The History of Healing Light
People have understood and utilized the power of light for thousands of years. Heliotherapy was employed to treat patients suffering from skin or respiratory disorders as late as the mid 1900’s. Today, light therapy is commonly accepted to treat seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as the winter blues (which many Vancouverites are unfortunately very familiar with!). And thanks to the tremendous research completed in the 20th century, we have the ability to contain and concentrate this wonderful healing power of light to treat an ever growing list of conditions and diseases with ease and great success!
Dr. Niels Finsen, the “pioneer of light therapy”, won a nobel prize in 1903 for using artificial light for the treatment of smallpox, measles, and lupus vulgaris. The very first working laser was created by a scientist named Theodore Maiman in 1960. Since then, enormous jumps in laser exploration has fueled their rapid and widespread use as tools of healing. In 1965, English scientist Shirley Carney was the first to discover that low power red light therapy increases cell metabolism and collagen synthesis. A few years later, Hungarian physician Endre Mester successfully used red light lasers on wounds to accelerate healing in lab mice.
How did the primitive lasers get to where they are today? Much of it has to do with Dr. Fred Kahn’s shoulder injury in 1986. Dr. Kahn, a vascular surgeon from California, was successfully treated by a Russian device that used low level laser therapy to repair his shoulder. Inspired by his healing response, Dr. Kahn went on to dedicate much of his career to establishing and testing what would come to be called the BioFlex Series of Laser Therapy Systems, the most advanced and effective devices available internationally. Clinically tested and perfected for over two decades, the BioFlex low intensity laser has been successful in treating a wide array of conditions ranging from acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries, an array of inflammatory disorders, degenerative disorders, wound healing, dermatological conditions, and much more.
More recent studies in Denmark and Japan show positive results in using low level laser therapy for treating infertility. Studies show improved egg quality, slowed down ageing processes, and significantly improved fertility in both women and men (more info on these studies here).
Sounds exciting doesn’t it? The practitioners at Acubalance think so! Which is why Acubalance Wellness Centre has just opened up its own cold laser (low level laser) clinic, the first natural fertility clinic in Vancouver to offer patients this clinically-tested system. We are excited to combine this powerful treatment with the benefits of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine for even more powerful results and accelerated healing.
If you are interested in reading more about how Acubalance uses the Bioflex laser, click here.
If you want to read more about how the lasers benefit fertility specifically, read this article here.
And if you want to learn about how the Bioflex laser can help you specifically, feel free to give us a call at 604-678-8600 to schedule a free 15 minute consultation.