LLLT

Las longitudes de onda del láser rojo e infrarrojo son absorbidas por la proteína citocromo C oxidasa de las membranas celulares mitocondriales. Esta absorción se asocia a un aumento de la producción de adenosina trifosfato por parte de las mitocondrias, que. A su vez, aumenta el calcio intracelular (Ca2+) y el monofosfato de adenosina cíclico, que sirven como mensajeros secundarios que ayudan a regular múltiples procesos corporales, incluida la transferencia de señales en los nervios y la expresión genética.

La densidad de potencia de un láser, definida como la energía láser suministrada por área (W/cm2), influye en su profundidad de penetración energética. Un láser de 50 mW con un haz de 1 cm2 tiene una densidad de energía de 0,05 W/cm2. En cambio, el láser de la misma potencia con un tamaño de haz de 1 mm2 tiene una densidad de energía de 5 W/cm2: una densidad de energía más alta hace que la energía penetre más profundamente en la piel.

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.

4 de diciembre de 2020

El sueño es un gran negocio hoy en día -se creeque una de cada tres personas sufren falta de sueño -y todo el mundo está dispuesto a confiar en la última teoría que está de moda.

Durante años, los ciclos de sueño se dividían en dos categorías. Las personas que disfrutaban de las mañanas eran conocidas como "madrugadores". Y los que prefierían quedarse despiertos hasta tarde eran etiquetados como "búhos nocturnos".

Bueno, deja de lado a las aves. Los mamíferos son el nuevo nombre del juego. Así es; los científicos creen ahora que hay cuatro formas de clasificar los ciclos de sueño y vigilia. En el mundo de la ciencia, estas clasificaciones se conocen como cronotipos.

Los cronotipos describen los periodos en los que tu cuerpo quiere dormir y cuando quiere estar despierto. Y para hacerlo más fácil, las categorías de cronotipos reciben nombres de animales. Nuestras tendencias naturales al sueño se clasifican en oso, lobo, león y delfín.

Producto destacado: Máscara Aduro

Producto destacado: Máscara Aduro


Dos animales no son suficientes

Las personas tienen diferentes ritmos circadianos. Es un hecho de la vida.

La ciencia lo demuestra:

"El sistema circadiano humano se sincroniza activamente con el día de 24 horas a través de las señales ambientales de luz y oscuridad".

¿Circadiano? Un ciclo de 24 horas. Es el reloj de tu cuerpo. Los psicólogos del sueño creen que pueden determinar nuestros patrones naturales de sueño. Si entendemos los nuestros, podemos tener una vida más feliz y productiva.

Ahora bien, el cronotipo es un término que describe el ritmo natural de una persona. Y no sólo se relaciona con el sueño. Los cronotipos influyen en todos los instintos primarios.

El autor Michael Breus, Ph.D., sugirió recientemente que existen 4 cronotipos naturales. Y los bautizó con el nombre de 4 animales que siguen patrones de sueño y vigilia similares. Así que despídete de los búhos nocturnos y de los pájaros madrugadores. Los lobos, los leones, los osos y los delfines son las nuevas mascotas del ritmo circadiano.

Los cronotipos

Echa un vistazo a los cronotipos que aparecen a continuación y dinos en la sección de comentarios cuál de ellos se parece a ti.

Lobos

Muy bien, noctámbulos, este es vuestro grupo. Al igual que estas criaturas nocturnas, ustedes están más alerta por la noche. Los lobos tienden a quedarse despiertos más tarde y les cuesta despertarse temprano.

  • Sólo un 15% de la población entra en este grupo. Los lobos son más productivos a última hora de la tarde y por la noche.
  • Los expertos en sueño recomiendan que los lobos pongan el despertador a las 7 de la mañana (con una pausa de 30 minutos) y se vayan a dormir a medianoche.
  • Leones
  • Los leones son los nuevos madrugadores. Al igual que estos felinos salvajes, estás más alerta por la mañana. No tienen problemas para despertarse y ponerse a trabajar. Pero, los leones tienden a sentir el bajón de la tarde. Y por la noche, se sienten agotados.
  • Alrededor del 15% de la población se identifica como león. Los expertos en sueño recomiendan que los leones se despierten alrededor de las 5:30 de la mañana y se acuesten a las 10:30 de la noche.
  • Osos

No, no necesitas hibernar. Pero, al igual que estas criaturas diurnas (despiertas durante el día, dormidas por la noche), sigues el ciclo solar. Los osos generalmente se sienten despiertos durante el día y necesitan 8 horas de sueño sólido por la noche.

Aproximadamente el 50% de la población entra en esta categoría. Este grupo es productivo por la mañana y tiene problemas con el bajón de media tarde. Los expertos en sueño recomiendan que los osos se levanten sobre las 7 de la mañana y se acuesten a las 11 de la noche.

Delfines

Los delfines "sólo duermen con la mitad de su cerebro a la vez?"¿Te suena esto? Pues este es el grupo de los insomnes (a menudo autodiagnosticados). Puede que sean ansiosos y tengan problemas para apagar su cerebro por la noche. Los delfines no suelen dormir una noche completa.

Alrededor del 10% de la población entra en esta categoría. Y aunque se levantan cansados, increíblement los delfines son más productivos a media mañana.


Luz verde para las migrañas: ¿Funciona esta terapia?

Luz verde para las migrañas: ¿Funciona esta terapia?


“Migraine is one of the most common neurological conditions in the world, and it’s debilitating,” said Dr. Ibrahim

Luz verde

The noninvasive nature of green light exposure makes it an ideal therapeutic candidate for other neurological conditions, such as fibromyalgia or HIV-related pain. Dr. Ibrahim and his team recently completed another clinical study in which people with fibromyalgia tried green light therapy. Like the migraine study, those results are similarly encouraging.

El estrés está relacionado con un 36% más de riesgo de desarrollar 41 enfermedades autoinmunes, como la artritis reumatoide, la psoriasis, la enfermedad de Crohn y la celiaquía. Nos hemos convertido en nuestros propios enemigos. Mientras nos apresuramos y corremos para tener todo hecho, nuestros cuerpos están desarrollando graves problemas, y ni siquiera nos damos cuenta.

Pharmacological management of migraines can be ineffective for some patients. Studies previously demonstrated that exposure to green light resulted in antinociception and reversal of thermal and mechanical hypersensitivity in rodent pain models. Given green light-emitting diodes' safety, they evaluated green light as a potential therapy in patients with episodic or chronic migraines.

For the study, they recruited (29 total) patients, of whom seven had episodic migraines, and 22 had chronic migraines. They used a one-way cross-over design consisting of exposure for 1–2 hours daily to the white light-emitting diodes for 10 weeks, followed by a 2-week washout period followed by exposure for 1–2 hours daily green light-emitting diodes for 10 weeks. Patients were allowed to continue current therapies and to initiate new treatments as directed by their physicians. Outcomes consisted of patient-reported surveys. The primary outcome measure was the number of headache days per month. Secondary outcome measures included patient-reported changes in the headaches' intensity and frequency over a two-week period and other quality of life measures, including the ability to fall and stay asleep and ability to perform work. Changes in pain medications were obtained to assess potential reduction.

When seven episodic migraine and 22 chronic migraine patients were analyzed as separate cohorts, white light-emitting diodes produced no significant change in headache days in either episodic migraine or chronic migraine patients. Combining data from the episodic migraine and chronic migraine groups showed that white light-emitting diodes produced a small but statistically significant reduction in headache days (days ± SEM) 18.2 ± 1.8 to 16.5 ± 2.01 days. Green light-emitting diodes resulted in a significant decrease in headache days from 7.9 ± 1.6 to 2.4 ± 1.1 and 22.3 ± 1.2 to 9.4 ± 1.6 in episodic migraine and chronic migraine patients, respectively. While some improvement in secondary outcomes was observed with white light-emitting diodes, more secondary outcomes with significantly greater magnitude, including assessments of the quality of life, Short-Form McGill Pain Questionnaire, Headache Impact Test-6, and Five-level version of the EuroQol five-dimensional survey without reported side effects, were observed with green light-emitting diodes. Conclusions regarding pain medications reduction with green light-emitting diode exposure were not possible. No side effects of light therapy were reported. None of the patients in the study reported initiation of new therapies.

Green light-emitting diodes significantly reduced the number of headache days in people with episodic migraines or chronic migraines. Additionally, the green light-emitting diodes significantly improved multiple secondary outcome measures, including quality of life, intensity, and headache attack duration. As no adverse events were reported, the green light-emitting diodes may provide a treatment option for those patients who prefer non-pharmacological therapies or may be considered in complementing other treatment strategies. The limitations of this study are the small number of patients evaluated. The positive data obtained support the implementation of larger clinical trials to determine the possible effects of green light-emitting diode therapy.


This study is registered with clinicaltrials.gov under NCT03677206.

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

Las estadísticas lo dicen todo: Los ingresos en la industria de la fototerapia continuan aumentando

Las estadísticas lo dicen todo: Los ingresos en la industria de la fototerapia continuan aumentando

Follow the numbers: light therapy's projected market revenue surges

Light therapy is used for many problems, such as skin conditions, eczema, vitiligo, acne, and rosacea. But it's also very popular as a skincare remedy for wrinkles, age spots, and collagen production.  While helping outwardly, it also works directly with mitochondria, the cells' powerhouse, improving our cell production and increasing cellular function. The non-invasive treatment is gaining popularity for its incredible benefits and cost-effectiveness. 

Light therapy also helps with our lack of vitamin D, and with the current world situation of quarantine and COVID-19, the lack has been more than evident. It helps with psychological conditions that have been rapidly increasing in the past few years, and the current situation only aids in the battle against winter blues and depression. This form of therapy increases melatonin levels and mood levels, helping with fatigue and sleep quality.

Since the market has been affected due to the pandemic, people have been turning to light therapy for its mental and physical benefits. The light therapy market is anticipated to reach 1,112.16 million dollars at a CAGR of 5.1%  by 2025, says Market Research Future (MRFR).

The American market is set to take the lead over in the next few years. Growing international curiosity for light therapy will also help the infrastructure, improve quality with more developers, stimulating substantial market growth. 

For winter blues, light therapy should experience a rise in growth by 5.1% till 2027. Due to less sunlight, light therapy proves as the ultimate fit for those in the Northern Hemisphere. The Asia Pacific light therapy market revenue surpassed USD 175 million in 2018, it is poised to expand at 5.7% CAGR through 2027. Their awareness of the growing patient pool and beauty conscious people fuel the demand for light therapy because of its amazing results in various skin conditions. 

Rising per capita income and the growing influence of social media are opening new avenues for the Asian Pacific market. The demand for light therapy is considerable among people in China and Japan. In addition, its popularity is also rising in developing nations owing to its advanced features and low cost. 

A segment of light therapy specializing in floor and desk lamps of the market was valued at more than 140 million dollars in 2018 and will witness a similar growth trend in the future. Similarly, large reflectors in the floor and desk lamps that diffuse bright light for accurate visualization are predicted to be in higher demand in the upcoming years.

Homecare settings portion had its share of revenue, counting more than 490 million dollars in 2018, and will exhibit a similar rising forecast in the upcoming timeline for light therapy. In 2020 these products held up to 60% of the market share. 

Demand for simplicity and more availability is what allows the rising demand for homecare handheld and user-friendly devices. It's predicted to grow gradually. Manufacturers will focus on developing light therapy devices that specifically solve health-related issues at home by providing easy access and improved patient management. 

North America light therapy market size crossed 350 million dollars in 2020 due to technological advancements paired with light therapy's growing use of light therapy.

Key developers in the U.S. have gained approvals from the FDA for new products, like Kaiyan Medical. With FDA-certified and MDA-approved devices, Kaiyan leads the light therapy devices industry and will continue to play a crucial role for the overall growth in the North American industry.


La combinación perfecta: Terapia de luz y PRP

La combinación perfecta: Terapia de luz y PRP

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections

In recent years, doctors have learned that the body has the ability to heal itself. Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a form of regenerative medicine that can harness those abilities and amplify the natural growth factors your body uses to heal tissue.

What is Plasma, and what are Platelets?

Plasma is the liquid portion of whole blood. It is composed largely of water and proteins, and it provides a medium for red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets to circulate through the body. Platelets, also called thrombocytes, are blood cells that cause blood clots and other necessary growth healing functions. Platelet activation plays a key role in the body’s natural healing process.

What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), and what are PRP injections?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy uses injections of a concentration of a patient’s own platelets to accelerate the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints. In this way, PRP injections use each patient’s own healing system to improve musculoskeletal problems.

PRP injections are prepared by taking anywhere from one to a few tubes of your own blood and running it through a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets. These activated platelets are then injected directly into your injured or diseased body tissue. This releases growth factors that stimulate and increase the number of reparative cells your body produces.

Ultrasound imaging is sometimes used to guide the injection. The photographs below illustrate a PRP injection into a patient’s torn tendon. The ultrasound guidance is shown at the left, and the injection is shown at the right.

PRP harnesses the body’s own rejuvenating powers to stimulate hair growth naturally. The treatment involves drawing a small amount of blood from the patient’s arm. This blood is then spun in a centrifuge until the plasma is separated and growth factors and stem cells are extracted. This plasma, complete with growth factors and stem cells, is then injected into the patient’s scalp, stimulating hair growth.

Light Therapy

Red Light/Blue Light therapy uses light energy to stimulate hair growth. Red light/Blue Light therapy works using light delivered at specific therapeutic wavelengths within infrared and red-light spectrums. The energy from these lights stimulates the hair follicles so that they are constantly in the growth, or anagen, stage. This results in thicker, longer, and healthier hair.

Red light (630 nm) therapy stimulates ATP (cellular energy) production to stimulate hair follicle cells. It also increases blood flow to the hair root, which delivers more nutrients to the hair follicle cells. The increased blood flow is also thought to help flush away the damaging waste products that may affect hair growth.

Near-Infrared light (880 nm) therapy, which is an invisible light energy, promotes collagen and elastin production. It penetrates deeper into the scalp to help reduce inflammation, which causes thinning of hair.

Blue light (420 nm) therapy is especially effective for acne, penetrating molecules within the skin that cause P. acnes bacteria to form. These molecules react

Creación de tu máscara LED personalizada

Creación de tu máscara LED personalizada

When we talk about skincare, we usually don’t think about customizing skincare products. The options available on the market are produced for the masses rather than for the individual. Many people with multiple skin issues struggle to find skincare products that truly speaks to their needs. However, light therapy masks can be customized to fit the individual customer’s needs.

If you’re working in the skincare industry, light therapy devices are a revolutionary step forward, as you’ll be able to provide your customers with a unique light therapy mask.

But what’s the process of creating a custom light therapy mask? Here are the six steps you need to consider when developing a customized light therapy mask.

The Six Steps to Create Your Custom Led Mask

While going through these six steps, keep your vision of your mask in mind. This will help you answer some of the questions that are going to be asked below.

What’s your Goal?

It would help if you determined your product’s goals. Who are your clients? What are their unique skincare challenges? By understanding the basics, you’ll help your company determine the right strategy when creating your customized product. Light therapy masks can be made using different LED colors for a full range of beauty treatments, including acne reduction, anti-aging treatment, and collagen production.

What Material will you Use?

You need to select the right material. Facial masks can be made from a variety of materials, each with its own advantages and versatility. There are three types of light therapy masks to consider: flexible, semi-hard, and hard.

Flexible allows users to wear it while doing their daily activities. The patented air cushions and emitting SMD LEDs are ideal for indoor and daily skincare. Semi-hard masks are for professional use and have a hard shell, while soft inside. Hard masks are powerful facial masks for professional use and come with selectable light area options. They offer a deeper light therapy experience for clients.

What Kind of Shape will your Mask be in?

Light therapy masks don’t have to come in a traditional one-size-fits-all design. Depending on your target market, you’ll be able to choose where the placement for the cheeks, forehead, and eyes will be on the mask. This gives you more control over how the mask will fit on your client’s face.

What Areas Will your Mask Treat?

A traditional mask will cover the full face. However, you may not necessarily want your mask to provide full coverage. Consider the areas of the face you’d like to treat, as you may only want to create a mask for a specific target area.

Apply for a Prototype

You’ve answered all the questions above and have a vision of how you want your mask to look. From here, we help you take your vision and use our creativity and 14 years of experience in the industry to create a mask that fits your goals.

Launch & Listen

Now that the product is created, it’s time to launch it. Before the launch, we produce pre-pilot quantities that allow us to fine-tune our devices and ensure high-quality from start to finish.

Creating a light therapy facial mask is one thing, but you want to make sure it’s achieving your goals and making your customers happy. Once your product is launched, it’s crucial to monitor product performance and listen to customer feedback.

Naturally, you don’t want your light therapy mask to be like all the others on the market. Our masks are MDA-certified and FDA-approved light therapy devices, ensuring you medical-grade quality devices for your business.


Por qué a los quiroprácticos les encanta la terapia de luz

Por qué a los quiroprácticos les encanta la terapia de luz

Chiropractors Lead the Way

LED light therapy is not new to the medical industry and certainly not new to doctors of chiropractic.

Studied for decades, the use of low-level light therapy (LLLT) — both LED and laser — has been making its way into the medical mainstream in the U.S. since the 1990s. And chiropractors have taken the lead in the clinical use of LED light therapy and are advancing the use of this technology for new applications.

This is no surprise to industry professionals and medical providers because this technology is a perfect pairing to what chiropractors advocate and bring to the medical community: healthy, drug-free healing and pain management options that are highly efficacious. Compared to the high cost and side-effect spectrum of many pharmaceutical drugs, LED light therapy can be a cost-effective alternative to drugs and surgery.

LED light therapy has the ability to increase blood flow and lymphatic circulation, decrease pain, and stimulate many cellular processes that accelerate healing. Plus, it has a high safety level, no known negative side effects is easy to administer, and is non-invasive.

Because LED light therapy can provide pain relief, wound healing and address neuropathy discomfort and various musculoskeletal issues, it is a mainstay in many clinics. Some patients also purchase light therapy systems from their chiropractors for in-home use between office visits for long-term therapy needs such as chronic pain and neuropathy.

It is also an attractive option for new chiropractors just getting started because it can bring substantial benefits to their patients while offering a fast ROI.

How it Works

LEDs deliver wavelengths of incoherent (diffused) light to the body. LEDs are similar to laser diodes, but their light spreads out, unlike the highly focused beam of coherent light that emits from a laser. This more diffused light makes administration exceptionally safe.

This therapy is also known as photobiomodulation — meaning that light can produce a cellular change in the body. Photons of light stimulate the release of nitric oxide, which

is the body’s natural vasodilator, greatly increasing circulation in the local treatment area. Blood flow is increased to nerves and other tissues, improving tissue oxygenation that stimulates healing. This boost persists for several hours after a therapy session.

Research indicates that the benefits of LED light therapy include

  • Increased circulation
  • Decreased inflammation
  • Increased ATP production
  • Collagen production
  • Accelerated exercise recovery time
  • Increased relaxation
  • Decreased stress

LEDs have low power requirements and high efficiency with minimal heat production. Power levels are measured in mW/cm2 (milliwatts per centimeter squared). And LED lifetimes are rated up to 100,000 hours and can last for decades.

The most common device wavelengths are the following:

  • Near-infrared: Many LED therapy devices use the 800 nanometers (nm) range; however, infrared include a much wider spectrum with deep penetration up to 100 mm.
  • Red: 630 to 700 nm, with penetration up to 10 mm.
  • Blue: 405 to 470 nm, with penetration up to 3 mm (beneficial for skin and wound healing).
  • Pulsed frequency(s) or continuous wave devices provide timed sequences of light turning on and off during application, which is thought to accelerate change in the tissues.
  • Continuous-wave devices are always on; no frequency is added to the light.
Applications for Use

Light therapy is commonly used to treat acute and chronic joint pain in the neck, back, leg, shoulder, wrist, knee, and ankle. It can be helpful for arthritis pain, bruises, carpal tunnel syndrome, and musculoskeletal conditions. It is also used to treat skin conditions such as pressure ulcers, wound healing, and scar tissue reduction.

Even NASA has good things to say about light therapy. NASA issued a news release in December 2000, which stated that doctors at Navy Special Warfare Command centers in Norfolk, Virginia, and San Diego reported a 40 percent improvement in patients who had musculoskeletal training injuries treated with light-emitting diodes.1

There are distinct advantages to using LED therapy devices in your clinical practice. For example, Patients can be left unattended during therapy, maximizing staff resources. Large surface areas can be covered by the LED pad or panel, delivering therapeutic photons broadly and safely to the body's targeted area. And systems are generally portable and user friendly.

Moreover, LED light therapy can help you enter niche markets, such as peripheral neuropathy and brain injuries. These are areas where LED light therapy is appearing to be more effective than pharmaceutical approaches.

Brain injuries

An increasing number of scientific studies show expanded indications for LED light therapy to treat neurologic conditions, especially brain injuries and degeneration. The advanced research being done by Michael Hamblin, Ph.D., and his group and by Margaret A. Naeser, Ph.D., at Boston University demonstrates that LED light therapy can positively affect the brain. Naeser’s 2017 study with veterans showed significant improvement after 12 weeks of transcranial photobiomodulation.

Increased function, better sleep, fewer angry outbursts, and less anxiety and wandering were reported with no negative side effects.2

Preliminary brain studies conducted by other groups using transcranial LED light therapy show impressively improved brain blood flow verified before and after single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT) brain scans. These brain studies have implications for patients presenting with such conditions as traumatic brain injury (TBI), PTSD, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, concussions, strokes, and depression.

Nearly all neurological disorders have one thing in common: diminished blood flow. And increased circulation and blood flow are precisely what LED light therapy promotes.

Peripheral Neuropathy

More than 3 million new cases of peripheral neuropathy are diagnosed each year in the U.S. alone. LED light therapy has shown significant results in relieving this condition's discomfort and improving sensation, as evidenced by several studies.

Adding LED light therapy systems can help you offer neuropathy therapy as a substantial part of your practice.

FDA Approved

LED light therapy devices have received FDA clearances that temporarily increase local circulation; and the temporary relief of pain, stiffness, and muscle spasms. Many practitioners are hopeful that the FDA will keep expanding clearances for this cutting-edge healing technology.

References
NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center. “NASA Space Technology Shines Light On Healing.” ScienceDaily. http://www.sciencedaily.com/ releases/2000/12/001219195848.htm. Published Dec. 2000. Accessed Jan. 2018.

Salmarche AE, Naeser MA, Ho KF, Hamblin MR, Lim L. Significant Improvement in Cognition in Mild to Moderately Severe Dementia Cases Treated with Transcranial Plus Intranasal Photobiomodulation:

Case Series Report. Photomed Laser Surg. 2017;5(8):432–441.

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laser treatment on peripheral somatosen- sory neuropathy. Lasers Med Sci. 2017 Apr;32(3):721–728.

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Photobiomodulation Triple Treatment in Peripheral Nerve Injury: Nerve and Muscle Response. Photomed Laser Surg. 2016;34(12):638–645.



Eliminar la doble barbilla con terapia de luz

Eliminar la doble barbilla con terapia de luz

Your face is the first thing people notice about you, and it stares back at you every time you see a mirror. If you aren’t friends with your image in the mirror because of a double chin, it can be an annoying reminder of the aging process at best and hurtful to your self-esteem at worst.

You don’t have to have plastic surgery to see results that rid you of a double chin. Advances in technology and some simple exercises can help you see the return of your younger jawline.

Youthful skin has an abundance of collagen and elastin to keep the skin smooth, firm, and plump. But, in your 20’s, collagen decreases, elastin breaks down, and cells don’t turn over. By age 30, your skin loses half its collagen. Once collagen breaks down, the skin loses firmness and elasticity, resulting in wrinkles, crow’s feet, loss of firmness, and dullness. At the same time, the layer of skin beneath the dermis begins to thin.

The body is always looking for new places to put fat cells, and one area it particularly likes is the top part of the front of your neck, right underneath your jaw. The technical name for this is ‘submental fat.’ If too much fat gets stored in this area and the skin isn’t taut enough to hold that canopy up in the battle with gravity, you can look in the mirror and find that it looks like you’ve grown a second chin. This can even continue developing into a triple or quadruple chin. The two factors you need to be aware of as you read on are fat levels and skin tautness.

What About the Creams?

In a word? No. Why don’t double-chin creams work? Because they’re not removing the bulk of the fat cells that are creating the double chin, nor are they tightening up the sagging skin, letting that double chin flop forward. Perhaps, if a double-chin cream is one that contains active ingredients such as high-strength vitamin C and retinol or another retinoid, it may be strengthening the skin. Still, this effect won’t be strong enough to rein in an existing double chin.

Then, What to Do?

Low levels of infrared light waves applied to the chin's skin can achieve excellent results and help you lose a double chin. Applying heat to the deeper layers of the skin while keeping the upper layers cool appears to trigger the skin’s ability to renew the collagen beneath the skin's surface layers.

Changes in skin thickness, elasticity, and tightness were visible changes that patients noticed when their double chin was treated with infrared light. These near-infrared devices are handheld systems that a dermatologist or physician can apply in an outpatient procedure with no pain.

The Jaw and Double Chin Kaiyan LED Therapy Slimming Device safely brighten, rejuvenates, shapes, and repairs your chin and jaw areas using red and blue LED light therapy, plus vibration. You just need 10min session, 2 times per day and you will see the results in weeks.

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

One study randomly divided participants into two separate groups for an 8-week training program. One group received a red light treatment before every training session, while the other group did the same training without the light treatment. They found that the group receiving the light therapy improved muscle growth 50% greater than those with muscle training alone. Pretty amazing, right?

Another randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study using red and infrared light on the biceps demonstrated peak and average performance of more than 12% more than the control group. But while this is all very interesting, I’m sure you’re wondering whether Red Light Therapy is worth it and what it can do for YOU. First of all, I’m sure many of you appreciate the science breakdown, but some of you may not be able to follow, so here’s a simple explanation.

Scientists have discovered that our cells show an incredible response to light, but not just any light. Only in the 660–850 nanometer (nm) range which is the so-called red light range. This type of light energy penetrates deep into the skin, muscle, and joint tissue and stimulates ATP production, which you should think of as your body’s way of transporting energy to where it needs to go. More ATP means more efficient energy transfers in layman's terms, which translates to various benefits at a cellular level.

So, by exposing our body to the therapeutic red light, our cells receive this rejuvenating, anti-aging energy boost that enables them to perform every single function at a heightened level and now that you understand the science behind it, let’s a look at the 5 reasons why it might be a good idea for you to invest in this technology.

Increased Energy & Testosterone

Sometimes we feel lethargic and out of energy, like our body is constantly running on empty. Then you spend some time outside on a nice hot summer day, and you all of a sudden feel amazing? It’s because our bodies rely on light as a source of energy, helping our glands to regulate adrenaline, testosterone, metabolism, and several other functions, and it has been shown that Red Light Therapy can increase testosterone production, which in turn can increase overall energy levels and even improve peak muscle performance.

Reduced Muscle Recovery Time

After a challenging workout, your body works around the clock to repair and strengthen torn muscle fibers. We know this. We also know that nutrition plays a huge role in providing the body with the resources it needs for this process. But what most of you don’t know is that specific wavelengths of light play a role in this process. By enhancing mitochondrial function, red light has been proven to produce measurable gains in peak strength and reduced recovery times.

Faster Healing For Joint & Muscle Injuries

Injuries, repetitive motion, or aging, in general, can lead to severe joint pain and tissue damage. But the body’s natural healing response can be greatly accelerated by red and infrared light. Also, relief from pain, faster recovery times, and reduced arthritis symptoms are just a few more of Red Light Therapy's benefits. For bodybuilders, yes, Red Light is also great for reducing Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness or DOMS. After all, it’s a type of muscle tissue injury as well.

Healthier & Younger-Looking Skin

Red Light Therapy can improve skin clarity, tone, and texture, reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and puffy eyes, help fade scars, acne, and stretch marks, even enhance wound healing and circulation, simply by increasing the production of collagen and elastin.

Remember, collagen is a long-chain amino acid and the most abundant protein in the body. It’s responsible for giving skin its elasticity, hair its strength, and connective tissue its ability to hold everything in place. In fact, the collagen protein makes up 30% of the total protein in the body and 70% of the protein in the skin!

Now while collagen is beneficial to the entire body, it’s most noticeably beneficial to the skin. This is because as we age, the epidermic (or outer layer of skin) thins and loses elasticity in a process known as elastosis. As this happens, we tend to show more aging signs and acquire more wrinkles and stretch marks. But by restoring normal cellular function, because red light stimulates collagen production, red light therapy can help keep your skin looking healthier and younger for LONGER.

Stress Relief

You can’t argue that our minds and body are under constant stress because of our busy lives. Well, Red Light Therapy has been proven to calm our physical and mental state by reducing oxidative stress. Now, I cannot personally attest to that, simply because my stress is through the roof, and other times, I get my mind right and relax, but it makes sense. Oxidative stress is not just harmful to our physical health but also our mental state as well.


