I recently aired fascinating interviews on Parkinsons Recovery Radio about two different types of phtobiomodulation therapies (light therapies) as treatments for Parkinson’s symptoms. I believe light therapies are the medicine of the future, so I am hopeful some of you will try one of these options out so we can get an early reading on their effectiveness.
The purpose of this newsletter is to explain the difference between the two devices. One is offered by Vielight https://www.Vielight.com (discussed in my radio show October 4th); the other is offered by Erchonia https://www.erchonia.com (discussed in my radio show October 16th).How are the Two Light Therapy Devices Similar?
â€¢ Both offer the possibility (but certainly not the assurance) of
â€¢ Both are light (or photobiomodulation) therapies
â€¢ Both report no side effects
â€¢ Both report little research evidence for Parkinsonâ€™s
(though what exists is encouraging) â€˜
â€¢ Both report more positive research evidence for reversal of dementia.
How Do They Differ?
Vielight’s Photobiomodulation Therapy
Vielight’s device is a low level LED diffuse light device invented by natural medicine doctor and engineer Dr. Lew Lim. It involves placing a helmet type apparatus on the head and a clip on the nose. The diffuse nature of LED light makes it difficult for the light to penetrate the skin. This is why Dr. Lim had the brilliant idea of inventing a nose apparatus so that the light need not have to transit through the skin. The invention is only a year old.
Designed for home use, it requires no doctor’s involvement or prescription and involves pushing one button to turn it on. Dr. Lim recommends persons with Parkinsonâ€™s symptoms use the device while going to sleep each night for 20 minutes each night.
Retail cost of the device is $1749. The company offered members of
my audience a 10% discount. To claim the discount, enter the coupon code healing4me on the Vielight shopping cart check out and the 10% discount will automatically be applied. www.vielight.com
f you decide to try the Vielight light therapy, the company offers a generous warranty. Use it for 6 months. If it does not provide the benefit expected, you can return the used device to the company for an 80% refund.
Erchonia’s Photobiomodulation Therapy
The Erchonia device also delivers light (as does Vielight) but using a low level laser technology. In other words, light is focused and directed rather than being diffuse as with the Vielight device. It is a medical device intended for use by medical professionals to treat their patients.
There are 10 different settings to this laser therapy and many ways of using it to product the best outcome. The doctor may for, example, suggest that you tap certain acupuncture points on your face or perform certain movements with arms while device is activated and functional.
Unlike the Vielight device, you do not just switch it on and run the therapy. The doctor decides the appropriate settings to be used given your symptoms and situation.
To locate a doctor who has been trained to use the Erchonia laser therapy, visit the Erchonia website (www.erchonia.com) and search for a practitioner in your area.
If after getting a series of treatments you decide to purchase a unit for home use, the cost is $10,900. If you tell the Erchonia agent that you are a member of the Parkinsons Recovery audience, you will qualify for a 10% discount which at least puts the cost under $10,000. It is still expensive, so best to work with a doctor first to see if it will be of benefit.
Robert Rodgers PhD
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease