About Microcurrent and Light Therapies
Electrical energy and light have been used for treating health conditions and pain relief since ancient times. The first use of electrical currents for this purpose has been traced to the ancient Romans who used electrical fish from the Mediterranean Sea to treat gout pain. Even earlier at the eve of the Bronze Age the Chinese used acupuncture needles, which create low electrical discharges when inserted in the body. The ancient Greeks have been known to treat health conditions by bathing patients in filtered light of specific frequencies.
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Modern research and technology have allowed the creation of much more precise electro-therapeutic tools. Acceptance of electro-therapy for pain management started in the 1960’s with the development of portable TENS units. Since then, many variations on electrical stimulation have been created, including electric muscle stimulation, interferential, high-volt and microcurrent devices.
Microcurrent electro-stimulation at low frequency is an ideal stimulus for treating many physical conditions for the following reasons:
1.All body functions are governed by electrical systems. This includes muscle contractions and relaxations, nerve function, glandular secretions, brain activity, healing and regeneration, pain perception and so much more.
2.Because the body’s electrical control systems are based on very subtle electrical signals in the nano and microamp levels (billionth and millionth of amp ranges, respectively), it is true that vastly overpowering currents in the milliamp (thousandths of amp) range can be counterproductive to the aim of restoring internal balance. Yet this is the type of current used in most microcurrent devices. While these “overkill” currents may create temporary relief by artificially relaxing tense muscles such treatment will rarely provide satisfactory long-term effects, and may be counterproductive.
3.Our research has shown that the acupuncture meridian system is rapidly balanced when stimulated with microcurrents in the 1 – 10 Hz frequency range. The Acutron Mentor system primarily utilizes such currents treatment of most conditions.
How Light Affects The Body
There is a large and growing body of research that reveals that the cells and molecules that make up our bodies respond directly to both electrical and light energy. Here is a quote from the article Exploring the Biology of Phototherapy by James Oschman, PhD :
“From the biology of the situation, I suggest that the immediate effect of light is on the communications pathways. Specifically, it is proposed that light stimulates the flow of solitons, which are waves of energy and information that travel rapidly through the protein fabric of the body. The flow of solitons opens gates and switches and organizes dynamic living matrix pathways. Cells can then “whisper” to each other using their own languages. These whisperings orchestrate the repair of traumas of all kinds.”
Some Russian researchers have proposed that the protein fabric of the body acts as a fiber-optic system. S. Pankratov projected light on acupuncture points and measured light output from other points along the same meridian, and found that this caused these other points to emit light. He concluded that the meridians are preferential pathways for the transmission of light in the body
It is fascinating that other researchers have determined that protein molecules also transmit subtle electrical signals throughout the body, an activity called semi-conduction. The eastern European researcher Albert Szent-Gyorgyi was the first to point out that the molecular structures of the human body are organized enough to support semi-conduction through passing information along chains of what have been called “liquid crystals”.
Therefore both light energy and subtle electrical energy are transported throughout the body via chains of protein molecules. Our clinical experience confirms that that these two forms of energy stimulation may be administered together, and significantly enhance each other’s effects.
The specific effects of each color of light on the body have been documented by researchers such as Dinshah Ghadiali and Peter Mandel. Mandel uses the word “information” to describe the input of light on the body. In his view, external trauma, toxicity and psychological stresses of the past and present create “incoherent” information in our bodies. Giving appropriate colored light stimulation is a way to introduce pure information to restore coherence.
We may call the call of the body/mind complex for needed colors “color hunger”. I have observed many people expressing a strong desire for one of the twelve colors offered by the the Microlight system. As light of that color was applied to points on their body, they have often experienced immediate or delayed beneficial reactions, such as deep relaxation, mental clarity, increased energy or relief of various somatic symptoms.
For example, orange colored light brings the information of activation, joy and release of fresh, new energy to meridians and body areas it is applied to, as well as possessing many specific benefits for relieving spasm and congestion and aiding calcium metabolism. When applied to appropriate acu-points, orange light can act as a natural anti-depressant. Blue light, the complementary color to orange, has anti-inflammatory effects on arthritis and burns, and is effective for calming nervous tension and overly charged emotional states. Red light is most activating to blood and energy circulation, and is appropriate for clients with sluggish or cold constitution.
The light spectrum moves from the most warming and activating colors – infrared and red – to the most cool and relaxing colors – violet and ultra-violet. Green is the fulcrum or balance point of the spectrum, and so is extensively used for balancing brain and body function and detoxification.
Dr. Darren Starwynn, O.M.D. has developed the most robust and versatile combination of electro-therapy and light therapy available today. Learn more about the Acutron Mentor to see what microcurrent and light therapy can do for you whether you are a patient or a practitioner in the medical arts.
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