Photobiomodulation - What?!

I've recently been asked quite a lot: "what is the device that you keep putting up your nose?" and "what does it do?"

I feel like I owe an explanation, so brace up - it includes some uncommon terms.

Photobiomodulation is the application of the low level laser therapy in order to stimulate the cell's natural healing process, reduce pain and inflammation.

Why your nose?

The nasal cavity contains more capillaries per cm² than most other parts of the body and has a thin, easily permeable membrane. The idea behind the therapy is that the energy of the light that is carried by photobiomodulation devices irradiate the blood vessels of the nose. The light is picked up by part of mitochondria called cytochrome c oxidase that is capable of converting the light into energy. The process also triggers the up-regulation of mitochondrial activity.

That can be translated into: The nasal cavity is dense in capillaries, therefore it is more efficient at absorbing and transporting the energy obtained from the light than other organs and it optimizes or improves the energy production and blood flow in the body.

But does it work?

I own two Vielight devices and use them twice daily. I notice mild effects of it that compliment my meditation sessions, but it seems that I experience less extreme changes than other people who have tried my devices. One of devices is 633nm model ('The Vielight 633 Red releases non-coherent cold light with a wavelength of 633nm in the visible red spectrum') and another is 810nm model ('The Vielight 810 is a non-laser intranasal light therapy model. Engineered for gentle brain stimulation'). The company itself has extensive research on their products and it is not quite created to appeal to the general population.

Both devices work complimentary to each other and most people feel a noticeable difference after the first use.

Is it worth it?

Red light therapy is becoming more and more popular in the fields of wellness and longevity. Another company, JOOVV is making body size red light panels is also worth checking out. The therapy might suit you if you want to go from good to great, but it's definitely not an all-changing lifestyle intervention. It all comes down to the perceived ROI, right?

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