The brain is one of the most complicated and intricate systems that creates and controls our every thought, emotion, and action. As declared by French Philosopher René Descartes, written in Latin, cogito, ergo sum, which translates to “I think, therefore I am.” We are most certainly our brains.
Neuromodulation, especially brain photobiomodulation (tPBM), is an exciting and growing field in neuroscience. This post will give an overview of this safe, non-invasive neuromodulation technique.
What is neuromodulation?
Neuromodulation is the alteration, or modulation, of neurophysiological activity to help reestablish normal neural balance. There are three main types of neuromodulation (or neurostimulation) techniques: (1) electrical, (2) magnetic field, and (3) light stimulation.
Here at Niraxx, we have chosen near-infrared light as our neuromodulation mechanism because of its high safety profile. The form of near-infrared light that we use, which has a wavelength with a range of 760 to 1440 nm, can penetrate the human skin and reach deeply into targeted tissue regions.
Applying near-infrared light to the forehead triggers a natural photochemical reaction in brain cells located in the pre-frontal cortex area. The powerhouse organelle of any cell is the mitochondria. When using photobiomodulation, the mitochondria converts the near-infrared light into cellular energy known as adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Your brain uses more energy than any other organ in your body. More energy metabolism improves cognitive function. On top of that, more energy for your brain also means enhanced neuronal growth and repairs.
Are there any Side Effects?
Currently, tPBM has been shown to be completely free of any safety concerns, or any reported adverse side effects. Additionally, there now exist abundant scientific studies supporting tPBM’s efficacy for various neurological disease treatment and brain health management.
Brain Pacer Really Works
Before we dash off this post, we are happy to share with you we now have preliminary evidence showing that the Niraxx Brain-Pacer-delivered pro-brainpower benefits, but that the brain-pacer-driven positive neural activity changes are real.
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