Ann Biomed Eng. 2012 February ; 40(2): 516-533. doi:10.1007/sl0439-011-0454-7.
Hoon Chung1’2, Tianhong Dai1’2, Sulbha K. Sharma1, Ying-Ying Huang1’2’3, James D.
Carroll4, and Michael R. Hamblin1,2,5
1 Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
2 Department of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA
3 Aesthetic and Plastic Center of Guangxi Medical University, Nanning, People’s Republic of China
4 Thor Photomedicine Ltd, 18A East Street, Chesham HP5 1HQ, UK
5 Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
I designed and built an LLLT system for my Wife's Lymphodemia
It worked extremely well
Found it also works on Knee Osteoarthritis and many other health problems
Helped me with reducing the pain of Wisdom Tooth removal
It puts out less than 1/100 of the wattage needed to be able to sense a temperature difference.
But, it is definitely sensed by cells which need an energy boost - slight burning sensation 10-30 minutes later
- Effects of Low-Level Laser Therapy in Autism Spectrum Disorder- 2018 doi: 10.1007/5584_2018_234.
"The study found that low-level laser therapy could be an effective tool for reducing irritability and other symptoms and behaviors associated with the autistic spectrum disorder in children and adolescents, with positive changes maintained and augmented over time."
Soon after the discovery of lasers in the 1960s it was realized that laser therapy had the potential to improve wound healing and reduce pain, inflammation and swelling. In recent years the field sometimes known as photobiomodulation has broadened to include light-emitting diodes and other light sources, and the range of wavelengths used now includes many in the red and near infrared. The term “low level laser therapy” or LLLT has become widely recognized and implies the existence of the biphasic dose response or the Arndt-Schulz curve. This review will cover the mechanisms of action of LLLT at a cellular and at a tissular level and will summarize the various light sources and principles of dosimetry that are employed in clinical practice. The range of diseases, injuries, and conditions that can be benefited by LLLT will be summarized with an emphasis on those that have reported randomized controlled clinical trials. Serious life-threatening diseases such as stroke, heart attack, spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain injury may soon be amenable to LLLT therapy.
The following is just the Table of Contents, online has hyperlinks to details, how to use, etc.
- In general, lowering inflammation where ever applied (R, R2). Specifically, by reducing levels of PGE(2), Cox 2, IL-1b, TNF, neutrophil cell influx and oxidative stress (R)
- Wound healing/Tissue growth and repair (R)
- Depression (R)
- Anxiety (R)
- Pain relief in various syndromes (R, R2, R3)
- Arthritis (R, R2)
- Back pain (R), neck pain (R)
- Autoimmune conditions like thyroiditis (R) and others
- Traumatic brain injuries (R), strokes (R) and other brain injuries (R)
- Tooth repair (R, R2), pain from orthodontics (R)
- Hair growth and male pattern baldness (R) – different wavelength and power are required.
- Acne (R, R2)
- Heart attack – hastens healing of the damage (R, R2)
- Fractures (R) – seemingly not sprains, though (R)
- Skin conditions like psoriasis and others (R)
- Fibromyalgia (R)
- Improving bone density (R. R2)
- Increasing testosterone (R)
- Enhancing liver regeneration (R) and protection (R)
- Allergic rhinitis (R)
- Neuropathy (R)
- Candida infection (R, R2, R3)
- Vision disorder like macular degeneration (R) and retinitis pigmentosa (R)
- Hearing problems such as tinnitus (R) – in the short term or when combined with rTMS (R)
- Muscle tissue for performance, fatigue, and repair (R, R2)
- Spinal cord injury (R)
- Parkinson’s (R)
- Alzheimer’s (R, R2)
- Injuries in connective tissue/joints (R), Achilles tendon (R), Elbow tendinopathy (R)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (R)
- Burns (R, R2)
- Smoking Cessation (R)
- Laryngitis/Hoarseness (R) Laryngitis can be hoarseness, globus, chronic cough, voice fatigue, throat pain, and dysphagia.
- Some migraines and headaches (R) – may make them worse too if you have vasodilatory headaches.
- Weight loss? (R) – probably with infrared sauna (have not used).
- Peptic ulcers (R), Venous Leg Ulcers (R), Pressure ulcers (R), Oral Mucositis (R) Aphthous stomatitis (R)
- Edema (R, R2)
- Lung inflammation (R), COPD (R)
- Alcohol addiction (R)
- Narcolepsy based on theory (R). Narcolepsy is likely an autoimmune disorder (R)
- Oral Lichen Planus (R)
- Cancer: Various tumors, when used with a photosensitizer (R)
- Type 1 and type 2 diabetes (R, R2/R2) “It should be well noted that the common thought, that it is impossible for the pancreas to restore its function and morphology in case of diabetes mellitus, has definitely come to an end in the history of this disease and mankind…….Secondly, it has been ascertained from this study that the quantum energy of laser rays is capable of stimulating and causing the regeneration of pancreatic tissues, including the B-cells of the Islets of Langerhans, even in advanced disease states.” I can’t find these studies in any journal, but it’s quite intriguing. Skepticism is always advised, although I don’t see the harm in trying it on the pancreas.
- Based on the mechanism’s involved I’d expect it to help for cognitive-based disorders like Autism, Schizophrenia, and Bipolar disorders. Autism, for example, is in part a result of mitochondrial dysfunction (R) and inflammation (R). Deficiencies in the cells’ ability to fuel brain neurons might lead to some of the cognitive impairments associated with autism and higher levels of free radicals also might contribute to autism severity (R). Mitochondrial abnormalities also occur in bipolar and schizophrenia (R), as well as inflammation (R, R)
- It should also help with inflammatory gut problems like Crohn’s and Colitis.