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Acupuncture & Photobiomodulation Therapy


Photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy, also known as low-level light therapy (LLLT), LED or red light therapy, is coming to Bethesda Acupuncture. We are excited to integrate this modern technology with acupuncture to improve patient healing and outcomes. The photobiomodulation process includes stimulating Cytochrome C, increasing production of ATP, increasing NO and ROS activity to help restore cellular function. The devices we use are targeted, medical grade, FDA cleared, and utilize NASA's LED technology to simultaneously emit multiple wavelengths of light from red to infrared. These wavelengths have been shown in studies to:

  • improve recovery from neurological damage, have neuroprotective benefits, stimulate the regrowth of neurons, reduce long-term neurological damage, and reduce neuropathic pain

  • enhance cognitive function and support healing of brain injury

  • reduce injury and surgical downtime, reduce inflammation, infection, post-traumatic swelling, and muscle fatigue

  • improve bone repair and growth

  • improve symptoms of depression and anxiety

  • increase endorphins

  • stimulate mitochondrial activity, cellular energy production, cell metabolism and accelerate healing and recovery

  • boost production of stem cells

  • enhance liver regeneration

  • stimulate collagen production and increase fibroblast production

  • improve thyroid function

  • increase blood circulation and oxygenation

  • relieve arthritic pain

  • reduce fine lines, hyperpigmentation, scars, psoriasis, eczema, sun-damage, redness and wrinkles

  • stimulate hair growth in men and women

  • reduce inflammation and acne breakouts

This healing technology is available alongside acupuncture and herbal therapy to help synergistically accelerate healing from within.


During the month of January, patients who are undergoing acupuncture therapy for neurological issues may register to participate in our case studies and qualify to receive complimentary photobiomodulation therapy during their appointments.


It would be our pleasure to schedule an evaluation for you to see if you may benefit from our integrative therapies.

 

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