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What Is Light Therapy? (Effectiveness and Origins)

Suffering from depression, I had heard many people were now finding relief with light therapy so I did some extensive research.

So what is Light Therapy? Light Therapy is using exposure to artificial light to treat conditions such as depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), circadian rhythm disorders, skin conditions and more.  A variety of light sources are used with different color and wavelength strengths, successfully treating different conditions.

How Did Light Therapy Start?

Light therapy was first seen in the cultures of Ancient Greece, Ancient Egyput and Ancient Rome.  In these cases and more recently in civilizations such as the Incas, Assyrians and early German settlers, they worshipped the sun and recognised its healing properties. Indian medical literature dating back to 1500BCE describes using natural sunlight in conjunction with herbs to treat skin conditions.  Buddist and Chinese culture literature from later (around 200CE) make similar claims.

Light therapy (also known as heliotherapy or phototherapy) was believed to have started with the Faroese physician Niels Finsen who was the first to develop an artificial light specifically for this purpose.  He won the Nobel Prize in 1903 for his work and although, since then, scientific evidence for some of his treatments was lacking, from the late 19th Century to the 1930s, light therapy was considered mainstream therapy in the UK for treating a variety of conditions.

During the 1980’s researchers noticed a pattern of mood disorder symptoms were more severe in the winter months than in the summer months, especially in the northern hemisphere. Sometimes these symptoms were completely gone during the summer. Scientists named this disorder Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. What happened is that the short daylight days in winter affected the body’s natural circadian rhythms, which governs sleep, hormone production, body temperature and other type of biological functions. In 1984, researchers found out that bright white light did help in treating Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Most people have more energy and feel fit during the summer than the winter. The reason for this is that the sunshine during the longer daylight hours of summer helps with our daily rhythm of waking and sleeping. A product that can help with bright light therapy is an Apollo light therapy lamp.

For years light therapy researcher and doctors have known that full spectrum, light boxes work well at treating Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and circadian rhythm disorders. Researchers have found that a very narrow band of blue light is the most effective color or wavelength in treating the disorders and have developed a new product for especially this range called the Go Lite.

It only uses the most effective wavelengths, which also mean fewer side effects than the traditional 10,000 lux full spectrum bright light therapy. Powered by Bluewave LED technology, the Go Lite is as effective as natural sunlight compared to only 40% for the 10,000 lux full spectrum products. Research has shown that Bluewave LED technology to be effective in treating Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

It really wasn’t accepted as a treatment by the medical profession until 2001 which is when it was discovered that bright light therapy stimulated the production of brain chemicals that would help with SAD. A photo receptor in the human eyes reacts to the light and produces melatonin. Is does this by activating a point in the Hypothalamus which sends a signal to the pineal gland. The pineal gland suppresses the withdrawl hormone Melatonin and starts producing Serotonin. When serotonin is released you become more active and alert which improves your concentration and motivation. Some companies have introduced bright light therapy in work areas as a safety measure for people working night shifts or in an area with minimal light such as an underground mine.

Since then, light therapy equipment has improved, with many people and medical professionals finding healing properties for conditions such as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), circadian rhythm disorders, wound healing, depression, pain management and a variety of skin disorders such as psoriasis and acne.

How Does Light Therapy Work?

It depends on the type of light used and what condition you are treating.  For a condition like Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) where people don’t get enough regular sunlight in winter months, the full spectrum light mimics sunlight, stimulating the pineal gland so the normal body’s production of serotonin and melatonin can occur. 

This, in turn, helps the feelings of depression because the light is stimulating the body’s own system that would normally occur in summer circumstances. For other conditions, like acne, the blue light is used and kills bacteria P, which causes the acne spots. 

Some conditions like SAD use light therapy lamps that either sit on the floor or a desktop, and they position themselves closely to it (most have a diffusing screen to filter out ultraviolet rays).  The eyes need to stay open, but not looking directly into the light.  A lot of people will read while participating in light therapy with a home device.

Other conditions require hand held devices or even masks (like in the cases of light therapy for skin conditions like acne).  Whatever the method, light therapy is not invasive and is pain free.

