Feeback about Photobiomodulation Light Therapy as Treatment for Parkinson’s Symptoms
As a brand new invention. there is no systematic published research on the use of the Vielight Gamma Photobiomoduatlion light therapy to specifically address Parkinson’s symptoms. It has now been several months since I aired an interview with the inventor of the new Vielight Photobiomodulation device, Dr. Lou Lim. I have summarized below the early feedback that I have heard from phone calls or emails and from conversations with the company. Please note this is in no way a controlled study. It simply represents early feedback about a new therapy.
- One common report from users is that the therapy usually does not show quick results though there are exceptions. You apparently have to apply the therapy over a period of several weeks to a month or longer at least to celebrate a positive shift in energy, mood or symptoms.
- I have heard several specific reports on tremors that were calmed.
- It is unclear at this point to what degree the therapy will address balance issues, but I have heard it seems to offer help with gait issues.
- One user reported a definite return of smell, but the jury was out on the effect on her tremor and other symptoms.
- The wife of one 85 year old man with advanced Parkinson’s symptoms reported that after 6 weeks of using the Vielight Neuro device there were no major improvements but several minor ones of some consequence: Her husband reports being more alert, sleeping better, his cough is less, he has been inspired lately to use his automatic peddler and his hallucinations have dwindled. She reports it has been an answer for a better quality of life for both of them and promises to keep me updated.
- One user reported that they went away on a two week vacation and decided not to bring the device on the trip. Her symptoms worsened considerably during the vacation. When she returned from her trip and started using the therapy, she experienced pretty quick relief from her symptoms which had worsened during the vacation. She regretted not taking the device on her trip.
- One user reported after only several days of use that he was calmer overall and less stressed
- One user reported that after 2 1/2 months of use she had not experienced any relief from symptoms which consisted of very severe dyskinesia which had been getting worse, not better.
I called the Vielight company today and asked what feedback they had heard. They reported that people generally seemed pleased with the outcomes from use and that very few units had been returned. I think they have sold over 60,000 units. Their sense was that the few people who reported disappointment with the device had very advanced Parkinson’s symptoms. They therapy may be more effective when symptoms are addressed earlier rather than later. Of course, the one report from the woman mentioned above questions this conclusion, so the jury is still out on who and what photobiomodulation therapy helps the most.
Click on the link below to hear my interview on Parkinsons Recovery Radio with Dr. Lew Lim, inventor of this new photobiomodulation therapy.
The Science Behind Photobiomodulation Therapy
Neurons are cells that contain mitochondria. Photobiomodulation energizes neuronal mitochondria, triggering a cascade of beneficial cellular functions. Potential benefits are neuroprotective effects, self-repair mechanisms and enhanced functionality.
Intranasal photobiomodulation is the most efficient method for light energy to reach the brain. Different from electrical and magnetic stimulation, photobiomodulation uses light energy (or photons) of specific wave lengths and power density to simulate cellular function.
Dr. Lim is an engineer and a Doctor of Natural Medicine with additional diplomas in Medical Neuroscience and Business and Accountancy. He obtained his degrees and diplomas from the University of California at Berkeley, University of Sheffield, Duke University, Quantum University and The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK.
A 2017 study examined the effects of photobiomodulation (PBM), a light therapy that uses red or near-infrared light to heal and protect tissues, in five older adults with dementia, one of the symptoms of Parkinson’s.
After 12 weeks of treatment subjects showed significant improvements on the Cognitive Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale. With only five subjects, the effect sizes had to be huge for significance to be shown.
Caregivers who kept daily journals tracking experiences of the research subjects reported participants had:
- Better sleep
- Fewer angry outbursts
- Decreased anxiety
Did Positive Results for Subjects Continue After Treatment was Suspended?
No. Precipitous declines were observed during the follow-up 4 week no-treatment period. Results suggest treatments need to continue for results to be sustained.
Saltmarche et al.(2017) Photomed Laser Surg. 2017 Aug;35(8)
About the Vielight Photobiomodulation Device
The company, Vielight, has generously offered followers of Parkinsons Recovery a 10% discount off orders of the the Vielight Neuro Gamma device which retails for $1749. Enter the coupon code healing4me on the shopping cart. The website: www.vielight.com
Vielight is so confident in its new product that you get six (6) months to try out their newly invented photobiomodulation therapy. If for any reason you are not satisfied, you can return it for a 80% refund. I have never heard of a company that is so confident in their product that such a generous warranty can be extended. They obviously have high confidence in their new invention. While there is scant evidence about its effectiveness for people who experience symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, the opportunity to try it out for minimal risk is currently available.
Act Now or Wait for More Evidence?
If you prefer to wait for clear and convincing evidence that this or any light therapy will help with symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, be on the lookout for research findings that will be completed and released 5-10 years from now. Designing and implementing studies takes time and of course big bucks. I would personally like to see many people with the symptoms start getting photobiomodulation therapy now. Early users are giving us rich indications about its usefulness as a treatment for Parkinson’s symptoms,. I do not hesitate to suggest this as a treatment option to take seriously.
Are Medicines or Supplements no Longer Working for You?
If the answer is yes to this question, what treatment options remain? There is, of course, Deep Brain Stimulation available as an option, but I am well aware many of you prefer not to pursue this treatment option. It is my hope and prayer that photobiomodulation therapy will become a natural option that supports the therapeutic effect of medicines and supplements such that the dosage does not have to be increased or even can be reduced under close supervision of your doctor.
I thus recommend that you consider this therapy so we can discover together whether my prediction of success is right or wrong. Keep in mind that while the device is relatively expensive – $1749 – you:
- Can claim a 10% discount if you use the Parkinsons Recovery discount code of healing4me.
- Get 6 months of use to see if it offers symptomatic relief or not.
- Risk is reduced 80% since you can return the device within the 6 month period after purchase for an 80% refund of the purchase price.
- Everyone in the family can use the therapy.
The Vielight company obviously has confidence in their product which is a very encouraging sign. I have never heard of any company that offered a 6 month warranty. You can purchase the Gamma Vielight device from the Vielight website:
Be sure to enter the coupon code healing4me on the Vielight shopping cart to claim your Parkinsons Recovery 10% discount. Please also email me your experience with using it after a month (or longer) of use.
Vielight Photobiomodulation Device Instructional Manual Video
Research on Light Therapy from MIT
The following video previews recent research at MIT that explains why light therapy offers a promising opportunity to reverse dementia associated with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.
I hope many of you will try this therapy out and let me know the result. It is not a permanent “fix” to be sure, but neither is medicine. I am attracted to this option because it is noninvasive and inexpensive over the long term when you consider it can be used for a lifetime and by all members of the household.
Visible red and near infrared light energy stimulates cells to generate more energy facilitating self-repair. The healing takes place within the mitochondria through an enzyme called cytochrome c oxidase. This enzyme accepts and converts the light (or photonic) energy into cellular energy (ATP) and other gene transcription factors leading to cellular repair and regeneration.
Will Photobiomodulation Therapy Interfere with My Daily Life?
No. You are welcome to receive the therapy while working, reading or doing anything really. Dr. Lim, the inventor, recommends that people with more serious health issues such as Alzheimers might be advised to do the therapy at night while going to sleep. The treatment duration lasts only 20 minutes.
Robert Rodgers PhD
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease