LED Therapy

  • Therapy


    Healing the human body with a beam of light sounds like something out of a classic Star Trek episode.  But even Dr. McCoy never dreamed of the futuristic ways that today’s doctors are finding to use different kinds of light in medicine.


    Researchers are exploring everything from penetrating beams of light that seem to repair heart tissue after a heart attack to “light therapy” that appears to improve Alzheimer’s patients’ ability to sleep through the night.  Doctors are remedying the side effects of cancer treatments, severe acne and other ailments just by shining high-intensity light in varying colors on the affected area.


    In ground-breaking therapies, light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, most often are used to apply concentrated doses of light to patients.  LEDs are not lasers, so tissue does not get hot, and the treatment is pain-free.  “It represents a quantum leap in medicine,” says Harry T. Whelan, M.D., who is a professor of neurology at the Medical College of Wisconsin and a leading researcher in the field.  “It’s a change from the standard medical models of drugs and surgery, where you are basically either poisoning or cutting the patient.”


    Light apparently works on human tissue at the cellular level, transferring energy to the mitochondria, which function as microscopic power plants, helping the body repair itself.  Light also can speed up or slow down certain chemical processes in cells.


    The secret to the many ways that light can be used in medicine lies in the varying wavelengths of different colors of light.  “These are essentially the different colors of the rainbow, and each has a different effect on human tissue,” says David Goldberg, M.D., director of Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists of New York & New Jersey, who has been doing research in the field for two decades.


    Near Infrared Light

    The long wavelengths of near infrared light, next to red on the spectrum and invisible to the human eye, can penetrate deeply into human tissue.  For that reason, it may be the light treatment with the most dramatic potential for revolutionizing medicine.


    Working with patients at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, professor Whelan and his colleagues have used infrared light to treat “severe mucositis, “ oral sores that are a side effect of chemotherapy and radiation treatment and leave patients unable to either eat or drink.  “We’ve essentially eliminated severe mucositis here in the ward,” Whelan says.


    Bigger applications could be ahead.  Tests on animals have shown success reversing blindness by stimulating retinal cells in the eye.  Animal studies also indicate that infrared light can help cut a heart attack’s severity by up to 50% and repair tissue afterward.


    Red Light

    Red light, which does not penetrate as deeply as near infrared, seems to help wounds heal more quickly.  In addition, the light can be used to remove certain precancerous skin cells without scaring, Goldberg says.


    But what many people may be most interested in is red light’s ability to reverse aging.  Used in conjunction with near infrared, the light promotes collagen formation, which smooths out wrinkled skin.  “You’re not going to take somebody who is 60 and turn them into a 20 year old, “ Goldberg cautions, “but it is very clear that you can take people’s skin and make them look younger and more vibrant.”


    Red light also has an anti-inflammatory effect and can kill bacteria, as can blue light.  In fact, Goldberg has had success using red light and blue light together to treat severe cases of acne.  He says that light therapy “has revolutionized the treatment of the skin.”


    Blue Light

    Besides its use as an antibacterial agent, blue light has a special ability to reset the biological clock.  The reason seems to be tied to the thousands of years humans toiled almost completely outdoors.  “We are blue-sky sensitive creatures,” says Mariana Figueiro, assistant professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lighting Research Center, based in Troy, N.Y.


    Studies by Figueiro and others indicate “blue light boxes” are far more effective than full-spectrum sunlight boxes of equal intensity at fighting seasonal affective disorder, commonly known as the winter blues.  Studies at Harvard Medical School in Boston and the Lighting Research Center also indicate that a dose of blue light, depending on when it is given, can increase alertness or help fight insomnia.  In particular, Figueiro’s studies show that exposure to blue light in the evening makes Alzheimer’s patients more likely to sleep through the night.


    Ultraviolet Light

    Ultraviolet light, which exists just below violet on the spectrum, can be used to keep bacteria and viruses from reproducing.  A study by the Lighting Research Center is now underway in which the air being circulated through a Manhattan office and retail building is being treated with UV light in the vents.  “It’s potentially and efficient way to sterilize the air,” says Andrew Bierman, who is a researcher at the center.  UV light is being used in water treatment plants, and New York City is now building the world’s largest UV treatment facility, which will be able to treat 2 billion gallons of water a day.





