Light Therapy, IVF, and Fertility Enhancement
This video is part of an interview we conducted with Wesley Burwell on light therapy. Check out our previous conversation with Wesley on Intelligent Aging.
Can the healing power of light improve a person’s ability to get pregnant? While many factors affect fertility, light therapy can increase circulation, reduce inflammation, and support ATP production. In this video, Jennifer Waters, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., interviews Wesley Burwell, a leading light therapy expert.
Understanding the Endocrine System
The endocrine system is a group of glands and organs located throughout the body that produce hormones. All kinds of key functions are controlled by hormones released into the bloodstream: growth, metabolism, and of course, reproduction. The endocrine system includes the thyroid gland, pineal gland, adrenal glands, and pancreas, as well as the testes or ovaries.
Because these glands and organs are connected, thyroid function can affect the reproductive system, Burwell explains.
“If the thyroid’s under-functioning or over-functioning, it’s going to create an imbalance and it usually shows up at the end of the hormonal chain – which is your ovaries for females and testicles for men.”
Stress and the Body
For patients seeking to boost their fertility, Waters and Burwell both suggest addressing the stress response. When a stressful event occurs, Burwell explains, the muscles in the jaw contract automatically, repositioning the head.
“As the head goes forward, the pelvis now has to rotate up and forward. You’ve lost the curve in the neck, now you’re losing the curve in the lower back,” says Burwell.
This compresses the lumbar spinal nerves that serve the lower body, including the ovaries and the digestive tract.
Fortunately, light therapy can support healthy endocrine function. Simply placing light-emitting diodes (LEDs) over the eyes can help bring the endocrine system back into balance. Additionally, LED light triggers nitric oxide, improving blood flow throughout the body.
Using Light Therapy for Fertility
For anyone looking to use light therapy at home, Burwell suggests LED systems over lasers. Lasers work “like a key in a lock” when directed at an acupuncture point, explains Burwell. It takes a lot of education and training to use lasers properly in a therapeutic setting – plus lasers only offer one wavelength of light. In contrast, LED light therapy systems offer both red and blue light wavelengths. Burwell and Waters both recommend Inlight Therapy Systems.
Light therapy can be used in combination with other practices that support healthy ovarian function, from using an inversion table to taking supplements.
“Light assists all mechanisms of action in relation to detoxification,” says Burwell.
Ready to learn more? Watch the full interview on Light Therapies, IVF & Fertility on our YouTube page. For information about our LED light therapy and phototherapy services, contact Jennifer Waters, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. today.