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What is light therapy?

Light therapy, also known as phototherapy, is simply using light to cure diseases. From late 90s to early 1930, light therapy was widely used to try and heal innumerable diseases. Ultimately, through research and controlled experimentation it was concluded that this method was not as effective in case of some diseases as others, its use was, therefore, limited. If not as many as before, many diseases are still being treated with the help of light therapy. What is light therapy used for? Light therapy is majorly being used to treat the following conditions. Due to its affects on the brain areas and chemicals related to sleep and mood, doctors have been using light therapy to ease symptoms of seasonal affective...

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Light Therapy Throughout The Years

Classically known as heliotherapy, light therapy is exposure to artificial light to treat psychological disorders such as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), non-seasonal depression, circadian rhythm sleep disorders and jet lag, sleep disorder in Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis, acne vulgaris, psoriasis, vitiligo and skin cancer are also being treated using light therapy. If you think light therapy is a latest advent of modern scientific knowledge and research, you might be surprised as you read further. History of light therapy dates back to the Greeks who had a firm belief that exposure to light is beneficial to a human body. Light therapy in the ancient times Even when man did not know of vitamin D...

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The Origins Of Light Therapy

It is important to mention before we trace the birth of light therapy that even before any scientific evidence surfaced people had a firm belief in the healing abilities of the sun. The 10th century Chinese medical literature and Buddhist writings from 200 CE show exposure to sunlight as one of the main methods to treat many diseases in addition to herbs and plants. Similarly, Indian medical literature dated back to the 1500 BCE shows evidence of people taking help from the sun's light to treat non pigmented parts of skin. This happened before people knew sun was source of vitamin D or that ultraviolet light from it could possibly cause cancer and before any scientific research was conducted on...

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