Amatista y la terapia de luz

Amatista y la terapia de luz

Amethyst crystals have an extremely high heat absorption rate, which accounts for this stone's violet color. When a crystal reflects and absorbs energy or has a near-surface layer of the metal, it will “bounce” this energy back into its surroundings. However, only when a crystal is exposed to heat for long enough time actually radiates heat.

If there are no layers, then the crystal must be emitting radiant light. If we were to look into this infrared mystery further, we would find that the amethyst and several other quartz crystals actually contain carbon crystals, which are also coated in a thin layer of silicon.

These carbon crystals will all convert the infrared light that hits them into visible light, and this infrared radiation has a frequency that can be easily absorbed by the quartz coating.

Therefore, it makes perfect sense that amethyst can emit infrared light and that we might find such gemstones in our day-to-day lives.

Amethyst has been used for many purposes by both the ancient Egyptians and Greeks. It was believed by the ancient Egyptians that amethyst can help in raising the body’s temperature and that it will protect you from fiery stones such as quartz.

The ancient Greeks also believed that amethyst’s color has magical powers because of its beautiful purple color. In fact, the ancient Greeks used amethyst to cast spells; if you boil amethyst in water, place it under a flame for some time, and then remove it, an individual who takes the tea will experience magical visions and feelings.

The boiling water causes the amethyst to release its color into the water, and the hot color in the water symbolizes the fire that the tea burns. The use of amethyst in ancient times has been attributed to the belief that it can produce a mind-body connection.

The color blue inside the amethyst helps the gemstone absorb light, making the amethyst one of the best colors for absorbing infrared energy. Ancient people were the first to use gemstone to cure certain diseases. It was used in ancient times to treat epilepsy, eye problems, memory loss, and pain.

One of the benefits of amethyst to the human body is that it increases the amount of vitamin C distributed throughout the body. This helps prevent the onset of colds and flu.

People who wear amethyst jewelry are less likely to contract skin cancer, which is another common disease. Amethyst jewelry is often recommended for those who have a hard time relaxing, who experience high-stress levels, and for women who are pregnant or nursing.

Amethyst Amplifies Heat Energy Into Far Infrared Rays

Amethyst gemstones can absorb heat energy in the far-infrared rays, known as the “white light” spectrum. This absorption of heat energy by amethyst decreases the gemstone's internal pressure, which increases the amount of radiant energy emitted from it. As a result, the gemstone’s translucency, color, cut, and overall appearance is greatly enhanced. Amethyst also has the unique property of being able to refract microwave radiation.

Far infrared rays are beneficial for many scientific experiments. They are essential for scientific imaging as they allow scientists to view microscopic objects and structures under the microscope.

The properties of amethyst make it particularly effective for infrared images of gemstones. For example, amethyst allows the scientist to see minute bubbles and cavities that would otherwise not be visible to the human eye.

Researchers use amethyst in a variety of medical research-related activities, including cancer treatment. Since amethyst also absorbs heat energy, it is used for skin tanning. Another valuable medical application of amethyst is for treating high blood pressure.

High blood pressure causes many health problems, and the reduced pressure brought about by amethyst helps alleviate these problems.

Amethyst Heated With Electric Heating Power and Emits Far Infrared Rays — A Natural Treatment to Boost Energy

Amethyst, better known as the “stars of quartz” or “sperms of quartz,” is one such green mineral that emits far-infrared rays under the spectrum of visible light.

The crystals of amethyst also have a nearly transparent color, though their color can vary from nearly transparent to a slightly translucent pink.

Humans have used amethyst for centuries as a gemstone. Its healing properties are attributed to its ability to cure various physical ailments like headaches, colds, fevers, nausea, stress, insomnia, digestive disorders, eye problems, and vomiting.

Amethyst’s innate ability to cure these ailments, along with its beautiful color, has made it very popular as a gemstone.

In fact, amethyst is one of the most popular gemstones sold in the world. This is perhaps why amethyst is charged with electric heating power and emits far-infrared rays are so highly sought after.

This stone's powerful rays can help the body get rid of various ailments that may have plagued us for many years.

There are several ways to purify your home environment using amethyst. For instance, you can place small pieces of amethyst on dark areas of the floor, such as dark corners of rooms, hallways, and basements.

Another way of using amethyst is to place small pieces of amethyst on top of hot coals.

Amethyst charged with electric heating power and emitted far-infrared rays is an exceptional aid in keeping any home or space fresh, clean, and safe.

Matar las células cancerígenas con la ayuda de la luz infrarroja

Matar las células cancerígenas con la ayuda de la luz infrarroja

Researchers at NCI’s Center for Cancer Research have found that a technique called near-infrared immunotherapy for treating cancer has the potential to kill cancer cells in record time, essentially destroying them with the flick of a light switch. Scientists were not certain of the underlying mechanisms of this approach. Still, they succeeded in elucidating this technique in detail at the cellular and molecular level, gaining insights that could help scientists further boost the novel treatment's effectiveness. The laboratory and mouse findings, by Hisataka Kobayashi, M.D., Ph.D., Senior Investigator in the Molecular Imaging Program, and colleagues appeared November 6, 2018, in ACS Central Science.

Near-infrared immunology is an emerging technique for treating cancer that is already being studied in clinical trials. It involves identifying a protein called an antibody that recognizes and targets a specific type of cancer cell. The antibody is joined to a compound that’s sensitive to light and then administered to a patient. Within the body, the drug seeks out and attaches to only cancer cells, not healthy ones. Next, doctors apply a beam of infrared light to the cancer site, either externally or directly, using a fiber optic needle, which activates the drug and causes them to die. Research by Dr. Kobayashi and his colleagues reveals new details into how this cell death occurs.

To learn more about this phenomenon's molecular mechanisms, they studied the effects of a near-infrared immunotherapy agent called antibody-IR700 on a plate simulating human cancer cells in a petri dish using sophisticated microscopes. The researchers discovered that exposure to near-infrared light causes the immunotherapy agent to change its form from Y-shaped to globular dramatically. When it is embedded in a cancer cell's cell membrane, this warping causes scratches along the cell's protective casing. Once enough scratches occur, liquid bursts through the cell’s membrane, causing the cell to rupture in less than a minute following exposure to the light.

The researchers also studied this technique in a mouse with multiple tumors, applying different light intensity amounts to each tumor. They found that higher light intensity resulted in more cancer cells being eliminated. In mice, they detected the “leftovers” of the immunotherapy agent in the mouse’s urine just hours after near-infrared light was applied to the cancer site — a strong indication that the cancer cells were killed.

Dr. Kobayashi notes that this technique doesn’t just target cancer cells or boost the immune system to attack cancer cells — it does both. “All the cell’s proteins and even its DNA are exposed to the immune system. The immune system will recognize that [the proteins and DNA are] coming from the dying cell, and then the immune system will react only to the dying cancer cells,” he explains.

Near-infrared immunotherapy could be applied to any cancer if the right antibody is identified and used. In this study, the researchers analyzed the near-infrared immunotherapy agent IR-700, which is about to be tested in phase III clinical trials for head and neck cancer.

Although the concept of near-infrared immunotherapy is compelling, understanding why it works is critical for several reasons. Kobayashi explains, “Based on these new insights, we might be able to design a new, superior IR700 that would be improved in many respects, such as activation wavelength, stability, and cytotoxic efficacy.”

Immunological consequences after NIR

Destroying cancer cells without damaging normal cells nor compromising the host immune system is a significant benefit of NIR-PIT. Additionally, NIR-PIT induces ICD; that is, it initiates host immunity against targeted cancer cells. NIR-PIT-treated cancer cells release death signals, including calreticulin, ATP, and HMGB1, which can activate adjacent immature DCs even in tumor beds. These signals promote the maturation of immature DCs, which engulf cancer-specific antigens that are released from the ruptured tumor cell, and these mature DCs prime and educate naive T cells to become cancer-specific CD8+ T cells. Such newly primed cancer-specific CD8+ T cells proliferate and attack other cancer cells, resulting in an amplified host anti-tumor immune response. This consequential process could convert some non-immunogenic tumors into immunogenic tumors by recognizing massively released neo-antigens.

This anti-tumor immune activation occurs first in the treated tumor site. Eventually, it extends to other cancer sites because immune cells migrate throughout the body, resulting in a systemic immune response. Therefore, although NIR-PIT is a local therapy, the effect of NIR-PIT can be systemic and may affect distant metastatic sites. Indeed, some tumor-bearing mice and cancer patients achieve complete remission after a single therapy of cancer-cell-targeted NIR-PIT.

An important feature of host immune activation induced by NIR-PIT is that this therapy simultaneously activates the immune system against multiple antigens released from ruptured cancer cells. Most current targeted immunotherapies, including cancer vaccines or CAR-T therapies, identify a single target molecule to base the therapy. Having multiple clones of anti-tumor T cells, each responding to unique antigen, results in a more comprehensive response to tumors expressing a broad spectrum of cancer-specific neo-antigens.

NIR-PIT has demonstrated a profound immune response in humans. First-in-human Phase 1 and Phase 2 clinical trials of NIR-PIT with cetuximab–IR700 targeting EGFR in patients with recurrent and advanced head and neck squamous cell cancer were completed in 2016 and late 2017, respectively. Several complete remissions and multiple significant partial remissions were reported in these studies. The results far exceeded those of pre-clinical models in immune-deficient host xenograft models. Once the models were transferred to syngeneic models, a robust immune response was demonstrated. There is considerable evidence that this same response is seen in humans.

Preapara tu piel correctamente para una terapia de luz

Preapara tu piel correctamente para una terapia de luz

Can I Use Serum With LED Mask?

It is a question that many people have asked — Can I use the serum with LED light therapy?

Our skin is exposed to harsh environmental factors such as sun, wind, cold, and dust daily. These factors tend to attack our immune system causing it to weaken over time.

When this happens, it allows harmful viruses and bacteria to attack our body, leading to acne breakouts and other skin issues such as dark spots and wrinkles. Acne creams are one way of reducing the symptoms associated with this skin condition. However, these can be irritating to your skin, resulting in unwanted side effects such as redness, irritation, and dryness.

The same can also be said for light therapy, which can have its own side effects. Side effects of LED light therapy include itching, burning, and pain. In fact, most users had reported experiencing these side effects when they first started using LED technology. If you were to use any acne medication type, whether prescribed by your doctor or over the counter, the results would depend largely on the person using the medication.

For example, it could take anything from a few days to a few weeks for acne to clear up. Another point to remember is that while certain medications do show better results for some people, they may not work for you at all.

This is because everyone has different skin types, responds differently to treatments, and requires different times to clear away acne completely.

Some people have found success in using LED therapy with a variety of skin creams. However, there is a downside to using this method. LED light therapy does not help remove excess dead skin cells, as some acne medications do. This means that the acne cream will just be left in place and continue to produce side effects for all patients. Besides, side effects can be more severe than a single acne medication dose when used over a long time when used over a long time.

Before you try to use a serum with an LED mask, you should consult with a dermatologist who can advise you on whether or not LED light therapy is right for you. LED light therapy is safe when administered by a certified medical professional. It can be used safely, even if you have sensitive skin, as long as you choose your doctors wisely. Before any treatment is begun, the medical professional will test your skin to determine what type of acne you have. Testing will determine whether your skin is allergic to any light-emitting diodes in the device used.

The last question to answer is, “How effective is Acne treatment with LED Light?” To answer this question, you will need to look at the results you get from the treatment. If you see immediate results after the treatment, it will likely react to the device's light and not the treatment itself.

However, if you don’t see good results after a month of continuous treatment, it is important to determine why the treatment is not working. It may be that you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the product, or it may be that your skin is not receptive to the treatment.

Hydrated Face For LED Mask Results

The serum is good for hydrated face for LED Mask. It can hydrate the skin by absorbing moisture, providing a slight lift to the skin, and removing any oil or makeup that you are using. The serum also contains vitamins and antioxidants that will help fight against free radicals in your body. Free radicals are harmful agents that have been linked with causing cancer.

By fighting against these harmful agents, Serum is good for hydrated face for LED Mask. People who have used Serum have claimed that the hydrated face and LED Mask work very well together. I have also used Serum on my skin, and I must say that the results were really amazing. In fact, I would go on to say that Serum is so good for hydrated face for LED Mask that I will be using it every single night before bed.

If you don’t have much experience making skin look hydrated, this is the forum for you. Let us first examine the ingredient list of Serum.

This product's main ingredients are Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C, Retinol A, Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Vitamin E, DMAE, Peptides, and Glycerin, Ferulic Acid, Aloe Vera.

  • AHA kills the bacteria causing acne and helps to get rid of blackheads.
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate helps in cleaning the skin by getting rid of dead skin cells and excess oil.
  • Salicylic Acid gets rid of pimples and acne scars, and Glycolic Acid is good in treating acne scars.

All of these ingredients are perfectly good for your hydrated face for LED Mask.

  • Now let us move on to how does Serum works to get rid of the facial puffiness.
  • When you are applying Serum on your hydrated face for LED Mask, you are putting on a layer of serum to the surface of your face.
  • As the serum gets applied, it works its way down into your skin and starts working as a moisturizer.
  • This is why this particular product is top-rated as it works as a good moisturizer without over-drying the skin.
How to Prepare Your Skin For a Red Light Therapy Session?

There are different methods used to prepare your skin, but essentially they all work in the same way: removing all the oil and dirt from the skin and then cleaning it. When I talk about cleansing, I’m talking about daily skincare maintenance products. If you want to know how to prepare your skin for a red light therapy session, this is the part that you need to read.

Most people have no idea how their skin looks like, so when they go into the doctor’s office and they've asked if they’ve had a photodynamic therapy or a laser treatment, they’re not aware of what treatment they might have received.

  • The skin absorbs red light from the sun, and in return, it produces negative ions.
  • These are similar to the particles produced by an activated oxygen generator (you know those things at the gym).
  • During photodynamic therapy, the skin cells absorb the energy from the lasers' red light, which causes the release of more negative ions, which then penetrate deeper into the skin.
  • They’re working like the “batteries” on your car — they give the batteries extra power and allow the car to run much longer.
  • If you want to learn how to prepare your skin for a red light therapy session, you must remove all the grime from your face and neck before the session.
  • Cleansing is one of the most important steps to remember in preparation.
How to Prepare Your Skin for Red Light Therapy Session by Using Non-Dry Cleanser

You might need more than just a good cleanser when trying to prepare your skin for red light therapy. Your cleanser is your friend when you are trying to remove all the dirt and excess oil from your face, but what if your cleanser is too harsh on your skin? If you have dry skin, using a cleanser containing too harsh ingredients may cause dryness, making it harder for you to remove those excess oils from your face.

When you prepare your skin for red light therapy session using the non-drying cleanser, make sure that you would be using a toner with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients to increase the collagen level the skin.

This will help keep your skin healthy and younger-looking.

Caution: Lotion and Moisturizers For LED Masks Are Not Recommended

The use of moisturizers and lotions is not recommended for LED masks because it will damage your skin. There are also cases wherein people who used such products ended up suffering from adverse effects.

The ingredients in these products may be too strong for the skin to be able to absorb.

You can prevent this by using only non-comedogenic lotions and moisturizers for LED masks.

  • This way, the product is less likely to irritate your skin. In addition to that, you can also use other types of products designed for sensitive or dry skins to use on your face during the event's preparation.
  • However, there are cases wherein people who have been using such moisturizers and lotions as part of their LED facial make-up mask ended up suffering from adverse effects.
  • In these cases, the products were not properly applied to the skin, and the amount that was applied was also insufficient.
  • Because the skin did not get sufficient moisture, the cells underneath the skin's surface could not repair themselves properly.
  • This will result in damaged skin, which will cause more breakouts than before.

Aside from lotion and moisturizers, it would help if you also stayed away from mineral oil, alcohol, and preservatives. These ingredients are not good for your skin, as they can cause dryness and irritation. It would help if you also stayed away from using creams and lotions with fragrance, which can only irritate your skin even more. Instead, look for serums.

If you want to have a glowing complexion without enduring any adverse effects, use a good quality face serum.

Prepare Your Skin For Red Light Therapy by Removing Sunscreen

You probably have heard that it is unsafe to use the sun’s UV rays at home, especially if you use a tanning lotion or a self-tanning lotion. But did you know that it is also not safe to use self-tanning products like tan accelerators and sunless tanning pills to prepare your skin for red light therapy sessions?

This defeats the purpose of using red light therapy, and you must remove sunscreen so that your face and skin are completely ready to receive the red light therapy. This is because self-tanning products contain ingredients that can affect the skin in adverse ways and block the beneficial deep penetrating infrared wavelength from 650nm to 850nm.

How to Prepare Your Skin For Red Light Therapy by Removing Makeup

If you have chosen to have laser acne treatment and you are wondering how to prepare your skin for the red light therapy, you will want to take a moment to learn how red light therapy works before getting started.

Before your session begins, you will be given a short amount of time to get ready for the procedure. This is because your skin needs to be very clean and free of any makeup. Your skin needs to be completely dry before the procedure can begin.

If there is any moisturizer on your skin when you arrive for your appointment, you will have to remove it before your treatment.

Your doctor will ask you several questions about your skin during your appointment, including what type of skin you have and whether or not you have any allergies. During this time, they will also determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. If you are cleared for the procedure, your skin will be exposed to an intense red light level. This is one of the most effective ways to get rid of acne, and it can also help prevent scars and aging from occurring on your face.

The amount of time that it takes to get your skin prepared for red light therapy varies. In most cases, it is normal to have it take from fifteen to thirty minutes to prepare your skin for the procedure. You may have to remove any makeup at this time as well.

How to Prepare Your Skin For Red Light Therapy by Exfoliating?

When a patient is getting a therapy session done, they will be required to go to the spa or beauty clinic to be given a facial.

A therapist will then start by cleaning the face thoroughly. After the initial cleaning process, the therapist will apply a chemical that will help exfoliate the skin.

This process can irritate the skin, so it is important to prepare your skin before undergoing this procedure. Some common preparations that people use include salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acid, retinoids, glycolic acid, and other peel-type products.

The exfoliating procedure aims to help the skin cells shed off dead skin cells and replace them with new cells.

This is why it is important to remove all traces of dead skin cells from your face before undergoing the procedure.

It may seem odd at first, but if you want to get the best results from the procedure, you need to gently exfoliate your skin.

Prepare Your Skin For Red Light Therapy With Moisturizers

When you prepare your skin for red light therapy, you are basically preparing to expose the blue spectrum laser's high intensity and the eventual dry out of the epidermis. The skin must be prepared using a good cream containing Reductase or Salicylic Acid, or by exfoliating the skin using a scrub.

After the procedure, you will need to have topical products applied to your skin to prevent the skin from cracking and peeling. This will also help improve your appearance and prevent future scarring. Removing moisturizers before the therapy can be helpful. This is because the skin’s cells will still be in a dormant state when you receive the treatment; therefore, your skin is not at risk for the dryness associated with moisturizers.

This will also improve your skin's look, especially for those who have undergone this procedure many times. However, you must be youthful if e to remove moisturizers in preparation for the session, as some creams may cause excessive dryness and irritation. Once you are prepared for the session, you can expect the doctor to start the red light therapy by generating a small amount of blue light on your skin's top layer.

The light then travels through the skin, reaching the deepest layers where most of the damage occurs. When the blue light is emitted, it is believed that the cells below the surface of the skin begin to absorb the red light, helping to repair the skin. The increased circulation and nutrient absorption help to rejuvenate your skin, leaving it looking younger and healthier than ever before.


Cómo la terapia de luz puede ayudar a reducir y controlar el estrés de las vacaciones

Cómo la terapia de luz puede ayudar a reducir y controlar el estrés de las vacaciones

If there's one thing that many of us experience during the holiday season, it’s stress. As much as it can be a time of joy, there’s a lot of pressures that come along with this time of the year. And now, the holidays come with yet another set of stressors that we're not so unaccustomed to: an ongoing global pandemic. None of us have gone through a holiday season during lockdowns and quarantines, making it stressful and difficult to navigate. 

With many of us unable to see our families, we are potentially having to spend the holidays alone, only seeing our loved ones over Zoom or Skype. It’s an unusual time we’re living in right now and it can bring up various emotions. The chronic stress we’re currently living in can lead to serious health problems, including inflammation, headaches, insomnia, digestion issues, and loss of sexual desire. 

On top of everything, the winter season brings SAD (seasonal affective disorder), resulting in many people suffering from low energy, depression, and appetite changes. So, as you can see, we’re dealing with a lot this holiday season, and it’s evermore important to take care of ourselves. 

Of course, the fact that we're separated from our families is difficult, and sadly, there's not much we can do about it. However, we can help ourselves find mental, emotional, and physical balance during these stressful times, and reduce inflammation stemming from stress in the body.

If you're suffering from inflammation and have experienced pain, heat, swelling, and discomfort, you've probably done some Googling to find the cause. As you know, endless search results point to diet, weight, and exercise, which are all valid causes, but they are not the only ones. But there's one main cause we tend to ignore: stress. 

What happens to us when we’re stressed? When we're stressed, our inflammatory response jumps into action and our body enters allostasis. Allostasis is the process of adapting to acute stress by producing stress-related hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. In other words, our bodies go into "flight or fight" mode. 

This isn't necessarily unhealthy; this is part of the natural human response. However, the problem comes when we're experiencing chronic stress as our bodies cannot return to homeostasis. This causes the body to believe we're fighting for our lives continually, and ultimately causes inflammation. 

Naturally, in today’s world, you’re going to experience stressful situations. And yes, yoga and meditation help to reduce stress, but they don’t reduce inflammation entirely. So, what can you do? When it comes to bringing your body back to a state of balance, red light therapy works wonders.

If you've ever visited the doctor for inflammation issues, you've probably been prescribed nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or steroids. Though they're useful, they don't deal with the root cause of your inflammation.

Red light therapy does combat the root of inflammation by sending wavelengths of red and near-infrared (NIR) light to the skin and cells, cutting down the oxidative stress and enhancing cellular energy to boost your immune system, even preventing diseases that are caused by chronic inflammation. In addition, red light therapy also increases the cell's healing process, improving blood flow and reducing any existing inflammation. 

Aside from the inflammation, red light therapy also aids in treating seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Red light therapy’s benefits are particularly powerful during the winter season, as you can eliminate or reduce winter-related conditions such as inflammation and SAD. 

Inflammation is a natural part of the human body, but chronic inflammation can cause serious health risks that can significantly reduce the quality of your life. Therefore, we’re intent on helping people reduce inflammation at Lunas through our state-of-the-art red light therapy devices that are MDA and FDA approved and can be used from the comfort of your home during this holiday season. 

Winter can be a dreary and gloomy time of year, but that doesn’t mean you need to feel poorly, too. With red light therapy, you’ll be able to reduce inflammation, eliminate symptoms and get your life back. 

Cómo integrar la terapia de luz en tu rutina diaria

Cómo integrar la terapia de luz en tu rutina diaria

Our lives are busier than ever, and even though red light therapy sounds like something that could significantly benefit you, we know you might be thinking: “when will I have time for red light therapy?” 

Part of the beauty of red light therapy is that you don't need to change your current routine or lifestyle to enjoy its benefits: if you're someone whose day is busy in front of a desk, you can turn the device on while you work; or if you have easy-going mornings but hectic afternoons, you can enjoy your morning coffee while using our red light therapy device. Or, you can turn on the panel while you’re unwinding with a movie in the evenings –– the options are endless.  

Red light therapy treatment isn’t supposed to take over your day and cause an inconvenience. With an at-home red light therapy device, you make the rules. 

That said, you may be wondering what’s the best time of day to use our red light therapy devices. Well, there are a couple of ways you can integrate red light therapy into your lifestyle. 

There are three main parts of the day: morning, midday, and evening. Though you’re able to use red light therapy any time of the day, some parts of the day can be more effective than others, particularly given your personal health and wellness needs. 

If you’re someone who’s suffering from a sleep disorder, then you may want to focus on using red light therapy during the mornings and evenings. For sleep conditions, using red light therapy around sunrise or sunset are the best times of the day. Why is that? 

It has to do with our biological circadian rhythm, which is the natural internal process that helps regulate your sleep cycle within a 24-hour day. To optimize your circadian rhythm and improve your sleep cycle, you need to sync with your natural sleep rhythm. By doing so, you reduce sleep inertia, insomnia, and other sleep disorders. 

When regulating your circadian cycle, your body releases a hormone called melatonin. This particular hormone is the highest in the blood at night and optimal for helping you fall asleep. When using red light therapy at night, it can help you enhance your natural melatonin production

When using red light therapy in the morning, exposure to light helps stop melatonin production, giving your body a natural energy boost. So, either time of the day––morning or night––can be an incredible time to help your body reset its circadian rhythm. 

You don’t need to schedule off your morning for red light therapy treatment. While you’re eating your breakfast or going through your emails, you simply turn on your red light therapy device and enjoy 10 to 15 minutes of treatment. 

Or, in the evenings when you’re cozied up on the course, washing the dishes, or sitting in bed with a book, turn on your red light therapy panel to help regulate your sleep cycle, mood, and overall health. 

If you can’t manage to use red light therapy in the morning or evening, you can always have a treatment in the afternoon, as well. If you’re dealing with a sleep disorder or seasonal depression, we recommend morning or evening treatment. However, midday treatment will also provide you with a load of benefits, including collagen production, decreasing symptoms of depression, improving sleep disorders, and non-seasonal Bipolar depressive episodes. 

Whatever the condition may be, whether it's a sleeping disorder, skin condition, or depression, Lunas red light therapy devices promote cellular healing from the inside out. What’s important is you find the time of the day that best suits your body’s needs. Everyone is different, so it’s important to find out what works for you and your unique routine and lifestyle.

Terapia de luz y cirugía ortopédica

Terapia de luz y cirugía ortopédica

At some point in most of our lives, we’re all going to encounter a visit with an orthopedic doctor. As a society, we’re constantly straining our muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons. 

In addition, nutrient deficiencies are incredibly common as more people resort to eating processed and fast food for their meals. With a lack of nutrition, our bones, joints, and muscles do not receive what they need to sustain themselves and remain healthy. 

Conditions such as Osteroporsosis—or bone loss—can create pain, inflammation, and bone breakage. Other nutrition deficiencies can cause low immunity, muscle weakness, and joint issues. 

Of course, nutritional deficiency isn’t the only reason someone can suffer from joint, muscle, tendon, or ligament issues. Aside from doing repetitive movements, athletes are more prone to muscle, tendon, ligament, and joint injuries. 

Whatever the cause may be, there’s one thing they all have in common: people with these types of injuries often need to be seen by an orthopedic surgeon. 

For some people, physical therapy can help; however, more people have to undergo orthopedic surgeries. Today, the most common orthopedic surgeries are ACL reconstruction, knee, hip, and shoulder replacements. If there’s one thing everyone who’s experienced orthopedic surgery can say, it’s that recovery can be extremely challenging and lengthy. 

Sadly, there’s not much one can do when recovering from orthopedic surgery. You simply have to wait until the operated area heals naturally. But, there is one specific treatment that aids the post-recovery period and prevents future joint issues. What is it? It’s red light therapy, of course! 

Red light therapy works by enhancing energy within your body’s cells, which works to repair any damaged cells in the body. By repairing damaged cells in the body, it reduces pain and inflammation, increasing the recovery period. 

Red light therapy has proven to achieve a few things:

  • It stimulates cells to remove toxins
  • Increases oxygen flow to the cells
  • Blocks pain signals in the brain and releases endorphins and enkephalin (a natural pain killer in the body)
  • Jumpstarts the body’s healing process by stimulating the mitochondria in the cells.

That said, red light therapy can be used to treat a wide range of joint, muscle, tendon, ligament, and bone injuries. The reason why it works on a wide scale of injuries is due to the fact it can treat various tissues within the body, reducing inflammation and pain. 

A review by Harvard Medical School and the University of Sydney found that laser therapy can be effective for treating:


  • Post-surgical pain
  • Tendonitis
  • Muscular back pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cervical or lumbar radiculopathy
  • Epicondylitis
  • Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Whiplash injury
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Tendinopathy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sprains and strains

Red light therapy is also highly used within the athletic community to speed up the healing process, help players get back on the field, and prevent future injuries. 

Through red light therapy, it prevents muscle soreness, fatigue, and aids in recovery. By having the muscles recover quickly, red light therapy reduces inflammation, allowing the muscle to heal and avert future injuries.

From mild to severe joint, muscle, ligaments, bone, and tendon conditions, red light therapy improves recovery time and aids the healing process. The beauty is that this therapy is entirely possible to undergo from the comfort of your own home.
Lunas red light therapy devices provide high-quality at-home treatments to help you make the most out of your recovery. With red light therapy, not only will you recover from surgery, but you’ll feel even better than before.

¿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?

Weight loss is something that many people struggle with, and our modern day lifestyles can make it challenging to prioritize healthy eating and movement. We’re living fast lives, often resorting to highly-processed foods, and skipping out on exercising, all of which are the main contributors to weight gain. 

In 2020, the obesity rate in the U.S. was 42.4%. Though it’s often overlooked, people with a high BMI are at very high risk for cardiovascular diseases, hormonal issues, diabetes, cancer, and musculoskeletal disorders. 

