Preconditioning or wellness PBM Therapy is an exiting development in Photomedicine. Scientists have discovered that applying PBM Therapy (light in the Red and Near Infra Red (NIR) spectrum) to undamaged ‘normal’ cells:
* LPS – Lipopolysaccharides are very inflammatory chemicals produced by bacteria when you have an infection, and are powerful causes of systemic inflammation and a cause of septic shock.
Preconditioning PBM Therapy Keeping Cells Younger
Long term Random Controlled Trials (RCT’s) to study human tissue cell damage/aging is not possible in real life as we age far too slowly (life span of 70+ years) and there are so many other factors during that time that could alter the results such diet, lifestyle and exercise. But long term RCT cell research is easily carried out on animals, usually mice as:
- Mice’s cells tissues and organs are physiologically and biochemically similar to humans (which is why they are used in drug/vaccine trials for humans)
- Mice age quickly – mice live about 1 year in the wild and a bit longer in captivity so they are ideal to use as their bodies age rapidly
- In lab RCT’s all the factors can be controlled so the ONLY difference between groups is whether they have PBM Therapy or not.
Already in this long term preconditioning PBM Therapy study looking at cell (brain tissue) aging in mice, the preconditioned PBM Therapy group showed dramatic and significant slowing down of brain cells/tissue aging – effectively ‘staying younger’ than age match control mice who did not have preconditioned PBM therapy! Younger brains!
**This preconditioning – cell maximising /enhancing protection mechanisms, has huge potential benefits in terms of human health and wellness. Research in this area is still very much in its infancy but it is hoped that more research will prove preconditioning to be a simple way to help prevent/reduce the severity of other illness or diseases – not just those skin pathologies above related to radio and chemotherapy.