Dr. Teresa Rispoli
Reverse Skin Aging and Get Youthful Skin with Red Light Therapy and Near-Infrared Light Therapy
Today, research into the power of red light to improve health and treat disease is really gaining momentum. We are learning that red and near-infrared light therapy can benefit virtually every system of the body and can even improve the way you look– it can help you to shed inches of fat, reduce the signs of aging, regrow hair, increase the results you get from your workouts, reduce pain, speed healing, boost hormonal health, and lower inflammation.
So now, let’s talk about the specific benefits of red and near-infrared light that have been shown in studies. Here are the major benefits that have been proven by scientific research for near-infrared and red light therapy: Reverse Skin Aging & Get Youthful Skin with Red Light/ Near-Infrared Light Therapy A wealth of human studies is proving near-infrared and red light therapy can reverse the signs of aging, repair damage from UV rays, and reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and even hard to remove scars. Dozens of studies have shown that red and near-infrared light therapy can: · Reduce the signs of damage, DNA damage, (80) and aging from UV rays (81) · Reduce wrinkles (82) · Reduce color patches, hyperpigmentation, and skin discoloration (83) · Enhance collagen synthesis and collagen density (research has shown it can enhance production of collagen by 31% (84,85) · Accelerate repair in the epithelial layer of skin (86) · Combat other skin conditions like acne, keloids, vitiligo, burns, herpes virus sores, and psoriasis (87) · Speed wound healing by enhancing skin tissue repair and growth of skin cells (88) Slow Hair Loss and Re-Grow Hair with Near-Infrared and Red Light Therapy Near-infrared and red light therapy has proven to help women with alopecia to significantly regrow and thicken hair.89 Near-infrared and red light therapy has also proven to regrow hair in men with hair loss in several studies.(90,91,92,93,94) Reduce Cellulite with Near-Infrared and Red Light Therapy One study found that when near-infrared and red light therapy is combined with massage, it led to an astounding 71% reduction in cellulite! (95) Another study that assessed the use of near-infrared and red light therapy on skin health found that “91% of subjects reported improved skin tone, and 82% reported enhanced smoothness of skin in the treatment area.” (96) Speed Up Wound Healing with Near-Infrared and Red Light Therapy Near-infrared and red light therapy are fantastic for wound healing. Red/infrared light accomplishes this in several ways: · Cleaning up dead and damaged cells in skin (phagocytosis) · Increasing ATP in skin cells, giving cells more energy to heal themselves · Increasing the production of fibroblasts (98,99) · Increasing blood flow, supplying the wound more oxygen and nutrients needed for repair · Stimulating the production of collagen and the health of the extracellular matrix (100) · Stimulating lymph activity · Stimulating the formation of new connective tissue and blood capillaries on the surface of the wound. (101,102,103,104,105,106,107) Combat Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue, and Increase Energy Levels with Near- Infrared and Red Light Therapy Studies show that red light therapy is also effective at restoring energy and vitality in persons suffering with fibromyalgia. Multiple studies have found that near-infrared and red light therapy offers: ● Enhanced quality of life for fibromyalgia patients ● Decreased pain ● Decreased muscle spasm ● Decreased morning stiffness ● Decreased total tender point number in fibromyalgia cases Research – including a very recent 2017 study – suggests that this therapy method is a safe and effective treatment for fibromyalgia.(110,111,112)
Fight Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism with Near-Infrared and Red Light Therapy Several studies have shown profound benefits of near-infrared and red light therapy for autoimmune hypothyroidism. 1. A recent 2013 randomized, placebo-controlled study in hypothyroid patients demonstrated that in people who got near- infrared light therapy, thyroid function dramatically improved, and remarkably, that thyroid antibody (TPOAb) levels were massively reduced. Amazingly, 47% of patients were able to stop medication completely! 2. A 2010 study found that red light therapy helped 38 %of study participants reduce their hypothyroid medication dose, with a whopping 17 %being able to stop taking the medication altogether! (121) 3. A 1997 study done in Russia included some data on people with autoimmune hypothyroidism who underwent a thyroid surgery. They found that red/NIR light therapy improved thyroid hormone levels enough that they required, on average, roughly half as much thyroid hormone medication.(122) 4. A2003 study done in the Ukraine showed that red light therapy can decrease thyroid medication needs by 50-75% in people with postsurgical hypothyroidism.(123) 5. A 2010 Russian dissertation study gave red light therapy on the thyroid gland to a group of people with hypothyroidism and found that 17% of people could completely get off thyroid medication and 38% could decrease the dose by 25-50µg.(124) 6 · A 2014 study used the light therapy for 10 sessions with 347 women with subclinical hypothyroidism. At baseline, the average TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) was 9.1 mIU/L. (Note: Higher TSH is a sign of hypothyroidism). After ten sessions of light therapy, the TSH was normalized in 337 (97%) of these women. Their TSH averaged at 2.2 mIU/L after just 10 light treatments. (125) Combat Inflammation (and Potentially Inflammation-Related Diseases) with Near- Infrared and Red Light Therapy
