101 Ways that Red Light Therapy Helps with Dementia

Man wearing headset and intranasal device

Why are so few dementia blogs talking about red light therapy for depression? Something amazing is happening in dementia research, but no one seems to know about it.

Red light therapy helps with dementia. It reduces depression and anxiety. It improves memory. It increases neural connections. Subjects in studies smile and socialize more after red light therapy.

Multiple red light therapy studies have had remarkable successes decreasing dementia symptoms. One study showed significant reductions in angry outbursts, increased abilities to sleep, and reduced attempts to wander away. Red light therapy is a non-invasive approach to Alzheimer’s and other dementias, with few to no side effects, and largely positive effect on brain-based diseases.

Dementia is the Nightmare. Photobiomodulation is the Light

Light therapy (or “photobiomodulation” as it’s now called) is clinically proven to alleviate symptoms of depression, Parkinson’s, dementia and brain injury. It triggers energy production at the cellular level, allowing the brain and body to heal themselves. It promotes vasodilation, which is the opening of the blood vessels. This allows nutrition and oxygen to reach areas that need repair.

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Photobiomodulation in the Brain contains thousands of dementia and brain injury references where red light therapy eased clinical sympoms. Click the image to view this book on Amazon.

Photobiomodulation in the Brain contains thousands of dementia and brain injury references in which red light therapy eased clinical symptoms.

In a 2021 red light therapy study on subjects with dementia and Parkinson’s, results included:

  • a 21% increase on the mini mental state exam (with questions such as “Where are we?” and “What month is it?”)
  • a 20.5% increase in clock drawing skills
  • a 23.5% increase in focus task scores
  • a 35.3% increase in the ability to name everyday objects
adult daughter hugging her mother, they are smiling
Red light therapy relieves depression and anxiety of dementia

How Red Light Therapy Helps with Dementia

In this article, I will show you multiple studies using red light therapy to reduce the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Then I will show you how to get a red light therapy device designed for dementia therapy at home, without a prescription.

Red Light Therapy for Dementia Disclaimer

Study results show great reductions in emotional and cognitive symptoms of dementia. Red light therapy treats the symptoms, not the disease. Red light therapy does not cure dementia; it makes dementia easier to live with.

How the FDA Accidentally Hides Red Light Therapy for Dementia

In the US, anyway, government prohibits certain health claims, and this is with good reason. It is to protect people from scammers who say that their device cures disease, when there’s no proof that it does.

 

FDA symbol in blue
No one will make giant profits from red light therapy, because wavelengths of light cannot be patented.

The rules that protect consumers from bogus claims also accidentally hide good therapy too.

 

In order to get permission to make health claims about red light therapy, manufacturers need to spend millions on clinical trials.

The reason this model works with drugs is patent protection. Patents ensure that drug companies make billions of dollars on their patented molecules.

So it’s worth going through multi-million dollar trials to gain the right to market these drugs.

Certain aspects of red light therapy can be patented, such as the delivery system that gets light from the device to the body.

Pharmaceutical companies patent drugs to prevent competitors from profiting on their sale. Wavelengths of light are part of nature and cannot be patented.

But the basic fact of red light therapy is not patentable. Certain wavelengths of light have bioactively positive effects. No one can patent light; therefore, no one can corner the red light therapy market.

In this case, we have Harvard Medical School and Boston University (among dozens of other institutions) repeatedly publishing positive results, but we do not have clinical trials.

There are a few companies that will prove their devices have the effects found in the university studies, but the cost benefit ratio is poor compared to doing drug trials.

Government, private agencies and private companies fund the science we have so far, but we do not have FDA-approved large clinical trials proving red light therapy’s effects.

Few companies invest in health technology if that technology cannot be patented.

If the technology were patentable, we’d have had hundreds of studies presented to the FDA, and everyone would have a red light therapy device.

Without the patent-profit motive, we can dismiss the technology, or we can go by the science we do have, because the results are compelling.

As of July 2022 there are at least 1,175 randomized controlled trialsOpens in a new tab. (opens at pubmed.gov in a new browser window) on the effects of low level light therapy, and the overwhelming majority have positive results. There are at least 8,014 papersOpens in a new tab. about photobiomodulation/cold laser/low level light therapy/low lever laser therapy, yet only a small population understands how important this technology actually is.

