Let me just go through this one subheading at a time for you. I’m assuming you have the article. If not – you can read it online here.
Red Light Therapy – What is it?
This is all accurate, except that the term LLLT was recently retired and the science is now called photobiomodulation.
Yes red light therapy rejuvenates skin, builds collagen, reduces wrinkles, improves texture, pigmentation and roughness.
This type of therapy has been FDA approved for many years now, and it’s true that even inexpensive, hand-held devices can be effective. Read more about red light therapy for skin and anti-aging here.
Ease Joint Pain!
Yes, red and near infrared light therapy reduces joint pain. Better news is, you don’t need an orthopedist for in-office treatments. Just like skin rejuvenation, simple pain relief treatments can be done in your own home with relatively inexpensive hand-held devices, already FDA approved for this purpose.
Learn more about red light therapy for pain relief here.
Stimulate Hair Growth!
Yes, this is a serious thing, again, FDA approved years ago. Again, no in-office treatments are necessary – affordable devices for in-home treatment are readily available online. Learn more about red light therapy for hair loss & regrowth on this page.
Kick the Blues!
This is the main reason I’m posting this article. Despite the ability of red light to “improve mood,” red light therapy should not be used as a treatment for depression. Do not take your red light therapy device and shine it in your eyes for any reason.
If you are a local medical spa or physical therapist, I highly recommend you do not use your red light therapy equipment for ocular light therapy – that is, light therapy through the eyes, especially in an attempt to alter or improve mood in any way.
More information in a full article on depression coming very soon. Check back here for the link.