However, in recent years, there’s been a shift in people’s mentalities. Yes, many are still opting for meal replacements and weight loss surgeries; however, others are focusing on eating clean and eliminating preservatives from their diet. Instead of doing quick diet fads, many are trying to change their lifestyle, even turning to alternative eating methods such as the ketogenic diet – a low-carb, high- fat diet that shares similarities to the Atkins diet. Essentially, you eat fewer carbs and replace them with fat. By doing this, the body goes into a state of ketosis, enabling the fat from your diet and body to be burned into energy. 

However, the keto diet does more than just help people lose weight. It reduces blood sugar and insulin levels, sleep disorders, seizures, and other brain disorders. It’s clear that the keto diet does have health benefits aside from weight loss. This diet alone has changed the lives of millions of people around the world. But wait...what does this all have to do with red light therapy? 

Before we talk about red light therapy working alongside keto, it’s crucial to understand the importance of natural light to the human body. Our bodies respond to light the same way it does to carbs, proteins, and fats. Our bodies are built to function with an optimal amount of natural light so that our cells can produce energy

We need light like we need fruits and vegetables. Similar to when we eat junk food, if we’re exposed to an abundance of artificial light, our bodies don’t function optimally. However, we’re spending more time inside than ever, meaning we’re not getting enough natural light. Simply put: it isn’t good for our bodies and minds.

So how do the two work together? If you’re on the keto diet, your body will go into a state of ketosis, which promotes increased weight loss, specifically in the abdominal area. When the body is able to burn fat efficiently, the body works better—this the same goes for red light therapy. 

Red light therapy strengthens the mitochondria inside our cells. The mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cells where energy is created. By improving the function of the mitochondria, a cell produces more ATP (adenosine triphosphate). With an increase in energy, the cells function optimally and are able to regenerate at a faster pace. 

Keto and red light therapy work to naturally enhance our body’s functionality as both operate to enhance the mitochondria. Keto works to burn fatty acids and ketones instead of glucose. With red light therapy, it decreases oxidative stress that slows energy systems. When using red light therapy during a keto diet, your cells are able to work efficiently as both increase energy, physical performance, and weight loss

But red light therapy does more than just enhance your body’s energy and physical performance. Red light therapy improves sleeping patterns by adjusting your circadian rhythm and helping the brain produce natural melatonin. Developing a regular sleep pattern on top of losing weight will only help improve your weight loss journey, as well as balance your hormones. Red light therapy also reduces inflammation and joint pain, which helps the overall weight loss experience. 


If you’re on the keto diet or considering giving it a try, consider easing into the process by supplementing with Lunas’ MDA and FDA-approved red light therapy devices to help aid your weight loss journey.

Terapia de luz - ¿Una alternativa para el Botox y a los rellenos?

Terapia de luz - ¿Una alternativa para el Botox y a los rellenos?

It’s safe to say that most people would prefer to slow down the physical signs of aging, particularly on their faces – and the proof is in the numbers. In 2018, the global anti-aging market was estimated to be worth around $50.2 billion U.S. dollars. Now that's a lot of skin cream and Botox. And those numbers are only increasing: by 2027, the anti-aging product industry is projected to be worth $83.2 billion U.S. dollars. 

Of course, a large portion of sales are going to anti-aging creams and serums; however, there's been an increase in soft-tissues cosmetic procedures like Botox and filler treatments. A report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons from 2018 reported around 7.4 million injections of botulinum toxin (Botox) and 2.6 million dermal filler injections we used that year. 

In America alone, Botox and fillers ranked the second most popular, minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures. But why are they so popular? Due to their invasiveness, they're more effective than anti-aging creams. However, that comes at a potentially risky and painful price. 

Botox's side effects include bruising and swelling at the injection site, fever, chills, and headaches. Some side effects are specific to the area of injection and include drooping eyelids, excessive tearing, and uneven eyebrows and other facial muscles. More importantly, research on the long-term side effects of Botox and fillers is limited. There are immediate results, yes; however, there's an unclear understanding of what Botox and fillers do to the body in the long-term.

Aside from health concerns, Botox and fillers can quickly add up financially, too. The most common Botox and filler treatments cost hundreds of dollars per session. Women and men around the world are risking their health and money to look youthful, but what they don't realize is there's non-invasive alternatives to these procedures, including light therapy. 

Aside from light therapy’s plethora of benefits for the human body, it is an amazing anti-aging alternative for those looking for non-invasive and natural anti-aging results. Light therapy reduces fine lines and wrinkles, but goes beyond just skin deep. 

While Botox and fillers work to cover the symptoms of aging skin, light therapy solves the problem at a cellular level. As we age, our body’s collagen production decreases, leaving our skin less plump and full. However, through light therapy, you’re actually stimulating collagen production beneath the skin to receive natural and similar results to Botox and fillers. 

Light therapy works by delivering wavelengths of red and near-infrared light to our skin and cells. Red light enhances our cellular function, stimulating the cell's mitochondria to produce ATP (adenosine triphosphate) energy. This boost of cell energy promotes collagen and elastin production, bringing the plumpness back into your skin. 

A 2014 study found that users of red light therapy experienced significantly improved skin complexion and increased collagen. Angela Lamb, M.D. and associate professor of the Department of Dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, stated that "Science shows that red light therapy protects existing collagen and boosts new production. Plus, it helps with texture, tone, pore size, and wrinkles."

However, there are more benefits to red light therapy than natural collagen production. Light therapy also aids in diminishing fine lines and wrinkles, reduces scarring, fights acne, treats inflammation, and aids in muscle recovery.

The proof is in the research, and study after study has shown the same results: red light therapy works for anti-aging. Rhonda Klein, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist in Connecticut, said that “Realistically, you can expect RLT to improve your skin’s tone and texture. We know that it soothes inflammation, improves mild acne, and proactively treats fine lines and wrinkles, in addition to other benefits.”

Lunas’ red light therapy devices are both MDA and FDA-approved, assuring you receive the highest quality of red light treatments available on the market, which is essential in receiving the best, most efficacious results.

Los niños del fuego - Luz infrarroja y el fuego

Los niños del fuego - Luz infrarroja y el fuego

The control of fire by early humans was a turning point in the technological evolution of human beings. Fire provided a source of warmth, protection from predators, a way to create more advanced hunting tools, and a method for cooking food. These cultural advances allowed human geographic dispersal, cultural innovations, and changes to diet and behavior. Additionally, creating fire allowed human activity to continue into the evening's dark and colder hours.

Claims for the earliest definitive evidence of fire control by a member of Homo range from 1.7 to 2.0 million years ago. Evidence for the “microscopic traces of wood ash” as the controlled use of fire by Homo erectus, beginning some 1,000,000 years ago, has wide scholarly support. Flint blades burned in fires roughly 300,000 years ago were found near fossils of early but not entirely modern Homo sapiens in Morocco.

The fire was used regularly and systematically by early modern humans to heat treat silcrete stone to increase its flake-ability for toolmaking approximately 164,000 years ago at the South African site of Pinnacle Point.[5] Evidence of widespread control of fire by anatomically modern humans dates to approximately 125,000 years ago.They also used fire for light.

Infrared Light from Fire

The burning of wood (or other organic materials) releases energy in the form of infrared light. When you take a photo of someone with an infrared camera, what do you see? A heat “signature” that correlates (approximately) to their metabolic activity.

What is infrared light? It is a spectrum of light that we can’t see but that powerfully shapes our biology. You sense infrared light as “heat.” The heat you feel from the sun — that’s the sensation of infrared light. The feeling of heat you get when you put your hand close to an oven, toaster, or fire — that is also infrared light. The heat of another person’s body — infrared light again. Hot springs transfer heat to your body in the form of infrared light stored in the water itself. When you take a hot shower or hot bath, the same principle is at work.

Infrared light has been used for decades as a heat source for saunas. Before IR saunas, we had sweat lodges and traditional stone saunas. In traditional saunas and sweat lodges, stones absorb energy from either an electronic heating unit (in the case of a sauna) or a fire. The light is stored in the stones and gradually released during the sweat lodge or the sauna. Both methods use light to heal the human body.

And infrared light doesn’t just transfer “heat” to your body — it turns the water in your cells into batteries. This is likely why ancient cultures recognize the importance of fire, sweat lodges, and saunas, especially in winter.

It is not a coincidence that sitting down next to a fire is so comfortable. Firelight is natural and helps to manage melatonin production as well as keeping our circadian rhythms under control.

A fireplace or fire-pit isn’t just an ornamental detail of your home, and it’s a tool you can use to live a healthier life.

Referencias

  1. James, Steven R. (February 1989). “Hominid Use of Fire in the Lower and Middle Pleistocene: A Review of the Evidence” (PDF). Current Anthropology. 30 (1): 1–26. doi:10.1086/203705. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 December 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
  2. ^ Luke, Kim. “Evidence That Human Ancestors Used Fire One Million Years Ago.” Retrieved 27 October 2013. An international team led by the University of Toronto and Hebrew University has identified the earliest known evidence of the use of fire by human ancestors. Microscopic traces of wood ash, alongside animal bones and stone tools, were found in a layer dated one million years ago.
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Luz azul y roja para tratar la Rosácea

Luz azul y roja para tratar la Rosácea

Rosacea is a common inflammatory skin condition affecting approximately 5% of the world population. Therapeutic approaches to rosacea are focused on symptom suppression employing anti-inflammatory agents. Photodynamic therapy, especially light-emitting diodes, has been introduced as a valid alternative to conventional therapy.

Because of rosacea's potential complexity, it has been classified into subtypes according to signs and symptoms that often occur together. Patients may have characteristics of more than one subtype at the same time. Although the cause of rosacea is unknown, several possibilities are currently being studied, including flushing, inflammatory pathways, and Demodex mites. Simultaneously, a growing range of therapies is available to address rosacea's signs and symptoms. While your doctor will tailor medical therapy to your individual case, treatment options may often be keyed to standard subtypes and level of severity.1

As with any medical therapy, outcomes of rosacea treatment may vary from case to case. Compliance with therapy — using your medication as your doctor prescribes — is an important key to success. Please consult a dermatologist or other physician to determine the appropriate therapy for your individual case.

Subtype 1: Facial Redness

Subtype 1 (erythematotelangiectatic) rosacea is characterized by flushing and persistent facial redness. Visible blood vessels may also be present, and facial discomfort is common.

Research into the physical processes involved in rosacea has recently led to new prescription therapy to relieve facial redness. It may also be important for you to identify and avoid lifestyle and environmental factors that trigger flushing or irritating your skin. The most common factors are covered in Rosacea Triggers, and a Rosacea Diary is available to help you identify and avoid those factors that affect your individual case.

The appearance of flushing, redness, and visible blood vessels may also be concealed with cosmetics, and facial discomfort may benefit from appropriate skincare, both discussed under Skin Care & Cosmetics.

Visible blood vessels and severe background redness may be reduced with lasers or intense pulsed light therapy. Several sessions are typically required for satisfactory results, and touch-up sessions may later be needed as the underlying disease process is still present.

In specific cases, extensive flushing may be moderated somewhat through the use of certain drugs.

Subtype 2: Bumps and Pimples

Subtype 2 (papulopustular) rosacea is characterized by persistent facial redness and acne-like bumps and pimples and is often seen after or at the same time as subtype 1. Fortunately, however, several medications have been extensively studied and approved for this common form of rosacea and may also be used on a long-term basis to prevent symptoms recurrence.

In mild to moderate cases, doctors often prescribe oral and topical rosacea therapy to bring the condition under immediate control, followed by long-term use of topical therapy alone to maintain remission. A version of oral therapy with less risk of microbial resistance has also been developed specifically for rosacea and is safe for long-term use.

Higher doses of oral antibiotics may be prescribed, and other drugs may be used for patients who are unresponsive to conventional treatments.

Subtype 3: Skin Thickening

Subtype 3 (phymatous) rosacea is characterized by skin thickening and enlargement, most frequently around the nose. This condition develops primarily in men. Although mild cases may be treated with medications, moderate to severe manifestations, typically require surgery.

A wide range of surgical options is available, including cryosurgery, radiofrequency ablation, electrosurgery tangential excision combined with scissor sculpturing, and skin grafting. A surgical laser may be used as a bloodless scalpel to remove excess tissue and recontour the nose, often followed by dermabrasion.

Subtype 4: Eye Irritation

Subtype 4 (ocular) rosacea is characterized by any one of many eye symptoms, including a watery or bloodshot appearance, foreign body sensation, burning or stinging, dryness, itching, light sensitivity, and blurred vision. A history of having styles is a strong indication and has “dry eye” or blepharitis.

Treatment for mild to moderate ocular rosacea may include artificial tears, oral antibiotics, and the eyelashes' daily cleansing with baby shampoo on a wet washcloth. More severe cases should be examined by an eye specialist, who may prescribe ophthalmic treatments, as potential corneal complications may involve visual acuity loss.

Treatment and Conditions


Currently, there are two traditional treating methods, such as medications and physical treatment. Doctors can prescribe medications. Usually, the medications are antibiotics. The thing is, however, there are side effects from the antibiotics. Additionally, there is no proof that Rosacea is a bacterial condition. So the effectiveness of treatment could remain uncertain. Plus, going to see a doctor can be time-consuming & money consuming.

Physical treatment can be soup or gel to help better improve the skin. However, people have different skin types. Usually, it is super expensive to diagnose the skin condition in great detail; people have different skin types. The wrong usage of beauty products could lead to worsen skin problems or increase sensitivity.

Several therapeutic approaches are currently available for treating rosacea, and they are mainly aimed at controlling disease symptoms. The therapeutic plan has to be adapted to the rosacea subtype and tailored according to the patient's dominant manifestations. In general, the reduction of oral therapy in favor of topical or physical therapy is desirable to reduce side effects for patients and increase the treatment's safety.

The therapeutic approach has blue (480 nm ± 15 nm) and red (650 ± 15 nm) LED light-based therapy in patients affected by rosacea. Previous research reported the efficacy of red and blue light coupled with mild to moderate acne lesions. Blue light (400–470 nm), due to its lower penetration, is useful in such skin conditions related to the skin's epidermis layer; therefore, it can also interfere with human sebocyte proliferation. On the other hand, red light (630 nm) is reported to affect sebum production significantly. The benefits deriving from PDT using LEDs are not limited to its efficacy but are also related to its safety and tolerance by patients; therefore, its advantages can be extended to a broad range of dermatological conditions.

References:

Two AM, Wu W, Gallo RL, Hata TR. Rosacea: part I. Introduction, categorization, histology, pathogenesis, and risk factors. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2015;72(5):749–58. quiz 759–60. PMID: 25890455

Plewig G, Kligman AM. History of Acne and Rosacea. In: ACNE and ROSACEA. Berlin: Springer; 2000.

Odom R, Dahl M, Dover J, Draelos Z, Drake L, Macsai M, Powell F, Thiboutot D, Webster GF, Wilkin J. Standard management options for rosacea, part 2: Options according to subtype. Cutis, 2009;84:97–104.

Kolontaja-Zauber, I., Ināra Ančupāne, Andra Dērveniece, Aija Žileviča, & Ilze Ķikuste. (, 2018). Impact of intense pulsed light therapy on the quality of life of rosacea patients. Proceedings of the Latvian Academy of ences Section B Natural Exact and Applied sciences, 72(1), 9–15.

Kim, B. Y., Moon, H. R., & Ryu, H. J. . (2018). Comparative efficacy of short-pulsed intense pulsed light and pulsed dye laser to treat rosacea. Journal of Cosmetic & Laser Therapy, 1–6.

Bo, Young, Kim, Hye-Rim, Moon, & Hwa, et al. (2018). Comparative efficacy of short-pulsed intense pulsed light and pulsed dye laser to treat rosacea. Journal of Cosmetic & Laser Therapy Official Publication of the European Society for Laser Dermatology.

Smith, J. P. K. . (1984). The eyes have it: young children’s discrimination of age in masked and unmasked facial photographs. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.


Terapia de luz y la diabetes

Terapia de luz y la diabetes

DAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 100 million adults in the United States suffer from diabetes or pre-diabetes. A chronic disease characterized by elevated blood glucose levels (blood sugar), diabetes develops because the body doesn’t make enough insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas. Low insulin levels cause glucose to build up in the blood, resulting in various health problems, some severe.

There are three types of diabetes: type 1, type 2, and gestational. Whichever type you may have, light therapy could be the treatment solution you’ve been looking for. This article will explore red light and near-infrared (NIR) light for diabetes: a novel solution that helps treat this disease's complications at the cellular level — healing from the inside out.

Red and Near-Infrared Light for Diabetes

While some people with type 2 diabetes (also called adult-onset diabetes) can achieve target blood sugar levels with lifestyle changes, diabetes medications, or insulin therapy may also be needed to control blood sugar. Many medications cause serious side effects. Diabetes has no cure, and symptom management is the only way to coax the disease into remission.

Red and NIR light has been used successfully to treat the complications associated with diabetes. Before we delve into that, let’s do a quick overview of what this treatment method actually is.

Red light therapy, also called low-level light therapy (LLLT) or photobiomodulation, is an umbrella term referring to the red light and NIR light. It uses powerful light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs to deliver intense beams of red and NIR wavelengths to bare skin.

Wavelengths of light are measured in nanometers (nm). Research has shown that red wavelengths from 630nm to 660nm, and NIR wavelengths from 810nm to 850nm, have the greatest scope of benefits — and come with no side effects.

Although studies often focus on either red or near-infrared wavelengths, experts say the best treatment approach is to use both. Doing so will provide skin-deep as well as deep-tissue benefits. For example, the 630nm to 660nm wavelengths address the skin's health, and the longer 810nm to 850nm NIR wavelengths penetrate deeper into the body. NIR wavelengths can even penetrate bone and hard connective tissue like cartilage.

Increase Capillary Formation for Improved Blood Flow

Thomas Burke, Ph.D., a retired physiologist with the University of Colorado Medical School, has studied blood flow — specifically changes in blood flow — for more than 30 years. Dr. Burke’s extensive research into the effects of red light therapy on circulation has led him to conclude that infrared light increases blood flow in any site in the body to which it is applied. This has profound implications for treating slow-healing wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers, which affect approximately 15 percent of patients with diabetes.

One effect of diabetes is meager amounts of nitric oxide produced by the body, which hinders normal blood flow. This is one reason people with diabetes often develop a circulatory condition called peripheral arterial disease, in which narrowed blood vessels reduce blood flow to the limbs. Many diabetes patients also develop diabetic neuropathy, a peripheral nervous system disorder that causes loss of feeling in the extremities, especially the feet.

The combination of poor blood flow and neuropathy can make people with diabetes more susceptible to ulcers or infections in the feet that, if allowed to spread, may require extreme measures such as amputation. LLLT can help circulation by stimulating the formation of tiny capillaries in areas treated by the light. This allows for better oxygen and nutrient delivery to the body’s peripheral regions, including the feet, which seem to bear the brunt of diabetic complications.

Increased Cellular Metabolism and Energy

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.

Poor cellular energy, officially known as mitochondrial dysfunction, is one of the main causes of diabetic neuropathy, so restoring normal mitochondrial function is essential. When there’s a chronic blood sugar imbalance, cells become stressed, unable to function properly, and unable to repair themselves.

Low-level light therapy addresses mitochondrial dysfunction by increasing ATP production. This, in turn, energizes cells and sparks a chain reaction of beneficial biological processes and improved health. When mitochondrial function is returned to normal, it supports skin ulcers and neuropathic pain and helps restore normal peripheral nervous system functioning.

Restored Normal Nerve Functioning

Until LLLT was developed, loss of sensation in the feet of diabetics was considered progressive and irreversible. Even today, the recommended treatment is often anti-inflammatory drugs that interrupt pain pathways. These drugs do not address the underlying problem: abnormal nerve signaling due to inflammation and mitochondrial dysfunction.

Today, diabetic neuropathy can be treated using near-infrared light. According to a 2015 study by medical researchers from Iran, NIR light therapy effectively reduces neuropathic pain and promotes damaged nerve cells' regeneration.

An earlier study by researchers from Japan also focused on LLLT’s effects on nerve regeneration. It is known that disrupted blood sugar levels can lead to oxidative stress, which can cause inflammation. The study revealed that NIR light acts as an antioxidant and reduces inflammation, conducive to nerve regeneration.

Increased Collagen Production

Diabetes can cause uncomfortable, often painful changes in the skin, including severe dryness, peeling, cracking, and abnormal callus growth. Red light therapy boosts the body’s natural collagen production so that as skin cells are renewed, the damaged skin can be gradually replaced by healthy skin. Improved blood flow and cellular functioning also support healthy skin growth.

Reduced Inflammation for Faster Wound Healing

Diabetic foot ulcers may form due to a combination of poor circulation, immune system deficiency that makes it hard for the body to fight off infection, diminished foot sensitivity (diabetic neuropathy), and ill-fitting shoes. Infected and dead tissue will need to be removed. The growth of healthy new tissue needs to be supported with blood sugar management and optimal mitochondrial functioning, and collagen production.

A Stronger Immune System

Improving health requires a robust immune system, and LLLT can help in several significant ways. For instance, it stimulates the production of stem cells, which are the body’s master cells with the potential to develop into many different types of cells. Stem cells remain in a dormant, non-specialized state until they are needed, when they are mobilized into action and carried to various parts of the body where they take on specialized roles.

Also essential for a healthy immune system is the thyroid, which LLLT helps to balance. People with diabetes have an increased risk of developing hypothyroidism, which is an underactive thyroid. Hypothyroidism results in mitochondrial dysfunction and poor cell functioning.

Also, research has shown that LLLT supports liver regeneration for more efficient waste disposal. This helps treat systemic inflammation and supports the workings of the immune system.

Consistency

LLLT is not an instant cure for any condition. You may experience relief after just one session, but the greatest results will come with time as the body’s cells regenerate and optimize their functioning. This can take a few weeks to a few months. Several sessions per week can help manage and minimize diabetic complications and keep the disease in remission on an ongoing basis.

Melasma y terapia de luz

Melasma y terapia de luz

Light can be a powerful skincare tool, whether it’s an LED facial or light therapy for all skin. Light therapy can also seem a little mysterious if you’ve never done it before because light doesn’t interact with the skin in the same obvious way as, say, serum or moisturizer.

Here, we’re breaking down light therapy and melasma, explaining what they are, how they work, and experts’ advice for adding them to your skincare routine.

Melasma is sometimes referred to as the mask of pregnancy because it is sometimes triggered by an increase in pregnant women's hormones. But while the condition may be common among pregnant women, it isn’t limited to them.

“It’s not only associated with pregnancy but can affect women at all stages of life,”

Says Dr. Shadi Kourosh, director of the Pigmentary Disorder and Multi-Ethnic Skin Clinic at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. And it may last for many years.

“Women who develop melasma in their teens or 20s or 30s may see it stay around for decades,”

Says Dr. Barbara Gilchrest, senior lecturer on dermatology at Harvard Medical School.

What is Melasma

Melasma is a common skin problem. The condition causes dark, discolored patches on your skin.

It’s also called chloasma, or the “mask of pregnancy,” when it occurs in pregnant women. The condition is much more common in women than men, though men can get it too. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 90 percent of people who develop melasma are women.

Causes of Melasma

It isn’t obvious what causes melasma. Darker-skinned individuals are more at risk than those with fair skin. Estrogen and progesterone sensitivity are also associated with the condition. This means birth control pills, pregnancy, and hormone therapy can all trigger melasma. Stress and thyroid disease are also thought to be causes of melasma.

Additionally, sun exposure can cause melasma because ultraviolet rays affect the cells that control pigment (melanocytes).

How is Melasma Diagnosed?

A visual exam of the affected area is often enough to diagnose melasma. To rule out specific causes, your healthcare professional might also perform some tests.

One testing technique is a Wood’s lamp examination. This is a special kind of light that’s held up to your skin. It allows your healthcare professional to check for bacterial and fungal infections and determine how many skin layers the melasma affects. To check for any serious skin conditions, they might also perform a biopsy. This involves removing a small piece of the affected skin for testing.

Light Therapy Based Treatments

Light therapy for melasma treatment is best suited for patients with refractory melasma who failed with topical treatment or a series of chemical peels. Topical therapy takes at least three months or longer to see skin lightening, and those patients who are interested in a more rapid response could consider light therapy.

When a patient wishes for an accelerated pace of improvement, analogous to chemical peels, these modalities accelerate melanin pathways’ removal. Still, they do not target the melanin production itself.

One key point of patient counseling before laser- and light-based treatment is that these therapies can speed up removing melasma-related hyperpigmentation, but they are not cures for melasma.

Referencias

Arora P, Sarkar R, Garg VK, Arya L. Lasers to treat melasma and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. J Cutan Aesthet Surg.

Barolet D. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in dermatology. Semin Cutan Med Surg. 2008;27(4):227–238.

Lee HM, Haw S, Kim JK, et al. Split-face study using a 1,927-nm thulium fiber fractional laser to treat photoaging and melasma in Asian skin. Dermatol Surg. 2013;39(6):879–888.

Kauvar AN. The evolution of melasma therapy: targeting melanosomes using low-fluence Q-switched neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet lasers. Semin Cutan Med Surg.

Weiss RA, McDaniel DH, Geronemus RG, Weiss MA. A clinical trial of a novel non-thermal LED array for reversal of photoaging: clinical, histologic, and surface profilometric results. Lasers Surg Med. 2005;36(2):85–91.

¿Tratamiento de acupuntura con láser?

¿Tratamiento de acupuntura con láser?

Acupuncture under traditional Chinese medicine is an alternative medicine that treats patients by needle insertion and manipulation at acupoints (APS) in the body. Acupuncture causes collagen fiber contraction, resulting in soluble actin polymerization and actin stress fiber formation, affecting the nervous and immune systems. Besides, acupuncture leads to molecular changes at APs in tissues at the cellular level. The local physicochemical reactions at the APs send signals to the organs via the tissue fluid and blood circulatory systems for optimal adjustment of the body’s organs.

It is believed to have been practiced for more than 2500 years, and this modality is among the oldest healing practices in the world. Acupuncture is based on the idea that living beings have Qi, defined as inner energy, and that it is an imbalance in Qi or interruption in the flow of Qi that causes illness and disease. Acupuncture therapy is focused on rebalancing the flow of Qi, and the practice is progressively gaining credibility as a primary or adjuvant therapy by Western medical providers.

Laser Acupuncture

Kaiyan Medical has been working to create ergonomic laser pens to simulate the acupuncture process. Laser acupuncture (LA) — non-thermal, low-intensity laser irradiation to stimulate acupuncture points — has become more common among acupuncture practitioners in recent years. LA is a safer, pain-free alternative to traditional acupuncture, with minimal adverse effects and greater versatility. LA has many features that make it an attractive option as a treatment modality, including minimal sensation, short duration of treatment, and minimal risks of infection, trauma, and bleeding complications.

What is the Difference

In acupuncture, needles are inserted at specific acupoints, which may be manually stimulated in various ways, including gentle twisting or up-and-down movements. Besides, the depth of needle penetration is also manipulated by the acupuncture practitioner. The patient may report sensations of De Qi, which are feelings of pressure, warmth, or tingling in the superficial layers of the skin. Many theories to explain how acupuncture works have been proposed, including the gate-control theory of pain and the endorphin-and-neurotransmitter. Others have postulated that acupuncture modulates the transmission of pain signals and alters the release of endogenous endorphins and neurotransmitters, resulting in physiologic changes.

One clear difference between needle acupuncture and LA is that LA does not physically penetrate the skin. Despite a greater understanding of LA, it is unclear how non-thermal, low-intensity laser irradiation stimulates acupoints. The mechanism of LA may be entirely separate from our present understanding of acupuncture. Current theories postulate that LLLT could positively affect modulating inflammation, pain, and tissue repair, given appropriate irradiation parameters.

Anti-Inflammatory Effect of Lasers

Inflammation reduction comparable to that of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs has been reported with animal studies that used red and near-infrared LLLT, with laser outputs ranging from 2.5 to 100 mW and delivered energy doses ranging from 0.6 to 9.6 Joules. Human studies have shown similar anti-inflammatory effects with LLLT, which may account for many associated positive clinical results.

Cellular Effects of LLLT

LLLT improves cell physiology by increasing the overall cell redox potential toward greater oxidation and increased reactive oxygen species while simultaneously decreasing reactive nitrogen species. These redox state changes activate numerous intracellular-signaling pathways, including nucleic acid synthesis, protein synthesis, enzyme activation, and cell cycle progression.17 LLLT also alters the expression of genes that can enhance cell growth and inhibit cell apoptosis.16 These cellular effects of LLLT might reflect its ability to induce long-term changes in cells and LLLT’s benefits for wound healing, nerve regeneration, and inflammation reduction.

LLLT Characteristics

Red and infrared laser wavelengths are absorbed by cytochrome C oxidase protein in the mitochondrial cell membranes. This absorption is associated with increased adenosine triphosphate production by the mitochondria, which. In turn, it increases intracellular calcium (Ca2+) and cyclic adenosine monophosphate, which serve as secondary messengers that aid in regulating multiple body processes, including signal transfer in nerves and gene expression.

