Light is perhaps one of the most ignored and underappreciated healing modalities. Sunlight isn’t just inexpensive, its free to anyone who wants it. Sunlight is made up of about 50% infrared light, 40% visible light and 10% ultraviolet light. Light therapy may someday become the first therapy of choice for over 100 diseases, disorders and conditions.
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Today, light therapy has used to treat many conditions, including; pain, inflammation, wounds, burns, MS, traumatic brain injuries, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and even kidney failure.
The most common light therapy is obtained through direct exposure to sunlight. Most people feel better being in the sun, but they are unaware of the sun’s true therapeutic value. The majority of the benefit from sun exposure comes from the infrared light and the ultraviolet light, which are both outside of the visual spectrum.
Lasers, which produce a single frequency light, have become very popular therapies in recent years. Single frequency light is also called monochromatic light, which in analogous to a pure tone that a tuning fork produces with sound.
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have also become available as this technology developed. These LEDs produce more of a therapeutic light bath.
Fabrics that contain ceramics and/or minerals have also become increasingly popular. Our company, FIR Industries, Inc., is the first company to be able to harness the therapeutic power of nanometer-sized mineral particles, by infusing them into textiles, fabrics and fibers.
We have seen our tourmaline infused products produce remarkable improvements for patients with varying conditions.
Our Tourma®Line of products contain nanometer-sized tourmaline particles. Tiny tourmaline particles will absorb body heat and then convert that body heat into therapeutic far infrared energy. The health benefits of far infrared energy have been scientifically well documented.
The tourmaline particles also generate negative ions. Negative ions make the body more alkaline, scavenge free radicals and are considered by many to have anti-aging properties and benefits.
The tourmaline particles all have a north and south pole and generate an energy field, similar to what the earth generates. That energy is called the Schumann resonance, which is 7.83 cycles per second. This frequency is referred to as the “pulse of the planet”. It is my theory that when people get space sick, it is not so much because of being weightless, but more because they are away from this therapeutic energy that is generated by the earth.
About 500 clinical trials and about 4,000 laboratory studies have already been published on light therapy. Each month, approximately 30 studies or trials are added to the total.
Light therapy has also been used by many athletes to accelerate recovery after training and competition.
How Does Light Therapy Work?
Infrared light can increase the rate of energy production in the powerhouses of the cell, which are the mitochondria.
If that is a good enough explanation for you, skip the next paragraph. If you would like more of the nuts and bolts of what goes on in the mitochondria, please read the next paragraph.
An increased energy production in the mitochondria occurs because of exposure to infrared light. Infrared light will increase the activity of a critical enzyme in the mitochondrial membrane called cytochrome c oxidase. This increase may be as much as tenfold. This increased enzymatic activity will result in a significant increase in the production of ATP molecules. ATP is called the “battery of life”, since every cell in every organism on earth uses the release of the energy between the second and third phosphate of the ATP molecule for their energy source. Carbohydrates and fats can both be oxidized by the mitochondria for fuel.
When the mitochondria are not working properly, energy production drops off. When energy production is low, bad things can occur. Chronic inflammation can disrupt mitochondrial function. All of the major diseases that did not occur in ancient humans are related to mitochondrial dysfunction , as well as to inflammation. Some of those diseases are; diabetes, auto immune diseases, cardiovascular diseases, dementia and cancer.