Is Light Therapy Effective?

In a study conducted by Dr Michael Terman in 2006, 23 randomised control studies on phototherapy and dawn simulation were compared for effectiveness against mood disorders.  All studies had been conducted in the period from 1975 – 2003 and involved 18 – 65 year olds who underwent phototherapy as opposed to a similar control group that did not. 

The conclusion drawn was Phototherapy (bright light therapy or dawn simulation) was an effective treatment for seasonal affective disorder. Although bright light therapy reduced the symptoms of non-seasonal depression, it did not provide additional benefits when used as an adjunct to drug therapy.

Each year there is new research going on in how to use a light therapy lamp for new diseases. Bright light therapy is being researched for afflictions such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and women’s menstrual health.

How Much Do I Need To Use My Light Therapy lamp For It To Work?

There are recommendations by the manufacturers of each light therapy device but the two main things to remember are distance and duration.

It is important to follow the recommendations for distance as if you are too far away from the light it lessens the effectiveness.  Equally, too little time each day will diminish results.

For recommendations on the distance and amount of light needed for Seasonal Affective Disorder, check out our article about Lux and how much you need each day.

Here are some general guidelines for a variety of conditions, but always check the manufacturer’s recommendations before starting any form of light therapy.

ConditionType of Light Therapy and DeviceDistanceDuration
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)Bright Light Therapy

10,000 Lux lamp

See explanation of lux and lumens
11 – 15 inches away from the light20 – 30 minutes a day
AcneBlue light therapy (hand held or mask)Next to the skin10 minutes once a day
Wrinkles, antiagingRed light therapy (hand held)
In clinic red light therapy bed
On the skin if hand held.
If in a red light bed, distance is not adjustable
15 mins once a day, 3 – 4 times a week
With hand held devices, they usually beep when 15 mins is up. You can then move to another part of the body and do another 15 mins
Chronic WoundsInfrared light therapy lamp11 – 15 inches from the lamp

Be guided by the heat. If it is too hot, make the distance a little further
Depends on the type of wound and how big.

Anywhere from 15 – 30 minutes a day

Who Can Use Light Therapy?

Light therapy is a non-invasive methodology with little to no lasting side effects. It is pain free, can be done in the home and is relatively inexpensive.  Because of the ultraviolet filters on the devices, they are safe to use but there are a couple of exceptions for people with the following conditions:

  • Those with eye conditions that make them sensitive to light
  • Those taking medications that increase their sensitivity to light
  • Those taking herbal supplements that increase their sensitivity (such as St John’s Wort).

As with any therapy, it is wise to speak with a medical professional first to make sure light therapy is not going to interfere with any current treatments or conditions.

Other things that a light therapy lamp can be used for are things such as circulation problems, muscle and joint pain.  NASA has used light therapy so astronaut’s body clock does not get out of sync when they return to earth. Light therapy is also used on babies that have jaundice so they can get the yellowish tinge out of their skin.

How Much Does Light Therapy Cost?

While there are in clinic treatments, companies are now producing effective home devices that are easy to use and cost effective.

Medical light therapy lamps are around $400.

There have been some lamps found in places like Amazon or EBay for under $100.  Be careful that they meet all the criteria of the lamp you want.  The products range from the small handheld ones to tabletop units.

The old adage of “you get what you pay for” applies here.  It doesn’t mean you have to spend $1000 on a unit to get the desired result, but going too inexpensive can mean less powerful lights which means more time is required in front on them to get the desired effect.

Make sure you check the specifications when comparing light therapy lamps so you are comparing apples to apples.  Know your distance, duration and strength of light that you require for the condition you are treating.  Do your research and then make an informed choice.

What Are the Side Effects With Light Therapy?

Side effects are rare with the use of light therapy but some people are more sensitive than others.  If side effects are experienced it is usually only for a week or two and then they subside.