Red and near-infrared light therapy is highly effective in treating chronic inflammation. Since chronic inflammation is now being recognized as a major contributor to most chronic diseases from heart disease, depression, and cancer, to Alzheimer’s and chronic fatigue syndrome, this effect of red light therapy on inflammation is a very big deal. Many aging scientists now speak of “inflamm- aging”(145) — the concept that the genes and pathways that control inflammation may very well be the key drivers of aging and disease. Studies have even shown that red/NIR light therapy can have anti-inflammatory effects on par with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs),(149) which are the anti-inflammatory drugs routinely prescribed and typically, the over-the-counter drugs people buy when in pain. Combat Depression and Anxiety with Near-Infrared and Red Light Therapy A 2009 study took 10 patients with a history of major depression and anxiety (including PTSD and drug abuse) and gave them four weeks of treatments to the forehead with red/NIR light. Remarkably, by the end of the four-week study, 6 out of 10 patients experienced a remission of their depression, and 7 out of 10 patients experienced a remission of their anxiety.”(156) Though further research is needed, there have been 10 studies so far on the use of red and near-infrared light therapy to treat depression and anxiety related disorders with 9 of 10 studies yielding very positive results.(157,158,159,160,161,162,163,164)
Improve Cognitive Performance with Near-Infrared and Red Light Therapy In studies, researchers have found that transcranial near-infrared and red light therapy profoundly benefits the brain and cognitive performance.166 Research has also shown that transcranial near-infrared stimulation has been found to increase neurocognitive function in young healthy adults,(167) finding that it improved sustained attention and short-term memory retrieval in young adults, and improved memory in older adults with significant memory impairment at risk for cognitive decline.(168) Another study found near-infrared and red light therapy also increased executive cognitive function in young healthy adults, providing hope that further studies find that near-infrared and red light therapy may provide a hopeful treatment in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, as well as prevention.169 Help Tendonitis with Near-Infrared and Red Light Therapy One of the most common uses for red and near-infrared therapy in clinics is for injuries and tendonitis. Because red light stimulates collagen production, speeds wound healing, and is highly anti-inflammatory, it has been shown to bring great relief to people suffering from tendinopathy and tendonitis. (170,171) A systematic review of the research concludes that near-infrared and red light therapy has proven highly effective in treating tendon disorders in all 12 studies conducted.(172) Improve Joint Health and Combat Arthritis with Near-Infrared and Red Light Therapy Numerous studies have shown that near-infrared and red light therapy can profoundly help people with osteoarthritis.(184,185,186,191) Improve Oral health with Near-Infrared and Red Light Therapy Red light therapy and near-infrared light therapy have proven to have numerous benefits for oral health and research in this area is booming right now. So far, studies indicate promising results for near-infrared and red light therapy, which has been shown to: · Combat viral and bacterial infections of the mouth; tonsillitis, herpes, cold sores. (200,201,202) · Facilitate tooth growth/tooth movement and reduce pain for individuals with corrective braces(204,205,206) · Help diabetics with gum problems and periodontal disease(207,208,209) · Reduce mouth pain(210) · Reduce thrush known as yeast in the mouth/candidiasis(211,212) · Improve tooth sensitivity(213,214) · Fight gum disease and gingivitis(215,216,217)
Decrease Pain with Near-Infrared and Red Light Therapy Here are several conditions where red/NIR light has proven effective: · Chronic neck pain(239 240) · Knee pain(241) · Fibromyalgia · Low back pain(242) · Chronic pain in the elbow, wrist and fingers(243) · Chronic joint disorders(244) · Sacroiliac joint pain(245) · Chronic tooth pain(246,247) · Osteoarthritic pain(248) · Tendinitis and myofascial pain(249) In a recent systematic review, researchers concluded that red light therapy has proven “beneficial for many individuals suffering from pain, regardless of the condition that is causing it.”(250) Fall Asleep Faster and Improve Sleep Quality Several studies in China have found that red/NIR light can increase melatonin and provide dramatic sleep benefits to people with insomnia.