The power density of a laser, defined as laser energy supplied per area (W/cm2), influences its energy penetration depth. A 50-mW laser with a beam size of 1 cm2 has an energy density of 0.05 W/cm2. In contrast, the same power laser with a beam size of 1 mm2 has an energy density of 5 W/cm2 — a higher energy density results in deeper energy penetration through the skin.

Energy transmission through the skin is also affected by the absorption of light energy by skin structures. Light wavelengths from 650 to 900 nm have the best penetration through the skin. Lower wavelengths are absorbed by melanin and hemoglobin, and wavelengths longer than 900 nm are absorbed by water. With a well-focused laser beam, red wavelengths (~ 648 nm) can penetrate 2–4 cm beneath the skin surface, and infrared wavelengths (~ 810 nm) can penetrate up to 6 cm.

Now Kaiyan has made LLLT easier to use. Kaiyan medical devices can treat multiple acupoints simultaneously at the same time.


Oso, Lobo, León o Delfín: Cómo el comprender cual es tu tipo de sueño cambiará su vida

Oso, Lobo, León o Delfín: Cómo el comprender cual es tu tipo de sueño cambiará su vida

Sleep is big business these days — one in three people are believed to experience sleep deprivation — and everyone is keen to rely on the latest fashionable theory.

For years, sleep cycles were divided into two categories. People who enjoy mornings were known as “early birds.” And those of us who prefer staying up late were labeled “night owls.”

Well, step-aside birds. Mammals are the new name of the game. That’s right; scientists now believe there are four ways to classify sleep/wake cycles. In the science world, these classifications are known as chronotypes.

Chronotypes describe the periods when your body wants to sleep and when it wants to be awake. And to make it easier, the chronotype categories are named after animals. Our natural sleep tendencies are now categorized as bear, wolf, lion, and dolphin.

It is crucial to understand your animal chronotype. Once you do, you can start to schedule your life around your body’s natural cycles. Kaiyan Medical suggests that this may help you sleep better and feel more productive at work.

Two Animals are not Enough

People have different circadian rhythms. That’s just a fact of life.

Science shows that:

“The human circadian system actively synchronizes to the 24-h day via environmental signals of light and darkness.”

Circadian? A 24-hour cycle. It’s your body clock. Sleep psychologists reckon they can determine our natural sleeping patterns. By understanding our own, we can have a happier, more productive life.

Now, Chronotype is a term that describes a person’s natural rhythm. And it doesn’t only relate to sleep. Chronotypes influence all primal instincts.

Author Michael Breus, Ph.D., recently suggested that there are 4 natural chronotypes. And he named these after 4 animals that follow similar sleep/wake patterns. So, say goodbye to night owls and early birds. Wolves, lions, bears, and dolphins are the new circadian rhythm mascots.


The Chronotypes

Check out the chronotypes below and let us know in the comment section which one sounds like you!

Wolves

Alright, night owls, this is your group. Just like these nocturnal creatures, you are most alert at night. Wolves tend to stay up later and struggle with waking up early.

Only about 15% of the population falls into this group. Wolves are more productive in the later afternoon and evening.

Sleep experts recommend that wolves set their alarm for 7 a.m. (snooze for 30 minutes) and go to sleep by midnight.

Lions

Lions are the new early birds. Like these wild cats, you are most alert in the morning. You have no trouble waking up and getting to work. But, lions tend to feel the afternoon slump. And by the evening, they feel drained.

About 15% of the population identifies as a lion. Sleep experts recommend that lions wake up around 5:30 a.m. and go to sleep by 10:30 p.m.

Bears

No, you don’t need to hibernate. But, like these diurnal (awake during the day, asleep at night) creatures, you follow the solar cycle. Bears generally feel awake during the day and need 8-hours of solid sleep at night.

About 50% of the population falls into this category. This group is productive in the morning and struggles with the mid-afternoon slump. Sleep experts recommend that bears wake up around 7 a.m. and go to sleep by 11 p.m.

Dolphins

Dolphins “only sleep with half of their brain at a time?” Sound familiar? Well, this is the insomniac (often self-diagnosed) group. You might be anxious and have trouble turning your brain off at night. Dolphins usually don’t get a complete night’s sleep.

About 10% of the population falls in this category. And even though they wake-up tired, dolphins are most productive by mid-morning.

Sleep experts recommend that dolphins get up around 6 a.m. and try to sleep around midnight.

Sleep Like an Animal

Who doesn’t want a better night’s sleep and a more productive day? Start scheduling your days based on your chronotypes! Once you know more about your chronotype, you can form sleep patterns that work with (not against!) your body’s natural rhythms.

So what are you waiting for? Here in Kaiyan, we are embracing our inner animals and start following our optimal sleep schedule.



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Fischer, Dorothee et al. "Chronotypes in the US – Influence of age and sex." PubMed, 21 Jun. 2017, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5479630/

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Levi, Anthea. "This Is the Best Time of Day to Do Everything, According to Your Chronotype." Health.com, 31 Oct. 2016, www.health.com/mind-body/how-to-get-more-energy-chronotype

Terapia de luz - Estimulando la curación y mejorando la salud de los huesos

Terapia de luz - Estimulando la curación y mejorando la salud de los huesos

The body is naturally designed and made to be able to build newer bones when the need arises. Studies on animals and humans have shown that red and infrared light therapy greatly aids in healing breaks, fractures, and bone defects. In 2013, researchers in Sao Paulo, Brazil, studied the effects of red and near-infrared light on rat bones' bones' healing process. Upon a piece of bone being sliced from the upper leg in an “osteotomy” of 45 rats, the rats were split into three groups — Group 1 Received no light, the second group were administered red light (about 660–690 nm), and the third group was placed on exposure to near-infrared light (about 790- 830nm)

The study found “a significant increase in the degree of gray level (mineralization) in groups treated with the laser after 7 days” and “after 14 days, only the group treated with the laser therapy (red light and near-infrared light) in the infrared spectrum showed higher bone density.

Red light and near-infrared light have been shown to stimulate energy production in the bone cells, improve blood vessel formation, circulation, and blood flow to the affected area, regulate and decrease inflammation, increase bone growth factors, enhance the production of collagen and procollagen, which stimulates the growth of bone cells.

Because ATP production is interrupted in broken bones, and cells begin to die due to a lack of energy, the right kind of red light and near-infrared light therapy has shown increased bone formation and collagen deposition. It’s no wonder red light, and NIR is gaining so much momentum in sports teams among athletes. Many pro teams now use light therapy to speed recovery and get their players back in action after an injury, more every year. Red and near-infrared light wavelengths can penetrate deep into tissue and bone for all kinds of healing effects. Concentrated natural light stimulates the mitochondria in the cells, reducing oxidative stress and helping the body to produce more usable energy to power itself, regenerate, and heal.

Bone Density Benefits
  • Increases bone mineral density and bone structure: Preliminary research shows benefits for improving osteoporosis, including a boost in osteogenesis, increased stress load, and preserved vertebrae strength
  • Strengthens bones: Increases osteoblast proliferation, collagen deposition, and 3 bone neoformation when compared to bones not treated with red light, and increases maximum bone tolerance
  • Improves bone healing: Accelerates bone healing in extraction sites, bone fracture defects and distraction osteogenesis 5
  • Reduces swelling from bone injuries: A proven anti-inflammatory treatment indicated by the FDA that has been shown to curb swelling in facial bone fractures
  • Enhances overall bone health: Increases natural collagen production, which is essential to healthy bones and skin7
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¿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?

We’re animals of habit. When it comes to intimacy, it’s a night-time activity. Published findings on The Daily Mail discovered that most people have sex between 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. But what most people don’t realize is that for improved sex, you need the light.

Low libido (sex drive) has been a physical issue for both men and women. In the United States, sexual dysfunction affects 43% of women and 31% of men alone. However, further studies have shown this is a global issue. A study with 5,255 male participants from Croatia, Norway, and Portugal found that 14.4% reported a lack of sexual desire lasting two months or longer.

It’s clear low libido isn’t an issue within one gender; it’s a health concern that both men and women grapple with. For women, one survey at Hackensack University Medical Center, New Jersey, found that 36% of women between 18-to-3-years-old and 65% of women between 46-to-54-years-old reported low sexual desire.

But why are we losing our libido?

A loss of libido is a common issue linked to both the physical and the psychological self. Physical issues linked to low libido include low testosterone, alcohol and drug use, medication, and too little or too much exercise. At the same time, psychological issues can include stress, mental health, depression, and relationship issues.

Where do many of these problems stem from? Well, it certainly doesn’t help that we’re living our lives in overdrive: we’re working more; we’re chronically stressed, and generally living in ways that aren’t natural to our species.

However, where we live also plays a crucial role. Andrea Fagiolini, M.D., said, “In the Northern hemisphere, the body’s testosterone production naturally declines from November through April, and then rises steadily through the spring and summer with a peak in October. You see the effect of this in reproductive rates, with June showing the highest rate of conception.”

Since our body’s testosterone production naturally declines during winter and spring, many people are looking for treatment. As a result, many opt for hormone replacement therapy. It’s a controversial treatment that comes with a heavy dose of side effects, including prostate or breast cancer, sleep apnea, liver toxicity, and cardiovascular events.

Are people supposed to adjust to living with a low libido if they don’t want to undergo a dangerous treatment? Of course not. Luckily, red light therapy has been proven through various clinical studies to improve low libido levels.

At the University of Siena, Italy, scientists tested sexual and psychological responses to bright light. They discovered that regular, early-morning use of light therapy increases testosterone levels and sexual satisfaction.

So how does red light therapy increase testosterone in the body, exactly?

When your body is exposed to bright light, it produces a chemical called luteinizing hormone (LH). The more LH produced in the body leads to a higher testosterone increase, said the lead researcher Andrea Fagionlini, M.D.

Other studies in animals suggested that red light therapy influences Leydig cells — the body’s sperm producers located in the testicles.

“We found fairly significant differences between those who received the active light treatment and the controls,” Fagiolini stated. Dr. Brad Anawalt, an endocrinologist and professor of medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle provides two possible explanations for red light therapy’s effect on testosterone.

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.

Estrías y terapia de luz

Estrías y terapia de luz

Why Do We Get Stretch Marks?

A stretch mark is a type of scar called striae, meaning “thin, narrow scar”. In people who develop stretch marks, the skin has stretched faster than it can grow, such as during pregnancy, growth spurts, or rapid fat or muscle gain. The abrupt stretching causes the collagen and elastin proteins responsible for the skin’s structure and elasticity to rupture. This, in turn, causes the dermis to tear.

As the dermis tears, the body’s healing mechanisms spring into action to close the wound as quickly as possible to prevent infection and further damage.

Normally, as the skin regenerates and grows, it’s an elegantly organized latticework of collagen and elastin proteins. But when the skin tears, the body doesn’t have time to build an elegant structure to fill in the gap. Time is of the essence in any wound repair, including torn skin.

The collagen clumps together hurriedly, aiming for efficient closure of the wound before infection can set in. “Scarring is the result of a system that has learned to respond extremely quickly to a wound,” says Dr. John Newman, a cosmetic surgeon and researcher at the Laser Center of Virginia in Virginia Beach.

This haphazard process results in tough and functional but unattractive tissue — what we know as a scar. “It is kind of like nailing down a crisscross of two-by-fours over a hole in a deck,” says Newman. “It seals the hole, but it doesn’t look very nice.”

Newly formed stretch marks are darker than the surrounding skin and can be slightly raised, itchy, or painful. If they’re left untreated, they become permanent scars. Their color will lighten, and their appearance will fade below the top layer of the surrounding skin.

The bigger mystery is why stretch marks don’t disappear over time as the skin regenerates. The key lies in the information that emerging cells receive from adult cells in the area. Skin cells, whether they’re normal cells or scar cells, regenerate about once every 30 days. Growth of new skin cells begins at the bottom-most layer of the scar, and older (dying) cells are pushed to the surface where they naturally slough off.

However, Neuman explains that that that that emerging cells “learn” from their immediate neighbors and predecessors and develop the same characteristics as ir replacement their replacement cells. As a result, any emerging cell in contact with scar cells will become new scar tissue rather than normal skin tissue.

Red Light Therapy For Stretch Marks

If you have tried to get rid of stretch marks, perhaps you’ve used specialized creams that contain retinoids. These work to some extent, but only if you catch your stretch marks early and treat them while they’re still forming. Retinoids work by stimulating collagen production. However, they can irritate sensitive individuals, and doctors often recommend that pregnant women avoid anything containing retinoids.

Another common treatment, known as microdermabrasion, essentially involves “sandblasting” the skin with tiny crystals. This sloughs off dead skin

cells and stimulates the production of collagen. Microdermabrasion is a fairly harsh treatment that can lead to irritation and damage, especially to sensitive skin.

The most extreme treatment for stretch marks is plastic surgery, such as a mini tummy tuck. This may be effective, but there are risks associated with any invasive procedure and the high cost.

Is there a better option for restoring the appearance of the skin? The answer is yes, absolutely. Also known as photobiomodulation and low-level light therapy (LLLT), red light therapy improves skin appearance, reduces signs of aging, treats chronic skin conditions, reduces scarring, and promotes skin wound healing.

When red light therapy is used, visible red light and invisible near-infrared (NIR) light are applied to the skin with LED bulbs' devices. Wavelengths of light are measured in nanometers (nm), with red light ranging from 630nm to 660nm and NIR light ranging from 810nm to 850nm. Human cells respond favorably to these wavelengths, similar to how natural sunlight affects plant cells by stimulating more energy and optimization of cell function.

When the red light is shone on bare skin, it soaks into the mitochondria, colloquially referred to as the powerhouses of cells' energy factories. The mitochondria are, in turn, stimulated to produce more adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is the primary cellular fuel. This energizes cells to perform their normal functions, from fighting off pathogens to performing repair and regeneration.

Improved Blood Flow

Proper healing relies on good circulation to the skin. Red light promotes the proliferation of endothelial cells, which make up the inner layer of capillaries (the tiny blood vessels that deliver oxygen and nutrients throughout the body). This was the focus of a 2017 study by a team of researchers from Austria, who found that red light consistently increased migration and proliferation of endothelial cells.

Without proper blood circulation, there would be no healing since endothelial cells also deliver white blood cells to the sites they need. In skin wound healing, white blood cells are necessary to protect the vulnerable area from infection while the wound closes up.

Reduced Inflammation

Acute inflammation results in the redness that’s noticeable in fresh stretch marks. This is a normal and necessary part of the tissue regeneration scar's process. Acute inflammation, which is a function of the immune system, actually sets the stage for normal tissue repair and regeneration. Inflammation is quickly followed by the production of new skin structures — which, as previously described, are hastily assembled to ensure that the torn skin doesn’t become infected.

But sometimes, the inflammatory process continues after the wound has healed, leading to chronic inflammation. It can lead to a variety of widespread problems throughout the body, including disease. “Some inflammation is good,” says Dr. Robert H. Shmerling, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Too much is often bad. The goal is to recognize when inflammation is simply doing its job, and when it can potentially cause problems.”

Hundreds of studies have shown how red light therapy can significantly reduce inflammation. Many of these were conducted by Dr. Michael A. Hamblin, an associate professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School and a noted expert on red light therapy. In the final report of a 2017 study, Hamblin refers to red light therapy’s “pronounced anti-inflammatory effects.”

Mobilize Stem Cells

During the skin-rebuilding phase, stem cells, which are unspecialized “master” cells, mobilize to the site and develop into most any type of specialized cells that are needed by the body. Ideally, they develop into normal skin cells, rather than scar tissue, to replenish damaged or destroyed cells due to skin tearing.

Red light has been shown to activate stem cells. As Barbara Gefvert, editor-in-chief of BioOptics World, explains: “Recent research shows … that noninvasive application of light can boost the natural growth of an individual’s own stem cells to enable exciting new treatments.” Stem cells can assist with the tissue regeneration process and stimulate normal and healthy behavior in existing cells. This can prevent the formation of new stretch marks and gradually reduce the appearance of existing stretch marks.



Terapia fotodinámica para el cáncer

Terapia fotodinámica para el cáncer

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a treatment that uses a drug, called a photosensitizer or photosensitizing agent, and a particular type of light. When photosensitizers are exposed to a specific wavelength of light, they produce a form of oxygen that kills nearby cells

Each photosensitizer is activated by light of a specific wavelength. This wavelength determines how far the light can travel into the body. Thus, doctors use specific photosensitizers and wavelengths of light to treat different areas of the body with PDT.

How is PDT Used to Treat Cancer?

In the first step of PDT for cancer treatment, a photosensitizing agent is injected into the bloodstream. The agent is absorbed by cells worldwide but stays in cancer cells longer than it does in normal cells. Approximately 24 to 72 hours after injection, when most of the agent has left normal cells but remains in cancer cells, the tumor is exposed to light. The photosensitizer in the tumor absorbs the light and produces an active form of oxygen that destroys nearby cancer cells.

In addition to directly killing cancer cells, PDT appears to shrink or destroy tumors in two other ways. The photosensitizer can damage blood vessels in the tumor, thereby preventing cancer from receiving necessary nutrients. PDT also may activate the immune system to attack the tumor cells.

The light used for PDT can come from a laser or other sources. Laser light can be directed through fiber optic cables (thin fibers that transmit light) to deliver light to areas inside the body. For example, a fiber optic cable can be inserted through an endoscope (a thin, lighted tube used to look at tissues inside the body) into the lungs or esophagus to treat cancer in these organs. Other light sources include light-emitting diodes (LEDs), which may be used for surface tumors, such as skin cancer.

PDT is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. PDT may also be repeated and used with other therapies, such as surgery, radiation therapy, or chemotherapy.

Extracorporeal photopheresis (ECP) is a type of PDT in which a machine is used to collect the patient’s blood cells, treat them outside the body with a photosensitizing agent, expose them to light, and then return them to the patient. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved ECP to help lessen the severity of skin symptoms of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma that has not responded to other therapies. Studies are underway to determine if ECP may have some application for other blood cancers and help reduce rejection after transplants.

What Types of Cancer are Currently Treated with PDT?

To date, the FDA has approved the photosensitizing agent called porfimer sodium, or Photofrin®, for use in PDT to treat or relieve the symptoms of esophageal cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. Porfimer sodium is approved to relieve esophageal cancer symptoms when cancer obstructs the esophagus or when cancer cannot be satisfactorily treated with laser therapy alone. Porfimer sodium is used to treat non-small cell lung cancer in patients for whom the usual treatments are not appropriate and relieve symptoms in patients with non-small cell lung cancer that obstruct the airways. In 2003, the FDA approved porfimer sodium to treat precancerous lesions in patients with Barrett esophagus, a condition that can lead to esophageal cancer.

What are the Limitations of PDT?

The light needed to activate most photosensitizers cannot pass through more than about one-third of an inch of tissue. For this reason, PDT is usually used to treat tumors on or just under the skin or on the lining of internal organs or cavities. PDT is also less effective in treating large tumors because the light cannot pass far into these tumors. PDT is a local treatment and generally cannot treat cancer that has spread.

Does PDT have any Complications or Side Effects?

Porfimer sodium makes the skin and eyes sensitive to light for approximately 6 weeks after treatment. Thus, patients are advised to avoid direct sunlight and bright indoor light for at least 6 weeks.

Photosensitizers tend to build up in tumors, and the activating light is focused on the tumor. As a result, damage to healthy tissue is minimal. However, PDT can cause burns, swelling, pain, and scarring in nearby healthy tissue. Other side effects of PDT are related to the area that is treated. They can include coughing, trouble swallowing, stomach pain, painful breathing, or shortness of breath; these side effects are usually temporary.

What Does the Future Hold for PDT?

Researchers continue to study ways to improve the effectiveness of PDT and expand it to other cancers. Clinical trials (research studies) are underway to evaluate PDT's use for cancers of the brain, skin, prostate, cervix, and peritoneal cavity (the space in the abdomen that contains the intestines, stomach, and liver). Other research is focused on the development of more powerful photosensitizers, more specifically target cancer cells, and are activated by light that can penetrate tissue and treat deep or large tumors. Researchers are also investigating ways to improve equipment and the activating light's delivery.

Iluminando el camino de vuelta para los astronautas - Terapia de luz y la NASA

Iluminando el camino de vuelta para los astronautas - Terapia de luz y la NASA

In 1993, Quantum Devices, Inc. (QDI), of Barneveld, Wisconsin, began developing the HEALS (High Emissivity Aluminiferous Light-emitting Substrate) technology high-intensity, solid-state LED lighting systems for NASA Space Shuttle plant growth experiments. The company evolved out of cooperative efforts with the Wisconsin Center for Space Automation and Robotics (WCSAR) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison — a NASA center for the Commercial Development of Space. Ronald W. Ignatius, QDI’s president, and chairman represented one of WCSAR’s industrial partners at the time. WCSAR was conducting research on light sources for promoting food growth within closed environments where humans would be present for a long duration, such as the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station.

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.

The WARP 10 was designed to aid armed forces personnel on the front lines with immediate first aid care for minor injuries and pain, thereby improving combat endurance. The “soldier self-care” device produces 80 times more photon energy than a 250-Watt heat lamp, yet it remains cool to the touch. The power advantage reduces the time required for each therapeutic dose and provides for faster multi-dose exposures when needed, without the harmful effects of ultraviolet solar radiation. The U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Navy are currently issuing WARP 10 to crews on submarines and Special Forces operations.

QDI has introduced an FDA-approved consumer version sharing the same power and properties of the military model as an alternative to the cost and complications associated with the overuse of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for persistent pain relief. According to a Mayo Clinic study, adverse events associated with the use of NSAIDs are reported more frequently to the FDA than such events associated with any other group of drugs. Furthermore, conservative calculations for the United States estimate that approximately 107,000 patients are hospitalized each year for NSAID-related gastrointestinal complications. At least 16,500 NSAID-related deaths occur annually among arthritis patients alone, according to compiled research.

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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

When it comes to muscle and joint stiffness, osteoarthritis, and arthritis, the one thing in common is pain and inflammation. When suffering from joint and muscular conditions, a person’s range of motion decreases, and swelling and skin redness increase, making everyday tasks a struggle.

Many young to middle-aged people are unaware of these conditions as they’ve been labeled as conditions mainly for the elderly; however, things have changed.

Though these conditions are common within the elderly community, we’re seeing an increase among young adults. In the United States alone, 23% of adults — over 53 million people — have arthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In other words, joint pain isn’t just for old age, as we once thought.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) appears in every 8 in 100,000 people between 18 and 34 years old. Of course, no one — young or old — wants to wake up feeling joint stiffness, swelling, or pain every morning.

However, the old myth that arthritis is untreatable is about to be debunked with light therapy.

Naturally, a medical professional will have to make a conclusive arthritis diagnosis. However, once diagnosed, many people find home treatments to deal with the pain — like light therapy. And the people who are undergoing light therapy are receiving incredible pain relief from their treatment. For example, a study published in the Turkish Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation found that infrared light treatment on inflammatory arthritis of the spine (spondylitis) encouraged increased function and improved quality of life for participants.

But what’s the science behind red light therapy treating joint conditions? Red light therapy uses low levels of red light to stimulate a natural response to cell performance. The light penetrates through the layers of the dermis, entering the muscles and nerves. As the cells absorb the energy, they become more active, with increased blood flow to the treated area, promoting cell regrowth and regeneration. Through this combination of increased blood flow and cellular activity, it rapidly reduces inflammation and pain.

With the recent advancements in modern technology, those who have arthritis or other joint conditions no longer need to opt for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or corticosteroids. These forms of the medication come with serious side effects such as edema, heartburn, stomach ulcers, cataracts, bone loss, and elevated blood clots. This alternative non-invasive treatment allows people to choose a drug-free treatment that reduces swelling, inflammation, and pain through red light therapy.

A study published in the National Library of Medicine found that elderly patients who underwent red and infrared therapy treatment had reduced their pain by 50%. Besides, they found participants who underwent red and infrared light therapy had a significant improvement in function. Another study from 2016 saw a substantial reduction in pain and an increased range of motion after five to seven red light therapy treatments for Bouchard’s and Heberden’s osteoarthritis. These studies are only a few examples of how red light therapy shows results as an effective treatment.

A little red light can go a long way for your body, mind, and soul. More and more people recognize the benefits of red light therapy as a natural home treatment. For people suffering from any joint condition, red light therapy will reduce inflammation, eliminating joint and muscle pain.

But there’s more to red light therapy than this. It’s important to be reminded that light therapy also heals other ailments in the body. Red light therapy is effective for injuries, muscle recovery, cancer side effects, skincare, and depression.

With an FDA-approved and MDA-certified Lunas red light therapy device, users can achieve optimal therapeutic results by merely exposing their bare skin to the light for a few minutes per day. Healing yourself doesn’t need a lot of time or money; you need the right tools. Lunas light therapy devices have the power to heal bodies and minds all around the world.

Terapia de luz roja y la cuarentena

Terapia de luz roja y la cuarentena

If there’s one thing most of us likely haven’t had enough of in 2020, it’s natural light. The pandemic has changed our lives in so many ways, particularly concerning the drastic increase in the amount of time spent indoors and home. Most of us are stationed at our computers all day, only to log off just in time for dinner. At that point, it’s already dark, and we’re likely ready to decompress and relax.

Throw a lockdown on top of this, and we’re lucky if we even get to see the sky that day.

Our current lifestyle, specifically in quarantine, makes natural daylight a rare sight, and this can be extremely detrimental to our mental and physical health — but why?

Without a sufficient amount of light, your circadian rhythm becomes out of sync, as does our hormone production levels. And if you’ve been experiencing poor sleep, lack of light is likely the reason why. A study from the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that employees who work near windows receive twice as much sunlight as those who don’t receive natural light — they also receive 46 more minutes of sleep on average.

So: darkness isn’t the determiner of sleep; rather, light is.

It’s clear how our daily routines have become more indoors-bound, yet there seems to be no way to reduce these light-limiting circumstances. The lack of sleep disrupted hormones, and constant uncertainty has a severe effect on our bodies, which we’re all experiencing during this time. So, how do we overcome these health concerns with limited options?

This is where red light therapy plays a crucial role in improving health. With the average American spending 90 percent of their time indoors, red light therapy allows you to receive light in your own environment. But just because we’re staying at home due to quarantine doesn’t mean we can’t supplement the natural light we need.

Red light therapy works by increasing energy production at a cellular level. The more energy our cells produce, the better our bodies feel as there’s sufficient blood flow. However, there’s more to it than just feeling good.

For people working in front of the computer all day, carpal tunnel syndrome, muscle fatigue, and arthritis are serious concerns. And since we’re working from home, our screen time has significantly increased. Red light therapy can also alleviate these issues by increasing circulation, repairing tissue, and relieving stiffness.

And while some may have received more natural light during quarantine in the summer, winter is right around the corner. During the winter months, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects around 5% of people in general. However, with quarantine, these numbers are increasing. Thankfully, SAD symptoms can be significantly reduced, as light therapy mimics the sun’s light.

With COVID-19, it’s also incredibly difficult to manage mental and emotional health with the current circumstances. Before quarantine, if someone was stressed, they could reduce their symptoms by working out, going to yoga class, or enjoying nature with friends. But these activities have been either eliminated or significantly reduced. So, the reality is that we’re sitting at home all day, stressed, overworked, and fatigued.

Red light therapy is a game-changer for mitigating stress levels, as light cultivates calmness within the body. And since light therapy aids with cell production, it helps the body bounce back after experiencing stress or illness. In these times, red light therapy can aid with stress and help people recover from COVID-19 by reducing lung inflammation, pneumonia, and other acute respiratory disorders.

So although the quarantine presents many new challenges, we can be empowered to control our own health and wellness during these times. At Lunas, we’re passionate about helping people achieve their balance and intend to have our light panels in homes around the world, particularly during this challenging period. We hope to help everyone around the world find their light — literally!



La luz y la Luna

La luz y la Luna

The moon shines because its surface reflects light from the sun. And even though it sometimes seems to shine very brightly, the moon reflects only between 3 and 12 percent of the sunlight that hits it.

The moon’s perceived brightness from Earth depends on where the moon is in its orbit around the planet. The moon travels once around Earth every 29.5 days, and during its journey, it’s lit from varying angles by the sun.

This moon’s movement around the Earth — and the simultaneous orbiting of Earth around the sun — account for the moon’s different phases (full moon, quarter moon, etc.). At any given point in the moon’s trajectory around the Earth, only half of its surface is facing the sun, and therefore, only half of the moon is lit up. The other half of the surface faces away from the sun and is in shadow.

Now, I took my first moonlight photograph in 1998, using my father’s old Kodak camera. The results were almost invisible, of course. It was pretty clear that I had no idea what I was doing. But I did know that the feeling of being out under the stars was one that I needed to capture somehow, and I had to find a way to go about doing it.

I left the moonlight photography for a while. Some years later, I read that the brightness of moonlight is extremely variable over a range of many stops and that it was nearly impossible to figure out the brightness of a given scene was going to be ahead of time. The brightness of moonlight under clear skies is as easily predictable as is the brightness of sunlight under similar conditions.