Possible side effects include:

  • Headaches or eye strain
  • Tiredness
  • Blurred vision
  • Irritability
  • Itching
  • Burning sensation

Terman, M. Review: light therapy is an effective treatment for seasonal affective disorder Evidence-Based Mental Health 2006;9:21.

What is Lux and How Much Do I Need for Light therapy?

I was having trouble sleeping and someone suggested light therapy so I thought I would do some research.  I needed to know what Lux was and how much I needed for effective light therapy to choose from all the options out there.

So What Is Lux And How Much Do I Need?  Lux is the measurement unit for illuminance and is equal to one lumen per square metre.  It is usually recommended equipment with 10,000 lux is the most effective light therapy.  While other equipment might be less, you would need more frequent and longer applications and they may not be as effective.

While 10,000 lux is recommended for effective light therapy, there is actually a lot to choosing the right light therapy equipment with the correct amount of lux and lumen for the right condition.  You need to know the right colour of light to use.  You also need to know the exact distance you need to be from the bulb as choosing incorrectly could result in not getting the outcomes you want.

Is Lux and Lumens the Same?

Lux and lumens are both units of measurement for luminous flux.  Lux is the measurement of the light intensity at any point, so the amount of light on a surface per unit area.   The difference is that Lux takes into account the area over which the luminous flux is spread.

So lux = 1 lumen per square meter.

To give you some idea of how bright lumens are, if you wanted to replace the brightness of a 100 watt bulb, look for a bulb that gives you around 1600 lumens.

While light therapy equipment usually displays its brightness as a measurement of lux, it is imperative to know what distance the user needs to be from the bulb.  Any chance in distance or bulb type changes the lux level so this is an important component to getting the desired results.

Type of LightMeasurement in Lux
Direct Sunlight100,000 – 130,000
Daylight Noon100,000
Full Moon1
Street Lighting10
Home Lighting30 – 300
Office Desk Lighting100 – 1,000
Surgery Lighting10,000
Overcast Day1,000
Typical Living Room100

How Much Lux Do I Need For Light Therapy?

There are many different types of light therapies for different conditions.  Bright light therapy or full spectrum light is the closest we can get to mimicking full sunlight. For bright light therapy, which is commonly used to prevent depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder, you would use your daylight lamp (10,000 lux in a pure white light) for 20 – 30 minutes a day during the fall and winter months.  To get the full 10,000 lux you would need to sit 11 – 15 inches from the light.

It is possible to get a similar result from a 2,500 lux lamp but you would have to sit in front of it for 2 hours a day which is not so convenient.

Light TherapyBenefitsEquipment
Full Spectrum
Light Therapy
Mimics Sunlight
Helps with SAD
Improves mood
Boosts mental awareness
Maintains serotonin
Maintains melatonin
10,000 lux light lamp
UV Light TherapyDestroys bacteria, fungus
Destroys viruses
Improves immune system
Used for eczema, psoriasis
UV light bulb lamp
Infrared Light
Heals chronic wounds
Boosts cancer healing
Helps chronic joint pain
Infrared heat lamp
Blue Light TherapyTreats acne, skin disorders
Destroys bacteria P (acne)
Blue wavelength
light bulb
Hand held device
Red Light TherapySun damage on skin
Wrinkles, aging
Enhances mitochondria
Fades stretch marks
promotes elastin, collagen
Red light lightbox

How Do I know If I Would Benefit From Bright Light Therapy?

Bright Light Therapy or Full Spectrum Therapy was originally designed for the treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder. If you find there is a pattern where you experience any (or a combination of) these symptoms during fall or winter months, then bright light therapy may be beneficial for you.

  • Feeling depressed
  • Feeling down
  • Loss of energy
  • Fatigue
  • Lethargy
  • Moodiness
  • Excessive sleeping
  • Difficulty getting up in the morning
  • Weight gain
  • Craving of carbohydrates
  • Loss of sex drive

Other disorders may require year round treatment to obtain benefits.  These might include:

  • Non-seasonal depression
  • A frequent traveller
  • Sleep disorder
  • PMS

Could I Get The Same Benefit Increasing The Lighting At Home?

