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Infrared light therapy was developed by NASA and is now recognized as a treatment for many conditions. During the therapy, pulses of light are delivered through the skin to damaged tissues. The light cannot be seen. However, its’ positive effects can be felt and experienced by people who have tried many other methods of pain relief and almost given up hope of finding respite. It’s also very effective for improving skin and eliminating the signs of ageing.
How Infrared Therapy Can Help Erectile Dysfunction
Two particular clinical studies have shown different ways in which infrared therapy can help with the distressing condition of Erectile Dysfunction.
Help with Diagnosis
In a 2008 Study  Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) was identified a non invasive method of diagnosing vasculogenic erectile dysfunction. This is significant because an earlier, 2006 study  had concluded that on their initial screening for ED, patients should be scored as having a low, intermediate or high risk of developing cardio vascular events in the future. This thinking was borne out by a more recent study. In 2013 a study  into the links between vasculogenic ED, Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) and Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) found that ED in some patients included common risk factors for atherosclerosis. These risk factors included smoking, diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidemia and obesity.
The study concluded that –
“Vasculogenic ED typically presents 2-5 years before the onset of clinically relevant CAD and PAD, it represents an ominous sign of cardiovascular pathology to come that clinicians must recognize and treat aggressively. All patients with presumed vasculogenic ED warrant aggressive modification of atherosclerotic risk factors.”
Although this sounds ominous, it is a very positive finding. ED may be the issue that makes a man seek medical help but if the underlying cause is found to be some form of atherosclerosis, then help may be implemented which may prevent the future development of cardiovascular issues further down the line.
A Method of Treatment
In a 2001 study  sufferers from ED were treated with local decompression followed by infra red therapy. After treatment spontaneous erections were recovered in all patients.
Infrared light therapy prompts the body to release nitric oxide. This is also how Viagra and most other major medications for ED work. One cause of impotence is vasculogenic as mentioned above. Viagra influences enzymes in the nitric oxide pathway. This causes a chain of reactions from the enzymes that enhance nitric oxide. This in turn, causes an enhanced blood flow and therefore a stronger erection.
Who Uses Infra Red Therapy?
The U.S. military use it on Navy SEALs, Special Forces and Army Rangers to facilitate fast healing from injuries to soft tissue.
It’s used in Hospitals, Clinics and Nursing Homes for the treatment of
Now that infra red lamps are freely available, infrared therapy is also used by people at home.
What Happens During an Infra Red Therapy Session?
Infrared light therapy is easy and painless. It is delivered to the skin via flexible pads. Each pad contains many infrared lights. The pad or pads are placed onto the skin over the site of the pain or injury.
The lights pulse and each pulse delivers photon energy. This painlessly penetrates the skin and is absorbed by the patient’s deep tissues.
How Effective Is It?
Just 30 minutes of infrared therapy will improve blood flow to the treated area by 400%. This boost doesn’t stop once the pads are removed. The enhancement will last for several hours. Most infrared light therapists advocated multiple treatment sessions for the best results.
How Does it Work?
Infrared light prompts nitric oxide to be released. Nitric oxide is a short-lived, unstable gas molecule. There have been more than 60,000 studies performed on nitric oxide in the last 20 years. In 1998, The Nobel Prize for Medicine was given to three scientists  who discovered the signalling role of nitric oxide.
Nitric oxide is vital for the health of arteries in the body. This also makes it crucial for every part of the body that needs a blood supply. Our bodies naturally release nitric oxide when we are exercising to help to supply more oxygen.
Nitric oxide is short-lived which means that it only exists for around 10 seconds after a cell has released it. However, as the Nobel Prize winners discovered, it is a powerful signalling molecule.
Nitric oxide acts by –
Delivering oxygen and nutrients – and pain relief – to injured and painful soft tissue
Regulating blood pressure
Preventing arterial spasms by relaxing the arteries which improves circulation
Helping to prevent platelets in the blood from clumping together in the blood vessels
Fighting free radicals
Using nitric oxide via infrared therapy may help to avoid invasive surgery and reduce or totally eliminate a person’s reliance on prescription medications.
How to Help the Action of Nitric Oxide
By improving your diet, it is possible to make the nitric oxide more stable and increase how long the effect of infra red therapy lasts.
The amino acids L-arginine and L-citrulline can be very helpful. Arginine creates nitric oxide in cells. It also creates Citrulline which then recycles back into Arginine which in turn, makes more nitric oxide. Enzymes are responsible for converting Arginine into Citrulline and then converting Citrulline back into Arginine again – perpetuating the cycle.
The enzymes (and therefore the production and stabilization of nitric oxide) can be protected by eating fruits high in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, garlic and soy. Supplements of Co-Q10 and alpha lipoic acid are also essential for the protection of nitric oxide.
The medical profession recognize the positive effects of maintaining nitric oxide and stents (tubes that are surgically placed into arteries to keep them open to allow good blood flow) are not coated with medications that produce nitric oxide.
NOTE: If you have a heart condition or high blood pressure, you must consult your healthcare professional before taking supplements to increase your levels of nitric oxide.
NASA Reports Positive Results of 2 Year Clinical Trial on Infrared Therapy
The NASA website reports that a technology they originally developed to use for experiments on plant growth during space shuttle missions has been found to reduce painful side effects from chemotherapy and radiation.