Photobiomodulation reduces inflammation, speeds wound healing, grows hair, reduces emotional distress, and improves cognition and memory.

Photobiomodulation removes amyloid plaques and tangled tau proteins.

In this paper, I will present those studies so that you can decide for yourself is red light therapy is scientifically valid.

Obviously, I believe red light therapy is valid, but I understand why people are skeptical.

If the evidence convinces you, then I will show you how to purchase devices that use the same technology as those devices used in successful scientific studies.

Red light therapy that reduces dementia symptoms is available over the counter, without a prescription, for at-home use.

Read the science, and draw your own conclusions.

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Red light therapy improves motor coordination as well as memory and mood.

How to Find the Brain Light Therapy Science

Since I can’t summarize  8,014 papers in one article, I will show you how to supplement this paper you’re reading with your own research.

There are three simple ways to pull up the science of light therapy on brain disorders.

Red Light therapy bucket
An Australian man makes these red ight therapy buckets because he wants to be part of the solution.

I use the pubmed.gov National Institutes of Health (NIH) journal article database and Vlad Heiskanen’s photobiomodulation database.

I documented about 109 studies in the Light Dose Database on my EMFChannel.com website.

Handbook of Photomedicine
Handbook of Photomedicine

To research red light therapy for dementia:

  • use the EMF Channel Light DoseOpens in a new tab. Database lookup tool on my EMFChannel.com website
  • use Vlad Heiskanen’s Photobiomodulation DatabaseOpens in a new tab. available for free on Google Sheets
  • Search the NIH database for light therapy brain studies using these queries:
Brain ((photobiomodulation) or (“low level light therapy”) or (“low level laser therapy”) or (“cold laser”)) and brain
Dementia((photobiomodulation) or (“low level light therapy”) or (“low level laser therapy”) or (“cold laser”)) and dementia
Concussion((photobiomodulation) or (“low level light therapy”) or (“low level laser therapy”) or (“cold laser”)) and ((concussion) or (“traumatic brain injury”))
Parkinson’s((photobiomodulation) or (“low level light therapy”) or (“low level laser therapy”) or (“cold laser”)) and parkinson’s
Depression((photobiomodulation) or (“low level light therapy”) or (“low level laser therapy”) or (“cold laser”)) and depression
Coma((photobiomodulation) or (“low level light therapy”) or (“low level laser therapy”) or (“cold laser”)) and coma
Cerebral Palsy((photobiomodulation) or (“low level light therapy”) or (“low level laser therapy”) or (“cold laser”)) and (“cerebral palsy”)

The 2014 Red Light Therapy for Brain Health Review

This 2014 review of red light therapy studies is an excellent jumping off point for those who want to read the science for themselves.

Dr. Salehpour carefully explains the mechanisms and effects of red light therapy on dementia including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and brain injury.

Use the link in the reference to read the review.

Here are just some of the effects that this paper summarizes:

SummaryMeaning
healthy, remote applicationResearchers found positive effects on the brain even when the red light was aimed at the gut
posterior head alpha and theta increased amplitudeHealthier brainwave patterns indicate better cognitive functioning
anterior head beta amplitude decreaseHealthier brainwaves
healthy, transcranial applicationInfrared light does penetrate to the brain
improved reaction timeSubjects had faster and more accurate physical motions
sustained positive emotional statesRed light therapy relieved the severity of depression and anxiety
reduced motor cortex excitabilityRed light therapy reduced the chaos in the brain’s firing patterns
improved executive functionSubjects were better at decision-making
motor-evoked potentials decreased amplitudeSubjects had better fine motor skills
increased short interval cortical inhibitionSubjects were better able to switch tasks
increased left middle cerebral artery systolic and diastolic velocityMore blood and oxygen flowed through the patient’s brains
improved sustained attentionSubjects were better able to focus
improved working memorySubjects had better memories
increased oxygenated hemoglobin concentrationSubjects had more oxygen in their brains
decreased deoxygenated hemoglobin concentrationSubjects had less oxygen-depleted blood in the brain
improved prefrontal rule based learningSubjects were better at learning
improved reaction timeSubjects were faster at reacting
improved attentional performanceSubjects were better at focusing
increased cerebral oxidized CCO concentrationsMitochondria were activated to produce more energy for neural repair
increased total hemoglobinMore blood flowed to tissue for repair
chronic TBI/depression/disorders of consciousnessSubjects with brain injury, depression and injuries that caused unconsciousness responded well to red light therapy
improved executive functionSubjects were better able to make decisions
improved memorySubjects had better memories
decreased PTSD symptomsSubjects had less startle response, depression and anxiety
improved sleep qualitySubjects fell asleep faster and stayed asleep longer
improved social performanceSubject interacted more with others
improved occupational functionsSubjects were better able to do their jobs
improved headache symptomsSubjects had fewer or no headaches
decreased sleep disturbanceSubjects had fewer or no nightmares
decreased cognition dysregulationSubjects were less confused
decreased mood dysregulationSubjects were less anxious and depressed
decreased anxietySubjects were less anxious
decreased irritabilitySubjects were less irritable and angry
increased alertnessSubjects were less sleepy
stroke and transcathater applications intentionally left outStroke studies are controversial due to one poor study outcome and possible sensitivities in stroke victims. Transcatheter blood therapy was successful but is invasive and therefore not of interested to the home consumer.
Alzheimer’s disease, dementiaSubjects with Alzheimer’s dementia had positive cognitive improvement
improved clock drawingSubjects who barely drew a circle before treatment were able to draw complete clock faces
improved immediate recallSubjects had better short term memory
improved praxis memorySubjects are better gesture, walk, and to manipulate objects at will
improved visual attentionSubjects are better able to focus
improved task switchingSubjects are better able to change focus
improved EEG amplitudeSubject had healthier neural firing
improved connectivitySubjects had healthier neural connections
decreased angry outburstsSubjects had fewer angry outbursts
decreased wanderingSubjects wandered less
increased alpha and beta amplitudeSubjects had healthier brainwaves
increased prefrontal blood-oxygen levelSubjects had more oxygen and blood in the prefrontal cortex
Parkinson’s diseaseSubjects with Parkinson’s disease had improved motor and cognitive skills
improved balanceSubjects had improved balance
improved gaitSubjects had improved gait
less freezingSubjects froze less
improved movementSubjects were better able to move
decreased speech difficultiesSubjects were better able to speak
Major Depressive DisorderSubjects were less depressed
decreased depressionSubjects were less depressed
depressed anxietySubjects were less anxious
AlcoholismSubjects were better able to abstain from alcohol
decreased depressionSubjects were less depressed
increase endorphinsSubjects had greater quantities of pleasure and pain relief hormones
AphasiaSubjects were better able to find words
improved comprehensionSubjects were better able to understand
improved picture namingSubjects were better able to name common objects
Persistent Vegetative StateA coma patient responded to red light therapy by moving a finger
increased cerebral blood flowSubjects had more brain blood flow
improved neurological outcomesSubjects had improved neural connectivity
improved alertnessSubjects had improved alertness
Disorders of ConsciousnessRed light therapy worked well on subjects who passed out
improved alertnessSubjects were more alert
improved awarenessSubjects were more aware

Reference:

Salehpour F, Mahmoudi J, Kamari F, Sadigh-Eteghad S, Rasta SH, Hamblin MR. Brain Photobiomodulation Therapy: a Narrative Review. Mol Neurobiol. 2018 Aug;55(8):6601-6636. doi: 10.1007/s12035-017-0852-4Opens in a new tab.. Epub 2018 Jan 11. PMID: 29327206; PMCID: PMC6041198.

Authors’ affiliations:

  • Harvard Medical School Department of Dermatology
  • Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology
  • Massachusetts General Hospital Wellman Center for Photomedicine
  • Tabriz University of Medical Sciences Department of Medical Bioengineering
  • Tabriz University of Medical Sciences Department of Medical Physics
  • Tabriz University of Medical Sciences Neurosciences Research Center

Vielight Red Light Therapy is Effective for Dementia

Vielight is a Toronto brain light company. There is more science behind their Neuro devices than there is for any other dementia or brain injury red light therapy device.

Here are some of the studies using their products for brain issues including dementia and brain injury.

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The Vielight Neuro Gamma is the preferred red light therapy device for dementia.Click the image to read my guide to and review of this device.