Indoor light cannot deliver the light needed for therapy. Light boxes are not just ordinary lights; they are light which simulate the intensity of daylight.

The light box is a bank of white fluorescent lights on a metal reflector and shield with a plastic screen.

Because the recommended dosage is 10,000 lux for 20 – 30 mins a day, it would be very difficult to get the same dosage by increasing lighting at home.

Typical lighting in a home is between 30 – 300 lux.  Even if you doubled the top amount, you still would not be anywhere near what is needed for light therapy.  In fact, it is impossible for any light fixture in a home to be upgraded past 600 lux.

It is also not recommended that you try and construct your own lighting apparatus as there could be electrical challenges that are not safe, and the amount of lux needed would be difficult to achieve anyway.

If I Spend More Time Outside Would That Work?

You could try spending more time outside but you would have to be outside for extended periods which is difficult.  Often in fall and winter months, the days are overcast or cloudy.

Cloudy days only have 1,000 lux so you would need to spend 10 hours each day to reach the recommended 10,000 lux.  With a normal work schedule, that just woudn’t be possible.  That is why many people are opting for 10,000 lux light lamps.  They can get the benefits they need in only 20 – 30 minutes a day in the comfort of their own home.

Other Related Questions:

When Is the Use of a Bright Light Therapy System Not Recommended?

Light therapy can be used by anyone.  However it is recommended that if you suffer from anyone of the following that you see your physician first.

  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • Retinopathy
  • Retinal detachment
  • Lupus
  • Diabetes
  • Taking medications that have photosensitizing effects (such as lithium or melatonin)

Can the 10,000 Lux Lamps Be Used for Anything Else?

The quality of light emitted from the bright light therapy lamps is pleasant and can be used for other things as well as light therapy.  If it is placed at least arm’s length away which is further than the recommended 11-15 inches for light therapy, it can be used as a reading lamp, or for working, especially for find work such as embroidery, drawing etc. 

It is important that the lamp be turned away from the face to create an ambient light.  As they are light weight, portable and height adjustable, they are easy to move around in the home to be used in other ways.

Are Bright Light Therapy Lamps Expensive to Purchase and Maintain?

Bright light therapy lamps of 10,000 lux have a huge price range.  They can be bought for as low as $30 and go all the way up to $500.

There are a huge range of brands and styles, with some that sit on a desk and others with height adjustable stands.

Amazon stocks a wide range of both less expensive and more expensive brands and styles.  If you have Amazon Prime, you can take advantage of free shipping.

What is the 10000 Lux Light Box?

After much research I knew I needed to try light therapy but I wasn’t sure what a 10,000 lux light box was.

What is the 10,000 Lux Light Box?  The 10,000 Lux light box is a light lamp (box) used to mimic natural daylight by stimulating the pineal gland and in turn, helping the body to produce melatonin and serotonin.

A 10,000 lux box is usually used in the treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder.  While we know this particular type of light box helps with the disorder, is there a particular brand or type of light box that is better than others?

What is the 10,000 Lux Light box Used For?

This particular light therapy lamp is used for the treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  People suffering from this disorder have a disruption of melatonin and serotonin in the fall and winter months, when there is less sunlight.

When we wake and the sunlight hits our pineal glad located on the forehead, this stimulates the gland which in turn, boosts the production of serotonin and melatonin.  Both of these are essential for restorative sleep.

With these levels interrupted, people with SAD can suffer from:

  • mood deterioration
  • depression
  • poor sleep
  • feeling sluggish or aggitated
  • feeling hopeless, worthless or guilty
  • losing interest in activities you once enjoyed
  • low energy
  • changes in appetite or weight

Using a 10,000 lux light box has been found effective in the treatment of these symptoms.  So just what is lux and how much do you need?  Read our article following our research here

Rather than taking synthetic hormones, by using the lamp, the body thinks it is natural sunlight and the pineal gland is stimulated, allowing the body to naturally produce the 2 hormones again.

What Are The Side Effects of Using a 10,000 Lux Light Box?

