Which Brain Light Should I Get for Parkinson’s?

Which brain light should i get for Parkinson's

The standard for Parkinson’s in Vielight Gamma, which is 810 nm infrared and 40 Hz pulsation. The Gamma in particular, and Vielight as a brand, have the most science, albeit self sponsored (all brand studies are self sponsored, there’s no getting around it). Vielight is the biggest company, the most successful, and it has the most clinical experience.

The downside is that it has one pulsation option and the real problem here is there’s no off switch for that. So if you want continuous wave because the person showed sensitivity to pulsation, you can’t do it.

To Pulse or Not to Pulse

Red light therapy and pulsation are different therapies. The 810 nm wavelength light is the red light therapy. The 40 Hz or 10 Hz pulsation is an additional therapy. If you removed the pulsation, you would still have “red light therapy.”

While there are very few side effects to red light therapy, there are considerations to keep in mind.

People with epilepsy should not use pulsed light. People taking photo sensitive medications should not use red light therapy. And then there’s the delicate matter of “sensitivity.”

A hundred people might use a light for Parkinson’s, and 99 of them will have no side effects. The hundredth person might feel light sensitivity, get a headache, or possibly feel a buzzing sensation. By far the most common negative effect is extreme tiredness.

It’s common in brain injury cases to react with sleepiness to the light. Someone might sleep well into the next day after their first treatment. Because Parkinson’s, dementia, Alzheimer’s and brain injury share so many mitochondrial symptoms, it’s easy to see how a Parkinson’s patient could have the same reaction.

The reason for the pulsation is to entrain the neurons to fire at the rate of the pulse. Neurodegenerative disease patients are often deficient in 40 Hz (and thereabouts) brainwaves, so entraining them to fire at 40 Hz restores a healthy synchronicity. 40 Hz can be stimulating, so people with sleep issues should use it in the morning.

On the other hand, 10 Hz is in the alpha brainwave range. It’s a waking state but closer to sleep than gamma. So if the patient is anxious, irritable or agitated, the 10 Hz might be a better choice.

To clarify, the Vielight Neuro Gamma is the 40 Hz device, and the Vielight Neuro Alpha is the 10 Hz device.

Which Vielight to Get for Parkinson’s?

The four possible Vielights for Parkinson’s are the Neuro Alpha, Neuro Gamma, Neuro Duo, and Neuro Duo Plus X-Plus.

Neuro Alpha for Anxiety

The Neuro Alpha is for the Parkinson’s patient with strong anxiety, and insomnia. The Alpha is an excellent compromise to get this patient the 810 nm infrared light while not confounding the therapy with a stimulating pulsation. Use the Alpha in the afternoon or evening.

Neuro Gamma for Cogntive Stimulation

The Neuro Gamma is for the Parkinson’s patient with some to no anxiety. It’s ok if the patient has insomnia, the light should help. Just use the Gamma in the morning as it is stimulating. The Gamma is the go-to choice for neurodegenerative disease.

Neuro Duo for Alpha and Gamma

The Neuro Duo is the Alpha and Gamma in one device. The Duo allows you to switch between 10 Hz and 40 Hz, rather than choosing one or the other. The Duo is the device for the Parkinson’s patient to do in the morning on some days (using Gamma) and the evening on others (using Alpha). The patient gets the stimulation in the morning and the calming effects at night.

Neuro Duo plus X-Plus Ultimate Parkinson’s Device

The Neuro Duo Plus X-Plus covers all the ground. This package contains the Neuro Duo as described above, plus the X-Plus device. The X-Plus adds brainstem therapy for the occipital lobe and cerebellum. The cerebellum is involved in movement and the occipital in vision. The X-Plus comes with a free standing LED to place anywhere on the body. Dr. Anne Liebert in Australia recently did red light therapy study on Parkinson’s using a light on the gut. The subjects started with dysfunctional gut biome that one expects to see in Parkinson’s patients. The light therapy correlated with the Parkinsonian gut dysfunction literally going away. The Neuro Duo Plus X-Plus is the premiere Parkinson’s light.

For people who say, “I want the Vielight, they’re the most scientific and proven,” I reply, “Here are your choices (based on the 6 months return policy for an 80% refund):

“(1) Get the Neuro Duo plus X-Plus to cover all the bases. You get 40 Hz and 10 Hz 810 nm infrared transcranial therapy, intranasal therapy, and body therapy.

“(2) Get the Duo to switch between Alpha 10 Hz, Gamma 40 Hz on the head andin the nose

“(3) Get the Gamma for the patient who needs stimulation

“(4) Get the Alpha for the patient with anxiety

The downside is there’s still no continuous wave. Doesn’t work? Return in 6 months for 80%.

Most people, in my experience, want the Vielight. The return rate is only 4.1%.

You might want to read my article: Vielight Neuro Review: The Light Therapy for Dementia ModelOpens in a new tab.

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Aside: What is a “Parkinson’s” Brain Light?

Do you know what the FDA does to people who say that unpatentable devices can “cure” a disease? It’s not pretty.

Light is natural and so cannot be patented. It’s impossible to get good funding for a therapy that cannot be patented. Unless a corporation can corner the market with a patent, they’re less like to spend thirty or 40 million on FDA clearance.

You’re not allowed to make claims about a product unless you’ve spent millions of dollars on the dog and pony show.

My approach is to tell you the two things I am allowed to discuss: what the science says, and what the devices offer. I am only telling you what the science says works, and how these devices do or don’t match the specifications used in those studies.

At least as of the writing of this article, I’m still allowed to do that.

I am not claiming a Parkinson’s brain light “cures” Parkinson’s. I am saying that these wavelengths and these pulsation frequencies are shown in studies to reverse the severity of symptoms. Things that are degenerating start regenerating.