The 2019 Vielight Alzheimer’s and Dementia Study

Dr. Linda Chao’s is a neuroimaging researcher at the University of California. Her lab tested the effects of the Vielight Neuro Gamma on four subjects and four controls. This was a pilot study to justify larger subject pools in future subjects.

The average subject age was 79.8 years old. The participants entered the study with Alzheimer’s or other dementia diagnoses.

The researchers administered multiple neuropsychological tests to get a baseline before treatment with Vielight or a sham device for the control group.

During treatment, the researchers studied the subjects’ brains using magnetic resonance imaging to measure oxygenation.

At the study start, the subjects had substantially equivalent amounts of neural connectivity and oxygen in their brains..

The subjects received Vielight Neuro Gamma treatment three times a week for 12 weeks. At this three month point, researchers administered the neuropsych tests a second time. The control group had a statisically significant decline on their cognitive test scores. Neuroimaging showed their brain connectivity and oxygen were lower than the baseline.

The treatment group scored statistically higher on their neuropsych tests. This group had more neural connectivity, though the change over baseline was not statistically significant. Dr. Chao wrote that the treatment group had “increased functional connectivity between the posterior cingulate cortex and lateral parietal nodes within the” default mode network of the brain.

There were no side effects.

Reference:

Chao LL. Effects of Home Photobiomodulation Treatments on Cognitive and Behavioral Function, Cerebral Perfusion, and Resting-State Functional Connectivity in Patients with Dementia: A Pilot Trial. Photobiomodul Photomed Laser Surg. 2019 Mar;37(3):133-141. doi: 10.1089/photob.2018.4555Opens in a new tab.. Epub 2019 Feb 13. PMID: 31050950.

Dr. Chao’s associations at the time of publication:

  • Center for Imaging of Neurodegenerative Diseases, San Francisco VA Medical Center, San Francisco, California.
  • Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California.
  • Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California.

Vielight Neuro Gamma Transcranial and Intranasal
Vielight Neuro Gamma for dementia

The 2021 Vielight, Irradia and Midcare Parkinson’s Study

Researchers studied the effects of red light therapy on patients with Parkinson’s disease. There were twelve Parkinson’s patients in this study who averaged 67.6 years of age. Six received treatment and six acted as a control group. They received one to three treatments per week, for forty weeks.

Parkinson’s disease normally progresses rapidly, so one would expect significant decline in forty weeks. None of the treated subjects showed the typical declines expected during that time. They not only did not decline, they had improvements in multiple movement and cognitive areas. These included improvements in:

  • balance
  • mobility
  • stepping
  • motor skills
  • walking speed
  • stride length

There were no side effects.

Reference:

Liebert A, Bicknell B, Laakso EL, Heller G, Jalilitabaei P, Tilley S, Mitrofanis J, Kiat H. Improvements in clinical signs of Parkinson’s disease using photobiomodulation: a prospective proof-of-concept study. BMC Neurol. 2021 Jul 2;21(1):256. doi: 10.1186/s12883-021-02248-yOpens in a new tab.. PMID: 34215216; PMCID: PMC8249215.

The authors’ asssociations at the time of publication:

  • Australian Catholic University Health Sciences Department
  • Cardiac Health Institute, Sydney, Australia
  • Griffith University Menzies Health Institute
  • Lymphoedema And Laser Therapy, Stepney, Australia
  • Macquarie University Mathematics and Statistics Department
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Red light therapy helps dementia by energizing mitochondria and dilating blood vessels.

The 2020 Vielight Concussion Case Report

Notice: This is a case report, not a clinical study, and of course, it is sponsored. Nevertheless, the results in this case are consistent with results obtained by Naeser, Hamblin, Liebert, Chao and other researchers.

This is the case report of a professional hockey player who had experienced at least six concussions before starting Vielight Neuro Gamma therapy. Co-author Dr. Lew Lim is founder and CEO of Vielight, Inc., and Vielight funded this case report.

“Jean” was a professional hockey player with anxiety, focus and concentration issues. He had previously tried acupuncture and hyperbaric chamber treatments in attempts to lessen the severity of his symptoms. At intake with Dr. Lim, Jean reported not feeling as sharp as he would like.

Dr. Lim started Jean on the Vielight Neuro Gamma, but this appeared to cause mild headaches. Dr. Lim switched Jean to the Vielight Alpha. The Gamma pulsates at 40 Hz, and the Alpha pulsates at 10 Hz. The lower pulsation worked out well for Jean, and caused no more headaches.