In a study completed in 1998 on 70 patients who had short term treatments for SAD with a 10,000 lux light box, 32 (45.7%) reported side effects with 9 (12.9%) saying they had more than 1 side effect.

The side effects reported were mainly headaches and eye or vision problems but all were transient and mild and did not interfere with the treatment.  All occurred early in the treatment and faded quickly.

Can Acne Be Helped With DermaStyle Light Therapy?

I have heard that dermastyle light therapy is great for getting rid of or reducing acne but does it really work?

Can Acne Be Helped With DermaStyle Light Therapy?  Yes it can.  Research has shown that dermastyle light therapy can have a positive effect on mild to moderate acne. Using eiher a red or blue light depending on the type of acne, positive results have been recorded.

What is Dermastyle Light Therapy?

Dermastyle light therapy is light therapies that deal primarily with skin conditions.  There has been some hype around using light therapy for acne and other skin conditions for awhile now.

The type of light (and color) depends on the stage of the acne.  For inflammatory acne (large red lumps) a blue light is used.  It kills bacteria P, the bacteria causing acne, reducing inflammation and helping the cells return to a more normal function.

Sometimes the light is pulsing and sometimes a continuous light, depending on what is needed.  A typical session in a clinic is twice a week for at least 5 weeks.

Handheld devices or masks can be purchased for home use and used for frequently.

Is A Holistic Treatment For Depression Right For Me?

If you suffer depression, or know someone in your family that does, then you know the roller coaster ride it can be.  You hate seeing your loved ones suffer and if you are the one with the disorder, then you know how alone and dark you can feel at times.  Everyone wants a solution.  For some, that is medication but more and more people are now looking for a holistic treatment for depression.

This can range from changing diet, adding exercise or magnetic therapy to retraining the brain with different responses to stimuli.  For some, medications add to the illness, giving side effects that just complicate life.  Going the natural way means that you have a chance at making life better or even finding a cure without foreign substances going into your body.

If you want to know more, read our holistic treatment for depression article.

Am I Showing Signs of Depression?

Some people who are feeling down or feeling anxiety are often misdiagnosed with depression.  And the same goes in the reverse.  Some people who have depression are misdiagnosed with anxiety or stress related symptoms.  So how do you know if you are showing signs of depression?

Although we all get sad from time to time, depression is much more than sadness.  It is a state or condition that is being provoked by some situation and events in life.  You will have lost interest in everything – even things that you may have been passionate about months earlier.  You will become withdrawn, preferring to remain in your room alone than to be with people; even those you love.

There are many signs of depression and it is important that if you think they describe you that you get medical help. It is important to seek medical help to obtain a correct diagnosis.  Then you can make the decision whether you want to take medication or pursue a natural course.

To learn more about the signs of depression, click here.

Does Golite Light Therapy Work?

Golite light therapy is one of the many types of light therapy used to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder or depression.  Golite light lamps or light boxes are available for home use, making it more cost and time effective for people to get help.  These lamps are put on and you sit under them, allowing the light to penetrate your forehead.

Behind the forehead, we have a small gland called the pineal gland that stimulates the production of melatonin and serotonin when sunlight hits it.  In darker, longer winter climates where sunlight is scarce, for some people prolonged absence of stimulation of this gland can cause depression and moodiness.

Use of the golite lamps means that sunlight can be replicated through artificial light, alleviating the symptoms.

To know more about this therapy, read our Golite light therapy article.

SAD Light Therapy and Depression

SAD Light Therapy is a form of light therapy for those suffering a particular type of depression – Seasonal Affective Disorder (more commonly known as SAD).  For people who live in countries where their winter climate is long and dull, or where they have long nights and short days, people can suffer from depression whereas they may find they don’t during summer, more brighter months.

This “seasonal” condition is due to the fact that there is limited or no sunlight.  Our bodies need sunlight to function properly.  Apart from getting the right nutrients from it, it also stimulates the production of melatonin and seratonin in the brain through stimulation of the pineal gland.