    All information is for educational purposes only.  These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

  • Benefits


    1.  Increase vascularity (circulation) by increasing the formation of new capillaries, which are additional blood vessels that replace damaged ones.  New capillaries speed up the healing process by carrying more oxygen, as well as more nutrients needed for healing, and they can also carry more waste products away.


    2.  Stimulate the production of collagen.  Collagen is the most common protein found in the body.   Collagen is the essential protein used to repair damaged tissue and to replace old tissue.  It is the substance that holds cells together and has a high degree of elasticity.  By increasing collagen production, less scar tissue is formed at the damaged site.


    3.  Stimulate the release of adenosine triphosphate (ATP).  ATP is the major carrier of energy to all cells.  Increases in ATP allow cells to accept nutrients faster and get rid of waste products faster by increasing the energy level in the cell.  All food turns into ATP before it is utilized by the cells.  ATP provides the chemical energy that drives the chemical reaction of the cell.


    4.  Increase lymphatic system activity.  Edema, which is the swelling or natural splinting process of the body, has two basic components.  The first is a liquid part which can be evacuated by the blood system and the second is comprised of the proteins which have to be evacuated by the lymphatic system.  Research has shown that the lymph vessel diameter and the flow of the lymph system can be doubled with the use of light therapy.  The venous diameter and the arterial diameters can also be increased.  This means that

    both parts of edema (liquid and protein) can be evacuated at a much faster rate to relieve swelling.


    5.  Increase RNA and DNA synthesis.  This helps damaged cells to be replaced more promptly.


    6.  Reduce the excitability of nervous tissue.  The photons of light energy enter the body as negative ions.  This calls upon the body to send positive ions like calcium among others to go to the area being treated. These ions assist in firing the nerves thereby relieving pain.


    7.  Stimulate fibroblastic activity which aids in the repair process. Fibroblasts are present in connective tissue and are capable of forming collagen fibers.


    8.  Increase phagocytosis, which is the process of scavenging for and ingesting dead or degenerated cells by phagocyte cells, for the purpose of clean up.  This is an important part of the infection fighting process.  Destruction of the infection and clean up must occur before the healing process can take place.


    9.  Induce a thermal-like effect in the tissue.  The light raises the temperature of the cells through a Photo-Chemical reaction.


    10.  Stimulate tissue granulation and connective tissue projections, which are part of the healing process of wounds, ulcers or inflamed tissue.


    11.  Stimulate acetylcholine release.  Acetylcholine causes cardiac inhibition, vasodilation, gastrointestinal peristalsis and other parasympathetic effects.  Our Clients have found relief from the following areas of concern, with many new testimonials arriving daily:


    • Tennis Elbow
    • Golfers Elbow
    • Bone Spurs
    • Bone Chips
    • Leg Pain
    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Wrist Pain
    • Shoulder Pain
    • Sore Backs
    • Tight Muscles
    • Arthritis
    • Splints
    • Eliminate Post-Event Stress
    • Tendon Problems
    • Hock Problems
    • Sore Suspensories
    • Deep Muscle Problems
    • Swelling
    • Bruises
    • Ankle Problems
    • Pain Relief
    • Neuralgia
    • Prevention of Injuries
    • Heal open wounds and prevent formation of scar tissue
    • Reduction of Scar tissue
    • Bone Fractures
    • Allergies
    • Fevers
    • Concussions
    • General Pet & Horse Problems
    • Dog Hip Pain