Several things cause moonlight brightness to vary. The most obvious is the moon’s phase. The brightness of moonlight varies by approximately a factor of 10 between the quarter phase and full moon, based on a diffuse reflection and the geometry of the positions of the earth, sun, and moon alone. This is about three and a half stops of light, which is substantial. Another factor is the distance between the earth, moon, and sun, which changes due to the earth and lunar orbits not being perfect circles. The distance from the earth to the sun varies from 0.9833 Astronomical Units at perihelion to 1.0167 Astronomical Units at aphelion. The earth’s distance to the moon varies from 356,400 kilometers at extreme perigee to 407000 kilometers at extreme apogee. The amount of light that falls on a body varies with the inverse square of the distance from the light source, so the combined effect of these distance variations can be quite pronounced. The range of lunar illumination variation is 6.9% for variation in sun distance and 30% for moon distance variation. This amounts to about one-third stop of brightness, which enough to change the mood of a photo when slide films are used.

The third factor in moonlight brightness is the so-called opposition effect. The surface of the moon is covered with small glassy particles that can serve as wonderful retro-reflectors. If you are within a small angle to the line between the sun and moon, the amount of light coming from the moon increases dramatically relative to what you would expect from a diffuse reflection alone. There is quite a range in the magnitude of this effect presented in scientific literature, ranging from a factor of 1.35 to 20! Whatever value you choose to use, the effect is at least one-third stop of light, making it significant to use slide film.

The final parameter that introduces variation into moonlight brightness is atmospheric attenuation, or atmospheric extinction, to use astronomer’s jargon. This accounts for the amount of light absorbed or scattered when light from the moon passes through the earth’s atmosphere. There are two factors involved: the amount of reduction per a given amount of air transited by the light (the “extinction coefficient”) and the amount of air in the light path (“air mass”). Three principal phenomena contribute to the extinction coefficient: molecular absorption, molecular (Rayleigh) scattering, and aerosols’ scattering (particles larger than molecules). See my web page on atmospheric attenuation for more on these individual factors. Overall, an extinction coefficient value is small for dry, clear air but can be huge for moist, dusty air. And the amount of air the light passes through can vary from one “air mass” with the moon directly above you to forty “air masses” when the moon is on the horizon.

So how bright can moonlight be? The brightest moonlight occurs with the moon at perigee and the earth at perihelion, right at the full moon phase. You can never have the moon at its theoretically fullest phase, right opposite the earth from the sun, because whenever the moon goes there, it enters the earth’s shadow, and we get a lunar eclipse! But assuming the eclipse didn’t happen, we could assume the following: a phase angle of zero, apparent air with an “extinction coefficient” of 0.11 magnitudes per air mass, the moon on the zenith so that the moonlight passes through a single “air mass,” the brightness would be 0.0462-foot-candles (LV -2.0), neglecting “the opposition effect.” If we include “the opposition effect,” the brightness could be anywhere from 35% to 20 times brighter (note that 35% is the more accepted value in the scientific literature, which would give an LV of -1.7). I once measured moonlight brightness with a Gossen Luna-Pro incident light meter in mid-winter on the Kelso Dunes at LV=-2.2, so this is a believable result.

There is a rule of thumb, sometimes called the Looney 11 Rule, which says we should treat the moon as being 250,000 times dimmer than the sun. This would have us use a shutter speed 18 stops slower than the 1/(film speed) value that is used in the “Sunny 16 Rule”, which works out to about 44 minutes at f/16 under moonlight conditions with the film having an ISO speed rating of 100 (uncorrected for reciprocity failure!). This is close enough to be useful under full moonlight conditions given an average earth-moon and earth-sun distance, with the moon high in the sky and clear air. Actually, since the sun has an astronomical visual magnitude of -26.74 and the full moon an astronomical visual magnitude of -12.73, the sun is more like 402,000 times brighter than the moon 18.6 stops. Thus using this rule pretty much ensures a minimum of 2/3 stop underexposure — which may actually be fine, since most of the time you want an underexposure to give the impression of the night in the image.

Surprisingly, the moonlight is actually a slightly warmer color than sunlight, as the moon reflectance is higher for longer wavelengths. Yet, on clear nights, with the full moon high in the sky (as little atmospheric influence as possible), the landscape around us appears blueish because of the Purkinje effect: at low illumination levels, our red color sensitivity decreases (as our vision system gradually switches from daylight (cones) to night time vision (using rod cells)).

That’s why the sunlight looks “warm” (more yellow), and the moonlight looks “cold” (bluer — because the insufficient light level changes our color perception), even though the real colors are pretty much the same.

In fact, this is can even become a real problem when taking very long exposure photos at night! They look almost like daylight photos, destroying the intended atmosphere of mystery. Objectively, the photograph is correct, but it is not what we see with our own eyes. Add some blue tint and the night feeling is back.

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El Sol y nosotros

El Sol y nosotros

Nothing is more important to us on Earth than the Sun. Without the Sun’s heat and light, the Earth would be a lifeless ball of ice-coated rock. The Sun warms our seas, stirs our atmosphere, generates our weather patterns, and gives energy to the growing green plants that provide the food and oxygen for life on Earth.

We know the Sun through its heat and light, but other, less obvious aspects of the Sun affect Earth and society. Energetic atomic particles and X-rays from solar flares and other disturbances on the Sun often affect radio waves traveling the Earth’s ionosphere, causing interference and even blackouts of long-distance radio communications. Disturbances of the Earth’s magnetic field by solar phenomena sometimes induce huge voltage fluctuations in power lines, threatening to blackout cities. Even such seemingly unrelated activities as the flight of homing pigeons, transatlantic cable traffic, and the control of oil flow in the Alaska pipeline apparently are interfered with by magnetic disturbances caused by events on the Sun. Thus, understanding these changes — and the solar events that cause them — is important for scientific, social, and economic reasons.

We have long recognized the importance of the Sun and watched it closely. Primitive people worshiped the Sun and were afraid when it would disappear during an eclipse. Since the early seventeenth century, scientists have studied it with telescopes, analyzing the light and heat that manage to penetrate our absorbing, turbulent atmosphere. Finally, we have launched solar instruments and ourselves-into space to view the Sun and its awesome eruptions in every aspect.

Once we looked at the Sun by the visible light that reached the ground, it seemed an average, rather stable star. It was not exactly constant, but it seemed to vary in a fairly regular fashion, with a cycle of sunspots that comes and goes in about eleven years. Now the Space Age has given us an entirely different picture of the Sun. We have seen the Sun in other forms of light-ultra violet, X-rays, and gamma rays that never reach the ground from space. This radiation turns out to be far more responsive to flare eruptions and other so-called solar activity.

We now see the Sun as a place of violent disturbances, with wild and sudden movements above and below its visible surface. Besides, solar activity's influence seems to extend to much greater distances than we had believed possible. New studies of long series of historical records reveal that the Sun has varied in the past in strange and unexplained ways. Scientists wonder how such variations might affect the future climate on Earth.

We have obtained a clearer picture of the scope of the Sun’s effects. Its magnetic field stretches through interplanetary space to the outer limits of the solar system. Steady streams and intense storms of atomic particles blow outward from the Sun, often encountering our Earth's atmospheres and the other planets. The spectacular photos of the Earth from space show only part of the picture. Instruments carried on satellites reveal a wide variety of invisible phenomena — lines of magnetic force, atomic particles, electric currents, and a huge geocorona of hydrogen atoms — surrounding the Earth. Each is as complex and changing as the visible face of the globe. The Earth’s magnetic field extends tens of thousands of miles into space, and many different streams of electrons and protons circulate within it. Huge electric currents flow around the Earth, affecting their high-altitude surroundings as well as our environment at ground level.

Space observations have greatly expanded our ability to look at the Sun, interplanetary space, and the Earth's immediate surroundings. We can now “see” many phenomena that are completely undetectable from the Earth’s surface, and we now have a much better, more complete, and more coherent picture of how events in one part of our solar system relate to activity in another.

The Sun as a Star

We sometimes forget that there is one star that is easily visible in the day time: our Sun. The Sun is the only star close enough to be studied in detail, but we are confident that all the processes in the Sun must also occur in billions of distant stars throughout the universe. To understand the nature and behavior of other stars, we must first understand our own. At the same time, observations of other kinds of stars help put the Sun in perspective.

The Sun is a relatively typical star among the approximately 100 billion stars in our Milky Way galaxy. The masses of most other stars that we see range from approximately one-tenth of the mass of the Sun to about 30 solar masses. The surface temperatures of most stars range from about 2000° C to 40,000° C. Although the Sun is somewhat on the cool side at about 6000° C, hot stars are rare, and most normal stars are cooler than the Sun. Compared to some of the explosive stars — novae, and supernovae — which sometimes appear in the sky, the Sun is stable and ordinary.

This long-term stability of our Sun probably was crucial for the development of life on Earth. Biologists believe that a relatively stable average temperature had to prevail on Earth during the past 3 billion years for life to evolve to its present state. The relative stability of the Sun is also important to astronomers trying to understand the basic nature of it and other stars. Violent activity in the Sun could mask the more subtle and long-enduring processes, which are the basic energy transport mechanisms of our star. Fortunately, they are not hidden, and we have been able to map the trend in solar properties with height above the visible surface.

Above the minimum temperature region in the photosphere, we have measured how the gas gets hotter as it thins out with height. The chromosphere and corona, each hotter than the layer below, are warmed by the transfer of energy from below through processes that are still not well understood.

Until space observations became possible, we knew nothing about coronae in any other stars and had only marginal information about stellar chromospheres' properties. Now, space observations have shown us that a large fraction of the stars in the sky have chromospheres and coronae.

On several dozen stars, we have even detected activity that may be connected with sunspot (or “starspot”) cycles like those of our own Sun. X-ray telescopes carried on satellites have recorded flares in other stars that are far more powerful than the already impressive flares of the Sun. By observing the strength and frequency of these events on stars with masses, ages, and rotation rates which differ from those of the Sun, we search for answers to such basic questions as: “How does the sunspot cycle period depend on the star’s rotation rate?” or “What is the relation between the temperature of a star’s corona and the strength of its magnetic field?” By deciphering the general pattern of stellar properties, we can better understand what makes things happen on the Sun.

The Sun presents us with a bewildering variety of surface features, atmospheric structures, and active phenomena. Sunspots come and go. The entire Sun shakes and oscillates in several different ways at the same time. Great eruptions called prominences hang high above the Sun’s surface for weeks, suspended by magnetic force, and sometimes shoot abruptly into space from the corona. The explosions called solar flares emit vast amounts of radiation and atomic particles in short periods of time, often with little or no warning.

Space observations have discovered many new aspects of solar events hidden from ground-based observatories—the Sunshine's hottest spots primarily in ultraviolet and X-rays, rather than in visible light. Thus, only from space can we map high-temperature solar flares' true structure and determine their physical conditions. Space observatories have shown us the higher, hotter layers of the Sun’s atmosphere that normally are invisible from the ground. Instruments on satellites revealed that in flares and other violent disturbances, the Sun acts like an atomic accelerator, driving electrons and protons to velocities approaching the speed of light. At such high speeds, the particles emit the high-energy X-rays and gamma rays measured by our satellites. Sometimes they even induce nuclear reactions on the surface of the Sun.

Two aspects of our improved knowledge of the Sun deserve special attention. One is the role of magnetic fields in determining virtually all aspects of the Sun’s upper atmosphere's structure and behavior. The other is discovering the solar wind, a stream of atomic particles that constantly evaporate from the Sun’s atmosphere and are accelerated to speeds of hundreds of kilometers per second, escaping into space in all directions.

The Earth-Sun Battle

For any solar particle to reach the Earth, it must first pass through the Earth’s magnetic field. Before the solar wind was discovered, the Earth’s field was thought to be symmetrical, resembling a huge bar magnet, fading off indefinitely into space. However, we now know that the solar wind shapes the Earth’s magnetic field's outer regions and is sharply bounded. Outside the boundary, space is dominated by the solar wind and the interplanetary magnetic field. Inside the boundary is the region or magnetosphere dominated by the Earth’s magnetic field. The measurements from many space missions have been combined to reveal that the solar wind blows out the Earth’s magnetosphere into a teardrop shape. The head of the drop extends only about 10 Earth radii, or about 65,000 kilometers (40,000 miles) “upwind” toward the Sun. The tail of the drop stretches away in the direction opposite the Sun, actually reaching beyond the Moon’s orbit. This long magnetotail extends more than 600,000 kilometers (370,000 miles) from the Earth.

At the boundary of the magnetosphere, there is a constant struggle between the Earth's magnetic field and the forces of the Sun. Buffeted by fluctuations in the solar wind velocity and density, the magnetosphere’s size and shape are continuously changing. When the solar wind strikes the magnetosphere, shock waveforms are analogous to the sonic boom preceding a supersonic airplane. Inside the boundary with the solar wind, the magnetosphere remains an active region. It contains two belts of very energetic charged atomic particles trapped in the Earth’s magnetic field hundreds of miles above the atmosphere. These belts were discovered by Professor James Van Allen of the University of Iowa and his colleagues in 1958, using simple radiation detectors carried by Explorer 1, the first U.S. satellite.

The Northern and Southern Lights: Gifts from the Sun

The structure of the Earth’s magnetosphere also controls aurorae's behavior, seen in our night skies. Pre-Space Age textbooks stated that aurorae are produced by photons emitted from the Sun and reach the Earth’s upper atmosphere through gaps in the Earth’s magnetic field at the north and south magnetic poles. According to the theory, these protons strike oxygen atoms in the atmosphere, and the collisions cause the glow, which we call the Northern Lights.

This view has changed in the Space Age. The data collected by many spacecraft showed that the situation is more complicated. Particles from both the solar wind and from the Earth’s atmosphere apparently are stored in the magnetotail. From there, they periodically are violently ejected into the northern and southern polar regions of the atmosphere along the Earth’s magnetic field. They are accelerated to high speeds by a process not yet fully explained. The magnetotail is, in effect, a reservoir of particles that is periodically refilled. When the Sun is active during maximum sunspot years, this process is especially intense and frequent, and the aurorae are brighter and move closer to the equator.

Trastorno bipolar y y como combatirlo con terapia de luz

Trastorno bipolar y y como combatirlo con terapia de luz

I have a friend who often shows extreme shifts in moods. Sometimes I see an extremely elevated mood, and sometimes, it's depression. On some days, I see episodes of uplifted feelings and depression at the same time.

Strange right!

Later I figured out that she was going through a mental illness called bipolar disorder. This isn’t a rare brain disorder. In fact, about 15 million U.S adults suffer from this disorder.

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness characterized by dramatic transfer in mood and behavior. Bipolar depression can last from several days to years, depending on the person's type and state.

Let’s put light on some of the unknown facts of Bipolar Disorder.

  • Firstly we need to understand that bipolar depression has several types. It is distinguished by profuse behaviors, moods, depression, and, yes, mixed emotions. The symptoms of this illness can present at different severities and in many combinations in different people. So, it may not be the same for every person who has Bipolar disorder.

We basically classify the states into two broad classes:

  • Manic — overly elevated emotions, increase in energy, higher self-confidence, and decreased need for sleep.
  • Depression — sad, worthless, suicidal, low feelings
  • It is possible that people can experience symptoms of mania and depression at the same time.
  • The length of mood episodes and varying behavior can vary from person to person.
  • There is no known single cause of this mental illness.
  • Not only adults but children and teenagers can have bipolar disorder too.
Light Therapy — the Bipolar Disorder Soother!

If we compare other types of depression, there are fewer treatments available for bipolar disorder.

Hence, it is important to find an effective treatment for your illness.

Antidepressant medications, on the other hand, are not clearly effective. They may aggravate the mood cycling in people with bipolar disorder. Also, many people with bipolar disorder are prescribed to take other medications like mood stabilizers.

That’s why it is important to go for a non-medication treatment, like light therapy!

But why is it recommended? Light therapy is more effective, non-invasive, and absolutely safe because it can be used without worrying about additional drug interactions.

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.

Light therapy triggers the hypothalamus and helps bipolar patients to calm their emotional flow and have normal behavior.

Studies have shown that light can affect the major neurotransmitters, or chemical messengers, involved in mood and behavior, e.g., serotonin and dopamine. So, light therapy may act similarly to antidepressants by directly working on these neurotransmitters.

We found trials of light therapy compared to a placebo in people with bipolar depression. The studies' results displayed a significant improvement in depressive symptoms with bright light compared to placebo conditions.

I recommended my friend to you light therapy, and that really helped her. The quality of personal life is great since then. If you are also like my friend who is dealing with bipolar disorder, you possibly got the remedy.

Remember, your Mental Health matters!!

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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/

Terapia de luz -  La curación de heridas de los caballos

Terapia de luz -  La curación de heridas de los caballos

LED light therapy is really a way to help the body heal itself. In Kaiyan, we have used specific wavelengths of light absorbed by a photo acceptor, cytochrome c oxidase, within the cell's mitochondria. The energy (photons) from the lights increases the energy within the cell, which speeds up the healing process. The lights must be specific wavelengths and must be delivered at a specific dosage. We use two wavelengths in our light therapy pads, a visible red and a near-infrared wavelength. Using both red and near-infrared lights is beneficial because different depths of tissue absorb the wavelengths. The combination of the two work in concert to provide benefits for soft tissue injuries, inflammation, ligament soreness, tendon problems, sore backs, splints, strains, stifle issues, sprains, swelling, shoulder pain, hip pain, sore backs, sore necks, salivary gland problems, wounds, cuts, scrapes, arthritis pain and for trigger points and acupuncture points. Visible red light (660nm) is absorbed by skin layers very efficiently and best for uses such as stimulating trigger and acupuncture points and treating wounds and infections. Near-infrared light (850nm) penetrates to a deeper level has been used to treat concerns of tendons, ligaments, bones, joints, and muscle.

When nursing skin wounds of horses, such as lacerations or deep abrasions, owners often seek ways to maximize healing and minimize scarring, particularly when high-motion areas are involved.

“In horses, dermal injuries can be slow to heal, cause excessive scarring, and prolong a horse’s layup. In some cases, especially wounds of the limbs, proud flesh may develop in response to exuberant healing efforts,”

Said Catherine Whitehouse, M.S., an advisor for Kentucky Equine Research.

Medical-grade honey, fly larvae, and other strategies have been tested to speed wound healing. Most recently, Swedish researchers explored the use of irradiation with light-emitting diodes (LEDs), called photobiomodulation, in jump-starting wound repair. The LED used in the study features a pulsating visible red light and near-infrared (NIR) light.

“Some research shows that LEDs stimulate wound healing and decrease swelling and inflammation. With this in mind, veterinarians were hopeful that low-level light treatment could expedite wound repair in horses,” Whitehouse explained.

In this study, researchers created two circular skin wounds on the necks of eight healthy horses. One wound was treated with a combination of red light and NIR light for 4 minutes and 40 seconds on specific treatment days during the 25-day study period. The other wound on each horse remained untreated. The researchers photographed and assessed the wounds for the degree of swelling using ultrasound.

Area and degree of swelling did not differ between treated and untreated wounds, prompting researchers to conclude that red light and NIR light had no clinically relevant positive effect on horses' wound healing.

A veterinarian should examine all significant wounds. Extensive wounds with significant blood loss or tissue damage should be considered medical emergencies.

*Michanek, P., T. Toth, E. Bergström, H. Treffenberg-Pettersson, and A. Bergh. 2020. Effect of infrared and red monochromatic light on equine wound healing. Equine Veterinary Journal. doi:10.1111/eve.13266.


Parkinson: Del intestino al cerebro

Parkinson: Del intestino al cerebro

A Margaret Jarrett le diagnosticaron la enfermedad de Parkinson hace ocho años. Y aunque le molestaban muchos de los síntomas que suelen aquejar a los enfermos de Parkinson -temblor en reposo, marcha insegura y terribles pesadillas-, lo que más le molestaba era la pérdida del sentido del olfato. Como ávida jardinera, se enorgullecía de sus rosas, pero el hecho de no poder inhalar su perfumado aroma la deprimía.

"Uno da por sentado algo como el sentido del olfato", dijo Jarrett, de 72 años. "No te das cuenta de lo valioso que es algo hasta que desaparece".

La enfermedad de Parkinson combina trastornos del movimiento, como temblores en reposo, rigidez muscular, deterioro del equilibrio y lentitud de movimientos. También puede causar problemas neurológicos como depresión, insomnio, pérdida de memoria y confusión.

Su causa es desconocida, pero se asocia con el agotamiento de la dopamina y la destrucción de las neuronas en la región de los ganglios basales del cerebro.

La base del tratamiento actual de la enfermedad de Parkinson es la fisioterapia y los medicamentos que actúan para aumentar los niveles de dopamina en el cerebro. Una terapia relativamente nueva para el Parkinson es la exposición a la luz infrarroja.

La Dra. Ann Liebert, coordinadora de la investigación fotomolecular del Instituto de Investigación de Australasia, ha estado explorando la idea de utilizar la luz infrarroja para modular el microbioma del tracto gastrointestinal en los seres humanos.

El microbioma del intestino -compuesto por billones de bacterias, hongos y protozoos de cientos de especies diferentes que normalmente habitan en nuestro tracto gastrointestinal- ha sido objeto de una creciente atención científica en la última década, estableciéndose vínculos entre el microbioma y varias afecciones, como la obesidad, la diabetes tipo 2, las enfermedades cardiovasculares y la depresión. Varios estudios también han observado que el microbioma intestinal está notablemente alterado en pacientes con la enfermedad de Parkinson. El trasplante de microbiota fecal puede tener un efecto protector en modelos animales de Parkinson.

La razón de esto es desconocida. Sin embargo, una observación interesante es que otra patología común observada en la enfermedad de Parkinson es la acumulación de proteínas mal plegadas, llamadas cuerpos de Lewy, en el cerebro. Se ha demostrado que ciertas células sensoriales del intestino contienen estas mismas proteínas.

Los investigadores han planteado la hipótesis de que formas anormales de la proteína podrían viajar desde el intestino hasta el cerebro a través del nervio vago, un fenómeno observado en modelos animales de Parkinson. Los hallazgos de que las personas que se han sometido a una vagotomía quirúrgica -en la que se cortan ramas del nervio- tienen un menor riesgo de desarrollar Parkinson a lo largo de su vida apoyan esta teoría.

"Sabemos que la luz infrarroja puede reducir los síntomas del Parkinson y ofrecer protección a las células cerebrales. Así que queríamos comprobar si también podía modular el microbioma del intestino", dijo Liebert.

Los resultados provisionales de la primera media docena de participantes en Adelaida, incluida Margaret Jarrett, han sido prometedores.

"Los seis pacientes... mostraron un aumento de hasta el 20 por ciento en el microbioma favorable que se asocia con la reducción de la obesidad y la producción de ácidos grasos de cadena corta. Y las bacterias asociadas a la artritis reumatoide, la enfermedad de Crohn y la resistencia a la insulina disminuyeron", dijo Hosen Kiat, profesor de cardiología de la Universidad Macquarie, que supervisó el ensayo.

"Durante los últimos tres años, no he podido oler las flores", dijo Jarrett. "Pero varias semanas después de la prueba, empecé a oler de nuevo mis rosas, dafnes y gardenias, y fue maravilloso".

Otro participante, Barry Weldon, de 70 años, tuvo una experiencia similar. "Mi sentido del olfato mejoró significativamente", dijo. "Un día, entré en casa y, por primera vez en mucho tiempo, pude oler realmente la sopa que estaba cocinando mi mujer".

Ron Till, de 68 años, tuvo una mejora aún más espectacular. "El ensayo me permitió volver a dormir", dijo. "Fue increíble".

El neurólogo de Till le advirtió que no se hiciera ilusiones antes del ensayo, pero cambió de opinión cuando vio los resultados. "Me dijo que era medicina vudú y que probablemente no funcionaría", recuerda Till. "Pero después del ensayo, volví a mi evaluación trimestral con él, y me dijo: 'En realidad estás haciendo mejores pruebas que cuando empezaste conmigo hace diez años'".

El geólogo jubilado Sean Kennedy, de 76 años, también experimentó una mejora en su coordinación y equilibrio. "Mis habilidades como malabarista han mejorado", dijo.

En una revisión publicada en Photobiomodulation, Photomedicine and Laser Surgery, Liebert y sus coautores reconocen que, aunque se desconoce el mecanismo exacto por el que la terapia de luz altera el microbioma, existe un potencial indudable en la terapia de luz.

"La capacidad de la PBM [terapia de luz] para influir en el microbioma (si se demuestra que es aplicable a los seres humanos) permitirá una vía terapéutica adicional para abordar múltiples enfermedades, incluidas las cardiovasculares y la enfermedad de Parkinson, muchas de las cuales han eludido hasta ahora los enfoques de tratamiento eficaces", concluye el documento.

Kiat está entusiasmado con el potencial de la fototerapia. "Si podemos crear de forma no invasiva un microbioma metabólicamente más saludable a través de esta forma extremadamente barata y fácil, entonces las enfermedades inflamatorias y las enfermedades neurodegenerativas deberían ser influenciadas positivamente", dijo.

Mark Jeffery, médico de cabecera de Gold Coast, lleva más de cuatro años utilizando el láser en su consulta. Dice que las investigaciones respaldan el uso de la terapia de luz para una amplia gama de enfermedades, como el Parkinson, el Alzheimer, la depresión y el dolor crónico.

"La realidad es que no hay efectos secundarios reales de la terapia láser de bajo nivel, y es uno de los tratamientos más seguros que se pueden hacer", dice.

Liebert afirma que los prometedores resultados que han visto hasta ahora servirán de base para un gran ensayo aleatorio a doble ciego previsto para este año. "Tiene el potencial de aplicarse a enormes campos de la medicina", dijo.

El neurólogo de Weldon, Chris Kneebone, mantiene la mente abierta sobre el potencial de la terapia con luz infrarroja. "Sólo tenemos que esperar y ver qué nos dicen los resultados de los ensayos", dijo.

¿Su consejo para las personas que deseen probarlo para su Parkinson? "Si quieren intentarlo, háganlo", dijo. "No tengo ninguna razón para no recomendarlo, pero en este momento, tampoco tengo ninguna razón para pensar que sea útil".

En cuanto a Jarrett, no duda de que la terapia con luz infrarroja le ha ayudado. Vuelve a disfrutar de sus actividades en el jardín y tiene más energía de la que ha tenido en mucho tiempo.

"Siento que puedo volver a enfrentarme al mundo", dijo. "Mi jardín nunca ha tenido mejor aspecto".

Referencias

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30074108/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29247431/

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.


Los fetos pueden ser capaces de ver más luz de lo que crees

Los fetos pueden ser capaces de ver más luz de lo que crees

By the second trimester, long before a baby's eyes can see images, they can detect light.

But the light-sensitive cells in the developing retina -- the thin sheet of brain-like tissue at the back of the eye -- were thought to be simple on-off switches, presumably there to set up the 24-hour, day-night rhythms parents hope their baby will follow. University of California, Berkeley, scientists have now found evidence that these simple cells actually talk to one another as part of an interconnected network that gives the retina more light sensitivity than once thought, and that may enhance the influence of light on behavior and brain development in unsuspected ways.

In the developing eye, perhaps 3% of ganglion cells -- the retina cells that send messages through the optic nerve into the brain -- are sensitive to light. To date, researchers have found about six different subtypes that communicate with various places in the brain. Some talk to the suprachiasmatic nucleus to tune our internal clock to the day-night cycle. Others send signals to the area that makes our pupils constrict in bright light.

But others connect to surprising areas: the perihabenula, which regulates mood, and the amygdala, which deals with emotions.

Recent evidence suggests that in mice and monkeys, these ganglion cells also talk with one another through electrical connections called gap junctions, implying much more complexity in immature rodent and primate eyes than imagined.

"Given the variety of these ganglion cells and that they project to many different parts of the brain, it makes me wonder whether they play a role in how the retina connects up to the brain," said Marla Feller, a UC Berkeley professor of molecular and cell biology and senior author of a paper that appeared this month in the journal Current Biology. "Maybe not for visual circuits, but non-vision behaviors. Not only the pupillary light reflex and circadian rhythms, but possibly explaining problems like light-induced migraines, or why light therapy works for depression."

Parallel systems in developing retina

The cells, called intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGCs), were discovered only 10 years ago, surprising those like Feller, who studied the developing retina for nearly 20 years. She played a major role, along with her mentor, Carla Shatz of Stanford University, in showing that spontaneous electrical activity in the eye during development -- so-called retinal waves -- is critical for setting up the correct brain networks to process images later on.

Hence her interest in the ipRGCs seemed to function in parallel with spontaneous retinal waves in the developing retina.

We thought they (mouse pups and the human fetus) were blind at this point in development. We thought that the ganglion cells were there in the developing eye, that they are connected to the brain, but that they were not really connected to much of the rest of the retina, at that point. Now, it turns out they are connected to each other, which was a surprising thing."

Marla Feller, the Paul Licht Distinguished Professor in Biological Sciences and a member of UC Berkeley's Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute.

