Vielight Review: Intranasal & Transcranial Light Therapy — Benefits of Photobiomodulation

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Last updated on January 18th, 2020

Vielight Intranasal Red 633 glow

I hope this detailed Vielight Review will help you to decide whether or not you want to invest in one of these devices for yourself. You can read the whole review or just jump ahead to the end to see the Conclusions and the Pros and Cons.

Vielight Intranasal and Transcranial Light Therapy, is a type of Photobiomodulation Therapy, which also includes Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT). It is a simple, safe and effective way to improve your general wellness with just 25 minutes of use each day.

The small intranasal light clips onto your nose and illuminates the dense network of capillaries inside the nasal cavity. In addition, the transcranial devices fit over your head and illuminate specific regions of the brain.

Vielight technology is based on decades of scientific research. Scientists in Russia, Eastern Europe, China and other countries have researched the effects of light energy of specific wavelengths (colors) and intensities on blood of laypeople and athletes.

The benefits are comparable to what can be achieved by intravenous blood irradiation performed in medical centres, but without the need for doctors or needles.

There are three intranasal Vielight Devices: the Vielight 633 Red and the Vielight 655 Prime emit red light for general wellness, while the Vielight 810 Infrared emits infrared light for the brain and nervous system as well as general wellness.

Thera are also four powerful Vielight Devices with transcranial LEDs, which actually shine through the skull to provide brain therapy: the Vielight Neuro Alpha, the Vielight Neuro Gamma, Vielight Neuro Duo and the Vielight X-Plus.

I have been using a Vielight 655 Prime for four years now, even taking it on long overseas trips, and it has always worked perfectly without problems. It is simple to use and the rechargeable AA battery (not included) lasts me for several weeks of almost daily use.

While it is hard to put down to just one thing, I have maintained good health even when many around me get colds and flus. I consider the Vielight an important component of my general health regime.

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The Science behind Vielight Intranasal Light Therapy

Girl Using Vielight Intranasal Light Therapy

Light energy has beneficial effects on red blood cell structure, enhancing their ability to take up oxygen, while also improving blood flow and reducing blood pressure.

Red light in the 663–655nm (nanometer) wavelength range and infrared at 810nm are ideal for photobiomodulation therapy.

This is because these wavelengths are well absorbed by blood and tissue. Also, red and infrared light have a high enough energy intensity to produce biological effects, but not so high as to create excessive heat or damage in the body tissues, such as UV light can.

Light of specific colors and intensities stimulates the mitochondria (energy factories) of cells, including red and white blood cells, thereby increasing cellular energy and enhancing immune system function.

Specifically, cytochrome c oxidase, the last enzyme in the respiratory electron transport chain of mitochondria, is able to absorb red and infrared light and use this energy for the synthesis of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). This ATP is the primary transporter of chemical energy within all the cells of the body.

Mitochondrial Photobiomodulation. A single mitrochondria being illuminated by red or infrared light.
Mitochondria being illuminated by red light

Infrared light (in this case at 810nm) can enter the brain from the nasal cavity or through the skull and stimulate cytochrome c oxidase enzyme activity and oxygen consumption by nerve cells, thus leading to increased energy and improved function and healing capacity.

It takes the heart less than one minute to pump blood to every cell in the body. In fact, the entire six quarts or so of blood can fully circulate throughout the body at least three times within that minute.

Therefore, illuminating the blood in the nasal region, where there is a large surface area of fine blood capillaries are near the surface (there are more capillaries per square centimeter just below the surface membrane in the nasal cavity than just about anywhere in the body.), soon illuminates the entire blood supply as it is pumped around the body. The therapy also influences the lymphatic system.

The Benefits of Vielight Photobiomodulation Therapy


One major advantage of Vielight Intranasal and Transcranial Light Therapy is that there is are no foreign substances introduced into the body, no needles, no pills to swallow and no side effects.

Intranasal and Transcranial light therapy is supported by scientific studies and it is complementary to dietary supplements and medications. After you invest in one you have no ongoing costs like you do with supplements or other treatments.

Vielight Devices are high quality, durable, and portable. The Vielight Intranasal Devices are pocket-sized and run on a single AA battery for up to three months. I use a rechargeable battery, which is more environmentally friendly and saves money.