Learn more about how red light therapy helps relieve the symptoms of Parkinson’s, dementia, and brain injury on my website Brain Light ArticlesOpens in a new tab.

How to Get Continuous Wave Helmet (for Patients Potentially Sensitive to Pulsation)

If the caretaker or patient is not particular about the brand, and wants that continuous wave choice, then an 810 nm helmet with 0 Hz (continuous wave) as well as 9,998 more pulsation options is the way to go.

You’re going to be tempted so I’ll stop you right now: Do not use a hair growth cap or helmet. Penetration studies don’t qualify those devices as reaching gray matter. Most hair devices are red and not infrared. It is much harder to get red light into the brain. Hair caps are priced similarly to brain devices. There’s just no point in getting anything but a brain light.

This is the type of helmet (though I can get you a better price than this, this is the idea):

Don’t pay that price. I can get it for you cheaper.

Vielight or a Helmet for Parkinson’s?

The advantage of this helmet is that it has lots and lots of pulse options, a crazy amount only a biohacker would ever use, including 0 hz (continuous) , 10 Hz alpha, 40 Hz gamma, and everyting between 0-9999 hz. The wavelength is 810 nm.

The helmet is an excellent brain light for neurodegeneration and brain injury. Hundreds of successful neurodegeneration studies use the 810 nm wavelength for the way the mitochondria absorb this frequency. The electron transport chain’s cytochrome c oxidase (Complex IV) absorbs 810 nm very well, generating a big response in bringing sick mitochondria back online. This can have behavioral, movement, and emotional results which are very desirable in Parkinson’s cases.

Science Backs Vielight and the Helmet

The Vielight and the 810 nm helmet I described above are known from field experience to have good results. The Vielight has more science, behind it. That is, the actual Vielight devices were tested in the lab. For the helmet, devices similar to this helmet have had studies published. So you can say that these wavelengths and these pulsation frequencies reversed plaques, restored motor function, and reduced depression/anxiety in users. Some of those users were brain injury victims. Some had dementia. Some had dementia and Parkinson’s.

The advantage of Vielight devices is that they’ve been used on thousands of people. They’re tested products.

The advantage of the helmet is that it has more pulsation (including none), and covers more of the head. Vielight would argue that you don’t want to cover more of the head. Helmet makers would say “get all the surface area you can.” There’s still a lot of science to be done.

Device Use in Real Time

The Vielight is lightweight. It goes over the ears and forehead. The intransal device clips on the outside of the nose.

The helmet sits on the head. Frail users will find it heavy. Caretakers should affix the helmet to a board behind a chair, so that the user can sit underneath it as if sitting under a beauty parlor hair dryer.

Return Policies

The Vielight devices are returnable in 6 months for 80% of your cost. There’s a 20% recycling fee. Given that you have a 95.9% chance of loving your Vielight, the risk is small.

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How to Get a Cheaper Brain Light for Parkinson’s

You need to make a sacrifice or two to get a cheaper Parkinson’s light. But I really love this company’s products, and there’s no risk in trying this one.

Look at the Nushape Neurowrap Pulse as an option. This device includes 810 nm infrared, 10 Hz and 40 Hz pulsation, as well as pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) therapy. PEMF is similar to red light therapy. It also uses electromagnetic waves to heal. It is not patentable, so your doctor never heard of it. However, the science is solid that it relieves symptoms of neurodegeneration and brain injury.

I happen to really like Nushape, the company that sells the Neurowrap. They build high quality neoprene wraps with good controllers and solid specifications. My Nushape Lipowrap does not show any wear after months of use. It’s just good materials.

Nushape offers a 100% return policy, but you only have 14 days to return it. This is a throwback to the company’s original product, the Lipowrap.

The problem for Nushape was that people would buy the Lipowrap, lose a few inches of fat, and return it. Unfair! So Nushape shortened the return window. I suggest you call Nushape, and Joan will most likely extend your return period when you explain you need a 30 or 60 day test period. No promises, but I think it’ll work.

View my comprehensive description of the Nushape Neurowrap PulseOpens in a new tab.

The upside to the Nushape is that it is cheaper than the Vielight models and the 810 nm helmet.

The downside is that there are no studies on this device. There are studies on these specifications, just not on this implementation of those specifications.

The extra pulse and PEMF give you lots of opportunity to find a good therapy for your patient. Like the Vielight Duo, the Nushape has 10 Hz and 40 Hz to entrain brainwaves. Usually Parkinson’s is a 40 Hz application, but everyone can have differences, and your patient might prefer 10 Hz or none at all. You can turn them all off to do just a simple 810 nm infrared therapy. that’s the best of a lot of worlds.

How to Get a Crazy Cheap Parkinson’s Brain Light

Next up is just an idea with no promises. You could get a cheap red light therapy bulb and give that a test. If you buy it on Amazon you have 30 days for returns. A device like the Wolezek bulb will do.. Put it an inch from the scalp, for two to three minutes per spot. After each spot, move to the next spot for two to three minutes. Cover the scalp as much as you can.

Wolezek Red Light Therapy Bulb (lamp not included)

Then? See how the patient feels! There’s no science for this method, but the fact is that the bulb matches what’s working in the science. It’s about the same risk reward ratio as the Nushape, but even cheaper. Just remember, you’re trading time for money. A Vielight or an 810 nm helmet session is 20 minutes. It could take an hour or more to cover the head in bulb-size increments.

I have have done this protocol on the sides of my head, and the same level as the eyes but back a bit. I’ve felt clearer and calm after a session. Placebo? Maybe. Infrared coziness? Yes, that is probably part of it (the heat effect is nice, but it’s not going to clear amyloid plaques). Get the Wolezek bulb hereOpens 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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