Red Light Therapy Medical References & Sources

Skin Benefits (Collagen, Diminish Wrinkles, Improve Scars)

Pub Med: A Controlled Trial to Determine the Efficacy of Red and Near-Infrared Light Treatment in Patient Satisfaction, Reduction of Fine Lines, Wrinkles, Skin Roughness, and Intradermal Collagen Density Increase

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3926176/

Science Direct: A prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blinded, and split-face clinical study on LED phototherapy for skin rejuvenation: Clinical, profilometric, histologic, ultrastructural, and biochemical evaluations and comparison of three different treatment settings

PubMed: Combined 633-nm and 830-nm led treatment of photoaging skin

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16989189/

Science Direct: Low Level Laser Therapy—a conservative approach to the burn scar?

Wound Healing 

NY Academy of SciencesLow Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) as an Effective Therapeutic Modality for Delayed Wound Healing

https://nyaspubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1196/annals.1352.040

Hair Growth

Taylor & Francis Online: Comparison of the effects of 665 nm low level diode Laser Hat versus and a combination of 665 nm and 808nm low level diode Laser Scanner of hair growth

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14764172.2017.1326609?journalCode=ijcl20&

Inflammation and Joint Pain

PubMed: A randomised, placebo controlled trial of low level laser therapy for activated Achilles tendinitis with microdialysis measurement of peritendinous prostaglandin E2 concentrations

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2491942/

AGS: Improvement of Pain and Disability in Elderly Patients with Degenerative Osteoarthritis of the Knee Treated with Narrow‐Band Light Therapy

https://agsjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1532-5415.1992.tb01824.x

Additional Health Benefits

RLT is still considered experimental for most conditions that you see associated with the product. 

  • treats depression, seasonal affective disorder, and postpartum depression
  • activates the lymphatic system to help “detoxify” the body
  • boosts the immune system
  • reduces cellulite
  • aids in weight loss
  • treats back or neck pain
  • Aids in muscle recovery and endurance performance
  • fights periodontitis and dental infections
  • cures acne

The argument against RLT

As you can see from above, there are many medical studies that have had strong and promising results. However, we must also make you aware that this is still a hot topic and debated still in the alternative health space. One example, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), has determined that there isn’t enough evidence to show that these devices are better than currently existing treatments for treating wounds, ulcers, and pain.

RLT and health insurance

Currently RLT is not covered by any major insurance company.