Dealing with Candida? Red and Blue Lights Could Make A Difference!
Candida albicans, sometimes seen as C. Albicans, is a fungus that is fed by yeast. Some species of Candida can cause infection in people; the most common is Candida albicans. Candida normally lives on skin and inside the body, such as the mouth, throat, gut, and vagina, without causing problems. Candida can cause infections if it grows out of control or if it enters deep into the body. For example, it can cause infections in the bloodstream or internal organs like the kidney, heart, or brain. Treatment is usually through oral or intravenous means and comes with a host of side effects(effects not wanted).
As of 2011 and, most recently 2019, studies have shown “ twice-daily exposure to both blue and red lights affect the biofilm development and physiology of polysaccharide production and are potential mechanisms for the control of [Candida] albicans biofilm matrix development.” This is an amazing find, as it allows for a minimally invasive treatment for Candida albicans with no side effects. Expected effects could be increased gut motility, higher energy levels, more restful sleep, reduced joint pain, and essentially all the revered ‘side effects’ of having Candida Albicans. There are no reported side effects from Light therapy, unless used improperly(i.e. Staring directly into the red lights for an extended period of time or being burned by faulty equipment)
Candida Albicans is a relatively common fungus that lives in balance within our bodies. If we feed our Candida too much, their population increases and they have to move into other areas of the body, produce more waste for use to process, and demand more of the foods they desire(yeast and sugar). Using Red and blue lights twice a day can help to reduce their population and bring the body and gut biome into a more stable state. The process would not be instantaneous, but diligent and consistent work could see results in a few weeks.
Twice-daily red and blue light treatment for Candida albicans biofilm matrix development control
Candida albicans Sterilization Using a Light-Emitting Diode and Methylene Blue - PMC
Common C. Albicans treatments, use, side effects, and cautions:
Fluconazole (Oral Route) Side Effects - Mayo Clinic
Echinocandin Antifungals: Drug Class, Uses, Side Effects, Drug Names
Side thought: There is little shown on this, but there is a chance the efficacy or red light treatments could be improved by increasing the length of time during treatments. If this route is taken, there’s a chance of experiencing intense flu-like symptoms as the candida “die-off” and your gut biome changes. I would advise taking probiotics, drinking hot or cold water(tea is suggested for the terpenes to help flush the system), and planning to shift your eating lifestyle away from yeasts and simple sugars to control the candida population before, during, and after treatment.
Here at ProMassage & Chiropractic we offer Red Light Therapy! Give us a call at 615-448-6446 to book your first RLT session!