Today, more and more people are turning to light therapy, as it is a simple and painless form of treatment which has been shown by research and studies to be effective in treating seasonal affective disorder, depression, sleep disorders, chronic pain and skin conditions such as psoriasis. Various studies published in the American Journal of Psychiatry specifically proved that light therapy can be effective in the treatment of mood disorders.
Furthermore, light therapy is a very safe treatment which very rarely has side effects. Benefits such as raised energy levels and better skin, make it an all-rounded effective treatment which can substantially improve your health. Studies have demonstrated that green light, in particular, is very effective in improving mood and managing chronic pain, as well as improving skin conditions.
How Green Light Therapy Works
Green light therapy requires you to sit or work next to a 10,000 lux light therapy box, which gives off bright light that aims to mimic outdoor light. A prescription isn’t necessary in order to buy a light therapy box, but it would be best to discuss the options and types with your doctor.
In order for the treatment to be effective, the light must reach your eyes in an indirect manner. You must not directly look at the light therapy box, as this may cause damage, but your eyes must be open. You must also have the right combination of duration, timing and intensity.
Typically, the recommendation is to choose a 10,000 lux light box, placed at approximately 16 to 24 inches from your face. Ideally, a daily session lasts around 30 minutes and is most effective when done early in the morning.
Light therapy works by triggering hormonal changes that alter our body clock and circadian rhythm, changing the way we feel and function. Light also helps us produce serotonin, a hormone that is thought to a be an important factor in depression. By increasing serotonin levels, our mood and well being are affected in a positive way.
When choosing your light box, consider that there are many options available, which vary in features and in price. Make sure you do all your research and talk to your doctor to ensure you purchase a safe, effective high-quality product.
The Health Benefits of Green Light Therapy
Today, a huge number of people have been diagnosed with chronic pain; estimates reveal that globally, one in five adults experience frequent pain and one in ten are diagnosed every year with chronic pain, experiencing pain which lasts for months at a time. Recent studies have shown that green light therapy can be an effective alternative method to manage chronic pain and fibromyalgia.
The exposure to green light has also been shown to reduce the pain felt during migraines by about 20% in some patients. Furthermore, green light seems to affect men and women in the same way, with no decrease in efficacy due to gender.
As well as the substantial health benefits, green light also has many benefits for the skin. It reduces inflammation and skin discoloration, and also diminishes any existing hyperpigmentation. While this may not be the primary focus for your treatment, the added benefits certainly don’t hurt!
Green light therapy is generally a very safe form of treatment. However, in certain circumstances, it may be best to avoid it. While it’s always best to speak to a doctor before starting light therapy, it’s absolutely necessary if you experience conditions such as skin sensitivity to light. This can also be caused by medications that increase sunlight sensitivity, such as antibiotics or anti-inflammatories. Eye conditions which make your eyes vulnerable to light damage must also be taken into consideration.
However, cases in which light therapy isn’t safe to use are actually very few. In general, green light therapy is suitable and can be beneficial for almost everyone. The holistic effects of light therapy are many and varied, and can really make a difference in your energy levels, mood and overall health. For most, green light therapy is a safe and effective form of treatment.