When to use red light therapy?

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1Diseases and conditions affected by red light

The following is a list of diseases and conditions which scientific evidence shows can benefit from red light.  Some of these studies have been well-established through scientific reviews and meta-analysis and others are said to be controversial and more research may be necessary. 

However, keep in mind that just because something may be controversial doesn’t mean it’s not true. It’s very likely that red light can benefit every single condition below and many more that aren’t in the list because they haven’t yet been studied.

Achilles Tendinitis Achilles Tendinopathy Acne
Addiction Exercise Performance and Recovery Osteoporosis (Bone Loss)
Amblyopia Fibromyalgia Pain
Age-Related Macular Degeneration Frozen Shoulder Periodontitis (Gum Disease)
Alzheimer’s Disease Glaucoma Postherpetic Neuralgia
Aphthous Ulcers Hair Loss (alopecia) Pressure Ulcer
Bell’s Palsy Hand-foot-and-mouth disease Radation Dermatitis
Bone Fractures Hypothyroidism Raynaud’s Phenomenon
Burn Scars Lichen Planus Restenosis
Burning Mouth Syndrome Low Back Pain Rheumatoid Arthritis
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Lymphedema Shoulder Tendinopathy
Cellulite Maxillary Sinusitis Skin Aging
Chronic Joint Disorders Meniscal Pathology Sternotomy Incision Repair
Cognitive Enhancement Muscle Growth Stroke
Cold Sores (herpes labialis) Muscle Pain Sunburn Prevention
COPD Neck Pain Temporomandibular Disorders
Dental Implant Stability Neuropathic Foot Ulcer Tendinopathy
Dentin Hypersensitivity Nipple Pain (from Breastfeeding) Testosterone Deficiency
Depression Obesity Toenail Fungus
Diabetic Foot Ulcer Oral Mucositis Traumatic Brain Injury
Dry Mouth (xerostomy) Orthodontic Pain Venous Leg Ulcers
Dysmenorrhea Orthodontic Tooth Movement Vitiligo
Elbow Tendinopathy (Tennis Elbow) Osteoarthritis Wound Healing

Despite the immense number of scientific papers published on red light, there is still more to be learned and research at universities and other institutions continues to this day.

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