Jean self-treated with the Alpha red light therapy device. The total treatment time was 8 weeks before the follow-up. After 2 months of red light therapy pulsed at 10 Hz, Jean’s neuropsych scores went up. Imaging showed increased blood flow through the brain, and increased oxygen as well. Jean had increased gray matter in cortical, frontal lobe, temporal lobe, occipital lobe and hippocampus areas.

Reference:

Chao LL, Barlow C, Karimpoor M, Lim L. Changes in Brain Function and Structure After Self-Administered Home Photobiomodulation Treatment in a Concussion Case. Front Neurol. 2020 Sep 8;11:952. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2020.00952Opens in a new tab.. PMID: 33013635; PMCID: PMC7509409.

Authors’ affiliations:

  • University of California Radiology Department
  • University of California Biomedical Imaging Department
  • University of California Behavioral Sciences Department
  • San Francisco VA Health Care System Advanced Imaging Research Center
  • Vielight, Inc.

Injured hockey player
The University of Utah is about to publish a large study on the Vielight’s effects on chronic traumatic encephalopathy and other football head injuries.

The 2017 Vielight Brain Injury Improvements Case Studies

Notice: This is a case report, not a clinical study, and of course, it is sponsored. Nevertheless, the results in this case are consistent with results obtained by Naeser, Hamblin, Liebert, Chao and other researchers. Co-author Dr. Lew Lim is the founder and CEO of Vielight.

In this study, researchers tested the effects of Vielight Neuro Alpha and Vielight 810 red light therapy on mild and severe dementia patients. Researchers treated patients with the Alpha once a week, and patients self-treated with the 810 every day at home.

The Neuro Alpha is delivers 810 nm infrared light to the head and up the nose. While red light can reach the capillaries above the nostrils, this wavelength of infrared reaches to the frontal cortex. The 810 delivers light to the brain.

The combination gave patients four transcranial touch points, and two intranasal applications. Both devices pulse at 10 Hz, which is in the alpha brainwave range.

Researchers assessed the patients after 12 weeks of therapy. Subjects had statistically signficant improvements in mood and neuropsych scores.

Then the patients did no red light therapy for four weeks, and researchers tested them a third time.

This study confirmed that red light therapy effects wear off after a period of no treatment. Five of the subjects experienced severe declines during the no-treatment period. In one case, the patient’s family asked that the patient be put back on the red light therapy. The researchers obliged, but had to remove him from the study.

There were no side effects during this study.

Dementia Patient Scores 30% Higher After Red Light Therapy

“Emma” was a 71-year-old with a severe dementia diagnosis according to the mini mental status exam (MMSE). She reported at intake that her head felt too heavy to hold up, and that she had a headache.

Emma’s caregiver described Emma as anxious. Emma did not want to clean, cook, or interact with her family. The assessor noted that Emma did not initiate conversation, and appeared apprehensive.

At the second assessment after 3 months of red light therapy, Emma scored 30% higher on the MMSE. This moved her diagnoses from severe dementia to moderate dementia.

Emma reported that her head felt lighter, and her headache had gone away. Emma’s caregiver noted that Emma was volunteering to cook and clean. Emma liked going for walks, and she answered the phone with success, because she was more talkative.

The assessor noted that Emma hugged her upon arriving for her follow-up meeting. The assessor wrote that Emma was smiling.

Without prompting, Emma offered the assessor a recipe that she recalled from memory.

Red Light Therapy Lowers Dementia Diagnosis from Severe to Moderate

“Joe” was a 90-year-old with severe dementia according to his MMSE.

At intake, Joe’s caregiver noted that Joe needed assistance in several areas. This caregiver helped Joe with mobility, dressing, and personal hygiene. The caregiver noted that Joe was incontinent six nights out of seven. Joe spent little to no time with his family.

At the 3-month assessment, Joe took the MMSE a second time. This time he scored “moderate” dementia on the MMSE scale. He spontaneously offered that he was feeling better, and was happier with his caregiver and his family.

Joe’s caregiver said that Joe’s incontinence fell from six nights a week to two. Joe occasionally dressed himself, and spoke with his family.

Joe’s gains fell off during the four-week period of no red light therapy. Joe regressed, and became angry and uncooperative. He needed help dressing and could not follow simple conversations.

