How to use red light therapy?
Since the initial space experiment, hundreds of clinical studies and thousands of laboratory studies have been conducted to determine if RLT has medical benefits.
Many studies have yielded encouraging results, but the benefits of red light therapy remain controversial. For example, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have determined that there is insufficient evidence to suggest that these devices are better than the current methods of treating wounds, ulcers and pain.
Additional clinical studies are needed to demonstrate that RLT is effective. However, there is currently evidence that RLT may have the following benefits:
Promote wound healing and tissue repair
Improve hair growth in androgenetic alopecia patients
Helping short-term treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome
Stimulates wound healing, such as diabetic foot ulcers
Helps relieve pain and stiffness in patients with rheumatoid arthritis in the short term
Reduce the side effects of some cancer treatments, including oral mucositis
Improves skin tone, increases collagen levels, and reduces wrinkles.
Helps repair sun damage
Preventing the recurrence of cold sores caused by herpes simplex virus infection
Improve joint health in patients with knee degenerative osteoarthritis
Help reduce scars
A reliable source of people who relieve pain and inflamed heel pain
At present, RLT has not been recognized or underwritten by insurance companies due to lack of sufficient evidence. Although, there are now some insurance companies that cover the use of RLT to prevent oral mucositis during cancer treatment.