UC Berkeley graduate student Franklin Caval-Holme combined two-photon calcium imaging, whole-cell electrical recording, pharmacology, and anatomical techniques to show that the six types of ipRGCs in the newborn mouse retina link up electrically, via gap junctions, to form a retinal network that the researchers found not only detect light but respond to the intensity of the light, which can vary nearly a billionfold.

Gap junction circuits were critical for light sensitivity in some ipRGC subtypes. Still, not others, providing a potential avenue to determine which ipRGC subtypes provide the signal for specific non-visual behaviors that light evokes.

"Aversion to light, which pups develop very early, is intensity-dependent," suggesting that these neural circuits could be involved in light-aversion behavior, Caval-Holme said. "We don't know which of these ipRGC subtypes in the neonatal retina actually contributes to the behavior, so it will be fascinating to see what role all these different subtypes have."

The researchers also found evidence that the circuit tunes itself in a way that could adapt to the intensity of light, which probably has an important role in development, Feller said.

"In the past, people demonstrated that these light-sensitive cells are important for things like the development of the blood vessels in the retina and light entrainment of circadian rhythms, but those were kind of a light on/light of the response, where you need some light or no light," she said. "This seems to argue that they are actually trying to code for many different intensities of light, encoding much more information than people had previously thought."
Source:

University of California, Berkeley

Journal reference:

Caval-Holme, F., et al. (2019) Gap Junction Coupling Shapes the Encoding of Light in the Developing Retina. Current Biology. doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2019.10.025.


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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¿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.

As such, it’s better to go for blue light therapy for spider veins in the face or foot.

Sclerotherapy: An Alternative to Blue Light Therapy for Spider Veins

Sclerotherapy is the most effective and permanent method to treat spider veins. It is a minimally-invasive procedure in which a medicine called Sclerosant is injected into the damaged vein.

The Sclerosant inflicts some chemical damage to the veins, which leads to the vein walls sticking together and eventually closing up. The blood is then routed to healthier veins, and the damaged vein eventually gets reabsorbed.

Advantages of Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins

There are multiple advantages of using Sclerotherapy to treat spider veins:

  • The process is minimally-invasive and non-surgical in nature.
  • 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.


La terapia de luz roja puede ayudar a reducir la inflamación

La terapia de luz roja puede ayudar a reducir la inflamación

We can usually identify inflammation when we see it. The inflamed part of the body looks red and swollen, and it feels hot and painful. But in this article, we’ll find out why we experience inflammation, as well as its causes, risk factors, and how red light therapy devices can help reduce it.

What Really is Inflammation?

Inflammation is our body’s natural response to pain, irritation, damaged cells, exposure to germs, and potential danger. There are two types of inflammation:

1. Acute inflammation

This type of inflammation happens as our body’s healthy response to injury or stress. We mean “healthy” because it helps the body recover faster. The inflammation happens only for a few hours and then starts to repair the damaged tissue.

2. Chronic inflammation

On the other hand, chronic inflammation can be excruciating and may cause discomfort or inconvenience. It causes an imbalance in the body, making it operate inefficiently over time. Chronic inflammation can be caused by viral infections, repetitive tissue damage, autoimmune reactions, and persistent and recurring acute inflammation. At its worse, this type of inflammation may lead to more serious diseases and/or conditions such as cancer, stroke, depression, and heart disorder.

Common Causes of Inflammation

Anything that causes stress on your body may lead to inflammation. These include:

  • Bruises
  • Bumps
  • Burns
  • Chemical irritants
  • Dehydration
  • Diseases
  • Excessive alcohol
  • Infection
  • Irritants
  • Poor nutrition
  • Poor sleep
  • Splinters
  • Toxin exposure
  • Wounds and injuries

Signs of Inflammation

There are five common signs of inflammation:

  • Heat on the inflamed area
  • Loss of function (i.e., you can’t move your arms or legs)
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
Treatment Options for Inflammation

For acute inflammation, doctors normally recommend nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and paracetamol. Meanwhile, chronic inflammation may also be prescribed with NSAIDs, along with steroids and supplements.

However, these common treatment options help prevent inflammation symptoms but do not deal with the root cause, including improper cellular function, biological imbalance, and damaged tissues. This is also why lifestyle changes (improved diet, regular exercises, and high-quality sleep) and red light therapy could be of great help.

How Red Light Therapy Works Against Inflammation

Red light therapy, also referred to as low-level laser therapy (LLLT) or photobiomodulation (PBM), is a non-invasive treatment option. This kind of therapy delivers wavelengths of red and near-infrared (NIR) light to your skin and cells for multiple benefits. When it comes to inflammation, it can help cut down oxidative stress and activate protective cellular mechanisms to boost your immune system and protect you from diseases that may cause inflammation. It can also boost the generation of healing agents and antioxidants in the body to speed up damaged tissues' healing process.

Red light therapy can give your body the light exposure needed to function more efficiently, improve blood flow, and limit inflammation.

Por ejemplo, para tratar la epidermis -la capa externa de la piel- se utiliza luz roja o infrarroja. Cuando se aplica a la epidermis, ésta absorbe la luz y estimula la producción de colágeno. La piel, por tanto, tiene más colágeno, parece más suave y con más volumen, lo que puede reducir la aparición de líneas finas y arrugas. 

Inflammation is a natural part of our biological processes, but chronic cases may also lead to serious health risks that can affect the quality of your life. Therefore, if you’re experiencing signs of inflammation, regardless if it’s acute or chronic, please schedule an appointment with your doctor to get the care and treatment you need as early as possible.

In the meantime, to protect your body from the stress that may cause inflammation, you can do red light therapy either through a health provider or from the comfort of your home. If you need to purchase red light therapy devices, you can browse through our catalog to see the brands and products that we offer.


Mantén tu piel saludable con la terapia de luz roja

Mantén tu piel saludable con la terapia de luz roja

Skincare doesn’t just affect the way you look. It also plays a huge role in your overall health — from body temperature to hormone regulation to your immune system. If you’re into skincare as much as we are, one of the many ways that can help you keep your skin healthy is red light therapy. In this article, we’ll take a deep dive into why you should take care of your skin, and we’ll also discuss how red light therapy devices can help you achieve your skin goals.

Are you ready? Let’s go straight into it.

Why Do You Need to Take Care of Your Skin?

As the largest organ in our body, your skin is your body’s first defense line to bacteria, germs, viruses, etc. It’s a vital part of the immune system and some processes in your body, such as temperature control, blood circulation, and hormone production.

Main Functions of the Skin

Let’s take a look at the skin's main functions to help you understand how essential it is for you to take care of this vital organ.

1. Defense and Immunity

The skin is an active immune organ, and it serves as our physical barrier from the dangers of the environment. It helps protect our bodies from diseases, germs, viruses, dirt, UV radiation, and potential thermal and physical injuries. It also helps detect and fight off infection, toxins, allergens, hazardous substances, and carcinogens.

2. Temperature Regulation

Aside from protecting us from extreme cold or heat, the skin also helps prevent moisture loss, keeping us from being dehydrated.

3. Sense of touch

The skin has a somatosensory system that is composed of touch receptors and nerve endings. This system is responsible for the sensations we feel, including pain, pressure, vibrations, smoothness, roughness, heat, cold, tickle, itch, and more.

4. Storage and Production of Vitamin D

Your body also uses your skin's deeper layers to store metabolic products, fat, and water. The skin is also responsible for producing vitamin D, supplied in the body when the skin gets enough sunlight exposure.

5. Beauty

Need we say more? Your skin plays a huge part in your appearance. Of course, when your skin is healthy, you also look glowing, radiant, and definitely more attractive.

Red Light Therapy and Keeping Your Skin Healthy

Before we proceed with the “how,” let’s first define what red light therapy is. Red light therapy is a non-invasive treatment option for different kinds of medical conditions. It is also used for health improvement and various aesthetic procedures.

Decades ago, red light therapy machines were only available in clinics, high-end salons, and spas. Nowadays, red light therapy devices can be bought and used by anyone. In fact, you can do red light therapy at the comfort of your home and incorporate it into your skincare routine.

How Does Red Light Therapy Work?

Red light therapy works by delivering wavelengths of red and near-infrared (NIR) light to our cells and skin. Besides helping enhance cellular function, red light therapy also helps stimulate the mitochondria and produce ATP (adenosine triphosphate) energy. This treatment option usually takes only about 10 minutes per session.

How Does Red Light Therapy Help Keep Your Skin Healthy?

Our skin relies on millions of cells to be able to perform its functions. When our cells experience homeostasis or a state of balance, our skin and body perform (and look) better. And as mentioned above, red and NIR light enhances cellular function while also preventing inflammation and oxidative stress. Red light therapy helps make your skin look and feel softer, smoother, and healthier.

Besides, red light therapy also helps damaged tissues heal and regenerate faster. It also has anti-inflammatory benefits, potentially increasing blood flow to damaged and inflamed tissues and reducing oxidative stress.

Final Thoughts

Skincare is self-care, as keeping your skin healthy also produces multiple benefits to your health. Thankfully, aside from proper hygiene, regular exercise, a balanced diet, and an established skincare routine, red light therapy can also improve your overall skin health.

For more information about red light therapy or to view our catalog of red therapy devices, click here.

Sources:

https://www.hse.gov.uk/skin/professional/causes/structure.htm

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.

References:

https://www.healthline.com/health/red-light-therapy#how-does-it-work?

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5215870/

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325884

https://www.britannica.com/science/cell-biology

https://www.britannica.com/science/mitochondrion

https://www.nationalgeographic.org/media/cellular-respiration-infographic/

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

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12595152/

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.

References:

https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/islsm/13/1/13_1_73/_article/-char/ja/

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/vde.12170?deniedAccessCustomisedMessage=&userIsAuthenticated=false

https://www.thieme-connect.com/products/ejournals/abstract/10.3415/VCOT-15-12-0198

https://www.degruyter.com/view/journals/plm/1/2/article-p117.xml

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Deuterio y terapia de luz roja

Deuterio y terapia de luz roja

As the most accessible element in the globe, hydrogen plays a huge role in our biological processes. However, you may not know that hydrogen usually brings an uninvited guest in your body, and we call it deuterium. Having high deuterium levels may change the chemical reactions in your cells and affect your bodily functions and metabolism, leading to unwanted health consequences.

What is Deuterium?

Deuterium is also known as a “heavy hydrogen” and is one of the two stable hydrogen isotopes. We commonly have it in our bodies — in fact, it helps children grow. However, adults may have too much deuterium because of dietary and environmental factors. As mentioned above, this may lead to chemical reactions at a cellular level and lead to health risks.

How Can Deuterium Affect Your Health Negatively?

Hydrogen is necessary for our day-to-day bodily functions. Our biological processes require it, and we usually get it from what we eat or drink. Upon intake, hydrogen goes to the mitochondria, also known as the powerhouse of the cells.

Our mitochondria can be compared to thousands of engines that continually run to produce the ATP energy we need to survive daily. The majority of people eat only three to five pounds of food each day, but we usually make more than 170 pounds of ATP energy at the same time.

On the other hand, deuterium is like hydrogen’s “evil” sibling. And we repeat, excess deuterium is harmful to our bodies. Because it is twice as heavy and large as hydrogen, it may damage the nanomotors in your mitochondria and slow down ATP energy production. As time goes by, the wear and tear on your nanomotors caused by the heavy hydrogen atoms may completely break your nanomotors. This damage may cause muscle pain, dehydration, impaired memory, poor sleep, headaches, and lymph nodes.

How Can You Measure the Level of Deuterium in Your Body?

Two “D-terminator” diagnostic tests can help measure the deuterium levels in your body. Advanced technology, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), can also be used to visualize and track deuterium patterns in your body, whether it’s in your bodily fluids, DNA, or even your hair and nails. Based on these tests, your doctor will be able to determine your deuterium levels. And when it shows to be excessive, he/she may come up with a plan to deplete deuterium in your body.

Why Do We Get Overloaded with Deuterium?

We experience high deuterium levels because of what we eat or drink and some other environmental factors. For instance, carbohydrates, processed foods, and synthetic supplements contain high levels of deuterium. Tap, ocean, and river water also have high deuterium levels, so when you’re exposed to these things regularly, you may experience an overload of this hydrogen isotope.

How Can You Deplete Deuterium?

Nutrition is the baseline of depleting deuterium. Based on your test results, your doctor may recommend consuming food groups that contain lower levels of deuterium, such as proteins, green vegetables, and healthy fats. You may also be advised to drink deuterium-depleted water to lower your deuterium levels.

Health experts say that a body that functions properly can naturally regulate deuterium levels and produce healthy amounts of ATP energy.

How Does Red Light Affect Deuterium?

Red and near-infrared light can affect our body’s hydrogen bonds in a process quite similar to photosynthesis. The water inside our cells usually becomes less harmful when our bodies absorb wavelengths of red and near-infrared light between 600–950 nanometers. This helps with proper cellular respiration and helps increase ATP energy production in your body.

Changing the water's resistance in your body, red, and near-infrared light can help reduce the amount of friction at the cellular level, promote cellular longevity, and lead to higher outputs of good energy.

To learn more about the benefits of red light therapy or to see what kind of red and near light therapy devices you can use to lower your deuterium levels, click here.


More References

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-61983-3

https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-61983-3

Wang, M.; Audi, G.; Kondev, F. G.; Huang, W. J.; Naimi, S.; Xu, X. (2017). "The AME2016 atomic mass evaluation (II). Tables, graphs, and references" (PDF). Chinese Physics C. 41 (3): 030003-1–030003-442. doi:10.1088/1674-1137/41/3/030003.

https://www.hindawi.com/journals/tswj/2018/5454367/

Respondiendo las preguntas más frecuentes sobre la hiperpigmentación

Respondiendo las preguntas más frecuentes sobre la hiperpigmentación

You might have heard about hyperpigmentation from your dermatologist or a skincare company. But if you didn’t completely understand this skin condition — and you want to know how it develops, how to remove it, etc. — or if you have questions about this skin condition, this article can be of help.

What is Hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation can be one or multiple skin patches or spots that appear much darker than your skin color. It is a cell mutation caused by changes in hormones, an injury like sunburn, acne, peeling from chemicals or any treatments, or inflammation. The darker areas of hyperpigmentation are excess deposits of melanin. And although it is harmless and common, having hyperpigmentation can make people more conscious about their looks. In fact, some people try to conceal it with cosmetic products, while some try to deal with it with professional help.

What are the Common Causes of Hyperpigmentation?

Age spots: As we age, brown, black or tan skin spots may develop on our hands, face, and/or head. These mostly affect light-skinned individuals and are caused by too much exposure from the sun.

Melasma: Usually caused by hormonal changes, melasma is common in women, especially those who are pregnant. It is composed of large patches of darkened skin that can appear on the face or stomach. Those with darker skin are more likely to have melasma.

Inflammation: This is caused by autoimmune reactions from skin conditions like acne and eczema or a skin injury. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation appears on the face and neck, and its appearance may vary depending on the skin tone. Inflammation can happen to anyone, regardless of skin color and origin.

How Can I Treat Hyperpigmentation?

There are different treatment options for hyperpigmentation, depending on your skin tone. Fair skin can be treated by most hyperpigmentation procedures, such as laser treatments and micro peeling. Medium skin usually reacts better with chemical peels and microdermabrasion therapy. Darker skin can benefit from using glycolic acid, kojic acid, microdermabrasion in a low setting, lower-strength chemical peels, and low-intensity laser treatments.

Some important things to watch out for when treating hyperpigmentation include:

  • Take a lot of vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps fight dark spots. Vitamin C helps prevent melanin production by inhibiting tyrosinase enzymes, causing lighten pigmentation and making normal skin brighter.
  • Another way to treat hyperpigmentation is to re-injure the skin's affected area, flushing the pigment to the surface.
  • There are topical creams or even home remedies (i.e., aloe vera, green tea, and licorice) that can be used to help heal hyperpigmentation. Some people find them effective, while others find other treatments with the same purpose as these treatments more effective. Red light therapy is one example.
  • Dark skin should be treated more carefully to prevent hypopigmentation, development of white spots that cannot be reversed.
Is Light Therapy Effective in Treating hyperpigmentation?

Photobiomodulation is another name for red light therapy. It may help the body produce more energy and regenerate the skin by using natural light. This can also be used on hyperpigmentation and other skin injuries like acne, inflammation, burns, and scars. When used consistently, light therapy is highly effective in reducing and healing hyperpigmentation patches and helping them return to normal pigment levels.

Red light therapy is a powerful, advanced relief for skin inflammation. Skin cells heal and rejuvenate better when exposed to healthy wavelengths of light, which can help treat hyperpigmentation.

Why is Red Light Therapy Better than Near-infrared Light Therapy in Treating Hyperpigmentation?

There’s a study that shows near-infrared light can help produce tyrosinase enzyme, which prevents melanin production. This helps patients with vitiligo stimulate melanocytes, the same compound in vitamin C that helps lighten hyperpigmentation. But the truth is, there is no clear clinical consensus among photomedicine researches about using near-infrared light for hyperpigmentation.

Red light wavelengths are considered to be safe as it does not stimulate the production of pigment. It creates healthy wavelengths of light to help the skin cells heal and rejuvenate naturally.

When can Results be Seen After Doing Light Therapy to Treat Hyperpigmentation?

Results can be seen after several treatments done per week. The level of skin improvement depends on how consistently you use red light therapy. Also, the more consistent and the more careful you are in the process, the better the results you can see. Be sure not to pick or touch the treated areas to avoid infection or irritation.

Por ejemplo, para tratar la epidermis -la capa externa de la piel- se utiliza luz roja o infrarroja. Cuando se aplica a la epidermis, ésta absorbe la luz y estimula la producción de colágeno. La piel, por tanto, tiene más colágeno, parece más suave y con más volumen, lo que puede reducir la aparición de líneas finas y arrugas. 

Light therapy, especially when combined with other treatment options, can greatly help remove hyperpigmentation. To learn more benefits of red light therapy, you may reach out to us. We offer safe and easy-to-use light therapy devices that physicians use both for aesthetic and medical purposes. Meanwhile, if you have more questions about hyperpigmentation, please reach out to your dermatologist.

More References

https://www.aocd.org/page/Hyperpigmentation#

https://www.healthline.com/health/hyperpigmentation

https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/hyperpigmentation-treatment

https://theskincareedit.com/red-light-therapy-benefits#:~:text=Red%20Light%20

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


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.

References:

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/saunas-and-your-health

https://www.healthline.com/health/fitness-exercise/are-saunas-good-for-you

Scoon GS, Hopkins WG, Mayhew S, Cotter JD. Effect of post-exercise sauna bathing on the endurance performance of competitive male runners. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 2007 Aug.

Crinnion WJ. Sauna as a valuable clinical tool for cardiovascular, autoimmune, toxicant- induced and other chronic health problems. Altern Med Rev. 2011 Sep.



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

More References

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30843235/

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Terapia de luz azul para el acné: ¿Funciona?

Terapia de luz azul para el acné: ¿Funciona?

Having acne-prone skin can be incredibly frustrating, especially when your oral and topical treatments don’t seem to work well enough. Skincare ingredient junkies know actives that target acne problems such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide can be a few of the most irritating ingredients that you can put on your skin- especially when used in hefty amounts.

If you’ve been wallowing into these-but to no avail, you might ease your frustrations by learning about what Blue Light Therapy can do to acne problems.

What is Blue Light Therapy?

Blue Light therapy is a form of phototherapy that uses a visible light device that has been used by dermatologists for decades as a clinically proven treatment for acne.

The treatment is considered a generally safe, non-invasive, and pain-free procedure with no downtime. Besides being a popular anti-acne treatment, Blue Light therapy has also been shown to remove stubborn acne marks and sunspots. It eliminates free radicals caused by exposure to harsh environments that may oxidize and age your skin.

One significant impact of Blue light therapy is that it has been used to treat skin cancer in patients with actinic keratoses at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. The American Academy of Dermatology considers Blue light therapy a promising treatment for numerous skin issues like acne.

How effective is Blue Light Therapy Work for Acne?

Blue light has been shown to have an antimicrobial effect that penetrates deep into the skin’s pores to eliminate the acne-causing bacteria, otherwise known as Propionibacterium acnes, or P. acnes. Blue Light has been proven to have an antimicrobial effect, making it an ideal treatment to effectively kill several types of bacteria in your pores and oil glands responsible for causing breakouts.

A clinical study shows that 77% of people with acne-prone skin treated with blue light therapy for five weeks have seen significant changes in their skin. Another research suggests that at-home blue light therapy has reduced acne lesions on people who have used the therapy for 28 days.

Unlike other topical treatments that address inflammation, blue light therapy targets breakout-causing bacteria in your pores and by healing the skin from within. Blue Light Therapy is a form of defensive treatment to acne by eradicating bacteria that causes redness and inflammation and a proactive solution to preexisting acne.

Who is a good candidate for Blue Light Therapy?

Experts at the American Academy of Dermatologists agree that blue light therapy works best for people who have mild to moderate acne problems. It is also a great treatment to eliminate acne scars. Blue light therapy works by addressing the acne issue from its core. It works by removing preexisting mild to moderate acne while preventing sebum build-up that causes the inflammation. Severely too deep abdominal cystic acne may benefit from other prescriptive medications that target more serious skin problems. People who incorporate Retinols in their skincare routine may also want to avoid getting Blue Light treatments as such ingredients make the skin very sensitive.

What Blue Light Devices should I use?

Although many dermatologists use current clinical studies, there are available at-home blue light therapy devices that effectively treat acne problems.

The best Blue Light Devices should be FDA- cleared, just like our Blue Lights Therapy Beauty Skin Complexion Handheld Device and Aduro Mask, that is made with medical-grade quality. FDA-cleared at-home devices have innovated into using the same technology that delivers satisfactory results for acne-related problems.

Blue Light therapy works best as a treatment for acne when used consistently. A weekly maintenance appointment to your dermatologist’s clinic for a blue light treatment may cost you $100, which makes it a much more expensive endeavor than investing in at-home devices.

Portable blue light therapy devices can be more beneficial for you as they can be used more frequently as an addition to your skincare routine at a lower price point.

The best blue light therapy devices in the market provide a safer alternative to other harsh treatments for acne that may require risks such as scarring and irritation. If you want to know more about effective light therapy treatments, check this out.

Now you can add a cool, avant-garde addition to your skincare that can be a very convenient and effective treatment for your stubborn acne problems.

Referencias

https://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatments-and-side-effects/treatment-types/radiation/photodynamic-therapy.html
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Como mejorar la psoriasis a través de la terapia de luz

Como mejorar la psoriasis a través de la terapia de luz

Psoriasis is an autoimmune inflammatory skin disease where the skin cells build up and form scales and itchy, dry patches over the surface. It is a misunderstood skin condition. The misbelief is that it not treatable and affects a particular gender or at a certain age. However, it can affect both men and women equally, and more than 5 million adults deal with this skin disorder — which is about 2% of the U.S. population.

Another common misconception is that it is contagious and can spread from one person to another. Well, Psoriasis is an immune system problem in which your immune system does not work as it should normally do.

Light Therapy: The Advanced Way

With some options available for Psoriasis, light therapy is one of the oldest, safest, effective, convenient, and highly preferred treatment by dermatologists. It has been widely used to treat stable psoriatic lesions, including different parts like the trunk, scalp, arms, and legs, and partial nail psoriasis. The treatment of light therapy is available in a variety of light with different mechanisms of action. Based on the bandwidths, the varied versions includes ultraviolet B (UVB), psoralen ultraviolet A (PUVA), pulsed dye laser (PDL), photodynamic therapy (PDT), intense pulsed light (IPL), light-emitting diodes (LED), etc.

How it Works

Light therapy has a very long history of dermatological benefits. Psoriasis happens when the skin cells there is an abnormal production of skin cells. Light therapy works by slowing down the excessive production of skin cells on the epidermis layer. This reduces plaque formation. It also reduces inflammation and limits the growth of skin cells by affecting the functioning of the DNA.

Many clinical studies and researches have displayed positive and effective result in the treatment of various types of Psoriasis like –

  • Small areas of stubborn, thick plaque psoriasis
  • Psoriasis palmoplantar (en manos y pies)
  • Psoriasis ungueal
  • Psoriasis del cuero cabelludo

Why do Dermatologists Prescribe Light Therapy?

Light therapy treatment can:

  • Slow down the growth of abundant skin cells
  • Repress the functioning of an overly active immune system
  • Reduce inflammation and allow the skin to heal itself
  • Reduce or eliminate the dry and itchiness

Light Therapy Mechanism

Light therapy can be delivered on any affected skin areas such as the hands or scalp, or across their whole body. But proper care and protection are given to the skin areas, such as the eyes and genitals, before treatment.

The treatment doesn’t work in on-go. Several sessions are required as the effect is gradually seen in patients. The treatment requires multiple sessions where the amount of light is gradually increased per session. The light exposure is not instant and varies for a different duration depending on the skin condition severity.

The sessions give proper time to heal the skin. Usually, the sessions go from two to three months. We need to understand the fact that every person’s skin reacts to light therapy differently. Hence, how much improvement one sees in their psoriasis symptoms and how long those benefits last depends totally on their system.

Now the time has changed, and technology has brought more convenience in getting the treatment. Kaiyan Medical provides you numerous products that you can use at your home and enjoy your daily activities without getting disturbed. Break the old and mainstream treatments and adopt effective light therapy to let your skin and life heal completely!

References:

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 .

El tipo de terapia de luz depende de su elección; hay una variedad de colores que se dirigen a diferentes problemas. Desde el rojo y el azul hasta el amarillo y el púrpura, todos comparten el mismo beneficio de que la luz acelera nuestro trifosfato de adenosina (ATP). El ATP es el combustible de nuestras células y una mejor producción de ATP equivale a un mejor organismo en total. 

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

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Por qué a las estrellas de Hollywood les encanta la terapia de luz

Por qué a las estrellas de Hollywood les encanta la terapia de luz

Julia Roberts utiliza una máscara facial de LEDs | PEOPLE.com
Julia Roberts using LED light therapy mask

From the red carpet to the spotlight stage, Hollywood’s stars are no strangers to the powerful power of light. Their skin is glowing thanks to the latest light-based skin treatment. Stars like Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson, and Jessica Alba have been sharing their experience with LED light therapy masks that are designed to boost collagen, reduce inflammation and banish acne-related bumps and scars.

In Kaiyan Medical we can develop your own beauty light therapy mask worth of the celebrities’ skin.

Kate Hudson using LED light mask
How it Works

These amazing light masks are recommended by dermatologists and estheticians who credit the masks’ multi-colored UV-free wavelengths with improving clients’ complexions.

“Tiny particles of light are called photons, which cells absorb and transform into ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the form of energy that cells use to carry out normal functions,”

says L.A.-based celebrity facialist Shani Darden.

“ATP is then used to power the metabolic process and repair and regenerate cells.”

In short, just like LEDs have been proven to encourage plant growth (what’s a greenhouse without a good grow light?), LEDs can have a similar stimulating effect on skin cells by jump-starting the rejuvenation process.

But not all lights are created equal. Different wavelengths of light have different benefits.

“Blue-light wavelengths destroy bacteria in the skin to improve acne,”

says Toronto-based cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Martie S. Gidon. It’s worth noting that LED therapy is not effective at treating hormonal acne and is only recommended for inflammatory acne — in other words, pimples caused by bacteria — and works best when paired with topical acne medication.

Anti-aging benefits

For anti-aging results, red light therapy is for you.

“Red-light wavelengths penetrate more deeply than blue light and stimulate fibroblasts to produce collagen, resulting in tighter skin and smooth fine lines,”

says Dr. Gidon, who also praises the red light’s anti-inflammatory effect for use post-facials and peels. Another light used in combination with the other two is infrared.

“It accelerates healing and encourages greater product absorption,”

says Shani who recommends clients use a combination of both blue/red light therapy and infrared.

Home LED masks have been growing in popularity, especially with the COVID restrictions. You can opt for flexible home masks for personal use or well, the spa line which packs more lights and cover a bigger zone. With so effective results, it’s no wonder stars like Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz are opting to lay down inside LED beds in order to treat their entire bodies to the rejuvenating powers of the lights.

If you have question on how to create your own beauty mask, don’t hesitate in contacting us. We will guide you in the whole creative process.

More References


https://ca.hellomagazine.com/health-and-beauty/02017032134254/guiding-light

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Cuando se trata de dolores de cabeza, la luz (excepto la luz verde) desencadena el dolor

Cuando se trata de dolores de cabeza, la luz (excepto la luz verde) desencadena el dolor

One of the Most Disabling Illnesses in the World

Migraines are considered one of the most disabling illnesses in the world,  most of whom are unable to function normally during a migraine. Migraines are much worse than the common headache - bringing on excruciating pain and other symptoms like dizziness, blurred vision, or vomiting.

Green light therapy lamps have been recommended by Harvard Medical School headache specialist Rami Burstein who found that light exacerbates migraines. Photophobia (extreme sensitivity to light) is associated with more than 80% of migraine attacks - but the green light in his research is different. He found that a narrow wavelength of green light is less aggravating than other colors because it sends a smaller, less disruptive signal to the brain via the visual cortex.