If you live in a dull climate or find you are continually depressed during the long winter months, you may want to read more about SAD light therapy here.

Will Blue Light Therapy Help My Acne?

Blue light therapy is used for many different types of skin conditions including acne and stretch marks.  The body is believed to be complex and  full of different energies that have to be in correct proportions. Imbalance in the energy levels means imbalance in the person’s health.

While it has been used to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), this therapy also helps those suffering from acne.  The blue light helps reduce future breakouts and is pain free and calming to the skin.

The blue light is converted into chemicals as it entered the body and this conversion makes us feel energetic, optimistic, and motivated.  It also helps to kill bacteria in the skin pores, helping acne sufferers to reduce the redness of the skin and to prevent future occurances.

If you want to know more about it, read our blue light therapy article.

A New Treatment For Depression

If you suffer from depression or anxiety, you will be relieved to hear about a new treatment for depression.  Until now, there have been many medications available (and there still are) but some people worry about the side effects of those drugs and prefer a more natural approach.

While there are suggestions that meditation can assist those struggling with this condition, it takes a change of mind set and a set of strategies to put into place to change the way the body responds to stimuli.  Of course, you would need to see your doctor to see just what sort of depression you have.  If you clinical depression, then you will most likely need the medications at first to be able to cope with the illness.

If a natural approach is more your style, then there are several good books available to help guide you through the process of reconditioning your responses.

If you want to know more, then read our treatment for depression article.

What is the Apollo Golite P1?

What is the Apollo Golite P1?  It sounds almost like another language but if you are suffering from seasonal affective disorder or depression, it might be a language you want to know about.

In some countries when winter months come, the lack of sunlight means a different in health.  Some people are more grumpy in the winter, but some suffer from terrible depression.  They have discovered that this condition is due to the pineal gland not being stimulated which happens naturally when we are in the sunlight.

Behind the forehead, lives the pineal gland.  It is not very big, but its function is imperative to our sleep patterns and our moods.  When sunlight hits the pineal gland, it stimulates the production of seratonin and melatonin – two things essential for good sleep patterns and mood.  When there is no sun for long periods of time, the body can stop producing these two which can have a huge impact on our health.

If you want to know more about the Apollo Golite P1 which is a light lamp that can help you in your home, read out Golite P1 article.

Can I Do Infrared Light Therapy At Home?

Infrared light therapy is one of the many types of light therapy that help treat a range of medical conditions such as acne, depression, pain and seasonal affective disorder.  The red light has been found successful in treating these conditions.

Infrared light is a type of electronic radiation that has a wavelength that is longer than visible lights.  Thermal light therapy is the safest, not painful and easiest alternative health treatment anyone can get if done right and produces amazing results.

Home units can be purchased (with replaceable bulbs so you can use this unit forever) and used as you need within the home environment.  The cost is not excessive and the time saved (and expensive) is considerable.

Fabulous for improving your health, this is a safe, cost effective method to help a range of medical complaints.

To read more, see our infrared light therapy article.

Are Full Spectrum Light Boxes Available?

If you are suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (more commonly known as SAD) then you will be thrilled to hear that you no longer have to go to a clinic for light box therapy.  Now, you can buy full spectrum light boxes for home use.  The costs is the cost of anywhere from 2 – 3 clinic visits so it doesn’t take long for this to pay for itself.

These are not toys.  These are not small, hand held devices that are weak.  These full spectrum boxes are made for clinic type effect within the home.  If you need help with moods and are suffering from SAD, then this type of therapy is gentle, painless and has positive clinical results to back up claims made by the manufacturers.

There are several types and styles (and prices) to suit most budgets so start getting well now by purchasing one of these great light boxes.

Do I Need Bluewave Light Therapy?

If you are suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder, then you need  Bluewave light therapy.  Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD as it is commonly known) affects people in climates where they do not see the sun much.  It affects people more in winter months where the days are shorter and there is snow/rain/clouds, so the sun is not out.

