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Exploring the Potential Benefits of Red Light Therapy for Depression:

Increased Interest in Red Light Therapy for Depression:

There has been growing interest in Red Light Therapy for its ability to harness the power of light to promote healing and well-being. This therapeutic method is showing promise as a complementary choice for depression as well. This non-invasive therapy exposes the body to low levels of red or near-infrared light, which are believed to have a range of potential benefits for both mind and body.

Red light therapy has been studied for its potential effects on health conditions, including depression. While this article is not a substitute for professional medical advice or therapy, a somewhat older study from 2009 revealed that 6/10 participants experienced remission after one session at two weeks post-therapy.

Research has revealed the following about depression:

  • Reportedly, over 50% of the people who suffer from depression experience zero benefits from existing medications, and there are no new drugs on the horizon to address this condition.

  • Stress can bring about depression, but no actual cause for depression has been identified.

  • Depression is the second most predominant illness in the United States, but receives less funding than is needed to make significant progress in treating it.

  • A diagnosis of depression is subjective, and not based on testing like blood tests or a brain scan.

Depression can be complex, and will generally include the presence of symptoms that last longer than two weeks. Here are some of the symptoms that one might experience with depression:

  • Not finding pleasure in activities previously enjoyed

  • Changes in energy level (increase or decrease)

  • Feelings of worthlessness

  • Changes in sleep patterns (increase or decrease)

  • Suicidal ideation

How Red Light Therapy Works on the Brain to Reduce Symptoms of Depression:

Our pulsing red light therapy pods show promising results in alleviating symptoms of depression by pulsing frequencies that directly target the brain. The mechanism behind this therapy involves pulsing specific frequencies scientifically proven to produce dopamine in the brain using red and near-infrared light. When exposed to these wavelengths and frequencies, the light goes beyond the skin and reaches the brain, where it interacts with neurotransmitters and triggers physiological responses.

Studies have suggested that Red Light Therapy can increase the production of serotonin and dopamine, which are neurotransmitters associated with mood regulation. It may also promote neurogenesis and enhance synaptic plasticity, leading to improved cognitive function and emotional well-being.

Dietary Considerations to Help Reduce Symptoms of Depression:

Diet is an important factor in mental health, and can play an important complementary role in your Red Light Therapy program. Eating a diet that includes the following foods can also contribute to decreasing your risk of depression:

  • Fruits

  • Vegetables

  • Fish

  • Olive oil

  • Low-fat dairy

Even though further research is needed to fully understand its effects on depression, Red Light Therapy continues to show promise as a complementary therapy for depression. Harnessing the power of this therapy in combination with improving our dietary choices can be an effective means of reducing symptoms of depression.

A.J. Harewood

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The information contained in this article, and information curated from third-party links are for informational purposes only and should not be used or interpreted as diagnosis or medial advice. It is your sole responsibility to consult with your medical doctor regarding any therapy plans or complementary care you might be considering for your personal medical care.



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