(295,296,297) · The first documented use of a similar intranasal light therapy device to directly observe melatonin level was conducted by Xu C et al in 2001. They treated 38 subjects that had insomnia with intranasal low level laser therapy once a day over 10 days. They found that serum melatonin had increased. · The same group of researchers further treated another group of 128 patients with insomnia and found that the polysomnogram (sleep study that includes data on brain waves as electrical activity) data had improved. · In 2006, Wang F et al reported that they had treated 50 patients with insomnia with intranasal low level laser therapy that is of similar specifications to Vielight’s laser device for 60 minutes per session. Each session was conducted once a day over between 10 to 14 days. They found that the condition had improved significantly in 41 (82%) of the cases, mild for 4 (8%) of the cases, and none for 5 (10%) of the cases. · Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners often prescribe herbs as remedy for insomnia. This seems to help somewhat. Chen YM et al tested 90 patients and found that that the condition improved significantly for 40% of the cases, mild for 37.5% and none for 22.5% of the cases. In the group that added the extra element of the intranasal low level laser therapy, the improvement in the number of positive results were significantly more impressive. 78% of the patients experienced significant improvement, 20% mild and 2% none.(298,299,300,301) Improve Brain Health, and Slow Progression of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease with Near-Infrared and Red Light Therapy Recent studies have now found that near-infrared and red light therapy may significantly slow the progression of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.(309,310) Red and near-infrared light have been shown to:(312,313,314,315,316) · Benefit cognitive performance and memory · Improved mitochondrial function of brain cells · Have a protective effect on neurons · Improve cellular repair of neurons
· Increase brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and nerve growth factor (NGF) · Decrease brain inflammation (decreased pro-inflammatory cytokines and increased
Enhance Muscle Gain, Strength, Endurance, and Recovery with Near-Infrared and Red Light Therapy Red/NIR light with exercise makes a potent combination. Not only does red/NIR light help you recover faster, it seems to amplify everything that happens with exercise – increased muscle gain, fat loss, performance, strength, and endurance. How does red and near-infrared light affect muscles – what is it actually doing to cause these benefits? It works through several important mechanisms in the body: · Red and near-infrared light help promote the production of internal antioxidants by your cells, which prevents oxidative stress and damage to the muscle tissue (when light is applied before exercise).(340,341) · Red and near-infrared light help reduce inflammation that will lead to cellular damage (and fatigue) in the muscle tissue as well. (342,343) · Protect damaged muscles from secondary damage from further exercise. · Pre-conditioning: By using the light prior to exercise, it creates a “pre-conditioning” effect where the muscle cells suffer less damage from the exercise, as well as display higher strength/stamina in subsequent exercise following the initial bout of exercise. · Red and near-infrared light decrease lactic acid production by muscles. · Red and near-infrared light improve mitochondrial function during exercise. · Increases acetylcholine receptors on muscles (this is the neurotransmitter released from nerve cells that stimulates muscle contraction). · Red and near-infrared light increase the production of specific types of heat shock proteins that protect cells from oxidative damage, stress, and apoptosis (early cell death).(344) · Red and near-infrared light also enhance muscle growth, as well as increasing strength significantly.(345) · Red and near-infrared light therapy promotes the development of muscle stem cells, myosatellite cells, which develop into specific varying types of muscles. · Red and near-infrared light also have the profound benefit of increasing mitochondrial adaptations and mitochondrial biogenesis (the creation of new mitochondria) following exercise.(346) Increase Fat Loss (And Burn Off Stubborn Fat) with Near-Infrared and Red Light Therapy In studies, near-infrared and red light therapy have helped shave an entire 3.5 to 5.17 inches off waist and hip circumference by reducing the fat mass layer in just four weeks of use. (359,360) In another study of 86 individuals using red light therapy at 635 nm for 20 minutes every other day for two weeks, study participants lost 2.99 inches across all body parts — yes, 3 inches — in just 14 days of red light therapy.(362) That said, I am not a strong advocate of trying to use red/NIR light therapy alone to cause fat loss. Where I believe red/NIR light therapy really shine (forgive the pun) is when combined with exercise.
Some research shows that near-infrared light therapy can dramatically enhance — nearly double — fat loss from exercise, as compared to people doing just the exercise routine without the NIR light therapy.(363)
In addition, the group using the NIR light therapy in tandem with exercise saw nearly double the improvements in insulin resistance!364
The above graph shows the differences in reductions in body weight, body fat, insulin levels, and insulin resistance (IR) from either NIR light therapy (ET-PHOTO) vs. sham/placebo light therapy (ET-SHAM). As you can see, exercising with NIR light nearly doubled the loss of body fat and nearly doubled the improvement in insulin resistance.
