How Can Light Reduce Discomfort in the Body and Accelerate the Recovery of Damaged Tissue?
Cellular tissue contains within itself the ability to self-repair at a specific rate. There are molecules within the cells called photo-acceptors that, when activated, accelerate or speed up the cell repair process. These photo-acceptors can be activated only by a single wavelength light like that produced by a low power laser or by safe light emitting diodes (LED). When the light source is pulsing (turning on and off rapidly) it stimulates cell growth and when it is continuous (solid) it sedates the cell reducing pain and tension. Stimulation not only speeds up the repair of recent cell damage, but often starts old chronic conditions to start renewing again. The general public can use photo- therapy units containing LEDs because they are safer, have no side effects, cannot be overused, and require very little expertise to operate. A low power laser, in comparison, requires a trained and licensed practitioner to apply it.
Over the years, the use of artificial colored light as a therapeutic aid has been successful. However, it is generally a slow process, and does not always produce consistent results in tissue healing. Some of the reasons for this are:
- The colored lights that were used actually consisted of multiple wavelengths grouped together into a bandwidth. These broad bandwidth lights do not penetrate very far into the tissue.
- The colored light energy affects primarily the emotional energy field around the body (often referred to as the Aura) and the energy filters down slowly into the body to create the resulting improvements.
- The emotional state of the person at the time can influence the consistency of the treatment.
For example, if you place a red coating or filter over a white incandescent bulb and analyze the light produced scientifically, it actually shows that many wavelengths of red are detected plus traces of blue, yellow, orange, and green.
The use of Colored Light Therapy is still very effective for treating emotional problems, but there is a better way to use light for healing and pain relief.
Monochromatic Single Wavelength Light
As technology has progressed, the capability to produce a discrete single wavelength was developed. Initially, this was accomplished with a LASER and later with a LIGHT-EMITTING-DIODE (LED). Please refer to Chapter 3. Single wavelength light is often referred to as Monochromatic Light.
The whole field of soft lasers in medicine and physiotherapy is relatively new. The majority of earlier soft laser research is directly applicable to the later use of LEDs (which are safer, longer lasting and less expensive). LEDs cannot be overused since cells will stop responding when healing is complete.
The impact of this type of light is to allow deeper penetration into the body’s tissue and to interact directly with the individual cell (see Chapter 4), rather than via the body’s energy field (Aura). This results in a faster cellular response, which translates into a rapid increase in the cell’s innate (own) healing cycle.
It is important to know and remember –
- If a cell is, in any way damaged, diseased, mutated or aberrant, the LED (light emitting diode) generated monochromatic light will aid it in healing at an accelerated rate and reduce pain.
- If the cell is healthy, nothing will happen.
- LED generated monochromatic light appears, after decades of usage and study, to have NO contraindications.
- The LED light cannot be overused and it has NO negative side effects.
How Monochromatic Single Wavelength Light Works
In the past thirty years, research has demonstrated that cell tissue responds to certain single frequencies of low power light. One of the most successful of these is 660 nanometers in wavelength, which is in the red spectrum. This type of light is produced by both soft lasers (administered by medical practitioners) and light emitting diodes (LED). LEDs are safe for adults, children and the elderly to self- administer.
The light quanta (photons) are absorbed by the skin and underlying tissue, triggering biological changes within the body in a process known as “photo-bio- stimulation”. There are molecules within the cells called photo-acceptors that, when activated, accelerate or speed up the cell repair process. These photo-acceptors can be activated only by a single wavelength frequency of light. Monochromatic light increases oxygen and blood flow, accelerates wound healing, and facilitates pain reduction and muscular relaxation.
Light can be applied directly to tissue or applied via meridians and acupuncture points. Direct application results in effective penetration deep into the tissue. Meridians can be used to deliver light into the body because monochromatic light travels through the meridians like an optical fiber. Single frequency light is also a well-known method for stimulating or sedating acupuncture and acupressure points.
Preliminary Research and Clinical Trials with Monochromatic Light
Many of the early tests and published studies were done within research facilities. There as an increase of articles after the publication about NASA-sponsored research using LED’s to promote faster healing in National Geographic magazine in January, 2001. Since then there have been many published articles that have been reaching the more main-stream publications.
How Does Light Help Allergies?
Allergies fall into two groups: Airborne Allergens that we breathe in through our nasal passages and sinus or Food Allergies that occur when we eat and drink.
Airborne allergies are the result of very poor sinus membrane cells which are not capable of adequately resisting the irritants. The solution is to heal and restore the sinus cells so they can function properly. This can be accomplished quickly using a photo-therapy unit. Remember, we have it backwards, allergies don’t cause sinus problems —weak sinus cells cause allergies!
Food allergies are caused by the body’s inability to adjust the energy levels of the food and drink to match the body’s own energy level. This normally automatic adjusting ability is what allows us to ingest any product even though its energy rate is different from our body’s energy rate. When this normal adjustment does not take place, due to physiological or psychological reasons, the body produces an allergic reaction. By applying an outside energy source, such as a photo-therapy unit, we can temporarily increase the food’s energy level so that it will be accepted by the body without generating an allergic reaction.
Please refer to chapter 22.