Vielight Intranasal Light Therapy session while reading a book

Many people who have used intranasal light therapy have reported experiencing fast improvements from the following conditions: headaches, migraines, facial pain, sinus congestion, blurred vision caused by poor circulation, some bacterial and viral infections and pain.

Many have found relief, even overnight, from chronic fatigue and sleep disorders. And within two weeks many report improvements from high blood sugar, high blood pressure, impaired circulation, high LDL cholesterol, traumatic brain injury, mild cognitive impairment, chronic low immunity, depression, nasal polyps, some autoimmune illnesses, epilepsy and more.

This is based on studies, observations and feedback, using the device for 25 minutes once a day. Observed improvements don’t necessarily mean a cure and improvements may not always be significant, but some users have reported dramatic improvements where other treatments have not succeeded.

Photobiomodulation research has shown the following beneficial physiological effects among others:
  • Activates cytochrome c oxidase (COX) to produce more ATP in the mitochondria (cells’ powerhouses).
  • Reduces inflammation through production of anti-inflammatory cytokines.
  • Improves sleep quality.
  • Cognitive enhancement — improved memory, learning ability and reaction time.
  • Up-regulation of cytochrome oxidase activity leads to neuroprotective effects, self-repair & enhanced neuronal function.
  • Creates mild oxidants (reactive oxygen species or ROS) leading to gene transcription, cellular repair and healing.
  • Releases nitric oxide from hypoxic/impaired cells back into the system. Nitric oxide is used for cellular communication and it also helps dilate the blood vessels and improve blood circulation.
  • Accelerates wound healing.
  • Stimulates the mitochondria of white blood cells, potentially leading to improved immune function.
  • Improves red blood cell structure, thus reducing cell clumping and augmenting the oxygenation capacity of your circulatory system.

Vielight Devices — Two Systemic, Four for Brain


Vielight devices combine solid state technology with diodes (LEDs) built from transparent high impact polycarbonate to ensure quality and durability, making them into a lifetime investment. All models come with a one year warranty and a 6 month, 80% money-back guarantee.

Systemic Photobiomodulation

Vielight 633 Red

Vielight 633 Red

The Vielight 633 Red is a popular option and it is the lowest-priced Vielight device available. Unlike the 655, it is a non-laser device, so it can be sold in the US.

This is a non-laser intranasal light therapy device. The basic specifications include an optimally engineered diode (LED) emitting photons within the visible red spectrum (633 nm) wavelength powered by a calculated dosage of energy to irradiate the capillary-rich nasal cavity.

Go to vielight.com/devices/vielight-633-red-systemic to buy the Vielight 633 Red and get 10% off using the coupon code HEALINGWELL at checkout.

Vielight 655 Prime

Vielight 655 Prime

This is the laser equivalent of the Vielight 633 Red device. This device utilizes a low-level (or “cold”) laser diode to release coherent light in the visible red spectrum (655 nm), powered by a calculated dosage of energy to irradiate the capillary-rich nasal cavity.

The energy generated by this device is lower than the 633 Red resulting in a more power-efficient design. There is slightly more research behind laser photobiomodulation than with LEDs and they are potentially slightly more effective, but there isn’t a big difference.

CAUTION: Because it is a laser, users shouldn’t look directly at the light as it may cause eye damage. NOTE: This item can only be shipped to countries outside of the United States due to FDA regulations on laser-based wellness devices.

Go to vielight.com/devices/vielight-655-prime-systemic to buy the Vielight 655 Prime and get 10% off using the coupon code HEALINGWELL at checkout.

Brain Photoneuromodulation

Vielight 810 Infrared (Brain)

Vielight 810 Infrared (Brain)

The Vielight 810 is a non-laser intranasal light therapy model. Engineered for gentle brain stimulation, this device complements the systemic effects of the Vielight 633 Red and Vielight 655 Prime. Near-infrared photons at 810nm are invisible to the naked eye.

The near infrared light passes through the intranasal channel into the deep ventral areas of the brain. Neurons are well-suited for photobiomodulation because they contain mitochondria.

Before and after QEEG (Quantitative electroencephalograph) images show the Vielight 810 inducing restorative activity in the brain after a 25-minute session.

Sleepiness is a common side effect of using this device due to the 10 Hz pulse rate of the beam correlating with alpha brain waves and because of neuronal stimulation.