In a two year clinical trial  patients having bone marrow and/or stem cell transplants were treated for a painful side effect called oral mucositis. This is an inflammation and ulceration of the lining of the mouth. They were given a type of infrared treatment called ‘High Emissivity Aluminiferous Luminescent Substrate – which rather neatly spells HEALS. The clinical trial concluded that there was a 96% chance that the improvement in pain was as a result of the HEALS treatment.
Which Conditions Can Infrared Light Therapy Help?
It has known benefits for any injury or condition which involves pain and inflammation including (in alphabetical order:
Arthritis, back pain, blunt trauma, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, diabetic neuropathy, fibromyalgia, muscle sprains and strains, neck pain, neuropathy, rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica, Temporomandibular joint pain (tmj), tendonitis, surgical incisions and wounds.
Infrared Light Therapy is also very effective improving skin.
Many people have infrared therapy to improve the cosmetic appearance of their skin. Amazon reviewers of the lamps that we look at later mostly bought them to get rid of crow’s feet and wrinkles – with great results.
And this effect is backed up by scientific study . A study published in The Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy found that skin significantly improved after 12 weeks of therapy. Participants in the study experienced a lessening of both wrinkles and crow’s feet and an improvement in their skin tone. Their skin was softer, smoother, more elastic, clearer and firmer.
Infrared Therapy can Help Diabetics
Studies have shown that people with diabetes produce less nitric oxide than healthy people. . Diabetics have poor circulation which can give rise to heart disease, problems with kidney function, damage to the retinas in the eyes, peripheral neuropathy and slow and/or impaired wound healing.
A 2006  study on the restorative effects of pulsed infrared light therapy on significant loss of peripheral protective sensation in patients with long-term type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus concluded
“PILT (pulsed infrared light therapy) improved PPS (peripheral protective sensation) even in patients with long-standing chronic neuropathies whose initial pre-study sensation was not measurable with a 200-g SWM. PILT significantly improves PPS. While the exact mechanism of action is not understood, infrared light may improve peripheral neuropathies by improving foot perfusion by stimulating nitric oxide production”.
A more recent study  said that nitrous oxide wasn’t increased but concluded
“Since in individuals where PILT has significantly improved PPS, PILT did not stimulate an increased Nitrous Oxide (NO) content in the blood, it appears that infrared light improves peripheral protective sensation in patients by a mechanism other than an increased NO production.”
So the infrared therapy DID work but the scientists didn’t know how it worked. Clinical trials have found that infrared light therapy can restore sensation to limbs numbed by neuropathy. An interesting side effect is that it is known to restore balance. This is thought to be due to improved sensation in limbs and feet.
Infrared Lamps for Use At Home
Here are two of the bestselling infrared lamps.
It’s greatly reduced from $449.99 to just $193.83 – a saving of $256.16 or 57%. Shipping is free.
The manufacturers say “Light therapy has been shown in over 40 years of independent research worldwide to deliver powerful therapeutic benefits to living tissues and organisms. Both visible red and infrared light have been shown to affect at least 24 different positive changes at a cellular level. visible red light at a wavelength of 660nm penetrates tissue to a depth of about 8-10 mm. it is very beneficial in treating problems close to the surface of the skin such as wounds, cuts, scars, and treating infection.
Infrared light at 880nm penetrates to a depth of about 30-40 mm which makes it more effective for bones, joints and deep muscle problems”.
This lamp has 5 customer reviews and is $144.99 with free shipping. You may use the CPT Code 97026 to bill insurance company as infrared lamp for reimbursement.
The manufacturers say “This TDP Lamp features a unique, oversized black round plate clay-coated with a mineral formation of 33 essential elements such as Fe, Se, Mn, Zn, Co, Ni, Cu, Cr and K. When activated by 4 heating bars from behind, the mineral plate emits penetrating far-infrared energy ranging from 2 to 25 microns in wavelength, and 28 to 34 mw/sq.cm in intensity.
The Lamp is intended to use to emit energy in the infrared spectrum to provide topical heating for the purpose of temporarily elevating local tissue temperature; and intended to use for the temporary relief of minor muscle strain spasm, temporary increase in local blood circulation where applied, and relaxation of muscle”.
Power: 110V, 275 watts
Lifting Scope of Arm: 11″(30 cm)
Elevation Degree: > 90
Azimuth Degree: 360 degree
Life of Mineral Plate: 1500 hours
Shining Distance: >8″ (20 cm)
Adjustable Height: 33″ – 66″
Oversized Mineral Plate: 6.5″ dia. (reg. 5″ dia.)
Mechanical Features: – 0 – 60 Minute timer
ETL & CE Mark
Light assembly required
Dimensions 23″ L x 15″ W x 10″ H
Weight 21 Lbs
Infra red therapy is non invasive, non addictive, proven to help with pain relief and the healing of soft tissue. It’s safe for diabetics and recognized as being beneficial by scientists. It improves skin and safely eliminates many of the signs of ageing.
It’s available in Hospitals, Clinics, saunas and beauty salons. Try a treatment and see how it can help you. If you find that it improves your particular condition, you may like to consider buying your own infrared lamp. Check out what reviewers are saying before you buy and don’t forget that you can ask questions on Amazon too.
If you do buy your own lamp, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and guidelines. Don’t be tempted to stay under the lamp for longer than the recommended time.
Used safely, infrared can help you in so many ways and can be a valuable addition to your home.
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