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All About Light Therapy



Light the life blood of all life forms is used for medical purposes to treat and cure many diseases. Light which occupies a prestigious first position in the creation has a host of health benefits. I can simply go on talking, so let me come to the point, what is light therapy?

Light therapy otherwise known as photo-therapy or helio-therapy consists of exposure to day light or artificial sources of light such as lasers, fluorescent lamps, light emitting diodes and full spectrum lights for medical purposes. Blue light, infra-red light and ultra violet light is used to treat various diseases.

Blue light is a component of the visible light and is currently being used to treat back pain and bad breath. A study found that when exposed for just two minutes from lamps used for tooth whitening the blue light killed all the bacteria which were present in saliva.

Blue light is effective in killing bacteria associated with destructive gum disease and periodontitis an oral infection that leads to loss of bone and teeth. The infra red light can be used for stroke patients and people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease to increase their well being and health.

Ultraviolet light is used to treat patients who are suffering from eczema. Light therapy is also used to treat hay fever, wounds and epilepsy and stomach ulcers. It is also used for treating psoriasis. A friend of mine found tremendous improvement in the skin condition after undergoing light therapy.

Deep penetrating light therapy uses light emitting diodes to treat conditions such as pain reduction, wound healing, reduction in acne and wrinkles. Researchers found that daily application of light therapy using light emitting diodes showed marked improvement in cognitive function of post traumatic stress disorder in patients with traumatic brain injury.

Researchers have found bright light therapy can ease bipolar depression in some patients. Scientists plan to treat near sightedness which can lead to blindness in adults some where in the not so near future. Light therapy is also used to treat seasonal affective disorder which is a type of depression affecting people in fall or winter.

Last but not the least go out for a walk in the bright sunshine it will ensure your vitamin D levels, boost you immunity and your well-being.

Take care,
Swarnam

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