Go to vielight.com/devices/vielight-810-infrared-brain to buy the Vielight 810 Infrared and get 10% off by using the coupon code HEALINGWELL at checkout.

Wearing Vielight Neuro Alpha or Gamma while studying

Vielight Neuro Alpha (Brain)

The Vielight Neuro Alpha, Neuro Gamma and Neuro Duo combine intranasal with transcranial infrared LEDs for a much more powerful effect on different regions of the brain.

These Vielight Devices are a significant upgrade from the original Neuro Alpha, with triple the power density and an improved form to more comfortably fit different head shapes and sizes.

Vielight Neuro Alpha

The main aim of these three devices is to improve mental acuity and cognition without negative side effects. Not more than one 20 minute auto-timed session is required every second day. The Neuro Alpha, Neuro Gamma and Neuro Duo have built-in rechargeable batteries.

The transcranial LEDs specifically target the Default Mode Network (DMN) regions of the brain. These areas are associated with more introspective functions, such as memory and self-awareness when the brain is more at rest.

Vielight Neuro X-Plus mounted on head and in nose

Evidence shows that people with Alzheimer’s and autism have disruptions in the DMN areas. Meanwhile the intranasal applicator irradiates the deeper zones on the underside of the brain.

The infrared lights have a 10 Hz pulse rate, consistent with the pulse rate of the Vielight 810. This correlates with alpha brain wave entrainment and efficient cellular light absorption. There is currently clinical data backing up the efficacy of the Neuro Alpha.

Go to vielight.com/devices/vielight-neuro-alpha to buy the Vielight Neuro Alpha and get 10% off by using the coupon code HEALINGWELL at checkout.

Vielight Neuro Gamma

Vielight Neuro Gamma (Brain)

The Vielight Neuro Gamma is identical to the Neuro Alpha in all respects except for the pulse rate, which is 40 Hz.

This correlates to the low end of the Gamma brainwave region, giving a stronger effect on memory enhancement. The Neuro Gamma is still undergoing a number of clinical trials.

Note: Near-infrared photons are nearly invisible to the naked eye, making the beam appear much dimmer than it actually is (175 mW/cm2 per diode).

Go to vielight.com/devices/vielight-neuro-gamma to buy the Vielight Neuro Gamma and get 10% off by using the coupon code HEALINGWELL at checkout.

Vielight Neuro Duo (Brain)

Vielight Neuro Duo (Brain)

As you might have guessed from the name, the Vielight Neuro Duo combines two transcranial photobiomodulation (PBM) devices, the Neuro Alpha and the Neuro Gamma, along with an intranasal applicator, into one unit.

You can now enjoy the option of 10 Hz and 40 Hz pulsed PBM via two separate control units with one common transcranial headset.

This is a very economical package because you effectively get two units for only 35% more than the price of one. You then get the complimentary brain benefits of both.

Go to vielight.com/devices/vielight-neuro-duo-brain to buy the Vielight Neuro Duo and get 10% off by using the coupon code HEALINGWELL at checkout.

For more information about the original Vielight Neuro (now upgraded to the next-generation Neuro Alpha, Neuro Gamma and Neuro Duo) watch this short (2 minute) video:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jroi70LXpLI

Vielight Neuro X Plus

Vielight X-Plus

The Vielight X-Plus was initially designed as an add-on for the Neuro, and it enables delivery of photobiomodulation (PBM) to areas of the brain not already covered by other Vielight devices.

It comes with powerful 810 nm infrared LEDs attached to a flexible stainless steel band, to deliver near infrared (NIR) light to various brain areas (primarily at the back of the head), as well as to other areas of the body if needed.

The X-Plus also comes with its own 633 nm intranasal applicator, so you can get systemic photobiomodulation therapy (PBM) at the same time as near infrared brain PBM therapy.

The X-Plus is less than half the price of the other transcranial Neuro devices and it represents a good step up from the Vielight Intranasal devices if you can’t afford the more expensive Vielight Neuro devices.

Go to vielight.com/devices/vielight-x-plus to buy the Vielight X-Plus and get 10% off by using the coupon code HEALINGWELL at checkout.

Recommendations


You can use the Vielight 633, 655 or 810 intranasal devices once or twice daily for 25 minutes each, but don’t add in extra treatments in a day to compensate for any missed treatments. When doing two sessions a day you should have a break of at least six hours between treatments.