    • Give pain relief
    • Resolve inflammation
    • Increase the speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair
    • Stimulate the immune system
    • Resolve infection
    • Improve the function of damaged neurological tissue
    • Wound Management:
      • Ulcers
      • Pressure Sores
      • Post-operative sores
      • Infected Wounds
    • Skin Conditions:
      • Acne
      • Eczema
      • Burns
      • Herpes-Simplex
      • Cuts
      • Grazes
      • Warts
    • Soft Tissue Injuries:
      • Haematomas
      • Sprains
      • Strains
      • Acute Back
      • Neck
    • Joint Conditions:
      • Tendinitis
      • Tenosynovitis
      • Capsulitis
      • Bursitis
      • Joint Strains
    • Fractures:
      • Small Bone
      • Non-Union
    • Chronic Pain:
      • Trigeminal Neuralgia
      • Bronchial Neuralgia
      • Plantar Fasciitis
      • Post-Herpetic Neuralgia
      • Chronic Neck & Back
      • Metatarsalgia
    • Acupuncture
    • Dentistry





    All information is for educational purposes only.  These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

  • FAQs


    Question:   What is LED therapy?

    Answer: LED (Light Emitting Diode) therapy uses a process called photo-stimulation, which works at the cellular level to decrease pain, increase circulation and decrease inflammation.  The process utilizes monochromatic light (light that is one color and one wavelength), which strikes the damaged tissue and stimulates the bodies own healing process.  First, the cells absorb the photon energy, which causes increased circulation and oxygen flow while releasing toxins.  Second, the energy from the lights stimulates the

    acupressure points throughout the body, releasing any blockages that may hinder the healing process.  And finally, the light waves work with the bio-magnetic energy field, realigning any imbalances that inhibit the body’s ability to heal.


    Question:  Why has my doctor not heard of your products?

    Answer:  While the scientific community has studied and used photo-stimulation for over a hundred years, this is relatively new technology.  As focus on drug free, alternative therapy gains momentum, for the first time, the consumer is shaping the future in medicine.


    Question:  Are there any harmful side effects?

    Answer:  There are no side effects with low level light therapy (photo-stimulation). This technology is safe because once a cell has been rejuvenated, the light that penetrates it won't cause damage to the tissues.  It is not possible to over use or under use the technology.


    Question:  How long will the diodes last?

    Answer: The life of the device is indefinite.  The light emitting diodes LEDs have a minimum life of 1500 hours - or about eight to ten years of average usage.  The diodes can be replaced after they burn out for a nominal fee, if they have exceeded their useful life.  We have found that the units that were purchased in 1995 are still being used on a regular basis and often on issues that are different that the problem that initially prompted the purchase.  As people become more familiar with the capability of the devices, they find more and more uses for them (such as preventive care), in addition to maintenance of the original issue.


    Question:  Why use different colored LEDs?

    Answer:  Certain colors effect specific issues:

    • Red and Infrared -- Absorbed by the skin, muscles, tissues, bone as well as working at the physical cellular level.
    • Green -- An anti-inflammatory, working on painful joints and allergies.
    • Orange -- A rejuvenating color, stimulating and energizing.
    • Yellow -- A stimulant for the sensory and motor nervous system, helping to raise low-energy states and improve the lymphatic system.
    • Blue -- A contractor and restrictor, helping with burns, headaches, fevers, and providing a calming effect.





    All information is for educational purposes only.  These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

  • History


    1893 -- Dr. Niels Finsen, known as the founder of modern photo therapy (the application of light in the treatment of skin diseases), devised the treatment of smallpox using red light.


    1894 -- Dr. Finsen successfully treated lupus vulgaris, as a form of skin tuberculosis, by applying infrared lights.


    1903 -- Dr. Finsen was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine -- "in recognition of his contributions to the treatment of diseases... whereby he has opened a new avenue for medical science."


    1960s -- Medical professionals and scientists in Europe and North America use photo-stimulation to treat damaged tissues and all forms of chronic pain.


    1990s -- Pain X 2000 took this once clinical technology and harnessed it into lightweight, hand-held devices used primarily in the animal community as a veterinary product.  Animal owners began using the products on their own aches and pains, soon creating tremendous demand for products designed for human markets.


    2000 -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States gave clearance, allowing consumers a safe alternative to conventional methods for pain relief, without medication or side effects.


    2001 -- Health Canada Medical Device License #27308 was obtained allowing the marketing of this product in Canada.


    Future -- Research is underway in the fields of sports medicine, wound management and additional acute and chronic conditions.  NASA is studying the effects of photo-stimulation in Space.  The January 2001 edition of National Geographic and April 2001 edition of Popular Science reference a few of these studies.

