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What is Light Therapy
Light Therapy, also known as Phototherapy or light box therapy, is the use of light to treat disorders.
Many ancient cultures practiced various forms of heliotherapy (sun therapy), including people of the Ancient Greece, Ancient Egypt, and Ancient Rome. The Assyrian, Inca and early German settlers also worshipped the sun as a health giving deity. Indian medical literature, dating from 1500 BC, describes a treatment combining natural sunlight with herbs to treat non-pigmented skin areas. Buddhist literature dating from 200 AD plus 10th century Chinese documents made similar references.
Niels Finsen, a Faroese physician, is believed to be the father of modern Light Therapy. He developed the first artificial light source for this purpose, using his invention to treat lupus vulgaris. In 1903 he received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work.
How does Light Therapy work?
The client uses a light box (usually a small box about the size of a shoebox, fitted with a special type of light bulb) or a light visor (which allows better mobility) for a specific length of time. It is thought that the exposure to the light has a positive affect on the pituitary gland in the brain which is responsible for hormone regulation.
What does Light Therapy treatment involve?
After taking medical history notes, the Light Therapists will supply the light box which the client will use for the specified time. The time the box is used for depends on the condition of the problem, strength of the light and the responsiveness of the symptoms. However the box is most commonly used in the morning for 30 minutes to two hours.
What can Light Therapy help?
Psoriasis and hyperbilirubinemia, which causes jaundice in newborns, seasonal affective disorder, sleep disturbances, depression, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder and premenstrual syndrome.