The small unit can clip onto a pocket or belt, and each treatment is timed for 25 minutes. You just press the button to start and after 25 minutes the Vielight beeps three times and shuts off. I am having a session right now as I finish writing this review.

The Vielight Neuro Alpha, Neuro Gamma and Neuro Duo transcranial devices can be used for one 20 minutes session every second day. More than that is not recommended as they are quite powerful.

The Vielight can be used by only one person at a time, but you can buy additional nose pieces for the intranasal devices so that each person can have their own for their individual treatments.

The nose clip comes with a rubber sleeve on the clip to grip your nose for when you are moving about or exercising, but I find it much more comfortable to remove the rubber grip, which tends to press quite firmly on the nose, and it still stays comfortably in place while sitting or walking.

I also like to swap over to the other nostril halfway through, but be careful doing this if you are using the 655 nm laser model! I close my eyes when moving it over and I’m careful not to point it directly towards my eyes.

Probably the best time of day to use the Vielight devices is afternoon or early evening. Red light exposure produces a shift in cell redox potential in the direction of greater oxidation and increased Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) generation.

Therefore, it is better to do this therapy later in the day since the body also produces ROS at night-time to clean up old and impaired cells and destroy foreign invaders. If you take any anti-oxidant supplements, these should be taken in the morning anyway — they are likely to interfere with the Vielight’s mechanism of action if taken too close to treatment time.

Using the Vielight just before sleep may be fine, but there is a chance that the melatonin produced by the body at night could also inhibit the effectiveness of the Vielight therapy since it is a powerful anti-oxidant.

Conclusion

Personally, I can attest to improved immunity since I started using the Vielight 655. It is one of the main components of my healing regime along with my SaunaSpace Luminati near-infrared sauna. That is why I am happy to promote these devices so that others can reap the benefits.

Vielight have an 80% refund policy, valid for 6 months from the time of purchase, if you find that devices do not help you. This only applies to direct purchases from Vielight.com.

They will also replace the product if there are any defects, covered by a 12-month warranty. Please note that they do not refund intranasal applicators purchased as separate items.

Thank you for visiting and reading my Vielight review. If you have any questions, comments or personal experience with Vielight Photobiomodulation devices please feel free to leave a comment below.

If you have decided you would like to buy a Vielight Light Therapy device, I recommend purchasing directly from Vielight, since then you will be fully covered by the warranty and refund policy.

Check out prices at Vielight.com and get a 10% discount off all Vielight devices using the coupon code HEALINGWELL at checkout.

SUMMARY

Where to Buy: www.vielight.com (use coupon code: HEALINGWELL to get a 10% off the price).
Intranasal Models: Vielight 633 Red, Vielight 655 Prime, Vielight 810 Infrared
Transcranial Vielight Models: Neuro Alpha, Neuro Gamma, Neuro Duo and Vielight X-Plus
Battery Life (1 AA): 2–3 months for 633, 655, and 810 Intranasal Devices (Neuro devices have built-in rechargeable batteries)
Delivery: Estimated delivery time is 2 to 5 business days (North America and Australia) and 4 to 7 business days (Internationally).
Warranty: 1 Year
My Rating: 9 out of 10

Pros

  • Portable, Wearable and Convenient
  • Scientific research and user reports backing the beneficial effects on health and wellbeing
  • Durable, lightweight and compact
  • Just one to two 25-minute sessions daily or 20 minutes every second day for Neuro devices
  • Can be used while doing many activities like reading, meditating, walking, cooking, driving, studying, working on the computer etc.
  • Long-lasting with single AA battery for Intranasal models (2–3 months of daily use). Neuro models have built-in rechargeable battery

Cons

  • Though there has been a lot of research on photobiomodulation, Vielight Devices are still undergoing clinical trials to prove their efficacy.
  • Nothing to fault that I have found so far after more than two years of regular use, but one friend did manage to break nose clip.

6 Responses

  1. Patrick

    Hello Tim

    Recently my brother had a stroke which caused him to be helpless. On a positive he is well in health and we are trying to get him back on track. Can you advise if the vielight will be useful to aid in recovery.