This type of seasonal depression can be greatly helped with the use of bluewave light lamps.  The use of these home devices substitutes for the natural sun in stimulating the pineal gland, which is housed behind the forehead, and regulates the production of seratonin and melatonin and sleep.  Our body’s natural circadian rhythm relies on the stimulation of this gland to regulate normal functions and when sunlight is deprived, some people suffer depression terribly.  This can be helped with a aid of this amazing device.

What Is Apollo Bluewave Therapy?

Apollo Bluewave therapy is another form of therapies using light to heal and improve all sorts of conditions from skin to depression.  Using a lamp utilizing blue light, this form of therapy can be used in the home environment with a home light box.  It is important to follow manufacturer’s guidelines but relief can be as simple as a few minutes each day in front of the lamp.

Apollo has been creating the world’s premier light boxes for two decades.  Bluewave therapy provides higher effective response than most full spectrum lights.  Bluewave LED technology is so effective that it has been used at NASA as the preferred method to regulate astronaut’s and shuttle crew sleep and wake schedules.

It is clinically proven that the blue light used in these lamps is successful in improving moods which makes it great for treating Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

If you want to learn more, click here.

Is Anodyne Therapy Right For You?

Everyone suffers pain at one time or another, but if you have ever been the recipient of chronic, ongoing pain, you will know that it is exhausting!  Constant pain that just doesn’t go away, even with pain medication is a battle that many people face.  You may not even know if someone is in pain day in and day out but that has been my story for years.  Diagnosis after diagnosis, expensive and dangerous pain medications but still not the relief I was looking for.

That was until I found Anodyne Therapy.  As a bonus, it is totally natural.  I am not putting anything foreign into my body and the relief I experience when using it brings tears to my eyes.

I never thought that something as simple as these specialized heat pads could get me up and functional again.  Not just any heat pad, this therapy is able to be purchased and used at home.  While the initial outlay was not what I would call cheap, you certainly get what you pay for and the few hundred dollars I spent I would do many times over to finally get relief.

If you want to learn more about Anodyne for pain relief, then check out our Anodyne therapy article.

Apollo Light Therapy

If you are suffering from Seasonal Affective disorder, then Apollo light therapy may be the answer for you.  Fabulous for those who suffer depression for the winter months, many have been having real success with Apollo light therapy.

When people live in darker, longer winter climates, the lack of light affects the pineal gland.  In summer, when we go outside, the sunshine hits our forehead (where the pineal gland is located just behind) and activates the pineal gland.  This stimulates the production of melatonin and seratonin which help normal sleep patterns and mood.

In winter, were we have the forehead covered with warm hats and we are not outside as much (and it may be overcast or snowing) then this gland does not get activated in the same way.  For some people, the results are dyer with them not sleeping, productions of melatonin and seratonin going down and then eventually ending up in depression.

Far Infrared Lamp with Two Heads

Far Infrared Lamp with Two HeadsDifferent from the conventional infrared lamp and microwave therapeutic device, the double-headed TDP Far Infrared Floor Lamp features a round plate coated with a proprietary mineral formation consisting of 33 essential elements. When activated by a built-in electric heating element, this mineral plate emits a special band of electromagnetic waves ranging from 2 to 25(microns) in wavelength and 28 to 34 mw/ in intensity.

Technical Specification:

Spectrum Range Power Lifting Scope of Arm
2-25 um 110 V, 275 watts > 11″ (30 cm)

Elevation Degree Azimuth Degree Life of Mineral Plate
> 90 360 1000 – 1500 Hours

Shining Distance Adjustable Height Oversized Mineral Plate <8″ (20cm) 33″ – 66″ 5″ Dia.)

