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Drs. Theodore Henderson and Larry Morries, co-Founders of the Neuro-Laser Foundation are on the forefront of studying the effectiveness of treating traumatic brain injury (TBI) with a specialized method using high-powered, multi-watt near-infrared light (NILT). The latest science published this month demonstrates the powerful restorative impact of NILT, or “neuro-laser,” can have on damaged areas of the brain after receiving a series of transcranial applications.

Dr. Henderson authored the study Multi-watt near-infrared light therapy as a neuroregenerative treatment for traumatic brain injury which published May 3, 2016 in the Neural Regeneration Research, and is cited in the National Library of Congress (Pubmed). Dr. Henderson has stacked up evidence that NILT effectively serves traumatic brain injury (TBI) by improving brain metabolism, inflammation, oxidative stress and neurodegeneration

Here are five related studies published in the last year outlining the efficacy of the light and procedure.

5 Recent Studies Show NILT Helps TBI

    1. Near-infrared photonic energy penetration: can infrared phototherapy effectively reach the human brain? Henderson TA & Morries LD.  — The study showed high-powered, multi-watt infrared light achieved at least 3 cm penetration into the brain. This included wavelengths of 980 and 808 nm with 9-13 Watts average power. No thermal skin irritation occurred, and skin temperature change was negligible. Published in Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, Summer, 2015
    2. Treatments for traumatic brain injury with emphasis on transcranial near-infrared laser phototherapy. Morries LD, Cassano P, Henderson TA. — The second study found that a specific high-powered, near infrared light can effectively re-energize damaged brain cells after penetrating the skin and skull. All the patients in the study reported significant clinical improvement in their condition with no negative side effects. Published in Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, Summer, 2015
    3. SPECT perfusion imaging demonstrates improvement of traumatic brain injury with transcranial nearinfrared laser phototherapy. Henderson TA and Morries LD – SPECT brain scans clearly show a dramatic improvement in brain function of a Veteran with a 32 year old injury. Published in Advances in Mind-Body Medicine, Fall, 2015.
    4. Review of transcranial photobiomodulation for major depressive disorder: targeting brain metabolism, inflammation, oxidative stress, and neurogenesis. Published in Neurophotonics, March 2016 and cited in the National Library of Congress (Pubmed).
    5. Multiwatt near infrared light therapy as a neuroregenerative treatment for traumatic brain injury. Henderson, TA. Published in Neural Regeneration Research, May 2016.

With millions of TBI survivors, and various other possible applications for NILT, this is one of the hottest topics in neuro-science today, according to Dr. Morries.

“The need is tremendous, and we suspect there are many other ways NILT could help the brain heal,” said Dr. Morries, who together with Dr. Henderson, is seeking $2.5 million through the “Say Goodbye TBI” campaign for research and financial aid for military veterans, first-responders and others who may qualify.

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