There are times in our lives when sadness, stress, and grief affect our emotional state so much that they make us depressed and fatigued. In fact, depression in today’s age is quite common. In the United States alone, it is estimated that 1 in every 10 Americans is under its spell.
Depression is a psychological disorder that often can vary from something as trivial as a short-term anxiety disorder to something as severe as bipolar depression (manic depression) or even seasonal depression. There are several effective ways to “kick out” depression. One of them is light therapy.
What is light therapy?
Light therapy, also known as phototherapy, is an innovative way of treating depression and is definitely much safer and less expensive than antidepressants like Paxil and Prozac. It is most effectively used to treat seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as “winter blues,” “winter depression,” or “seasonal depression.”
SAD is considered to be a mood disorder where people with normal mental health experience depressive symptoms during the change of seasons. The most common symptom includes prolonged sleeping, depressive state, and fatigue or lack of energy.
How does light therapy work?
To understand how light therapy works, you need to have a basic knowledge of the healing properties of light (photon). Light is a form of energy that has some very interesting properties. One of them is its ability to travel near superluminal speed. When you break your body down beyond its atomic state, it is made of only light or energy. In other words, your body is basically condensed light and therefore the types of light you surround your body with can heal or harm you, just like the energy of heat.
The light that has a lot of healing effects is sunlight or full spectrum light. Sunlight affects you differently than artificial light due to the fact that artificial light is missing certain elements of sunlight and it emits frequencies that don’t synchronize well with your body. This is why when you surround yourself with artificial light for too long, you get tired or headaches. Even though sunlight is better for you, it does contain some harmful electromagnetic waves, such as X-rays and gamma rays. Most full spectrum lights that are used for light therapy usually don’t emit high levels of these harmful electromagnetic waves.
Light therapy or phototherapy is classically referred to as heliotherapy. During this therapy, people suffering from SAD are subjected to specific wavelengths of photon created by dichroic lamps, polychromatic polarized light, light-emitting diodes, lasers, and fluorescent lamps. Depending on the extent of SAD, patients can also be treated using full-spectrum of very bright luminous energy that is normally controlled through various devices.
The special wavelength of light is administered for a prescribed period of time. Some people undergo phototherapy at a specific time each day for a specific period. The importance of phototherapy lies in the fact that it is able to help people make up for lost sunlight exposure, while at the same time boosting their energy and reducing stress.
Using light therapy to treat health conditions
With the success of the light therapy for treating seasonal affective disorder, clinical trials were conducted for other depressive disorders as well. Experimental treatment was initiated for conditions like non-seasonal mood disorders, circadian-related sleep disorders, neurodegenerative diseases, eating disorders caused by mood swings, jet lag disorder, and other behavioral syndromes.
One of the more well known light therapy device is called Lumen Photon Therapy. All of its models offer seven frequencies of infrared and visible light with eight different settings. Each setting is designed to target and help heal or reduce certain health conditions, including inflammation, wounds, chronic pain syndrome, stress, soft tissue injuries, arthritis, sinus problems, headaches, and scars. If used correctly, light therapy devices can increase your frequency and thus boosting your energy and health.
Light therapy may be a new concept to many of us, but this energy healing technology has been used by alternative medicine practitioners for centuries to boost energy and health. Remember, your body is made of only condensed light or energy, because when you break down your body beyond its atomic state, it is made of only condensed light. As a result, the types of light you come in contact with will either affect you in positive or negative ways.
It’s that time of year again, when it’s not quite winter and not quite spring…a time when your vitamin D levels may be depleted and you just need a little sunshine. Or is it more than this? Light therapy (phototherapy) has been used for syndromes such as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). An alternative-type therapy, it may be just what the doctor ordered.