Guide to Red Light Therapy Treatments LipoMelt Ultimate Light treatments should be done 2 to 3 times weekly You Want Therapeutic Wavelengths that Achieve Real Results Again, not all wavelengths are equal — nor all devices. Out LipoMelt Ultimate Device has wavelengths in the proven therapeutic ranges for both. Based on the bulk of the research, you want: ● 630-680nm (the optimal healing spectrum of red light) ● 800 to 880nm (the optimal healing spectrum of near-infrared) ● or a combination of both
How Big is the Light and How Much of Your Body Can It Treat at Once Most near-infrared and red light therapy devices have a very small treatment area capability. Most handheld devices and red lights sold online as skin improving/anti-aging devices offer about 10mW/cm2 (and many of them offer far less than even that!) and only treat about a 5-10 square inch area, meaning you’d have to use the device for 30-60 minutes to cover a significant area of your body. But if you get a device with a high power output that also treats a large area at once, that’s where the magic is. So again, it can basically function the same as a light that is 3 times the physical size (i.e. a light that is the size of your entire body). Having a high-power light that is large enough in size allows you to treat large areas of your body at once in just 25 minutes. You can treat an area like the face, the whole torso or legs, or even do multiple parts of the body and effectively, the entire body, in just a 25 minutes! What Do You Want to Achieve Using Red Light Therapy? Our LipoMeltTherapy Light Pads can be used for most purposes and for most people, the best choice is a combination of the 660nm and 850nm LEDs in a large LED panel that will treat a large area of the body at once. This option is best because it works for basically any and all purposes you could possibly want it for. A combined near-infrared and red light therapy device offering both 660nm and 850nm will allow you to do anything you want on any given day – whether anti-aging treatments on your skin, or healing an injury or lower back pain, or muscle recovery and fat reduction.
If you’re using light on the brain specifically – for either a brain health issue or to improve mood or cognitive function – it’s important to get a light with near-infrared, not just red light. Research has shown that near-infrared is more effective in penetrating the skull than red light (which has minimal to no penetration of the skull), so this is ideal for the brain. Final Words If all of the complexity and science talk has you feeling overwhelmed, I want to end with some simplicity. I’ve tried to cover the nuances of the science on this topic in this book, but I don’t want you to get so caught up in all the details that you feel overwhelmed and confused on how to get started and actually do a red/NIR light therapy session. So let me summarize the practical aspects of all this in a very simple way: Make an appointment at Complete Health in Agoura Hills California Call 818-707-3126 Choose one of 3 options 1. LipoMelt whole body. 2. Or if you want to include the face or brain choose Lipomelt whole body and face. 3. If you are interested in wrinkle reduction and face tightening choose Ultimate Light LED Skin Tightening Facial Treatment That’s it. It’s really that simple. After you sign up for one of these lights treatments, you can immediately start using it to: ● Increase your energy ● Make your skin healthier and get rid of cellulite ● Speed up fat loss ● Improve muscle recovery and athletic performance ● Improve mood and cognitive function ● Increase muscle size and strength ● Speed healing from injury ● Improve metabolic and hormonal health You now know everything you need to know to start using this powerful technology. Now go start using it and taking your health, body and energy to new heights!
About the Author Teresa Rispoli, DCN, L.Ac., Ph.D. is the founder and director of Complete Health, a Holistic Wellness Center & Alternative Med Spa located in Agoura Hills, California. And is the founder of Functional Nutritionist Academy, where she provides you with online Functional Nutrition lessons and certification. https://functionalnutritionistacademy.com/
She is highly recognized Functional Nutritionist with a triple PhD. She also holds a Doctor in Naturopathy, Doctor of Clinical Nutrition, Doctor of Philosophy and holds a Master in Oriental Medicine, and is a Master Herbalist and licensed Acupuncturist and Esthetician. She has been practicing natural medicine for over 27 years in the same location in Agoura Hills California. She believes in patient-centered, individualized holistic approach, and getting to the root of the problem not just treating symptoms. This practice is known as "Functional Medicine" (root resolution medicine). She takes in to account diet, your microbiome, stress, exercise, environmental toxins, with emerging science, such as genomics. She believes the Gut is at the center of most chronic health issues and strives to identify and remove triggers, toxins and infections that cause inflammation and imbalances in the body which produce symptoms such as weight gain, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, acne, headaches, brain fog and chronic illness. She will identify your triggers, address and control your symptoms. She specializes in preventative, functional, integrative nutrition, restoring health and well-being by restoring balance to your digestive, immune system, hormones, methylation, energy, weight control, cognition, mood, longevity. Her methods involve detoxifying, rebuilding & balancing the body through diet and lifestyle modifications, nutrition, acupuncture, and provides comprehensive and personalized consultations in natural hormone balancing, including sex hormones, thyroid hormones, and adrenal hormones. She recommends supplementation and nutritional support for gut issues, allergies, intolerances, fatigue, high cholesterol, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, weight issues, autoimmune illness, and disease of aging to mention a few. By utilizing cutting edge technology and Functional Specialty Laboratory Testing she can get to the root of your health concerns fast with very little cost to you! In her 27 years of practice, Dr. Rispoli has been successful in weight-loss programs, mitigating food sensitivities,allergies, intolerances, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, chronic fatigue, depression, gut and digestive disorders, female disorders, environmental illness, headaches, menopause, PMS, pain, and much more. You may contact Dr. Rispoli at (818) 707-3126 to schedule an appointment in person or over the phone.
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