Benefits of light therapy
- Photizo ® stimulates the production of ATP in the mitochondria
ATP is the major carrier of energy in the cells and is made by the cell’s power units, the mitochondria. Without ATP, all cellular functions cease, and an increase in ATP allows the cells to accept nutrients faster and to dispose of waste products by increasing the energy levels in the cell. ATP provides the chemical energy that drives the chemical reactions of the cell. ATP production is enhanced by light therapy, as light of a coherent, optimal wavelength energises the cytochrome b structure, allowing it to donate electrons to the electron transport chain at a greater rate to increase ATP production.
- Photizo® reverses cell death process and ensures cell repair
Following injury, a cell quickly approaches a point of no return, after which cell death is a certainty. Photizo® light therapy, if administered immediately, can reverse most such cell death processes by increasing ATP production.
- Cellular regeneration
Once a cell has died, the body needs to make new cells to replace the compromised or damaged cells. Light therapy prevents the overproduction of scar tissue and ensures quicker cellular regeneration. This is of major importance for accident victims to regain full functionality. This accelerated ‘replacement’ effect is seen in all cell types. Once cells have been boosted with light therapy they can resume their normal functioning and make new blood vessels, nerve tissue, bone cells, cartilage, etc. Light therapy does not cause cellular overgrowth or cancer – cells are merely recharged to resume their normal functioning.
- Clearing of inflammation and increased lymphatic activity
Local inflammation, although necessary, chokes a cell. Photizo® lessens inflammation, stops cell ‘choking’ and relieves ischemia (inadequate blood supply to an organ or part of the body), helping the cell to take up nutrients and oxygen from surrounding tissue and blood vessels. Edema has two components: a liquid part, which can be evacuated by the blood system and a proteinaceous component which is comprised of proteins that have to be evacuated by the lymphatic system. Research has shown that the lymph vessel diameter and the flow of the lymphatic system can be doubled with the use of light therapy. The venous and arterial diameters can also be increased. This means that both components of edema can be evacuated faster to reduce swelling.
- Increased immune system activity
Near-infrared light has been shown to increase immune system functioning. The exact mechanism by which this occurs cannot be explained, but several studies have shown a systemic effect in subjects on whom light therapy was used. This means that local treatment of a wound with Photizo® has a general immune enhancing effect.
- Photizo® increases blood supply
Increased blood supply to areas occurs by stimulating the formation of new capillaries and blood vessels to replace damaged ones. This speeds up the healing process by providing more oxygen and nutrients needed for healing to the damaged cells. It also accelerates waste and debris removal from the site of injury. Light therapy has a vasodilatory effect.
- Systemic effect and reduced excitability of nervous tissue
Photizo® assists in reducing the excitability of nerve tissue, thereby relieving pain. There is also a sharp increase in endorphins (natural pain fighters) and serotonin (the happy chemical), providing a further systemic pain-relieving and calming effect. This is of importance in acute and chronic pain relief.
- Photizo® regulates collagen production
Collagen is the most essential protein building block used to repair damaged tissues, and to replace old tissues. By increasing and regulating collagen production less scar tissue is formed. Photizo® does not result in an overproduction of collagen – rather, it helps the cell produce optimal levels necessary for healing.
- Promotes healing
Photizo® raises white blood cell counts and improves cell growth and stimulation. It also regulates DNA, RNA synthesis and protein synthesis in cells.
- Pain relief
The photons of light energy enter the body as negative ions. This calls upon the body to send positive ions like calcium to enter the area being treated. These ions assist in firing the nerves, thereby relieving pain. Light therapy is successfully used in pain therapy, dermatology and rheumatology with excellent therapeutic effects in the treatment of shoulder pain, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, tendonitis (elbow, shoulder or knee), ankle sprain and temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, neck and shoulder pain, arthritis, sciatica, post-herpetic neuralgia, ulcers, fractures, soft tissue injuries, and nerve injuries.
- Detoxification or clearing toxins from the body
Light therapy stimulates metabolism, promoting the elimination of toxins (poisons, carcinogenic heavy metals, toxic substances from food processing, lactic acid, free fatty acids, and uric acids) that accumulate in cells.
- Accelerates metabolism
By accelerating metabolism, the aging process is prevented or slowed down. This results in improved skin conditions (including cellulite) and serves as an all-around beauty treatment.