Stueids have been recording of dura- and light-sensitive thalamic neurons in rats to show that green activates cone-driven retinal pathways to a lesser extent than white, blue and red; that thalamic neurons are most responsive to blue and least responsive to green; and that cortical responses to green are significantly smaller than those generated by blue, amber and red lights.

"It became apparent that we should be able to use a narrow band of green light to treat photophobia," Burstein says.

Now patients could put their kids to bed, read a book, or enjoy a hearty meal with friends - instead of being isolated in darkness. Not only did green light fail to trigger pain, his research even found that it has a soothing effect.

Can Green Light Relieve Other Pain?

Padma Gulur, who does not work with Burstein, is looking into the possibility that green light might relieve other forms of pain besides migraines. Already one year into a clinical trial - testing the effects of green, blue, or white light on people's post surgery or fibromyalgia pain experience - Gulur says the data looks promising that green light therapy could provide benefit to those in pain. Gulur, a Duke University anesthesiologist, says that finding a way to reduce pain without drugs is essential, given the addictive nature and side effects of opioids and other pain relievers. Not only did green light fail to trigger pain, his research even found that it had a soothing effect.

"We have very few options that are safe, easy to comply with, and have an impact on the pain experience. So it was a quest for non-pharmacological options that could help patients in pain that led to looking at the potential for light-based therapy," she says

Mohab Ibrahim, an anesthesiologist at the University of Arizona, found that when rats were exposed to green light, they felt less pain - or, at least, they were able to tolerate more discomfort in the form of heat or pressure. Wondering which mattered more - the light washing over the skin or contacting the eyes - Irbahim created tiny, rat-sized contact lenses. He found that when rats were wearing the contact lenses, which let only green light through, they similarly showed less discomfort.

Green light exposure has been found to significantly reduce migraine intensity and discomfort from fibromyalgia. In Kaiyan Medical we can create your green light therapy device to treat migraine and other conditions.

More References

https://www.freethink.com/articles/green-light-therapy

https://allaylamp.com/blogs/light-reading/green-light-therapy

https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/statistics-from-the-national-health-interview-survey

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Diferentes usos terapéuticos y estéticos de la terapia de luz azul y roja

Diferentes usos terapéuticos y estéticos de la terapia de luz azul y roja

Acne vulgaris remains one of the most common dermatologic disorders. Clinicians are always searching for new therapies to utilize in their therapeutic armamentarium for this common skin concern. We have many medical therapies at our disposal and these have proven useful in many cases in controlling the disease process. However, some patients need or want other therapies, and laser and light treatments for acne vulgaris have become popular over the past several years.

Regarding LED light therapy for the skin, “There is a science to support it” says Angela Lamb, director of the Westside Mount Sinai Dermatology Practice,

“but it’s important to know its limitations.”

Exposing your skin to different forms of low-level LED light does have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits, which is why they’re commonly used for treating redness or acne. Blue light therapy in the right wavelength can be FDA-cleared.

Light Therapy with Aduro Mask

Other blue light trials have supported the efficacy of blue light. Papageorgiou described their experiences with phototherapy comparing a mixed blue and red light system (415 and 660nm) with blue light therapy alone and white light therapy. The results showed that the combination of blue and red light decreased inflammatory acne vulgaris lesions by 76 percent versus 58 percent in the blue light alone group, which were both better than white light (25%). Meffert reported experiences with a high-energy, broad-spectrum, blue light source that combined blue light and UVA with a wavelength of 410 to 420nm and noted marked improvement in patients with pustular acne vulgaris after 10 treatments.

There are a variety of at-home light treatments out there like the Aduro mask (which is patented with medical grade quality) who uses red, orange, purple, infrared, cyan, blue,green and yellow light — but typically what you’ll see on shelves are ones harnessing blue or red light . Blue light is a shorter wavelength that destroys acne-causing bacteria on the skin’s surface, while red light penetrates deeper to help with inflammation, but Hooman Khorasani, the chief of the division of Dermatologic and Cosmetic Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, says that both blue- and red-light therapy “may reduce the size of the sebaceous glands, so you don’t produce as much oil.”

Blue & Red Light Therapy

The good thing about light therapy is that experts say that there aren’t really downsides if you’re willing to give it a shot. Light treatments have been shown to be relatively safe, with minimal side effects. For acne, Khorasani notes that LED devices won’t take the place of acne fighters like retinoids; instead, they should be used in concert with a multipronged treatment plan — and never for severe acne. If you are combining them with retinoids, Lamb also suggests alternating the days you use either of them, to avoid photosensitivity.

When you combine the blue and red light using the aduro mask, you can get a pink/purple amazing color that will help remove the p-acne causing bacteria from the skin while purifying and cleansing it. Also, you will speed up the healing process and rejuvenate the skin cells increasing the cell regeneration.

More references

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/cdrh_docs/pdf9/K093963.pdf

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3013592

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Terapia de luz y vitíligo

Terapia de luz y vitíligo

Our life is full of patches!

Patches in job, career, personal life, and skin too! When we can handle the life patches and hardship with determination, then why not with skin. The skin patches disease is termed as Vitiligo. It is a medical condition where skin loses its color. Vitiligo affect not only physically but also cause a mentally & emotionally. According to VRF, this condition affects 2% of the world’s population. So, around 70 million people across the world have vitiligo. It can affect can affect people of any age, gender, or ethnicity.

How does it occur?

Well many of us are not aware of the biological reasoning behind the condition. It occurs when cells responsible for making skin pigment called melanocytes get destroyed. It can affect any part of your body like limbs, back, neck, face, etc. The body stops producing melanin — the pigment that gives your skin, hair and eyes color.

The symptoms of Vitiligo are like – Patchy, loss of skin color, which usually first appears on the hands, face, and areas around body openings. Other like premature whitening or greying of the hair on the scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows or beard. Vitiligo is an auto-immune disease, where the person’s immune system mistakenly attacks its own body (or host body). Other than that, the skin cells (melanocytes) of the affected person appears to unable to deal with the imbalance of antioxidants and harmful free radicals generated inside the body. This results in cell damage and death.

Light therapy - the hope

Today a number of treatments which are aimed for the restoring the discoloration of the skin. But the best and the convenient is Light Therapy. Especially the narrow-band ultraviolet B (NB-UVB) has come up as one of the safest and most effective therapy for this skin condition.

In this treatment, the depigmented or discolored skin is exposed under a specific wavelength of light for a specific amount of time and using a specified amount of light monitored or prescribed by the dermatologist. The duration of a session can gradually increase as one’s progress based on his/her skin’s response to the light.

Light therapy treatment often involves the usage if specific light which are used in combination with topical medications that are applied to the skin. The topical treatments can be topical steroids, topical calcineurin inhibitors or topical Vitamin D etc. Although the treatment can be used without the topical as well. Topical medications may also be used on their own, without light therapy, however, when the two treatments are used together, the results are typically seen well.

According to the studies, the light therapy session have a great response to treatment. The greatest response is shown majorly on the face and neck. Several retrospective and prospective studies have displayed superior repigmentation, color matching results.

Light therapy is a hope for people who perceive it as an incurable disease. The technology of light therapy helps people to overcome the physical as well as mental aspect of their body.

References:

https://nyulangone.org/conditions/vitiligo/treatments/phototherapy-laser-treatment-for-vitiligo

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6536079/

https://www.medscape.com/answers/1068962-87933/how-is-narrowband-uv-b-nb-uvb-used-to-treat-vitiligo

https://www.umassmed.edu/vitiligo/vitiligo-treatment/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6607222/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5817459/

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/

Tratar el glaucoma con la terapia de luz verde

Tratar el glaucoma con la terapia de luz verde

According to the National Eye Institute, glaucoma is the third leading cause of blindness in the U.S cataracts and macular degeneration rank first and second, respectively. There are an estimated 2,218,000 patients who suffer from glaucoma (approx. 1 in 136 or 0.74%).

What is Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve often caused by an abnormally high pressure the eye (also called IOP, intra-ocular pressure). It is one of the leading factor for blindness. It can occur at any age but is more common for people over the age of 60. The vision loss due to glaucoma can't be recovered and many forms of glaucoma have no warning signs at an early stage, so it is important that we do regular eye exam or get prevention as early as possible.  

Currently, there are 3 Keys that allow for a more accurate diagnosis of glaucoma:
An elevation of intraocular pressure
Changes in the optic nerve
• Peripheral field loss

Diagnosis

Your doctor will review your medical history and conduct a comprehensive eye examination. He or she may perform several tests, including:

  • Measuring intraocular pressure (tonometry)
  • Testing for optic nerve damage with a dilated eye examination and imaging tests
  • Checking for areas of vision loss (visual field test)
  • Measuring corneal thickness (pachymetry)
  • Inspecting the drainage angle (gonioscopy)
Medical Treatment

The damage caused by glaucoma can't be reversed. But treatment and regular checkups can help slow or prevent vision loss, especially if you catch the disease in its early stages.  Glaucoma is treated by lowering your eye pressure (intraocular pressure). Depending on your situation, your options may include prescription eyedrops, oral medications, laser treatment, surgery or a combination of any of these.

However, the method of treatment of glaucoma is mainly of medication, which can lower the intra-ocular pressure, but also many medication would also block aqueous production. It is similar to the condition that a patient with hypertension taking medications to decrease the production of blood to reduce the blood pressure. That is harmful to the eye health.

In Singapore, the mean direct cost of glaucoma treatment with glaucoma medications alone per patient over 10 years was SGD 2042.47 (± 2078.54) or US$1,592.86 (±1620.99), while the mean cost of surgery was SGD 8038.75 (± 2829.4) or US$6,269.18 (± 2206.56) and laser was SGD 1163.63 (± 532.9) or US$907.48 (± 415.59).

Green light therapy is way cheaper and can lead to great results


Green Light Treatment

One of the biggest advantage of light therapy is that there is no side-effect like medication and it can be used at an early stage for prevention.

Scientists and researchers first began to study light therapy in the treatment of glaucoma in 1948. According to R. B. Zaretskaya, MD’s research, published in American Journal of Ophthalmology, it shows that, while the red light has a pressure raising effect, the effects of green light are greater than white light even at a higher brightness. So, green light should be considered a therapy for the reduction of intra-ocular pressure in glaucoma.

The following important experiment was done by R. B. Zaretskaya, MD, also published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology, showed that eye pressure was lowed for patients wearing green spectacles, also with fluctuation of eye pressure decreasing. These patients were required to a 10 minute exposure of green light with an intensity of 1.4 lux. Pressures were then measured at every half hour until pressures returned to baseline.

The conclusion indicates that green light (mu delta) has a pressure lower affect in the majority of patients 82% and the average pressure lower affect was 5 mm Hg and this effect persisted for 4 hours after a brief 10 minute exposure.  

The second article also by R. B. Zaretskaya, MD, which was published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology 1948 31: 985-989 refers about 19 patients that were studied and pressures were determined 3 times a day. Once at 7:00 AM (still in bed), 1:00 PM and then between 7:00 and 8:00 PM. Medications were withheld for a day or two and then green spectacles were given on the second day for full time wear. The spectacles were a hue corresponding to 511 nm and a daylight transparency of 21%. In a certain number of cases, the green spectacles were combined with a greatly reduced strength of pilocarpine. One group had a combination of green glasses and adrenalin (1:1,000) which was also made to test Kravkov’s statement that the installation of adrenalin might increase the eyes sensitivity to green.

Results of this study showed that IOP showed a pronounced tendency to decrease in patients wearing green spectacles.  The fluctuation of IOP during the day was also found to decrease in patients wearing green glasses.  There was an appreciable effect when the use of green spectacles was combined with very small dosages of pilocarpine (0.5 percent).  20 out of 25 eyes had an expressed decrease in IOP as well as a decrease in fluctuations. The pressures decreased by  6.0 mm Hg in 8 cases, 10 mm Hg in 9 cases and 10 mm Hg and more in 3 cases. The results were more striking when combined with small dosages of adrenalin.

Conclusions:
Green spectacles prescribed with a total withdrawal from Pilocarpine produces a decrease in IOP
The affects are most pronounced when used with the administration of small doses of adrenalin
• Mechanism of action is proposed to be on the color receptors of the human eye
• Green light brings about a definite arrangement in the autonomic nervous system and thus affects the neurovascular system of the eye

How to Do a Green Light Therapy Treatment?

Consistency and proper use is key for effective green light therapy. For optimal results with a high-quality device like the ones in Kaiyan, follow these basics for general wellness benefits:

  • Expose your eyes for best results
  • 10-minute treatment each time
  • Daily use is ideal
  • Any time of day
The Future for Green Light and Glaucoma

As we also know that green light could also treat migraine as well as glaucoma, and both migraine and glaucoma are disease of nerve, we may want to know is there connection between these two illness, both of which would cause the pain in the front part of our brain. Hope future research would find out.

Referencias

Conference speech presented at the International Syntonic Light Conference held in St. Pete Beach, Fl , April 28th – May 1st

https://www.healingtheeye.com/Articles/Syntonic_Light_Therapy_Glaucoma.html

https://www.healingtheeye.com/Articles/AJO_IOP_%20light.pdf

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/glaucoma/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20372846#:~:text=Glaucoma%20is%20treated%20by%20lowering,combination%20of%20any%20of%20these.

https://iovs.arvojournals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2360086#:~:text=The%20mean%20direct%20cost%20of,US%24907.48%20(%C2%B1%20415.59).

R. B. Zaretskaya, MD. Intraocular Pressure of Normal and Glaucomatous Eyes as Affected by Accessory Light Stimuli. American Journal of Ophthalmology 1948 – 31-721-727.

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.

Las principales aplicaciones clínicas de la fototerapia son los trastornos del sueño en tiempo biológico, la demencia, los trastornos del estado de ánimo y el insomnio. Con la fototerapia, es habitual administrar 5000 lux/h diarios durante varias semanas. Los efectos son a largo plazo sólo si las sesiones de terapia son persistentes y continuas.  

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.

Referencias

https://www.estyspot.com/blogs/esthetician-tips/an-estheticians-view-of-led-therapy-benefits-for-all-7-colors

https://www.the-dermatologist.com/content/acne-treatment-blue-light-therapy-benefits-0#:~:text=A%3A%20Blue%20light%20kills%20the,oil%20glands%20in%20the%20skin.

https://www.healthline.com/health/red-light-therapy#summary

https://www.estyspot.com/blogs/esthetician-tips/an-estheticians-view-of-led-therapy-benefits-for-all-7-colors

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Combatir el cáncer de mama con terapia de luz

Combatir el cáncer de mama con terapia de luz

Researcher fighting breast cancer with light therapy
"Metastatic breast cancer can be a devastating diagnosis with high rates of relapse and death, and there are currently no effective therapies,"

Nalinikanth Kotagiri, MD, Ph.D. says.

"Despite newer treatments, many patients still succumb to the disease. Major limitations include acquired resistance to therapies and serious side effects from treatment. Due to the widespread location of breast cancer cells, particularly in the bone marrow, which harbors the tumor cells as well as vital stem cells, the risk of toxicity is even higher with conventional therapies. Therefore, new therapeutic strategies that selectively destroy tumor cells, increase treatment efficacy, prevent relapse and reduce side effects by sparing the healthy stem cells are necessary."


This is why Nalinikanth Kotagiri, MD, Ph.D., assistant professor in the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy and a cluster hire for the Cincinnati Cancer Center, is hoping to study ways ultraviolet light can activate light-sensitive drugs to treat this invasive breast cancer and provide that light at the end of the tunnel patients yearn for.

Kotagiri has been awarded the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Breakthrough Award—over $600,000 for three years—to try to do just that. His project will focus on light-mediated therapies, which could activate light-sensitive drugs to target only the cancerous cells.

"Therapies such as photodynamic therapy (PDT), involving light and a photosensitizing chemical substance, which used in conjunction with molecular oxygen can cause cell death, offer a high degree of control that is effectively used to manage cancer in early to advanced stages," he says. "It operates on a simple principle where a light-sensitive drug, which is otherwise nontoxic, introduced into certain tissues can cause cell death when activated by light. Despite the promise of PDT, it can't penetrate tissue deeply so its use is limited. Also, current light-sensitive drugs require oxygen to be effective, but many tumors, including breast tumors, have pockets of low oxygen or grow in regions where oxygen is either low or absent, which could prevent effective application of PDT in cancer treatment."

However, Kotagiri says recent work in the lab has led his team to a "two-pronged approach" in addressing these issues.

"We've been using ultraviolet (UV) light from radionuclides (radioactive nuclide or atom), which are already used to image tumors and tissues, and tried to solve oxygen dependence by using metal-based light-sensitive drugs for depth- and oxygen-independent PDT," he says. "By replacing the external light source, such as lasers and lamps, with light from radionuclides as an 'internal' light source, we've been able to better control therapy in the body.
"This could mean more effective therapies with minimal toxicity to vital organs and tissues. Since radionuclides are used in imaging and locating tumors, we can now simultaneously image and treat breast cancer metastasis using the same radionuclide."

Using animal models, researchers in Kotagiri's lab will test whether radionuclide light activation of tumor targeting, light-sensitive drugs will destroy metastatic cancer cells—including those that are resistant to traditional therapies.

"Since how we're killing the cells is not dependent on a certain molecular pathway, the technology could be applicable to treat a wide variety of breast cancers," he adds. "This has the potential to be a common image-guided treatment strategy to treat patients in early as well as advanced stages of the disease, and because of the safety of this treatment strategy, it could be effectively used alongside other treatments, like chemotherapy and immunotherapy, without the risk of additional side effects.
"This could tremendously benefit patients, as it could potentially improve therapeutic outcomes in addition to setting a precedent to tailor other FDA-approved light-sensitive drugs as radionuclide activated therapies, expanding the scope and range of the diseases these drugs currently treat. If proven beneficial, this treatment could be ready for a patient population in 5 to 10 years, since all the materials involved have already been used in humans—this could be an exciting breakthrough."
Clinical Trial - The Effects of Light Therapy to Treat Cancer-related Side Effects

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04418856

Besides what Kotagiri said, severe fatigue, depression, sleep problems and cognitive impairment are the most commonly reported side effects of cancer treatment. These aversive side effects are hypothesized to be related to the disruption of circadian rhythms associated with cancer and its treatment. Exposure to Bright White Light (BWL) has been found to synchronize the circadian activity rhythms but research with cancer patients has been scarce. Therefore, the proposed randomized control trial (RCT) will test if systematic light exposure (sLE) will minimize overall levels of cancer-related fatigue (CRF), depression, sleep problems and cognitive impairment among breast cancer patients undergoing breast cancer treatment (i.e., surgery, chemotherapy). SLE incorporates the delivery of harmless UV-protected BWL or Dim White Light (DWL - standard comparison in light studies) delivered to patients by using special glasses for 30 minutes each morning, during their treatment.

Learn more about the how to improve your circadian rhythm and light therapy & breast feeding

Referencias

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-10-breast-cancer-therapy.html

https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/photodynamic-therapy/about/pac-20385027#:~:text=Photodynamic%20therapy%20(PDT)%20is%20a,energy%2C%20usually%20from%20a%20laser.

https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04418856

5 Técnicas de biohacking

5 Técnicas de biohacking

What is Biohacking?

Biohacking is the practice of changing our chemistry and our physiology through science and self-experimentation to energize and enhance the body. It’s a broad definition, but that’s also because the concept is constantly evolving. It includes implementing lifestyle and dietary changes that improve the functioning of your body, as well as wearable technology to help you monitor and regulate physiological data. It can even run to extremes such as using implant technology and genetic engineering.

The possibilities are endless, but they are all rooted in the idea that we can change our bodies and our brains, and that by doing so we can ultimately become smarter, faster, and better as human beings.

Start biohacking your body by using wearables like the FitBit or the Apple Watch to track the way you operate. You could also start experimenting with the power of music in your everyday life and adopting a sustainable healthy diet. But if you’re ready for something new, and something different, consider one of these non-invasive methods from our biohacking guide:

Biohack Tip 1: Red Light Therapy

Have you ever spent a lot of time indoors and begun to feel… off? Our bodies and brains need light to function at their best. Not only does the sun give us an important dose of vitamin D, but it helps us in a number of other physiological and emotional ways. Let’s look a little closer – specifically at the light wavelengths between 600 and 900 nanometers (nm). How does this range of light waves impact us and how can we use it to biohack the body?

Studies have shown that your body responds particularly well to red and near-infrared wavelengths, which range from 600 to 900 nm. This particular range of light waves is absorbed by the skin to a depth of about 8 to 10 millimeters, at which point your mitochondrial chromophores absorb the photons. This activates a number of the nervous system and metabolic processes.

In plainer terms, red light therapy has become an increasingly popular form of biohacking used to treat a number of conditions. It has been proven to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and restore mood. And because it is a non-invasive and non-chemical treatment, it’s not as intimidating as other forms of biohacking.

Biohacking Tip 2: Functional Music

With over 100 billion neurons that are constantly using electricity to talk to each other, your brain is like Grand Central Station. If everyone is chattering loudly at the same time, it can be tough to concentrate on what you need to get done. That’s where music biohacking comes in. Brain activity can be measured in a wave-like pattern and determines if you feel alert, sleepy, relaxed, or stressed. Things that can affect your brainwaves include the activity you are currently performing, how much restorative rest you’ve had, and what you’ve just eaten or drank.

One of the most reliable ways to change your brainwaves is through a consistent sound wave. Audio entrainment, a form of music biohacking, uses binaural beats and tones to synchronize with your brain waves and induce a meditative, relaxed state. You can access programs developed specifically for your own brain and the activities you want to accomplish at Brain.fm. If you’re not ready to go that far, you can still change your mood and mindset by queuing up your favorite playlist and listening while you work out, cook breakfast, or commute to work.

Biohacking Tip 3: Osteostrong

We talk a lot about cardiac health. After all, heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the United States. Everyone needs to be aware of cardiovascular diseases and how to protect themselves as best they can. As a culture, we also talk a lot about skin health – slathering on sunscreen as part of our daily routine and supplementing our diets with collagen-boosting foods. Weight loss, inflammation, memory, GI health, and how an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise can prematurely age you – these are all at the forefront of our minds. But how often do we think about the health of our bones?

A decrease in bone health creeps up on you and most people are unaware of how bone density changes over time. Roughly up until the age of 30, men and women actually build more bone than they lose, so we are constantly strengthening our bones and working on bone density. But when we hit our mid-30s, things change. And if you’ve passed that benchmark, you may have felt that shift.

After reaching their mid-30s, women lose about 2% of bone density every year, and that continues for a few years following menopause. This leaves women with a high likelihood of experiencing osteoporosis.

So what do you do? Consider trying OsteoStrong, a non-pharmaceutical way of improving bone density, strength, and balance as one of your biohacking techniques.

According to OsteoStrong’s website, research indicates that the stimulus required to activate the growth of healthy bone tissue is 4.2 multiples of body weight. However, this level of force would be exceptionally difficult to achieve on your own. That’s why OsteoStrong utilizes the Spectrum System, which is part of a new category of devices called the Robotic Musculoskeletal Development System (RDMS).

Biohacking Tip 4: Gratitude

How we view life has a huge effect on our moods, how we treat others, and our general levels of fulfillment. When you have an abundance mindset, you’re consistently grateful for everything that comes your way and is always focused on the positive. Have a hard time adopting this type of perspective? Changing your mindset is really about nothing more than practice. You need to consistently refocus your brain to see the positive in every situation until it becomes second nature. These biohacking techniques and tools can help:

  • A gratitude journal in which you write three to five things you’re grateful for helps you reframe the day to focus on the positive and reflect on all the good things that happen to you.
  • Take a gratitude walk where you give thanks and send positive energy to every living thing you see. If you walk to work or take a morning jog, you can easily incorporate this into your normal routine.
  • Write a weekly letter of gratitude to someone who has helped you or who means a lot to you. It could be a family member, a long-lost friend, or even a coworker who always remembers to stock your favorite coffee.
  • Begin the day with a ritual, such as meditating, and set an intention to be grateful for all you encounter.
Biohacking Tip 5: Supplements

Exercising, eating right, and developing the right mindset are important steps to unlocking an extraordinary life. Biohacking helps you take this to the next level by incorporating supplements that improve focus, increase energy, and help your body benefit from the most bioavailable forms of nutrients available.

We often don’t get all the vitamins and minerals we need to keep us at peak performance. High-quality supplements in the form of pills, shakes, bars, or drinks can fill the nutritional gap and help boost performance, detoxify our systems, and achieve daily energy.

Tony has created a variety of health supplements, drinks, and bars that help you feel your best every day and make biohacking the body easy.

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.

Sources and References:

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Hamblin M. “Mechanisms and applications of the anti-inflammatory effects of photobiomodulation.” AIMS Biophys. 2017.

LED Lights Used in Plant Growth Experiments for Deep Space Missions. NASA.

Gál P,  Stausholm MB, et al. Should open excisions and sutured incisions be treated differently? A review and meta-analysis of animal wound models following low-level laser therapy. Lasers in Medical Science. 2018 Aug.

John Foley, David B Vasily, et al. 830 nm light-emitting diode (led) phototherapy significantly reduced return-to-play in injured university athletes: a pilot study. Laser Therapy. 2016 Mar.

Kim HK, Choi JH. Effects of radiofrequency, electroacupuncture, and low-level laser therapy on the wrinkles and moisture content of the forehead, eyes, and cheek. Journal of Physical Therapy Science. 2017 February.

Wunsch A and Matuschka K. A Controlled Trial to Determine the Efficacy of Red and Near-Infrared Light Treatment in Patient Satisfaction, Reduction of Fine Lines, Wrinkles, Skin Roughness, and Intradermal Collagen Density Increase. Photomedicine and Laser Surgery. Feb 2014.

Barolet D, Roberge CJ, et al. Regulation of skin collagen metabolism in vitro using a pulsed 660 nm LED light source: clinical correlation with a single-blinded study. Journal of Investigative Dermatology. 2009 December.

Morita T., Tokura H. “ Effects of lights of different color temperature on the nocturnal changes in core temperature and melatonin in humans” Journal of Physiological Anthropology. 1996, Sept.

Naeser M., Zafonte R, Krengel MH, Martin PI,  Frazier J, Hamblin MR, Knight JA, Meehan WP, Baker EH. “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, June.

Liu KH, Liu D, et al. “Comparative effectiveness of low-level laser therapy for adult androgenic alopecia: a system review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.” Lasers in Medical Science. 2019 Aug.

Gupta AK, Mays RR, et al. “Efficacy of non-surgical treatments for androgenetic alopecia: a systematic review and network meta-analysis.” JEADV. 2018 Dec.

Afifi L, Maranda EL, et al. “Low-level laser therapy as a treatment for androgenetic alopecia.” Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. 2017 Jan.

Hofling DB, Chavantes MC, et al. Low-level laser in the treatment of patients with hypothyroidism induced by chronic autoimmune thyroiditis: a randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. May 2013.

Hofling DB, Chavantes MC, et al. Assessment of the effects of low-level laser therapy on the thyroid vascularization of patients with autoimmune hypothyroidism by color Doppler ultrasound. ISRN Endocrinology. 2012.

Hofling DB, Chavantes MC, et al. Low-level laser therapy in chronic autoimmune thyroiditis: a pilot study. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. 2010 Aug.

Vladimirovich Moskvin S., Ivanovich Apolikhin O. Effectiveness of low level laser therapy for treating male infertility. Biomedicine (Taipei). 2018 June.

Ban Frangez H., Frangez I., Verdenik I., Jansa V., Virant Klun I. Photobiomodulation with light-emitting diodes improves sperm motility in men with asthenozoospermia. Laser in Medical Science, 2015 Jan.

Salman Yazdi, R., Bakhshi, S., Jannat Alipoor, F. et al. Effect of 830-nm diode laser irradiation on human sperm motility. Lasers Med Sci. 2014.

Chow KW, Preece D, Burns MW. Effect of red light on optically trapped spermatozoa. Biomedical Optics Express. 2017 Aug.

Preece D., Chow KW, Gomez-Godinez V., Gustafson K., et al. Red light improves spermatozoa motility and does not induce oxidative DNA damage. Scientific Reports. 2017 Apr.

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Cassano P, Petrie SR, et al. Transcranial Photobiomodulation for the Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder. The ELATED-2 Pilot Trial. Photomedicine and Laser Surgery. 2018 October.

Barrett DW, et al. Transcranial infrared laser stimulation produces beneficial cognitive and emotional effects in humans. 2013 Jan.

Blanco NJ, Maddox WT, Gonzalez-Lima F. Improving executive function using transcranial infrared laser stimulation. Journal of Neuropsychology. 2017 Mar.

Paolillo FR, Borghi-Silva A, et al. New treatment of cellulite with infrared-LED illumination applied during high-intensity treadmill training. J Cosmet Laser Ther. 2011 Aug;13(4):166-71.

Caruso-Davis MK, Guillot TS, Podichetty VK, Mashtalir N, Dhurandhar NV, Dubuisson O, Yu Y. Efficacy of low-level laser therapy for body contouring and spot fat reduction. Obes Surg. 2011. Jun;21(6):722-9.

