Photobiomodulation (PBM) is the process coined for the use of red or near-infrared light to stimulate, heal, regenerate, and protect tissue that has either been injured, is degenerating, or else is at risk of dying.
The brain is the most vital organ of the human body but can suffer from many different disorders classified in three broad groups; Traumatic events, degenerative diseases, and psychiatric disorders.
Evidence is starting to show that the application of light to the head, in specific the near-infrared light, can be beneficial to the various disorders. There is even now research showing PBM being used for cognitive enhancement in normal healthy people.
Photobiomodulation is defined as the use of energy to trigger photochemical changes within cellular structures that are receptive to light.
Mitochondria are particularly receptive to this process as at cellular level the visible near-infrared light are absorbed. This aids the mitochondria perform the function of producing cellular energy called adenosine triphosphate (ATP). This energy is what enables us to perform everything we do and is exactly how giving the cells that are decaying in the brain a new way of charging is starting to show to have great benefit.