Clinical Light Therapy Programs

Brain Therapy

TBI, Concussion, Stroke

Photobiomodulation Therapy (PBM) using safe and non-invasive LEDs is able to penetrate through the skull and reach the brain producing a positive effect on circulation in the area where the LEDs are applied. Light therapy reaches many mitochondria in the neurons and the endothelium (blood vessel lining) which respond to the photons by releasing of nitric oxide which is often called the "miracle molecule". The resulting natural vasodilation increases blood flow reaching areas of the brain in need of oxygen and nutrients and inflammation levels also decrease. Nitric oxide is a signaling molecule, which also upregulates the manufacture of various healing substances including beneficial enzymes in the area where it is applied to the body. The production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) by the cells in response to photobiomodulation therapy will greatly increase cellular energy supporting natural healing processes. LED light therapy has been shown in research studies to stimulate positive change in the body with Traumatic Brain Injury, Concussion, Stroke, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Depression, Stress and Anxiety.

Watch the video below to hear leading researcher Margaret Naeser describe benefits of light therapy observed in clinical research studies that she has conducted at Boston University.

Above is Margaret A. Naeser, Ph.D., L.Ac., who has done several studies on the brain with LED light therapy including some with Michael R. Hamblin, Ph.D. from Harvard who is one of the most prolific researchers in this field. She describes results obtained with this therapy for a number of conditions.

Pain Relief - Clinical Uses for Light Therapy
Research Article PDF

Actions of LED Light Therapy that May Support Brain Health


Increase circulation:

Circulation is increased by increasing the formation of new capillaries, which are additional blood vessels that replace damaged ones. New capillaries speed up the healing process by carrying more oxygen as well as more nutrients needed for healing, and they can also carry more waste products away.


Stimulate the release of adenosine triphosphate (ATP):

ATP is the major carrier of energy to all cells. Increases in ATP allow cells to accept nutrients faster and get rid of waste products faster by increasing the energy level in the cell. All food turns into ATP before the cells utilize it. ATP provides the chemical energy that drives the chemical reaction of the cell.


Stimulate acetylcholine release:

Acetylcholine functions in the brain as a neurotransmitter, causes cardiac inhibition, vasodilation, gastrointestinal peristalsis and other parasympathetic effects.


Reduce the excitability of nervous tissue:

The photons of light enter the body as negative ions. This calls upon the body to send positive ions, like calcium among others, to go to the area being treated. These ions assist in firing the nerves, thereby relieving pain.


Increase phagocytosis:

The process of scavenging for an ingesting dead or degenerated cells by phagocyte cells for the purpose of clean up. This is an important part of the infection fighting process. Destruction of the infection and clean up must occur before the healing process can take place.

Therapy for the Head and Brain


One therapy system can be used for many purposes to support healing and wellness anywhere on the body including for pain relief, circulation support, skin healing and athletic pre and post workout conditioning.

Light Therapy and TBI

In the past centuries and decades, brain damage was thought to be irreversible. In addition, it was taught in medical schools that the brain was not able to form new brain cells. Current science now validates that neither of these bleak outlooks are true. Multiple studies have shown that near infrared LED light is capable of penetrating the human skull and can assist the body's own process of healing. Angiogenesis and neurogenesis are carried out by the body to heal itself. This natural healing process is supported by photobiomodulation, diet, exercise and other modalities.


About TBI Evaluation and Brain Scans

Traumatic brain injury is common and the loss of consciousness or direct impact to the skull is not required to sustain a TBI. CT and/or MRI structural images do not tell the whole story or eliminate that a TBI has been sustained. Brain SPECT imaging is a superior scan for the evaluation of TBI.


Stimulate the release of adenosine triphosphate (ATP):

ATP is the major carrier of energy to all cells. Increases in ATP allow cells to accept nutrients faster and get rid of waste products faster by increasing the energy level in the cell. All food turns into ATP before the cells utilize it. ATP provides the chemical energy that drives the chemical reaction of the cell.

Light Therapy and TBI

In the past centuries and decades, brain damage was thought to be irreversible. In addition, it was taught in medical schools that the brain was not able to form new brain cells. Current science now validates that neither of these bleak outlooks are true. Multiple studies have shown that near infrared LED light is capable of penetrating the human skull and can assist the body's own process of healing. Angiogenesis and neurogenesis are carried out by the body to heal itself. This natural healing process is supported by photobiomodulation, diet, exercise and other modalities.


About TBI Evaluation and Brain Scans

Traumatic brain injury is common and the loss of consciousness or direct impact to the skull is not required to sustain a TBI. CT and/or MRI structural images do not tell the whole story or eliminate that a TBI has been sustained. Brain SPECT imaging is a superior scan for the evaluation of TBI.


Combined Light Therapy with Good Diet and Lifestyle for Enhanced Results

Much research has been done on helping the brain heal. Light therapy provides a powerful boost to circulation and accelerates cellular processes that are part of the body's natural healing process and is a cornerstone of a brain support program. We recommend that clinical programs combined nutritional, dietary, exercise and healthy lifestyle components to a brain healing regimen that can aid the speed and quality of recovery.


We advise you to discuss any supplementation, diet and exercise programs with your qualified medical health practitioner prior to implementation.


Top lifestyle recommendations to support brain health and repair include:

  • Exercise: studies support positive changes from exercise that include circulation benefits, enhanced neurogenesis and angiogenesis. More than one brain researcher encourages exercise as a top recommendation.
  • Nutritional Supplements: many experts point to omega fats, probiotics, B vitamins and other essential macro and micro nutrients to support brain health and recovery. Additional nutrients and herbs have been identified for potential to support cognitive health, decrease inflammation or offer cellular protection including but not limited to Alpha Lipoic Acid, N-acetyl Cysteine, PQQ, and herbs such as bacopa and ginko biloba that are worthy of investigation.
  • Special Supportive Diets: Ketogenic and other supportive diets may offer nutrients for optimal brain support.
  • Meditation, stress management: learn how to meditate, listen to classical music.
  • Spend time outdoors in nature and soak up sun with exposed skin while connecting with life.
  • Learning new and using information and skills: learn an instrument, a language, a new sport, dance or physical activity, writing or journaling.


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