  • How It Works




    • The photon energy is absorbed by the cells, which causes increased circulation and oxygen flow while releasing toxins.
    • The energy from the lights stimulate the acupressure points throughout the body releasing any blockages that may hinder the healing process.
    • The lights work with the bio-magnetic energy field around the person or animal realigning any imbalances that inhibit the body's ability to heal.  By keeping the bio-magnetic field around the body in balance, the body is less likely to sustain illness and injury.





    Light travels in the form of a wave.  The wave is measured in terms of wavelength.  The more waves which occur within a given distance, the shorter the wavelength is said to be.  Each type (or frequency) of light displays different therapeutic benefits.  The most common frequencies utiliized in phototherapy and in studies are Infrared and Visible Red Light.



    The longest wave identified by a measurement and is invisible to the human eye.  One wave occurs for every inch traveled by the infrared light.  Infrared light penetrates to a depth of about 30-40 mm, which makes it more effective for bones, joints, deep muscles, etc.



    Shorter than infrared light with respect to wave length.  For every inch the light travels, a wave and a half exist.  Visible red light penetrates to a depth of about 8-10 mm -- it is very beneficial in treating problems close to the surface such as wounds, cuts, scars, trigger and acupuncture points and is particularly effective in treating infections.



    Pulsation frequency refers to the number of seconds the light (wavelength) is on and off (measured in Hertz, Hz).  The usual duty cycle, often referred to as the Theta Range, means that the light is on for 1 second and off for 1 second.  A higher frequency (faster pulsation) means the light is on for half a second and off for half of a second.  Both add up to 2 seconds, but the light will be on/off more times at the higher frequency.  It has been shown in studies that with a high-duty cycle, LEDs (like those used in the Anilite

    products) provide a much gentler delivery of the same healing wavelengths of light, as does the laser, but at a substantially greater energy output.  For this reason, LEDs do not have the same risk of accidental tissue damage that lasers have.




    All information is for educational purposes only.  These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

  • Use On Horses



    Start with the nose, ears and pole for about 1 minute in each area. These acupressure points will stimulate all of the organs.


    Take the LED and slowly drag it down the spine starting at the pole and going to the tail.


    Then go from the throat, down under the belly and to the back end.  (If at any time the horse reacts by stomping or turning around and looking at you, you know you have an area that needs to be worked on longer.)


    Sweep from each shoulder to the rear end or the stifle area.


    Sweep down the inside and outside of each leg - spending more time on each hock and knee as these are problem areas.



    Coughs:  Drag the LED very slowly down the throat and put it around the lungs for about 5 minutes.


    Ligaments:  You need to hold the LED in one place for 4 minutes and move it to the next area, covering all of the injury.


    Founder:  Put the LED all around the band for about 1 minute in each spot, then lift up the foot and place the LED on the frog.


    Open Wounds:  Clean out wound with Veterinary Wound & Skin Wash.  Cover the LED with a plastic bag and place it directly over the wound for about 2 minutes.  Go all around wound. Do not cover the wound with dressing as wounds heal better with air.



    The most important thing is:  You can’t do anything wrong.

  • Canine Acupressure Points

  • LED Products

    ACULITE -- $69.00


    5 LEDs

    (3 Infrared, 1 Green & 1 Red)


    Includes a soft case and

    a hard plastic carrying case.

    Runs on 3 - AAA Batteries

    ZONE 1 -- $360.00


    56 LEDs

    (Combination of Infrared, Green,

    Yellow, Orange & Red LEDs.

    Switchable to 8 Blue LEDs.)


    Hand-held unit with nylon strap.

    Includes a rechargeable battery and a

    hard plastic carrying case.

    Weighs about 1 lb.

    ZONE 2 -- $690.00


    190 LEDs

    (Combination of Infrared, Green,

    Yellow, Orange & Red LEDs.

    Switchable to 16 Blue LEDs.)


    Hand-held unit with nylon strap.

    Includes a rechargeable battery and a

    hard plastic carrying case.

    Weighs about 1 lb.

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