What to do when a sudden, severe cystitis threatens to derail your most exciting plans? Boy, have I experienced this many times! This time I was packing for the trip of a lifetime – my journey with the Rainbow Warrior III – and NOTHING was going to stand in my way. So even though I had landed in hospital many times in my life with this recurring bother, I was determined to sail.
Last minute I remembered about the coMra laser machine Charles had lent me for the recovery from my back operation. Recently my son was mugged and the laser fixed up a very swollen shoulder and hip. I also often use it when my neck and shoulders ache from too many hours in front of the laptop. So I had hope that it would sort out my pain.
Good thing too, as by that night on the ship my bladder was extremely painful. I whipped out the laser and applied 5 minutes of low level laser, with ultrasound therapy on the ‘Variable’ intensity setting. Instant relief. Wow, this was really effective. I went to sleep without any pain. When I felt a small tinge of pain again the next day, I gave it 5 more minutes and that was the end of my cystitis.
Stair flops and thumb care
Another opportunity for laser relief presented itself first thing on the first morning. With no wind the first night, we rocked wildly and I had not learnt about angling my bed so I could be wedged against the wall. Falling around all night I hardly got any sleep. Watching the porthole, I was excited to see the first light and charged onto the deck to see the sunrise.
Dizzy, sleep deprived and without proper sea legs I slipped down the narrow staircase, falling a few steps. I grabbed the rail with my right hand, bending my thumb back completely, having taken the weight of my body. It was very painful and blue all around, plus my wrist was aching. After sunrise I applied the laser to my blue thumb and wrist. That was the end of the pain. Whilst it still looked bruised a few days later, there was no further pain.
I was excited to call Charles and tell him how this marvellous little gadget had saved my trip at sea. I had evidence, but didn’t fully understand how this worked? This was his response:
Everyday infections and inflammation can be a source of great inconvenience, as well as pain. They often require visits to the doctor for antibiotics and anti-inflammatories. It is not too far-fetched to believe that low-level laser light can be a natural alternative when it comes to treating infections and inflammation. So many case studies and research papers published in the past 40 years have shown how effective this can be in many areas of healing.
Sort out mouth infections
A most widespread form of infection is oral herpes, and many people are familiar with the effects of this, as well as how painful this can be. A number of studies have shown the efficacy of low level lasers for treating herpes simplex. This is one example:
“Gingivostomatitis is the most common primary and symptomatic clinical manifestation of HSV-1 infection. Painful oral lesions appear as ulcerative erosions on the gingiva, palate, buccal mucosa, and tongue, leading to eating and drinking difficulties with an evolution between 10-14 days. This paper describes a case of a 19-month-old boy with severe painful Gingivostomatitis lesions. Low level laser therapy (LLLT) was used with an immediate outcome.” – PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE
Today, more and more doctors are reluctant to prescribe antibiotics, unless these are absolutely necessary, because of worries concerning potential resistance to them, as well as their side-effects. An example of this concerns ear infections in children, which are one of the most common forms of infection in young children.
curing infections without antibiotics
A detailed study of ear infections in children has shown that “Antibiotics help children with ear infections get better slightly faster, but can also cause side effects such as a rash or diarrhoea.” As a result, “Guidelines in the UK encourage doctors not to prescribe antibiotics for ear infections, as children usually recover after a few days even without treatment.”
Low-level lasers have the advantage of being completely non-toxic, as well as non-invasive. And they are effective over a wide range of conditions.
An old lady from Romania suffering from Angina Pectoris had to have dental work done, as she had a painful abscess. The dentist could not start the work, as no anaesthetic could be used, only antibiotics. About three weeks after taking antibiotics without results, the pus had accumulated and she had terrible pain and a very swollen face. One day two laser treatments were applied for 5 minutes with frequency of 5 Hz from the outside. The patient came back the next day, a very happy old lady. Her face was not swollen like a ball anymore; the infection had burst out and was gone. She had no pain.
Injuries can be very successfully treated with low level light therapy. A six year-old boy had injured his big toe, resulting in purulent inflammation. The injury was about two centimetres in diameter. He was treated with laser light locally, once daily, until the problem was completely resolved after 8 days.
More office cures coming up?
Today Lucas is in the office with a sore elbow from a fall – he slipped on a leaf in the rain. Now we’re going to see what the laser can do for him. Obviously I don’t ever want to be without the laser again and have decided to make this part of my alternative medicine chest for keeps.
Next time we will write about the exact mechanism of how light heals the body on a cellular level.
By Elma Pollard