Based on thousands of 1000s of published research papers, we know that selecting the right wavelengths and controlling the dosage are both important factor in stimulating tissue. The other critical factor is pulsing the light source. In the cold laser market, we see that some problems are best solved with dosage and other are best solved with pulsing. This article covers the basic on pulsing.
Because the creation of high quality whole-body PBM pods is a recent development, we often look to its predecessors (like laser therapy systems and European researchers) to guide us in determining what makes a great PBM system. Historically, there are 4 main concepts of what makes a great PBM system:
1. Using specifics wavelengths to excite different types of cells.
2. Optimizing the dosage for the best photo-chemical reaction
3. Following very specific multi-step protocols based on the best practices of PBM
4. Pulsing the light source for an additional energetic reaction
At BioPhotonica, we combine all these concepts for the best results.
In the world of laser therapy, several of the leading manufacturers do not put any emphasis on dosage, (delivering less than 4 total joules in a therapy session) and they put all the emphasis on pulsing the light source. In laser training classes, this theory is compared to how acupuncturist use needles to control the flow of energy in the body. As more and more Acupuncturists realize they can do the same thing with a laser, they typically put a big emphasis of controlling the energy using pulsing. This theory is very different from the traditional dosage based PBM but we know from many years of experience that these low-dosage/high-pulsing emphasis systems also deliver great results in many cases and in more complex cases, it seems to be the best option. Within this theory, there are 2 groups of pulsing patterns:
- Classical: Some manufacturers base their pulsing patterns on the works of established pioneers in pulsing like Bahr, Nogier, Fuchtenbusch, Solfeggio and Shumman.
- Modern: Some manufacturers work with practitioners to determine which pulsing frequencies that interact the most strongly with different parts of the body. 2 leaders in the area are Dr. Rick Amy and Dr Rurucha.
At BioPhotonica, we support both concepts as part of an integrated solution.
Recent research has shown that different types of cells have different natural vibrational frequencies and that healthy cell have a different natural frequency form unhealthy cells. We can also see in other modalities like Pulse Electro Magnetic Frequency (PEMF) systems that place a major emphasis on pulsing frequencies. These system are become more popular based on the concept that some natural frequencies that may weaken, inhibit or disrupt virus and bacteria.
The ReGen Pod supports 3 different types of pulsing:
1. Basic Pulsing: In this case, all 4 wavelengths pulse at the same frequency. This is the most basic form of pulsing.
2. Harmonic Pulsing: In this case, the system will create multiple simultaneous pulsing frequencies that synchronize together. A simple example of this would be pulsing the different wavelengths at 5,10,15 and 20 Hz.
3. Light Fields: These wave combinations use multiple pulsing frequencies with synergistic effects. This is the main subject of the Book "Laser Field Therapy" by Anja Fuchtenbush. Once example from this book is: 10Hz, 385Hz, 3632Hz and 4625 Hz.
The ReGen Pod allows all these types of pulsing and allow users to use execute them in a fixed format or a sweeping format, You can see the Theta wave pulse example below to better understand the idea of sweeping through a set of waves. Because the ReGen Pod also allows for multi-step programs, Users can also sweep through a set of pulsing frequencies with each step being a different set of pulsing frequencies.
In a meta study (study of other studies) the authors compiled and present conclusions comparing pulsing and continuous wave in laser therapy. In the study by Hashmi JT1, Huang YY, Sharma SK, Kurup DB, De Taboada L, Carroll JD, Hamblin MR, they concluded that there was very little consensus on a perfect pulsing frequency at this time but that "this review of the literature indicates that overall pulsed light may be superior to CW light with everything else being equal." Since we do see more agreement about pulsing frequencies in other area like ultrasonic therapy and PEMF , we believe that additional research will improve the consensus on which pulsing frequencies are the best and so we designed the ReGen Pod so that the system can evolve as the technology evolves. Whenever new research is released about pulsing technology, the ReGen Pod can be updated overnight to optimize the new information and it will always be on the leading-edge of the technology. Until then, we will continue to use the best research available and create multi-step programs (with multiple pulsing frequencies) based on the best information available today and tomorrow.
Here are just a few examples of classical pulsing and how we handle multiple or complex pulsing frequencies:
Schumann Universal 7.83Hz (Fixed): This pulsing frequency is described as the universal pulsing frequency of our universe.
This frequency can be measure anywhere in space and is thought to be a natural harmonic and all the wavelengths are pulsed at the same frequency at the same time.
