Infrared light therapy might have the potential to help people living with dementia, according to researchers.
A pilot study, led by Dr Paul Chazot, Durham University, UK, and Dr Gordon Dougal, of Maculume Ltd, found improvements in the memory, motor function and processing skills of healthy people with normal intellectual function for their age.
As a result, the researchers said transcranial photobiomodulation therapy (PBM-T) – where infrared light is self-delivered to the brain using a specially designed helmet worn by the patient – might potentially also have benefits for people with dementia.
They stressed that more research into the use and effectiveness of the therapy was needed, but that the findings of their pilot were promising.
The research is published in the journal Photobiomodulation, Photomedicine and Laser Surgery.