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Laser healing medicine's ray of sunshine

Cape Argus, 14 Nov 2017

WOUNDS, infections to the wounds and gangrene are common, albeit uncomfortable and painful side-effects with which diabetes sufferers have to contend.

Conventional treatments for wound care including antibiotics and ointments have been used for decades to circumvent these side-effects, with amputation as a final resort.

Now new, exciting, non-invasive laser therapies are being used to harness the sun's power and to use it for healing. Thirty years ago, Toronto vascular surgeon Dr Fred Kahn began researching this light energy and developed the BioFlex laser systems to effectively administer the specific dosages of light required for healing.

Low-intensity laser therapy, also known as cold laser, low-level laser therapy or photobiomodulation, is an emerging therapeutic approach to healing, and is a highly effective treatment that addresses many conditions resulting from diabetes.

While this form of treatment is standard treatment in First World countries, it is relatively new in South Africa.

Directing an optimal, very specific measure of the electromagnetic spectrum, light can be absorbed by cell molecules for tissue regeneration.

This technology utilises super-luminous and laser diodes to irradiate diseased or traumatised tissue with photons.

These particles of energy are selectively absorbed by the cell membrane and intracellular molecules, resulting in the initiation of a cascade of complex physiological reactions, leading to the restoration of normal cell structure and function.

The process is curative, and therefore results in the elimination of symptoms, including pain. It facilitates the natural healing of diabetic venous ulcers, promotes circulation by promoting the development of new blood vessels and increases the oxygenated blood to the injured tissues, thereby accelerating tissue healing.

It promotes nerve regeneration and is highly effective as a treatment for neuropathy.

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