More research about the benefits of Light Therapy for Alzheimer’s and Dementia!
CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS OF FUTURE THERAPY
Although in its infancy, with the bulk of results still at the pre-clinical “proof of concept” stage, NIr therapy has the potential to develop into a safe and eﬀective neuroprotective treatment for patients with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease (and presumably other neurodegenerative diseases such multiple sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). If NIr was applied at early stages of the disease process, for example at ﬁrst diagnosis, it could potentially slow further progression by protecting neurons from death. Consequently, over time, the greater neuronal survival would lessen the clinical signs and symptoms. Further, NIr therapy—because of its lack of side eﬀects and neuroprotective potential—is amenable to use in conjunction with other treatments. For example, patients may have NIr therapy with a reduced dosage of drugs as a ﬁrst line treatment; the potential neuroprotective eﬀect of NIr could prolong the eﬃcacy of the drug therapy. Further, in Parkinson’s patients selected for deep brain stimulation, they may also have an NIr optical ﬁber implanted surgically at the same time, thereby potentially oﬀering neuroprotection of the remaining dopaminergic cells. There is much to do in further developing this treatment, but the therapeutic possibilities are many and the potential outcomes very exciting. We await the outcomes of major clinical trials using NIr therapy on these patients with much anticipation.
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