The phone conversation starts with Bela exclaiming, “It works!” I wasn’t sure what worked because Bela had never told me earlier why he wanted the Intranasal Light Therapy device.
Then he made it clearer: he had a massive stroke about 5 years ago that left his left side paralyzed. Sheer determination steered him to a virtually complete recovery through a strict regimen of uncompromised quality nutrition and good lifestyle (without pharmaceutical drugs). He had lost 60 pounds too.
Recent weeks had given him cause for worry. He was having warning signs that another stroke attack was impending. His fingers had been “tingling” – something I guess his own experience and education had taught him to watch out for. Doctors will recognize this as a danger sign in a patient that has already suffered a stroke before.
According to him, the result of the Intranasal Light Therapy was immediate. After the first 25-minute session, the tingling had stopped. He feels stronger and more energetic, as well as some other noticeable improvements in his well-being.
That got me to want to share the evidence pertaining Intranasal Light Therapy and Stroke recovery.
Given the evidence that supports this treatment for recovering stroke patients, Bela’s experience shouldn’t be a surprise. Chinese published studies on Intranasal Light Therapy are loaded with successful outcomes related to the autonomic neural system such as stroke. The effect of irradiating the brain with low level laser (of the infra-red wavelength) is gaining recognition in western medicine publications. Evidence of neurogenesis (formation of neurons) have been recorded on laboratory mice, suggesting vast potential in this area for stroke rehabilitation. View more details of all these evidence on the MedicLights website.
Intranasal Light Therapy has a big advantage in stimulating neurogenesis that helps with stroke and even other neural degenerative diseases and traumatic brain injury: the nasal cavity is close to the brain (the light points straight to the brain), and there are not a lot of tissues in between, especially when compared to trying to irradiate the brain from outside the thick skull (excuse the pun). “Transcranial” (over the brain) light irradiation should require some serious maths and tuning when aiming at different areas of the brain.
About a year ago, “optogenetics” was selected by Nature to be the scientific “Method of the Year 2010″. Research groups are into using light to control the brain. Worth checking out if you have not come across this scientific method of the future. It is an intricate process but it stamps the future of using light to influence the brain. Transcranial application works well on mice. For the human being, Intranasal Light Therapy method of irradiation just makes more sense.
By the way, Bela says that he is happy to share his experience.