Joe’s family asked the researchers to re-start treatment before the 4-week period was finished. The researchers gave Joe a Vielight Neuro Alpha for home use. Joe started treatment again before the no-treatment period was over.

Red Light Therapy Helps Dementia Patient Read and Socialize

“Louis” was a 76-year-old with mild dementia on the MMSE scale. He did not offer any information to the assessor. The caregiver said she was unsure of the quality of Louis’ memory. The assessor noted that Louis denied having memory issues. Louis said that he read and listened to the news.

After 12 weeks of Vielight Alpha and 810 red light therapy, Louis admitted that he had experienced memory issues. In other words, he remembered that he had been forgetting.

Louis said that the post-treatment neuropsychology tests questions were easier to answer this time. Louis’ caregiver noted that Louis started socializing and reading more during the red light therapy treatment time.

Louis had a foot ulcer in week 10, which the assessor felt impaired Louis’ cognitive gains. Louis’ MMSE did rise from 21 to 23.

Red Light Therapy Helps Dementia Patient Return to Art Hobbies

“Michael” was a 72-year-old with mild dementia. He had not engaged in his artistic hobbies, and agreed when asked that he had been more forgetful lately.

Michael’s caregiver described Michael as someone who used to be outgoing and humorous. He now seemed less happy, and was becoming more forgetful. Michael still drove, but only on familiar roads.

The caregiver stated that Michael often misplaced items around the home. However, he was still able to cook, and he had a part-time job.

After three months of Vielight therapy, Michael’s MMSE score rose from 22 to 24, reducing the severity of his dementia diagnosis. Michael reported that he had resumed his sculpture artwork. The caregiver noted that Michael was less forgetful, less dependent, and generally happier.

Of the eight subjects in this report, Michael was the only subject who did not lose his gains during the four-week no-treatment period.

Vielight Red Light Therapy Restores Color to Dementia Patient’s World

“Pablo” was a 73-year-old with mild dementia. He said he lived a full life with his wife, but that his future felt scary.

The assessor noted that Pablo was aware of his memory loss, as he remarked on the difficulty he was having with the neuropsychological tests.

After twelve weeks of therapy, Pablo’s MMSE rose from 24 to 28 points. He said his world had “more color,” and that he remembered tasks better.

During the red light therapy treatment period, Pablo returned to helping his wife in the garden, and he resumed his hobby of oil painting.

Pablo’s caregiver was pleased with Pablo’s changes. The assessor noted that Pablo was less hesitant during testing, and showed his sense of humor.

Reference:

Saltmarche AE, Naeser MA, Ho KF, Hamblin MR, Lim L. Significant Improvement in Cognition in Mild to Moderately Severe Dementia Cases Treated with Transcranial Plus Intranasal Photobiomodulation: Case Series Report. Photomed Laser Surg. 2017 Aug;35(8):432-441. doi: 10.1089/pho.2016.4227Opens in a new tab.. Epub 2017 Feb 10. PMID: 28186867; PMCID: PMC5568598.

Authors’ affiliations:

  • Boston University School of Medicine Department of Neurology
  • Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Saltmarche Health & Associates, Inc., Orangeville, Ontario, Canada.
  • VA Boston Healthcare System
  • STAT-TU, Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Vielight, Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

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By removing plaque and tangled proteins, red light therapy helps dementia patients with memory and emotion.

About the Vielight Neuro Dementia Therapy Device

The Vielight Neuro has three models. The Alpha pulses at 10 Hz; the Gamma pulses at 40 Hz; and the Duo pulses at either frequency. All deliver 810 nm infrared through the head and up the nose.

Red light is helpful for dementia, but infrared is better. The 810 nm wavelength is particularly good at penetrating the skull and blood vessels to reach the brain tissue. The pulsation rates create brainwave entrainment, meaning that the neurons start firing at the same pace as the pulsation.

Dementia patients are usually deficient in gamma brainwaves, which is why the 40 Hz works so well with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Brain injury patients are usually sensitive to light pulsation, which is why the 10 Hz is more comfortable for these users.

Click to read my guide to and review of the Vielight Neuro.Opens in a new tab.

Caroline Bogart

I research the bloody hell out of everything that interests me, then translate it into blog posts to solidify my knowledge and share the information.

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