We use the Weber Medical Infrared LED Helmet as part of our portfolio of treatment strategies to decrease degenerative brain diseases. The helmet is placed on your head and the low levels of infrared light generated by the Light Emitting Diodes placed inside the helmet penetrate your skull. This penetration is also referred to as Transcranial Infrared Laser Stimulation operating at a wavelength of 810nm. One of the benefits of using this helmet is an increase in oxygen saturation enabling your neurons to operate more effectively.

Photobiomodulation (PBM) describes the use of red or near-infrared light to stimulate, heal, regenerate, and protect tissue that has either been injured, is degenerating, or else is at risk of dying. One of the organ systems of the human body that is most necessary to life, and whose optimum functioning is most worried about by humankind in general, is the brain. The brain suffers from many different disorders that can be classified into three broad groupings: traumatic events (stroke, traumatic brain injury, and global ischemia), degenerative disease (Dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s), and psychiatric disorders (depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder). There is some evidence that all these seemingly diverse conditions can be beneficially affected by applying light to the head. There is even the possibility that PBM could be used for cognitive enhancement in normal healthy people. In this transcranial PBM (tPBM) application, near-infrared (NIR) light is often applied to the forehead because of the better penetration (no hair, longer wavelength). Some medical equipment manufacturers have previously used expensive lasers, recent innovations have allowed the introduction of inexpensive light-emitting diode (LED) arrays that in turn enabled the development of light-emitting diode helmets or “brain caps”.


Lesley Parkinson, Brainhealth June 2021