How Light Therapy Works
Light Therapy is the use of specific wavelengths of light (known as photons) to address various conditions, such as skin cancer and pain.
Studies have demonstrated that light absorbed by cells (especially the mitochondria in our cells) can increase adenosine triphosphate, or ATP, the energy source all cells use. This extra energy boosts metabolic processes as well as DNA/RNA synthesis, proteins and enzyme production, along with other essential components required for cell functioning and repair.
Circadian rhythm light therapy, also known as light therapy or “circadian rhythm light therapy,” is a treatment that helps reset your body’s circadian rhythm – that 24-hour cycle when you feel tired and alert that scientists call “circadian rhythm.” People suffering from SAD (seasonal affective disorder) or other seasonal depression-related sleep issues may benefit from morning sessions of light therapy since those who have an internal body clock that operates behind a regular circadian rhythm are more sensitive to illumination.
One of the most significant discoveries in recent years is that many psychiatric conditions respond well to light therapy. People suffering from bipolar disorder and other mood disorders have reported significant improvements from light therapy. However, it should only be attempted under supervision from a mental health professional as some individuals may experience manic episodes as a result.