Scientific Research and the LED Quantum Light Therapy Connection

The benefits of LED light therapy are clearly well-documented throughout history; especially through the 1900’s and early 2000’s (please see below). Contact LED Quantum Light Therapy and tell us what ails you and we’ll let you know how LED therapy’s remarkably documented benefits can help.

Ancient Times

Ancient Times

Ancient Egyptians are said to have built special temples for healing with sunlight and coloured light. Pythagorus used colour for healing five hundred years before the birth of Christ. Reference to colour healing can be found in ancient Chinese and Indian texts.

Virtually all the major civilizations recognized the importance of light in healing. The Assyrians, Babylonians and Egyptians all practiced therapeutic sun-bathing. The Greek city of Heliopolis (which means ‘City of the Sun’) was renowned for its healing temples and light rooms. The windows were covered with specially dyed cloths and the different colors were believed to have different healing powers.

1870’s

Augustus Pleasanton used blue light to stimulate secretory glands and the nervous system; he found it to be very effective in treating a variety of diseases, especially those accompanied by pain.

Edwin Babbitt published ‘The Principles of Light and Color’. He developed the Chromodisc for treating patients using specific colours and Solar Elixirs, made by irradiating water with sunlight and filtering it with special filters. He found that the ‘sensitized’ water had special healing properties. Solar tinctures are still manufactured today and are used very effectively by color therapists.

1890’s

Ultra-violet was discovered to have a powerful anti-bacterial action.

Neils Ryberg Finsen was recognized for his work in red-light therapy and in how it helped in healing smallpox, as well as being recognized for how his work in red-light therapy also helped in healing lupus.

1900’s

1990's
Niels Ryberg Finson

Neils Ryberg Finsen was awarded the Nobel Prize for his work in treating skin tuberculosis with ultra-violet light.

Dinshah Ghadiali developed the Spectro-Chrome system of healing after 23 years of exhaustive scientific evaluation. This was based on the relationship between colors and specific areas of the body.

1920’s

1920's
Dr. Kate Baldwin
1920's
Harry Riley Spitler

Dr. Kate Baldwin, Chief Surgeon at Philadelphia Woman’s Hospital, used Dinshah’s methods for many years and is quoted as saying “…after nearly 37 years of active hospital and private practice in medicine and surgery, I can produce quicker and more accurate results with colors than with any or all other methods combined – and with less strain on the patient…”.

Harry Riley Spitler developed the principles of Syntonics (from ‘syntony’ – to bring into balance) in which light is used to balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. His College of Syntonic Optometry is now at the forefront of developments in ocular phototherapy. Spitler is generally considered to be the father of colored light phototherapy.

Dr. Auguste Rollier established a sun-therapy (heliotherapy) clinic in Leysin in the Swiss Alps. He very effectively treated all sorts of patients, particularly those with TB. His patients would be wheeled out onto a large sundeck each day for specific periods of time.

1930’s

1930's
Alexander Gurwitsch

Charing Cross Hospital in London used sun-lamps (lights used to replicate the colour temperature of sunlight) to treat circulatory diseases, anaemia, varicose veins, heart disease and degenerative disorders.

Russian scientist Gurwitsch hypothesized that all cells emitted light. It took until the late seventies before German biophysicists (Popp et al.) proved that every cell emits at least 100,000 light impulses per second at a variety of frequencies.

1940’s

1940's
Dr. Knotts Hemo Irradiator

Emmitt Knott developed a haemoirradiation machine. He went further than Dinshah and Spitler and administered light to the whole body by irradiating just a small volume of blood. Knott found that irradiating just 50-100cc of blood with ultra-violet light and re-transfusion back into the patient had a dramatic impact in the treatment of puerperal sepsis, peritonitis, encephalitis, polio and herpes simplex. By 1947, around 80,000 patients had been treated with success rates of 50-80%.

Post World War II

Antibiotics and the pharmaceutical industry took hold. The grip of the American Medical Association and the age of the ‘clinical trial’ had arrived. Treatments that could not be supported by ‘scientific fact’ were immediately suspect; fields such as homeopathy, naturopathy, and light therapy were – for the most part – relegated to the ‘sidelines’ or completely abolished. However, things started to slowly change beginning around the 1970’s with some revolutionary work by researchers such as John Ott, Alfred Popp, and others.

1970’s

1970's
Dr. John Ott

John Ott demonstrated that different wavelengths of light have specific influences on cellular function in both plants and animals. He coined the term ‘mal-illumination’ and suggested that humans may be subjecting themselves to the condition by spending so much time under artificial lights (a condition similar to malnutrition, caused by poor, unbalanced diets). He helped develop the first ‘full-spectrum’ fluorescent tube and in the early 1970s and undertook a study on the effects of ‘full-spectrum’ light on school children. Behaviour and academic performance improved markedly.

German biophysicists (Popp et al.) proved that every cell emits at least 100,000 light impulses per second at a variety of frequencies. Popp demonstrated that weak light emissions of low intensity were able to control the body, and that light in the body may be the factor that determines health and illness. In other words; the body’s communication system is formed by complex pathways of resonance and frequency.

1980’s

1980's
Dr. John Ott’s book ‘Light Radiation and You’

John Ott published a series of seven articles (1980’s through 1990’s) in the International Journal of Biosocial Research – a medical journal out of Tacoma, Washington – that was titled ‘Color and Light: Their Effects on Plants, Animals, and People’, the articles summed up Ott’s decades of independent research on the effects of natural light.

Fritz Hollwich discovered significantly increased levels of stress hormones (ACTH & cortisol) in people working under artificial ‘cool-white’ fluorescent tubes. Further to his findings, ‘cool-white’ fluorescent tubes are now banned in German medical establishments.

Canadian Harry Wohlfarth validated Hollwich’s findings and examined the effects of different colors on classroom performance.

Laser-based light therapy was used in many clinical and experimental settings which led to non-invasive treatment of illnesses.

1990’s

1990's
a Light Emitting Diode, ‘L.E.D.’

In 1996, Conlan, along with other contributors, published an interesting review on human studies with near-infrared laser light therapy for wound healing.

Robert Furchgott Ph.D., Louis Ignarro, Ph.D. and Ferid Murad, M.D. were awarded Noble Prize for Physiology and Medicine in 1996 for their discoveries concerning nitric oxide as a signaling molecule in cardiovascular system.

NASA applied the use of light emitting diodes (LED)-based light therapy units for healing wounds in astronauts (wounds take longer to heal in zero-gravity conditions).

Professor Kira Samoilova, a cell biologist in St. Petersburg, developed the concept of haemo-irradiation with her colleagues at the Russian National Academy of Sciences. They extracted a small quantity of blood, treated it with either ultra-violet or laser light for about 10-15 minutes and re-transfused it into the patient. The reported results were astonishing for a wide range of conditions including, suppurative – inflammatory conditions, infections, cardiovascular, auto-immune, dermatologic and oncologic diseases, as well as ulcers, burns, traumas, intoxications, etc. Other treatments developed from their research are also now used for the sole therapy for ulcers, the detoxification of substance addicts and other conditions, such as viral pneumonia. The treatment is still mostly unheard of in Western culture, but there is a strong tradition of hemo-irradiation in Germany, along with several other different devices available for various treatments in that same area.

2000’s

2000's

In 2002, the US FDA (Food & Drug Administration) cleared blue-light therapy for acne treatment.

In 2012, Vancouver General Hospital started using light therapy and cut post-surgery infections by 39%.

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