red light therapy

Allergies? Try (red) light therapy

If you or family members suffer from seasonal allergies due to pollen, grasses and other allergens, you’ll know how much discomfort they cause. Over the counter medications such as anti-histamines are the usual treatment, but red light is an alternative.

The science is that specific wavelengths illuminating the inside of the nose (the nasal cavity) can penetrate the thin layer of mucous membrane to reach the blood capillaries just below its surface. The light apparently decreases histamine production, increases blood circulation and reduces inflammation. Scientific research on this began in the 1990s and is ongoing, adding to the body of evidence for light as a therapy. Light devices have been created specifically for this purpose with users reporting positive results. The light used can be low level laser or a non‐laser such as a LED light source. This stimulates the body to heal or restore its balance. For more on the science of how/why it works, read this article.

Since red light is, well, red light, I use my MOLIMED color scan, placing the light source at either side of the nose. The area responds with heat – from the body itself because there is no heat emitted from the light set – and family report an ease of symptoms and kiddies have relief from runny noses.
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I have also purchased for the children to use, the Nasal Reliever – shaped like a cute penguin and with small and larger nasal inserts and a timer control.

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A list of other specific products for nasal and sinus issues can be found on this website which reviews light therapy devices.

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