New Human believes that in the quest for optimal health and wellness one must consider the whole person — body, mind, spirit, and emotions. Accordingly, one can attain optimal health – the primary goal of a holistic lifestyle – by achieving a proper balance in life.

New Human believes that the whole person is made up of interdependent parts and if one part is not working properly, all the other parts will be affected. In this way, if people have imbalances (physical, emotional, or spiritual) in their lives, it can negatively affect their overall health.

Holistic health care may use various forms of medical treatment, from conventional medication to alternative therapies, and it is this context that low level laser and infrared light therapies may be used.

LOW-LEVEL LASER LIGHT THERAPY (1,2)

Low-level laser light therapy (LLLT) or cold laser therapy is used to treat a multitude of conditions that require the stimulation of healing, relief of pain and inflammation, and restoration of function.  Although the skin is the organ that is naturally exposed to light, it still responds well to red and near-infrared wavelengths. The photons are absorbed by mitochondrial chromophores in the skin cells.  Consequently electron transport, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) nitric oxide release, blood flow, reactive oxygen species increase and diverse signaling pathways get activated.  Stem cells can be activated allowing increased tissue repair and healing. 

LLLT is very different from the high level lasers that are used for surgical procedures to cut and destroy unhealthy tissue.

In dermatology, LLLT has beneficial effects on wrinkles, acne scars, hypertrophic scars, and healing of burns.  LLLT can reduce UV damage both as a treatment and as a prophylaxis.   In pigmentary disorders such as vitiligo, LLLT can increase pigmentation by stimulating melanocyte proliferation and reduce depigmentation by inhibiting autoimmunity. Inflammatory diseases such as psoriasis and acne can also benefit. 

Not all research studies have supported the effectiveness of low level lasers, but this may be related to the need for very specific parameters in the low level laser application for the treatment to be effective. There are studies that do find this treatment to be more beneficial than a placebo and it is suggested that factors such as wavelength, power density, pulse structure, and treatment timing need to be right in order to achieve a positive outcome.

INFRARED LIGHT (3)

Unlike ultraviolet light, which damages the tissues and cells of the body, infrared light helps cells regenerate or repair themselves.  Infrared light also improves the circulation of oxygen-rich blood in the body, promoting faster healing of deep tissues and relieving pain

One of the characteristics of infrared light is its ability to penetrate below the skin layers, providing a much greater depth which is able to effectively provide pain relief.   In fact, this invasive, natural, and painless method can provide a vast range of health benefits, without damaging the skin through UV radiation.  

Infrared light penetrates to the inner layers of the skin to a depth of about 2 to 7 cm. 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 nm, is best used for healing inflammation.

Infrared therapy is safe and effective, without any adverse side effects.  In fact, infrared light is even used on infants in neonatal intensive care wards.

Infrared light is absorbed by the photoreceptors in cells.  Once absorbed, the light energy triggers a series of metabolic events at the cellular level.  The key to the efficacy of infrared light therapy may be nitric oxide (NO), a colourless gas that is vital to the health of the body’s arteries.  Nitric oxide helps relax the arteries, counteract free radicals to reduce oxidative stress, prevents platelet clumping in the vessels, and regulates the blood pressure.  Hence, NO enhances blood circulation to deliver vital nutrients and oxygen to damaged and injured tissues in the body. The increase in the blood flow to the different parts of the body makes it possible for oxygen and nutrients to reach the cells, enabling them to function properly and effectively.   Infrared therapy can therefore stimulate the regeneration and repair of injured tissues, reducing pain and inflammation.

Infrared light therapy may be applied for the treatment of back pain, arthritis, bursitis, blunt trauma, muscle strain, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, back pain, diabetic neuropathy, rheumatoid arthritis, temporomandibular joint pain, tendonitis, wounds, sciatica and surgical incisions.

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1) Avci, P. et al. 21013. Low-level laser (light) therapy (LLLT) in skin: stimulating, healing, restoring. Semin Cutan Med Surg. 2013 Mar; 32(1): 41–52.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4126803/#:~:text=LLLT%20can%20reduce%20UV%20damage
,and%20acne%20can%20also%20benefit.

2) https://www.3pointproducts.com/blog/health-arthritis-finger-and-toe-conditions/what-is-low-level-laser-therapy

3) https://www.news-medical.net/health/How-Does-Infrared-Therapy-Work.aspx