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Drug Free Cognitive Enhancement

Updated: May 12

Transcranial photobiomodulation (tPBM), or the application of near-infrared light to the brain, has been shown to confer neuroprotective benefits to individuals after traumatic brain injury (TBI) and those suffering from symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). The enzyme cytochrome C oxidase, absorbs light energy and uses it to increase the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which is the body’s main source of cellular energy.

The science behind tPBM, also known as low-level light therapy (LLLT), shows promise in the treatment of other health conditions such as depression, which impair brain functions such as memory and emotions.

Vielight, a Canadian company, produces professional and consumer wellness devices that use the science of systemic photobiomodulation for peak performance and promoting general good health, as well as more specific neuromodulation devices.

I will soon be offering tPBM and sPBM treatment using Vielight devices in my practice. Contact me for more information about these modalities.

*If you’re interested in purchasing your own device, use code ‘equanimity’ for 10% off on the Vielight website.*




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