Theta Wave 5-8 Hz (Sweep): These pulsing frequency can be measured in the Brain during sleep. Theta Waves are in a range from 5 Hz to 8 Hz so the ReGen Pod rotate the 4 different pulsing frequencies across all the wavelengths for quarter of the time (based on the total time of the step) as seen in this chart below. This shows the concept of sweep pulsing and how we allocate multiple pulsing frequencies across multiple wavelengths.
Nogier Frequency A 2.28 Hz (Fixed). Resonated the mesoderm and is associated with metabolism, internal organs,
nutritional assimilation and a balanced parasympathetic system. This is a simple pulsing frequency where all the wavelengths are pulsed.
Fi Band - Detox [Fuchtenbusch] (Harmonic Sweep): This pulsing frequency is based on the research of Anja Fuchtenbush and associates. This is described as a harmonic light field. In the ReGen Pod, this is a sweeping harmonic field.
Nogier Frequency E Higher Octave 4,672 Hz (Fixed): This pulsing frequency is fixed across all wavelength and illustrated an example of higher frequency pulsing. The concept is that this pulsing frequency resonates with the spinal cord and peripheral nervous system.
As you can see in the example, many of the coolest natural pulsing frequencies are below 60Hz. This is a potential safely issue for some users. Light sensitive people like Epileptics can be very sensitive to the RED pulsing in this range. In some cases, this can cause a seizure. When installing a pod, there are 2 ways to minimize this possible problem. Users can be screened to make sure they are not light sensitive and then they can get access to these lower pulsing frequencies. This is not realistic if the system is in public area with lots of people so we designed the ReGen Pod with a safety override. When turned on, the system will not allow any program to pulsing the Red at below 60Hz. The infra-red wavelengths are not visible so they are not effected by the safety over-ride, only the visible red. This allows the ReGen Pod to be safely installed in a wide variety of applications and user can get get access to the lower pulsing frequencies where it is found to be properly controlled and safe.
An often missed or misunderstood concept in pulsing is duty cycle but it is critical to optimizing the system. Duty cycle is defined as the ratio of ON time to OFF time. That means that a 85% duty cycle is ON 85% of the time and delivers the dosage at 85% of a continuously ON system. The ReGen pod allows users to set the duty cycle when they create a new pulsing preset. Lower duty cycles can be used for diagnostics purposes. In several publications, they review a process where someone is exposed to lower duty cycle pulsing to see if they have any natural resonances. This information can then be used as input for developing a program.
With all these options, you might ask how users can control all this flexibility. The answer is pulsing presets. On any remote device, owners can create unlimited pulsing presets. Each preset defines the pulsing frequency and duty cycle of each of the 4 wavelength. Users can name the preset and attach keywords or notes to it for later use. They can also turn ON and OFF the option for sweeping through the set of pulsing frequencies. The ReGen Pod already comes installed with a huge library of presets but users can create their own too. Then users can add any number of preset together to create a program. Here is a sample program built using factory presets.
|Step||Preset Name||Step Time|
|1||Continuous Wave All Wavelengths||5 minutes|
|2||FI Band 01 [Fuchtenbusch]||3 minutes|
|3||FI Band 02 [Fuchtenbusch]||3 minutes|
|4||SOL 5 | 528HZ [Solfeggio]||2 minutes|
|5||Nogier Frequency C Higher Octave| 1,168 Hz||4 minutes|
This system allows users to create any combination of pulsing steps and save the set as a program. Then using the systems internal feedback mechanism, the system will poll users to see if this program works better than competing programs so we can continuously improve the programs. At BioPhotonica, we wanted to create the most flexible pod so we developed a proprietary architecture that allow for the use of all these concepts. Every Pod ships with an internal library of classical pulsing frequencies. These pulsing frequencies ship standard in thousands of laser therapy devices (from manufactures like Avant, MKW, 3B scientific, and RJ). By integrating these pulsing frequencies into the internal library, we save users the time of doing research and entering the numbers into the system, When building a custom program, users simply select for the list of classic pulsing frequencies.
In addition to these classics, the ReGen Pod supports more recently developed pulsing frequencies through our optional free App Store. When users use the App Store, they get access to hundreds of the published "modern" or specialty pulsing frequencies. To make the system even more flexible, the ReGen Pod allows for unlimited steps in any program. This allows users to create one program that executes multiple pulsing frequencies in a defined order. Because there are lots of different people saying that one pulsing frequency is superior, a multi-step program allows us to step through all the best options in one program and get the benefits of the pulsing frequencies. Because the ReGen Pod also allows customers feedback about each program, the programs can be constantly improved. At BioPhotonica, we believe that this combination of a huge internal library of both classical and modern pulsing frequencies combined with multi-step programs and a feedback loop makes the ReGen Pod the ultimate tool for anyone wanting to add photobiomodulation to their business.