Will intranasal light therapy work with asthma? Or, the more often asked related question is whether it works with respiratory related allergies.
At the San Francisco show recently, we witnessed a few cases of breathing difficulties disappearing with one session of trying out the devices. Judging by the accompanying symptom of nasal congestion and sinusitis, I would assume that they were symptoms of bronchial asthma as opposed to another kind of breathing difficulty associated with emphysema (related to the avioli or air sacs). So, as far as one can observe (though anecdotal) this method of therapy works for asthma. As for me, I would know personally because I was a chronic asthmatic before using this therapy. Since then (about 4 years ago), I’ve not had a single attack; and that’s not because I have moved to the great air of Arizona!
In answer to this question, I have put together a webpage that provides the scientific basis and evidence as to why intranasal light therapy works for asthma.
The evidence has mainly been compiled by Russian scientists using the the older form of blood irradiation – intravenous blood irradiation. It pretty much cures asthma as far as their patient group goes. As people who follow this blog would know by now; the outcomes of the older method and our newer intranasal light therapy are very much the same.
As always, what matters to me also is also the underlying mechanism supporting the efficacy. The webpage should be clear with this exposition. In summary, let’s first recognize that asthma is caused by our own body overreacting to an allergen. There is a “cascading” biochemical series of events that starts with out T cells rapidly stimulating the B cells. Subsequent mechanisms then lead to the over-production of histamines, leading to breathing difficulties.
The activity of the T lymphocyte cells (triggered by T-helper cells) should be counteracted by T-suppressor cells to maintain a balance to avoid overreaction. It is this imbalance that leads to asphyxia (lack of oxygen) identified with asthma. A group of scientists found that when the chest is exposed to irradiation by near infrared red light, this balance is achieved, and asthmatic conditions get alleviated very significantly after 2 weeks of regular treatment.
As we know, intranasal light therapy helps establish cellular balance (homeostasis), which goes some way to explain the connection to the proposed therapeutic mechanism. As suggested by another study, it also works because of the rebalancing of oxidant-antioxidant levels in the system, something that intranasal light therapy has proved to stimulate.
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