Red Light Therapy for Chronic Inflammation

Chronic inflammation has recently been proposed as being the common underlying cause of the “four horsemen of the medical apocalypse”, which are heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s Disease. Inflammation has also been suggested as a biological cause of depression. And it is a hallmark of other diseases such as arthritis, ulcerative colitis, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Not surprisingly, some of the most widely used drugs are anti-inflammatory medications, both prescription and over the counter. By 2030, the global market for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) is projected to reach over 31 billion USD. However, many of these drugs have serious side effects, such as hypersensitivity reactions and ulcers.  

Red and near infrared light have anti-inflammatory effects, and unlike medications, do not cause harm. Studies have found that red and near infrared light affect levels of many molecules involved in inflammation, such as prostaglandins. The ability of red and near infrared light to reduce inflammation suggests that it could have therapeutic potential in many chronic diseases that involve inflammation, including arthritis, Alzheimer’s Disease, and depression.

Red and near infrared light therapy devices come in panels and wearable forms such as wraps. Wearable wraps provide more flexibility in terms of application while panels are better for general irradiation of larger surfaces. Fringe makes a 12×12 inch red light panel as well as a variety of light therapy wraps that are specific to certain areas (such as the head, knee, shoulder, or elbow) as well as small and large wraps that can be used on most parts of the body. Designed to mimic the intensity of the sun using LED light chips, these products are a great addition to an anti-inflammatory wellness plan.

Dr. Genevieve Newton, DC, PhD  spent close to 20 years as a researcher and educator in the field of nutritional sciences before joining Fringe as its Scientific Director. Gen’s job is to “bring the science” that supports Fringe’s products and education. She is passionate about all things Fringe, and is a deep believer in healing body, mind and spirit using the gifts of the natural world. 

The contents in this blog; such as text, content, graphics are intended for educational purposes only. The Content is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your healthcare provider.

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