    Thanks
    Patrick

    • Tim

      Hello Patrick,

      I am sorry to hear about your brother and I wish him a full recovery with your help. I cannot say conclusively that the Vielight will be highly effective in your brother’s case, but it certainly has been shown to be of some benefit in recovery and repair following stroke and brain injuries. The Vielight / Photobiomodulation (PBM) has been shown to have positive effects on reducing inflammation and oxidative stress, as well as promoting neurogenesis; all important elements for stroke recovery. I would say that it is certainly worth a try as an adjunct therapy in addition to other things you are doing. Research so far does demonstrate some promising results, but more clinical studies are needed. For example, this review paper available through Pubmed gives a good summary of the current state of research: Photobiomodulation and the brain: a new paradigm. Since the technology is relatively new, ongoing research and clinical trials will gradually start to paint a clearer picture on its benefits for stroke and traumatic brain injury over the coming years.

      The Vielight Neuro Alpha 810 nm would be the device that I recommend for maximum therapeutic effect in overall brain healing. It is three times more powerful than the Vielight 810 nm intranasal device and combines transcranial stimulation with the intranasal stimulation. However, if you can’t afford that, then go for the Vielight 810nm, which could be used up to twice daily at least six hours apart. On the other hand, for the Vielight Neuro Alpha the user manual only recommends using it every second day, but it might be worth writing and asking them whether that could be increased to daily for a while for maximum therapeutic effect. Or ask your doctor/specialist about it. It would definitely be safest to start off with one treatment every second day though if you get the Neuro Alpha.

      Remember, you can also give it a try and you can return it if you don’t think it is giving any benefit. All Vielight devices come with a six-month satisfaction guarantee for 80% of your money back, if purchased directly from Vielight.

      I hope that helps your decision. I wish your brother all the best in health.

      Best regards,

      Tim

  2. Oyinda

    Hello Tim
    Can you please help simplify all this for me by identifying the Vielight equipment that will be best for grande mal epilepsy/nocturnal/catamenial epilepsy. I look forward to your response please.

    • Tim

      Hello Oyinda,

      Thank you for asking me this question. It is actually a hard question to answer definitively, because not a lot of research has been done on the effects of photobiomodulation therapy on epilepsy or seizures. Most of the research has been done on Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, stroke, depression, mild cognitive impairment and brain injuries, with some beneficial results.

      I would recommend the Vielight 810nm for brain healing and it also has the advantage of the pulsed infrared light at 10 Hz. This frequency is in the alpha brainwave range and this frequency has been shown to be beneficial for epilepsy and for calming the mind. However, caution must be taken when using pulsed lights as it is well known that flashing lights can induce epileptic seizures in some people. Since, the 810nm is in the infrared light range there should be little risk of this occurring. For a more powerful overall therapeutic effect, the Vielight Neuro Alpha is the best option, though this is considerably more expensive. However, in addition, the 655nm could provide some benefit by reducing the release of glutamate, a neuro-exitatory amino acid in the brain, to the rest state, thus calming the epileptic activity. Although this is red light, it is continuous, not pulsed, so it is safe for epilepsy. Overall, I think the first choice is probably the 810nm.

      I hope this helps you a bit. I have to say that it may or may not help improve these conditions, and it shouldn’t do any harm, but since there isn’t much research there is no guarantee that it will help. Since I am not a qualified medical doctor I am just giving you advice based on my own online research. I think it would also be good to check with a doctor or specialist before going ahead with your decision.

      Best wishes!

      Tim

  3. Melodie Rakes

    I am very interested in the veil light but apprehensive about purchasing.
    Are there any doctors in Marrero, LA where I could get further information

    • Tim

      Hi Melodie,

      Thank you for your question.

      I live in NZ and I don’t know of any doctors in your area. However, you could contact the North American Association for Photobiomodulation Therapy in New York state (http://www.naalt.org). They may know about doctors in your area or give professional advice about the Vielights.

      Remember to choose the Vielight device appropriate to your needs: the 633nm (or 655nm option for those outside the US) for systemic benefits to red blood cells, oxygenation and mitochondrial function, or the 810nm for neurological healing, calming and improving mental acuity and cognition.

      There are also the transcranial devices for enhanced neural wellness and mental clarity (Vielight Neuro Alpha); and improved cognition and memory enhancement (Vielight Neuro Gamma). I haven’t used these two though, so I don’t have personal experience with them, but it sounds like they could be quite effective.

      Best wishes!

      Tim

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