Saturday, May 28, 2022
Mitochondrial Health

Photobiomodulation – Scam or Legit?



Join Dr. Van Dyken as she discusses photobiomodulation, also known as infrared light therapy, red light therapy, low level light therapy or LLLT. What on earth is it, and is there some science behind it, or is it all a scam? It seems that photobiomodulation is gaining in popularity, and there are so many claims that it can help with almost every condition under the sun. Is there any truth to this?

Chapters:
00:00 Introduction
00:33 How it works
02:35 The history of photobiomodulation
03:42 Specific uses of photobiomodulation
04:43 Skin Rejuvenation
06:25 Other skin conditions like psoriasis, vitiligo, acne scarring, scars, radiation burns
07:25 Wound healing
08:27 Androgenic Alopecia, or hair loss
09:22 Trancranial Photobiomodulation
10:07 Stroke
11:04 Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
12:23 Cognitive Decline

References cited:
1. “Effects of Infrared Radiation on Skin Photo-Aging and Pigmentation.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2687728/.
2. “Infrared and skin: Friend or foe – ScienceDirect.” https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1011134415300713
3. “Shining light on the head: Photobiomodulation for brain disorders.” https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214647416300381
4. “Red and near infrared light-stimulated angiogenesis mediated via ….” 11 Jan. 2022, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35074677/
5. “Photobiomodulation or low-level laser therapy – NCBI.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5215795/
6. “The Nuts and Bolts of Low-level Laser (Light) Therapy – NCBI.” 1 Nov. 2011, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3288797/
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8. “Light-induced nitric oxide release in the skin beyond UVA and blue ….” 30 Nov. 2021, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1089860321000914
9. “Ultrastructural Observations Of Human Skin Following Irradiation ….” https://www.researchgate.net/publication/228682363_Ultrastructural_Observations_Of_Human_Skin_Following_Irradiation_With_Visible_Red_Light-Emitting_Diodes_LEDs_A_Preliminary_In_Vivo_Report
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12. “Low-Level Laser Therapy Facilitates Superficial Wound Healing in ….” https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15496990/
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9 thoughts on “Photobiomodulation – Scam or Legit?
  1. Can this type of treatment and the equipment necessary to administer it be done by interested individuals? Thank you for your very interesting and thoughtful presentations. Cheers, Will

  2. Such a nice video. I have a question:
    Could we use the sun as an photobiomodulation light source?
    I mean infrared light reaches us from the sun and since low doses are adequate ultraviolet radiation shouldn't be a problem right?

  3. Thank you for this excellent overview! Clear signals of effectiveness for a safe, practical and reasonably affordable treatment, so good potential for many ailments and injuries.

  4. Thanks, great video! So I bought a Beurer IL50 300W lamp (please keep in mind that I'm neither a Dr. nor a Beurer salesperson – just sharing my general experience) to use at home to proactively help with mild neuropathy and inflammation reduction and for nitric oxide creation, like you mentioned. It has really helped, and it had the unexpected benefit of speeding up growth in my calf muscles. My experience matches what you have shared from the research.

  5. Great information! Could you elaborate on this theme by talking about the units people can buy for their homes. Can these less powerful devices as opposed to what is used in clinics, be as effective for the various uses you describe? How can a person make an informed decision on what type of unit is most efficacious? Some are very expensive, others less so, how does price point effect the effectiveness? If you can share any additional info on these questions, it would be most helpful.

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