Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)

by David Rindge DOM, LAc, RN.  All rights reserved.

Light emitting diodes (LEDs) have a broader bandwidth, lower average intensity and are less directional in their emission than lasers.[1} LEDs are also relatively inexpensive and have been shown to be effective for pain and many other conditions.  As such, they offer the possibility of affordable, effective non-drug treatment at home.

Light emitting diode systems can also administer phototherapy at precise dosages over large areas rapidly.  Their lower average intensity may be an advantage  in treating tendons close to the surface, in wounds and in off-label applications such as retinal disease.  LED light, especially at red wavelengths, may be absorbed by hemoglobin in the blood close to the skin’s surface.  Besides treating pain, the transfer of this energy into blood which then circulates throughout the body may result in significant, systemic effects with many health benefits.

At the Center for Cooperative Medicine, we are proud to treat with Quantum Devices WARP 10 and WARP 75  LED systems and to recommend them through Healing Light Seminars for those seeking cost-effective, non-drug relief of pain .

The WARP 10® is a high intensity, hand-held, portable, LED (light emitting diode) unit, which treats an area of 10 cm2 and is intended for the treatment of chronic pain. Click here to read more…  i The WARP 75® is based on the same technology but has 7.5 times (75cm2) the actual coverage area as the WARP 10 (10cm2). It is air (fan) cooled and can mount on an articulated arm. Click here to read more…

Quantum Devices WARP 10 and WARP 75 are FDA cleared for  chronic pain.   Quantum Devices  invented the high intensity, lighting systems NASA uses to grow plants in space. Its  ‘high emissivity aluminiferous substrate’ technology is unique, very different from most LEDs, and designed for high power output, even intensity over large areas, precision (dosage and wavelength), and long life.

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[1}The wavelength of light is measured in nanometers.  A nanometer is one billionth of a meter. The spectral distribution (bandwidth) of therapeutic lasers ranges is very narrow, approximately .01-10 nanometers, whereas that of light emitting diodes ranges between 30-100 nanometers.