Price: $369.00

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The Reasons for Using a SAD Light for Sleep Disorders

The reasons for using a SAD light for sleep disorders are diverse, however one of the main incentives is to reduce, or even eliminate, seasonal depression. An SAD disorder is also known as “Seasonal Affective Disorder” and can have not only an emotional impact on an individual but can lead to a physical ailment. In the winter months, daily sunlight is limited, so this little gadget can fix this problem, by adding some light during one’s sleep time. Some people work in offices or areas that do not employ windows. They get off of work only to find that darkness has set in; so in actuality they do not see much light for several months. These individuals seem to develop low energy, and fatigue problems. At first, these persons may not even realize the way that they are feeling; however after a while their problems worsen. Once they get a diagnosis from a doctor, stating that nothing is really wrong, except for the “winter blues” they may be forced to take matters into their own hands and research their symptoms. It quickly becomes apparent to them that they have SAD.  A SAD light can really help these individuals in regard to their sleep deprivation. Of course, we all know that the sun is a great source of light, always   working as an antidepressant. So, when you do not have the “real thing”, a substitute is the next best possible scenario; and this is just what the SAD light is- a great way to replace natural light! This SAD light machine is a portable gadget; however stationary machines can be installed in one’s home, but are more costly.

An SAD light machine helps an individual improve the following aspects of his/her life:

Assists in a  good night’s sleepEnhances one’s overall healthMaximizes one’s energy levelImproves a person’s mood and helps with mood changes

Many people who have the symptoms related to SAD will experience extreme moodiness, as well as a loss of interest in just about everything they attempt to encounter. These symptoms can affect their personal lives, as well as their professional ones. They can also lead to less productivity, which might lead to the loss of a job, a divorce, etc. Their moods can shift leading to even more negative problems. Yes, this small SAD light can very well be the salvation for those individuals who experience the illness of SAD. Other symptoms of this condition might include weight gain and excessive sleeping, both of which can eventually add to a more non productive lifestyle.

All in all, most people know that they should get approximately 15 minutes of natural sunlight per day to obtain the recommended amount of  vitamin D for a healthy body, however if this is not possible, then the SAD light should be considered. For an affordable price, the SAD light machine can help you gain control of your life again. With a “click of the mouse”, you can order and receive one of these lightweight machines. Before you know it, you will be using a SAD light for sleep disorders very soon!

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Bluewave Light Therapy

Could you be helped by Bluewave Light Therapy?

Light therapy, also known as phototherapy uses exposure to various types of lights to activate the pineal gland.  This gland is a small endocrine gland in the vertebrate brain.  It’s function is to produce melatonin derived from seratonin which ultimately regulates sleep patterns and seasonal functions.  When we expose ourselves to bright light (example the sunlight) this inhibits the production of melatonin and tells our body that it is time to wake up and for our day to start.

Without it our bodies don’t know the difference between day and night and some people may suffer from depression or seasonal affective disorder.

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Bluewave light therapy is a brilliant advancement in the light therapy world where specific bandwidths of light can be isolated to be used for a therapeutic response.  BLUEWAVE is a technology that allows the increase of effective bandwidths while reducing the overall intensity of light.  This results in patients being able to enjoy a more effective light treatment in the most comfortable way possible.

There are many types of lights that are used in light therapy and they can include (but are not limited to):

  • lasers
  • light-emitting diodes
  • fluorescent lamps
  • diachronic lamps
  • light box (very bright full spectrum light)

These light appliances can be used to treat a range of disorders.  For instance, using bluewave light therapy directed on the skin often helps in the treatment of acne vulgaris as well as neonatal jaundice.  If used to direct to the retina of the eye, it can assist the body’s circadian rhythm and seasonal affective disorder.

Apollo light therapy is highly regarded in treatment of the above and devices come in the way of handheld devices right through to clinic optimised machines.

Does Light Therapy Work for SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Some people have heard of using light therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder. But does it really work?

Does it help to elevate the moods?

For people who live in parts of the US and other parts of the world where the days are very cloudy and short, it is a common problem that they feel depressed and lethargic.  Sometimes it may just be called social anxiety but there is more to this condition.

Most dismiss it as just “one of those days” but when it happens year after year around the same time of the year is there any truth to the fact that SAD really exists?

Yes it does exist and yes light therapy does work. But it is something that needs to be used daily and for at least 20 mins per day. Also to use it in the morning is essential as the role of the light is to awaken the pineal gland.

For those suffering with SAD, home units are available. Click here for home light therapy units.

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