LIGHT THERAPY FOR COSMETICS AND SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

We live in a highly competitive world here in New York City. One could argue the point, but appearances do count in many social and professional circles. Smooth, wrinkle-free and unblemished skin is often associated with health, vibrancy and stamina. Traditionally, invasive procedures such as chemical peels, lifts/tucks and Botox injections have been used to achieve and maintain smooth and tighter skin. If a more vibrant and youthful appearance is your goal, it is not necessary to undergo these expensive and invasive procedures.

Photobiomodulation (low energy lasers and light emitting diodes) uses no heat and can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, dark circles, blotches, improve circulation and tissue regeneration, reduce inflammation, and improve the turgor of the skin.[1]

Here at the Golden Acupuncturist™ clinic, clients are treated with an eye mask that emits safe, non-invasive, chemical free and therapeutic light to treat the effects of aging, acne, redness and sagging skin. The process is painless, affordable and often offers results after the initial session. Photobiomodulation can help lift your spirits, stimulate collagen, reduce bags and dark circles under your eyes, and help you look your fabulous best.

Photobiomodulation can also help mitigate symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD affects many people each year from late fall to early spring when there are fewer hours of daylight and our naturally obtained levels of Vitamin D are limited.

Symptoms of SAD can include:

lack of interest in socializing (you want to hibernate)
low motivation for exercise and hypersomnia (over sleeping)
increase in appetite and cravings for sugars and carbohydrates

Although there is no proven cause for SAD, people who are predisposed to/or have a family history of generalized depression or bipolar disorder can experience SAD more often than those with no history of these conditions. Another possible cause of SAD is an inability to regulate the neurotransmitter, serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical necessary to help regulate a person’s appetite, digestion, sleep, sexual desire and function, social behavior, and memory. A third possibility concerns overproduction of the hormone, melatonin. Because melatonin regulates sleep,  we produce more melatonin (therefore, we crave more sleep) when there is less daylight,. This is why persons experiencing SAD sit under bright lights (a substitute for a daily dose of sunshine, a natural source of Vitamin D) to regulate production of melatonin.

Photobiomodulation and SAD

When cells in our body absorb UVB (a wavelength in sunlight), our bodies naturally produce Vitamin D3. A lack of this vitamin in our bodies can lead to SAD. Since the 1980s, light boxes and bright lights have been used to help people experiencing SAD. Most treatments comprise sitting in front of a cool fluorescent light or a light box for an average of 20 minutes per day.[2]

A daily dose of photobiomodulation (which uses laser, LED and broadband light) can help the body produce Vitamin D, thus reducing symptoms of SAD. This system of light therapy is non-thermal (no heat) and cleared with the FDA through the Premarket Notification/510(k) process as adjunctive devices for the temporary relief of pain and based on clinical data to support these claims.[3]

 

References

[1] https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0738081X19300756

[2] https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/seasonal-affective-disorder/index.shtml

[3] https://www.aslms.org/for-the-public/treatments-using-lasers-and-energy-based-devices/photobiomodulation

 

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