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McRae E and Boris J. Independent evaluation of low-level laser therapy at 635 nm for non-invasive body contouring of the waist, hips, and thighs. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. Jan 2013.

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¿Crees que tu gato puede estar sufriendo depresión en invierno? La terapia de luz puede resolver este problema

¿Crees que tu gato puede estar sufriendo depresión en invierno? La terapia de luz puede resolver este problema

A typical morning for our cats may involve purring, stretching, or meowing at the family members. After some time, the cat might retire to its favorite spot looking normal. But, do we really understand our felines? What if they were depressed? Would we understand why? Can we help them overcome the winter blues?

Cats are sensitive to changes in light, more so than people. Less lighting in the fall may cause a decrease in brain chemicals like serotonin. Given the inevitability of rain, snow, and cold weather in the fall, cats are often faced with a change of schedule.

If your cat is indoor/outdoor, he may become depressed during the winter months and shorter days. Even if your feline is indoor-only, lack of sunlight, less exercise during the fall, and longer periods of alone-time all contribute to the telltale symptoms of restlessness and depression of seasonal affective disorder, or SAD.

What causes SAD?

SAD in felines, as in people, is influenced by the amount of sunlight that your cat is exposed to. You may notice your cat appearing slower and gloomier during the winter months, yet when April and May arrive, he is more energetic and has a healthier appetite.

Lack of sunlight reduces the production of melatonin, which in turn leads to depression, drowsiness, and sometimes anxiety. It also results in low levels of serotonin, a hormone that serves as a neurotransmitter; cats may display symptoms of depression, aggression, and mood changes.

Restoring the chemical balance is not done easily, since serotonin cannot be given as a shot or in pill form. Many veterinarians turn to drugs — the same ones prescribed for humans.

If the idea of giving your cat pills or a serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SRI) makes your heartache, then it’s a good idea to learn about light therapy, which manipulates your cat’s environment to simulate the brightness of sunlight.

Using light therapy to treat SAD

Veterinarians often recommend light therapy to treat SAD. These natural, non-invasive, and low-cost treatments can cost less than a yearly supply of cat's food, and they let you maintain control over your pet’s emotional highs and lows.

In Kaiyan Medical, we recommend using light therapy for 30 minutes a day.

Like us, cats and dogs suffer from conditions such as inflammation, infections, and arthritis. And no matter how closely we watch them, they’ll scrape their legs, cut their pads, jar their shoulders and sprain their ankles.

How it works

So, how does red light actually help animals? Very simply, it delivers an energy boost to the cells, which provides wide-ranging health benefits.

Using LEDs or LASER diodes, LLLT penetrates your animal’s skin, blood, muscle, and bone using specific wavelengths of photons. Photoreceptors in your animal’s cells absorb this light energy, which enhances the healing process by giving the cells a boost of energy. Various wavelengths reach different layers of tissue. Red light, for example, is more efficiently absorbed by tissue rich in hemoglobin and is beneficial for healing surface wounds and stimulating acupressure points. Near-infrared light is able to pass through to deeper tissues such as tendons, ligaments, bones, joints, and muscles. Ideally, a combination of both red, green and near-infrared light is used in a light therapy session.


What else light therapy can do for your cat?

Because of the way it energizes the cells, red light can help with a number of health conditions in animals, including the following:

  • Joint pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Muscle soreness
  • Wounds and injuries
  • Rashes and infections
  • Inflammation

And there’s clinical data to prove it! In one study, horses that suffered from chronic back pain for years responded so well to red light therapy that in less than 3 months, over 70% were back to training and competing! (3) In addition, studies have also shown that horses treated with red light experience significantly faster tissue healing times.


Getting started

If you’re thinking of trying light therapy for your dog or cat, the first step is to ask yourself — and your vet — if it’s the right option for your companion’s needs. Light therapy can help with a wide variety of minor conditions. If your pet is experiencing something more severe, light therapy may be able to complement a more extensive treatment plan. In Kaiyan Medical we love animals and we want health and wellness for them as well.

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Effect of NASA light-emitting diode irradiation on wound healing. J Clin Laser Med Surg. 2001

Treatment of chronic back pain in horses. Stimulation of acupuncture points with a low-powered infrared laser. Martin BB Jr. 1987.

Equine wound healing: influence of low-level laser therapy on an equine metacarpal wound healing model. Jann. 2012.

Effect of light-emitting diode (LED) therapy on the development of osteoarthritis (OA) in a rabbit model. Biomed Pharmacother. 2011

Low-level laser therapy reduces time to ambulation in dogs after hemilaminectomy: a preliminary study. Draper WE. 2012

El chakra verde, el verdadero color del amor

El chakra verde, el verdadero color del amor

Chakra (Sanskrit: चक्र, IAST: cakra, Pali: cakka, lit. wheel, circle; English: /ˈtʃʌk-, ˈtʃækrə/ CHUK-, CHAK-rə[2])) means “wheel” and refers to energy points in your body. They are thought to be spinning disks of energy that should stay “open” and aligned, as they correspond to bundles of nerves, major organs, and areas of our energetic body that affect our emotional and physical well-being.

The concept is found in the early traditions of Hinduism. Beliefs differ between the Indian religions, with many Buddhist texts consistently mentioning five chakras, while Hindu sources offer six or even seven. Early Sanskrit texts speak of them both as meditative visualizations combining flowers and mantras and as physical entities in the body. Some modern interpreters speak of them as complexes of electromagnetic variety, the precise degree and variety of which directly arise from a synthetic average of all positive and negative so-called “fields”, thus eventuating the complex Nadi. Within kundalini yoga, the techniques of breath exercises, visualizations, mudras, bandhas, kriyas, and mantras are focused on manipulating the flow of subtle energy through chakras

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Some say there are 114 different chakras, but there are seven main chakras that run along your spine. These are the chakras that most of us are referring to when we talk about them.

Each of these seven main chakras has a corresponding number, name, color, specific area of the spine from the sacrum to the crown of the head, and health focus.

We are gonna explore the green chakra, the heart chakra.

Anahata, the heart chakra

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Sanskrit Anahata means “sound produced without touching two parts” and at the same time, it means “pure” or “clean, stainless”. The name of this chakra signifies the state of freshness that appears when we are able to become detached and to look at the different and apparently contradictory experiences of life with a state of openness. Normally we are not used to the effect produced by the confrontation of the two opposite forces. At the level of Anahata chakra appears the possibility to integrate the two opposite forces and obtain the effect (sound, in this case), without the two forces being confronted (without touching of the two parts).

Within it is a yantra of two intersecting triangles, forming a hexagram, symbolizing a union of the male and female as well as being the esoteric symbol for the element of air (vayu). The seed mantra of air, Yam, is at its center. The presiding deity is Ishana Rudra Shiva, and the Shakti is Kakini.In esoteric Buddhism, this Chakra is called Dharma and is generally considered to be the petal lotus of “Essential nature” and corresponding to the second state of Four Noble Truths.

The green color is composed of yellow and blue in equal parts. We can say is composed of the sun and the sky. Green is the energy of love and transformation. It allows you to transform your ego and the needs of your lower chakras and open up to love. To become more loving and compassionate.

It is at the heart center where the energies of lower chakras (once the needs are fulfilled and satisfied) can be transformed and integrated into a more spiritual aspect of yourself. This is where you reach beyond yourself and connect with something greater, wider, and deeper.

Green is the color of growth, life, and balance. In Chinese traditional medicine, through balance, you find the center from which you can love, form healthy and nourishing relationships, and give and receive love.

The energy of green is soothing and calming, like a blanket of soft grass underneath your feet. It is the color of nature, grass, and trees.

Physical level

On a physical level green relates to the heart, lungs, chest, shoulders, arms, breasts, thymus gland, and cardiac nerve plexus.

People with strong green energy stand tall and radiate openness. Those with weak green energy appear tight in the upper body, they are slouching — their shoulders are drawn forward, protecting the heart center, and their head and neck are brought forward as well.

Gifts

  • strong heart
  • healthy circulation
  • healthy immune system
  • strong in the upper body
  • flexible upper back and neck
  • high lung capacity

Challenges

  • heart problems (angina, heart disease, heart attack)
  • pain in the upper body (back, neck, shoulders, arms)
  • tight muscles in the upper body
  • lung problems
  • the underactive or overactive immune system

Spiritual level

The spiritual aspect of green energy is instinctual knowing and growing into the spirit. The developmental task of the heart chakra is forming relationships with family and friends. On the spiritual level, we must always remember that we are entering the mystery and power of love.

Gifts

  • compassion
  • unconditional love
  • deep self-love
  • feelings of being part of something larger
  • peacefulness and serenity
  • sensing everything is interconnected
  • altruistic

Challenges

  • overwhelming grief
  • unable to see/feel a connection with the greater life
  • stuck in the needs of lower chakras
  • loneliness and isolation

Next time you stand still and look at the green color, make sure to feel the serenity, calmness, balance and feeling kindness and compassion for yourself and others.

Be green, see green, visualize green, breathe green, feel green, be calm, be kind, practice kindness, forgive, and be love.

Referencias

  1. Swami Satyananda Saraswati. Kundalini Tantra
  2. ^ “Tantra-Kundalini.com — Anahata chakra”. Tantra Kundalini. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  3. ^ Acharya Bhagwan Dev (2004). Pranayam, Kundalini and Hatha Yoga. Diamond Pocket Books. p. 35. ISBN 9789350830673.
  4. ^ https://www.yogaindailylife.org/system/en/chakras/anahata-chakra
  5. ^ http://openanahata.com/en/2018/01/13/the-twelve-petals-of-the-anahata-lotus-flower/
  6. ^ M.A. Hill (2014). The 7 Chakras Balancing, Colors and Meaning. p. 21. ISBN 9781500887919.

¿Puede la luz LED ayudarme a conseguir una piel perfecta?

¿Puede la luz LED ayudarme a conseguir una piel perfecta?

Following the article from the New York Times.

One day, shining light on your face may be the most important part of your skin care routine. We take a look at the newest devices.

The MMSphere, a ring of LED lights, casts a red glow over my face. It sits adjacent to my laptop so that as I write, research and procrastinate, I can simultaneously calm a fiery constellation of acne on my left cheek.

Red light’s anti-inflammatory and collagen-building effects on the skin are well documented. But this hands-free device, designed by Ellen Marmur, a dermatologist in New York, has settings for blue, green, amber and purple light too.

“It has just enough variety that people stay excited to use it,” Dr. Marmur said.

I, too, begin cocktailing. I bathe my face in blue light to kill acne bacteria while watching reruns, and immediately follow up with a FaceTime call to my mother, my face lit up in a bright green light to fight hyperpigmentation.

Skin care efficacy lives and dies by patient compliance. Most at-home LED skin care devices are small and hand-held, requiring time set aside to treat the entire face. People eventually stop using them.

Even with persistent acne as a motivator, I’ve always had trouble following LED protocols. The MMSphere ($495) is a big deal for me because it harnesses a powerful fix-everything-while-doing-nothing ease that makes it almost addictive. You actually want to use it.

“It makes people feel good, like they’re taking care of themselves,” Dr. Marmur said. “You can treat your skin while doing other things, so it’s easier to form the habit of doing it every day.”

Because, really, if we’re just sitting around — talking, eating, working — shouldn’t we be fixing our skin, too?

So How Does LED Work?

First, LED therapy is not the same as a laser treatment, which creates controlled damage to the skin to promote healing. The easiest way to understand the light-as-skin-care concept is to think of skin-friendly visible light as ultraviolet light’s benevolent counterpart.

In a process called photobiomodulation, light alters biological material; for example, UV rays from the sun change our skin in ways that can catalyze cancer and aging.

But some wavelengths of visible light alter our skin for the better, and light-emitting diodes (LED) are a source that delivers that energy.

Jared Jagdeo is an associate professor of dermatology and director of the Center for Phototherapy, SUNY Downstate Health Science University, where he studies LED therapy.

“You can alter the skin through photo-damaging with lasers, or photobiomodulation, which is a much more gentle way of changing the way the skin functions,” Dr. Jagdeo said. Red and blue light are the heavy hitters. He explained why red light in particular works so well.

“There’s a specific receptor in the mitochondria of the skin cells that red light specifically acts upon,” he said. “And that’s why red light is an ideal wavelength for changing the way the skin functions.”

Red light penetrates the skin deeper than other visible light and stimulates the mitochondria, which has an anti-inflammatory and rejuvenating effect. Collagen is built in the dermis, the skin is calmed, and wrinkles eventually fade.

Blue light doesn’t penetrate the skin as deeply but zaps acne-causing bacteria on the surface. The science on green light isn’t as solid, but in theory, it targets melanocytes, discouraging excess melanin production.

Rigorous independent studies have yet to be conducted, but Dr. Marmur did a very small clinical trial on green light for the MMSphere in which subjects self-reported a 32 percent decrease in “brown spots” after a week of green light treatment.

Is All of This Light Ok for my Eyes?

Eye safety is a valid concern, particularly because earlier this year Neutrogena recalled its LED mask over fears that it could cause eye injuries.

Brian S. Biesman, an assistant clinical professor of ophthalmology, dermatology and ENT at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, said that most home devices aren’t powerful enough damage the eyes. The MMSphere comes with opaque goggles, but, Dr. Biesman said, the device is low energy, so it should be safe to use without them.

“Just normal blinking and eye movements should be sufficient to protect the eyes,” he said. “But never stare at a bright light source.”

More Thoughts

“As far as the F.D.A. is concerned, if I use CO2 laser resurfacing, it better work because of the amount of risk involved,” said Suzanne Kilmer, a clinical professor of dermatology at the UC Davis School of Medicine in Sacramento and director of the Laser and Skin Surgery Medical Group.

“Compare that to a home device,” Dr. Kilmer said. If it doesn’t kill you, blind you or make things much worse, it’s probably going to get approved. So it’s actually more incumbent upon the people selling home devices to show efficacy. You have to trust the people who are selling them.”

“LED is real, but it’s probably not optimized yet,” Dr. Kilmer said.

Many factors determine the amount of light your skin needs and receives: the strength of the light, the distance from source to skin, how long the light is used, and your skin color.

“Some of these lights on the market are very weak, and they may not have enough energy output to actually have a biological effect,” Dr. Jagdeo said. “Imagine a glow stick. It produces a color. But you could shine it on your face all day, and it’s not going to change the way your skin works.”

Furthermore, the medical community has yet to establish standard doses for treating conditions like hyperpigmentation and acne at home. Dr. Marmur based her MMSphere dosing on Blu-U, an in-office blue light that is commonly used as an alternative therapy for precancerous lesions.

“Consistent Sphere treatment for seven weeks will equal the energy given in the office with the Blu-U,” she said.

Another device, the Dr. Dennis Gross DRx SpectraLite FaceWare Pro, $435, emits red and blue light in a mask format, and each session is only three minutes. The mask’s LEDs are in contact with the skin, which may be a more effective treatment. Dr. Jagdeo said that you lose some energy on the way from device to skin, a potential downside of the MMSphere design.

“This is a tremendously undertapped area in medicine,” he said. “But LED light therapy is going to revolutionize the way home medical treatment is delivered for skin care over the next 10 to 15 years.”

Las principales aplicaciones clínicas de la fototerapia son los trastornos del sueño en tiempo biológico, la demencia, los trastornos del estado de ánimo y el insomnio. Con la fototerapia, es habitual administrar 5000 lux/h diarios durante varias semanas. Los efectos son a largo plazo sólo si las sesiones de terapia son persistentes y continuas.  

In Kaiyan Medical you can create your own LED facial mask. We have developed Aduro mask who is one of the top facial masks in the beauty industry. Julia Roberts is a big fan of Aduro Mask. For more information visit https://www.aduroled.com/

Esculpir el cuerpo con luz verde

Esculpir el cuerpo con luz verde

Wouldn’t it be great if we could each reduce a couple of inches off our waist without having to diet or exercise for so long? Losing weight and fat is one of the most common health goals, both for medical and cosmetic reasons. For years, millions of people have tried different pills, injections, “natural” herbs, and many products that are supposed to help us reduce weight. Unfortunately, these usually don’t work

Clinical trial

Many people trying to lose weight just want to look better in the mirror, or at the beach. A wide variety of therapies to target fat and improve appearance are called “body contouring” or “body sculpting”, some surgical, others noninvasive. But many of them don’t work, or produce troublesome side effects. Green light therapy is completely natural & noninvasive and has proven to be an effective option for changing the way your body looks.

In the clinical trial NCT03647748 a double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized evaluation of the effect of Cellulize, a green light low-level laser system for aesthetic use for the non-invasive reduction in fat layer for body contouring and reduction of cellulite.

Device Description

The Cellulize is a non-invasive green light system with a power output of 105mW/cm2, consisting of 150 light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that emit visible light at a nominal wavelength of 532nm ± 3nm (visible green light spectrum) and a spectral bandwidth of 10nm. Cellulize® is indicated for uses non-invasive dermatological aesthetic treatment for the reduction of circumference of hips, waist, and thighs. The Massager component is indicated for the temporary reduction in the appearance of cellulite.

Clinical Testing

Cumulative circumferences of waist, hip, left and right thighs for each patient was calculated before and after treatment. Three main points were concluded as a result of the study:

1. Cellulize causes immediate inch loss in subjects after a regimen of six treatments of 32 minutes (8 minutes on each of four positions) compared to individuals subjected to a placebo device for equivalent treatment. In a typical regimen, patients lost an average cumulative of 2.67 inches of circumference compared to the placebo average of 0.5 inches. This meets the anticipated primary outcome measure “Average Change in Inches of Total Circumference Measurements for the effect of Cellulize, a LED 532nm green light low-level laser system for aesthetic use for the non-invasive reduction in fat layer for body contouring from baseline measurements, and after treatment. ”

Figure 1, below, shows the graphical summary of inch loss for patients in the Cellulize active group and the Placebo control group respectively. Table 1 gives the mean values for both groups as well as the standard deviation for the “after” measurements, as well as 7-day and 14-day follow-ups relative to the “before” measurements for each patient:

Figure 1

2. While the durability of effect is also impacted by extrinsic factors after treatments such as diet, it was demonstrated that subjects were more likely to show continued inch loss upon following up with each subject at 7 days and again at 14 days. In general, patients undergoing active Cellulize 532nm green light continued losing some inch with an average continued loss of an additional 1.20 inches for a total average inch loss of 3.87 inches where average placebo measurements after 14 days yielded a net gain (not a loss) of 0.875 inches. This implies that the green light treatment meets the expected primary outcome of demonstrated durability of effect after a short -term follows up of 2 weeks.

3 Finally, the effect of Cellulize LED 532nm green light without any other intervention was measured for its effect on cellulite as part of the study. The Nurnberger-Muller Scale (NMS), a four-stage scale used as an industry standard to classify stage or degree of cellulite and to determine the change in stage or degree of cellulite following treatment intervention, was used to ensure consistent evaluation standards. Results from the active device as well as placebo both showed that cellulite, in general, did not decrease on the back of thigh/buttocks for subjects after a single treatment of 532nm green light. This result failed to meet the anticipated primary outcome measure of decreasing the appearance of cellulite as a measure of the Nurnberger-Muller Scale (NMS) from baseline to completion of treatment for the thigh/buttock area.

Fat Reducing Low-Level Laser — OLI

The FDA product classification code, OLI, has a guidance document which is the special control for this product, Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff — Class II Special Controls Guidance Document: Low-Level Laser System for Aesthetic Use. According to the guidance document, FDA believes that special controls, when combined with the general controls, will be sufficient to provide reasonable assurance of the safety and effectiveness of the low-level laser system for aesthetic use. Cellulize complies with all of the standards outlined in the special controls consensus standards.

To learn more about OLI products, you can visit https://fda.report/Product-Code/OLI

Las principales aplicaciones clínicas de la fototerapia son los trastornos del sueño en tiempo biológico, la demencia, los trastornos del estado de ánimo y el insomnio. Con la fototerapia, es habitual administrar 5000 lux/h diarios durante varias semanas. Los efectos son a largo plazo sólo si las sesiones de terapia son persistentes y continuas.  

Here in Kaiyan Medical, we are pioneers and innovators with light therapy. We keep developing technologies with green light and trying to reach more markets.

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Referencias

Effects of Green Light Therapy on Body Contouring and Cellulite - Full Text View …
Primary Outcome Measures : Average Change in Inches of Total Circumference Measurements [ Time Frame: 2 weeks ] Average…clinicaltrials.gov

Duarte FO, et al. Can low-level laser therapy (LLLT) associated with an aerobic plus resistance training change the cardiometabolic risk in obese women? A placebo-controlled clinical trial. J Photochem Photobiol B. 2015 Dec;153:103–10.

da Silveira Campos RM, Dâmaso AR, et al. The effects of exercise training associated with low-level laser therapy on biomarkers of adipose tissue transdifferentiation in obese women. Lasers in Medical Science. 2018 Aug;33(6):1245–1254.

Mejorando el tiempo de reacción, la memoria y el estado de ánimo

Mejorando el tiempo de reacción, la memoria y el estado de ánimo

Like any other organ or part of the human body, the brain, too, is susceptible to injuries or declining functions, especially as we grow older. A healthy diet, physical exercise, and improving your blood pressure, blood sugar, or blood cholesterol levels are some of the ways through which you can maintain a healthier, younger brain.

The brain can suffer from numerous disorders that can be divided into:

  • Traumatic events such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, and global brain ischemia.
  • Aging-related degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or dementia.
  • Psychiatric and mood disorders, including schizophrenia, anxiety, and depression.

Mentally stimulating activities are vital to keeping the brain young. Different brain activities, such as solving puzzles, math problems, or anything that may require at least some cognitive effort, contributes to the maintenance of the brain’s neural plasticity.

Neural plasticity is the ability of the central nervous system (CNS) to adapt to changes in the environment, aging, trauma, or injuries. It’s an important brain process in which neural networks work together to build a more resilient nervous system and maintain its proper functioning.

Improved reaction Time, Memory, and Mood

The first placebo-controlled study to demonstrate some of the benefits of Light Therapy treatments on the human brain was performed in 2013. Multiple improvements were observed among participants who received Light Therapy compared to the placebo group. Light therapy participants experienced:

  • Quicker reaction time, proved with the sustained-attention psychomotor vigilance task (PVT) that measured the speed by which study participants responded to visual stimulus.
  • Better memory, proved by the delayed match-to-sample (DMS) memory task, where the outcome measures included measuring readiness for a quick response and the number of correct trials.
  • Improved mood, as Light Therapy helped participants to sustain more positive emotional states. The mood was measured by the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS), a clinical survey that measures feelings and emotions. The participants were asked to fill the form in before and two weeks after having a treatment.

Light Therapy against Cognitive Decline

In a more recent study effort, researchers treated older adults who were at risk of cognitive decline with Light Therapy. A positive neurocognitive effect was observed among the participants in this study, all of whom aged between 49 and 90. Some of the participants also struggled with cognitive decline due to vascular disease, however, Light Therapy was effective regardless of the nature of their cognitive decline.

As Light Therapy helped the elderly participants boost cognitive scores, researchers on the team were also able to observe their increased brain waves power (alpha, beta, and gamma brain waves in their resting state).

Combating age-related cognitive decline with Light Therapy has been in the focus of another recent study, published in February 2019. This study examined the frontal brain functions among elderly men. Frontal brain functions are key to directing behavior. The participants were divided into two groups, treatment, and placebo. Those who received treatment indeed showed improved cognitive performance following the treatment. These results demonstrate that Light Therapy can really work in a safe manner to treat age-related cognitive decline.

Light Therapy and Executive Function

As of 2017, we also know that Light Therapy can improve the brain’s executive function. This is your ability to manage time, pay attention, change focus, plan, organize, multitask, remember details, or avoid saying the wrong thing at the wrong time3. In other words, the ability to create and meet goals.

As research further suggests, Light Therapy helped study participants to better perform in the Wisconsin Card Sorting Task (WCST)4. This is a neurophysiological test where the task-takers are asked to match a set of cards presented to them, in an attempt to assess their ability to demonstrate cognitive flexibility–a key process in cognitive ability. They are not told how to match the cards, but only if their particular match is correct or not. The WCST is a clinical way to measure the brain’s executive function. Those participants who received Light Therapy made fewer errors on the task and demonstrated improved set-shifting ability compared to the control group.

Such results suggest that Light Therapy improves the brain’s executive function and may have intriguing potentials for treating or preventing deficits resulting both from aging or neuropsychological disorders which include conditions such as epilepsy, stroke, migraines, brain tumors, dementia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s among others.

Can Light Therapy Improve Your Ability to Learn?

In 2017, scientists tested 118 people to see if Light Therapy can have a meaningful impact on their learning abilities. In a similar fashion to previous research, the participants were divided into treatment and placebo groups. Light Therapy showed that the treatment group improved their learning capabilities.

During the trial, the Light Therapy device was directed at the lateral prefrontal cortex of participants, and following treatments, they experienced faster and better rule-based learning5. So, imagine having all participants been bartenders demanded to know the exact ingredients of Mojito, Bloody Mary, Margarita, and other essential cocktails. This Light Therapy treatment would have aided their ability to remember all the ingredients needed for fashioning each drink, adding each ingredient in the desired sequence, or remember who on the table ordered a stronger Bloody Mary. We demonstrate this type of ability through our brain’s rule-based learning capacity.

Different life events may inhibit our brain’s ability to learn. Aging certainly is one of them. Other reasons may include extended exposures to pesticides or neurotoxins, which impair the mitochondria in brain cells. Since Light Therapy kind of “exercises” the mitochondria and prompts the brain to forge new neural networks, the process itself acts as a cognitive rehabilitation6. Which also leads us to the next section.

Light Therapy and Traumatic Brain Injuries

Cognitive decline may occur due to traumatic brain injuries, too. A person who suffers from one may face memory or concentration problems, mood swings, depression, anxiety, or speech problems among other TBI manifestations. What gives hope is another batch of studies that attests to the positive cognitive benefits among TBI patients from receiving Light Therapy.

Light Therapy has been shown to stimulate the growth of new nerve tissue and synapses in damaged brain cells, thus improving the cognitive brain functions of those patients who not only suffer from TBI but also from Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The latter is a degenerative brain disease prevalent among athletes and military veterans or anyone who presents with a history of repetitive brain trauma.

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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:

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.”

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Tu bebé, la ictericia y la terapia de luz

Tu bebé, la ictericia y la terapia de luz

Bilirubin is a yellow substance that comes from the normal breakdown of red blood cells. The liver removes bilirubin from the blood and passes it into the bowels so it can leave the body.

A newborn baby’s liver does not remove bilirubin, as well as an adult, does. Jaundice happens when bilirubin builds up faster than the liver can break it down and pass it from the body.

Most types of jaundice go away on their own. Others need treatment to lower bilirubin levels.

What Causes Jaundice?

Jaundice can be caused by different problems:

  • Physiological jaundice: The most common cause of newborn jaundice and occurs in more than 50% of babies. Because the baby has an immature liver. Jaundice first appears at 2 to 3 days of age. It usually disappears by 1 to 2 weeks of age, and the levels of bilirubin are harmless.
  • Breastfeeding jaundice: Breastfeeding jaundice may occur when your baby does not drink enough breast milk. It occurs in 5% to 10% of newborns.
  • Breast-milk jaundice: Breast-milk jaundice occurs in 1% to 2% of breast-fed babies. It is caused by a special substance that some mothers produce in their milk. This substance causes the baby’s intestine to absorb more bilirubin back into his body than normal. This type of jaundice starts at 4 to 7 days of age. It may last 3 to 10 weeks. It is not harmful.
  • Blood group incompatibility (Rh or ABO problems): If a baby and mother have different blood types, sometimes the mother produces antibodies that destroy the newborn’s red blood cells. This causes a sudden buildup of bilirubin in the baby’s blood. This serious type of jaundice usually begins during the first 24 hours of life. Rh problems formerly caused the most severe form of jaundice.

How Is Jaundice Diagnosed?

Doctors can tell if a baby has jaundice based on the yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes. Usually, all newborns are checked for jaundice before leaving the hospital or birth center.

Babies with jaundice will get a blood test to check bilirubin levels. Sometimes, a light machine that measures bilirubin in the skin is used. But if the level is high, a blood test must confirm the result.

High bilirubin levels can lead to serious problems. So doctors carefully watch babies with jaundice.

Treatments for Jaundice

Some types of jaundice will disappear within a week or two without treatment. Other babies will require treatment because of the severity of jaundice.

Light treatment is the process of using light to eliminate bilirubin in the blood. The baby’s skin and blood absorb these light waves. These light waves are absorbed by your baby’s skin and blood and change bilirubin into products, which can pass through their system.

For many years, phototherapy treatment in the hospital has been provided by a row of lights or a spotlight suspended at a distance form a baby. This would provide light shining directly on an undressed baby (with a diaper on) whose eyes would need protection from the light with soft eye patches applied. Today, advancements in technology have led to a new phototherapy system that gives effective treatment without the inconveniences of conventional phototherapy treatment.