What Is Red Light Therapy: Benefits And Risk

What Is Red Light Therapy?

Red light therapy is a controversial therapeutic technique that uses red low-level wavelengths and light to treat skin issues, such as wrinkles, scars, among other conditions.

Scientists use RLT to help develop plants in space. The specialists found that the bright light from red light-emitting diodes helped the growth and photosynthesis of plant cells.

You may have learned of red light therapy (RLT) by its other names, which include:

  • Cold laser therapy
  • Biostimulation
  • Soft laser therapy
  • Low-level light therapy
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Red light therapy benefits

Clinical research is needed to prove that red light therapy is very effective. At the moment, there’s some evidence to suggest that RLT may have the following benefits:

  • Promotes wound healing and tissue repair
  • Improves hair growth
  • Helps to mend sun damage
  • Helps diminish scars
  • Reduces psoriasis lesions

Does red light therapy work?

Red light therapy (RLT) isn’t a cure-all for everything. It is considered experimental for most conditions. There is no evidence showing that red light therapy works by:

The red light therapy treatment option

Red light wavelengths aren’t the wavelengths to be studied for medical purposes. Green light, Blue light, and a mixture of different wavelengths has also been the subject of similar experiments.

There are some kinds of therapies available. You can ask the doctor about:

    • Laser treatment
    • Sauna light  therapy
    • Natural sunlight
    • Ultraviolet light B

Risk and side effects

Red light therapy (RLT) is considered painless and safe. There has been news of burns and blistering from using RLT units. Some people developed burns after falling asleep with the unit in place; others experienced burns due to broken device corrosion or wires.

There is a risk of harm to your eyes. Although safer on the eyes than regular lasers, proper eye protection is necessary while undergoing red light therapy.

Conclusion

Red light therapy has given promising results in treating skin diseases, but there’s not much consensus about the treatment’s benefits in some scientific communities.

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