MIL therapy is a therapeutic method based on the principles of quantum physics. It uses electromagnetic waves and light particles. The concept was born from the association between scientists and doctors working for Russian aerospace medical research.
The name comes from the devices it uses: M for Magnetic, I for Infrared, L for Laser.
In the last century, Dr. Niels Finsen, then suffering from a degenerative disease, discovers that exposure to the sun decreases his pain. He then decides to study the effects of light on the human body. His research led him to show that red and infrared waves of the light spectrum are efficient in treating skin lupus, smallpox, and other diseases. His method, called “phototherapy”, made him win the Nobel Prize in 1903.
In studies on the circadian cycle (recognition of night and day by the body), researchers show that red and infrared waves stimulate cellular activity. This is why artificial red and infrared lights have been used since 1960 in aerospace to help astronauts in zero gravity conditions, whose metabolisms are slowed down because of weightlessness.
Since 1998, MIL therapy has been associated with the performances of the greatest sports champions in the fields of football, athletics, cycling and basketball, during prestigious events such as the World Cup, the European and World Championships and the Olympic Games.
Several studies show that our body responds to light exposure and reacts differently to the multiple wavelengths of the visible spectrum. Light therapy (MIL therapy) is used by many professionals and brings a complementary action to conventional treatments.
Each animal cell contains what we call “mitochondria”: small organic factories that synthesize energy so the cell can work. Tiina Karu‘s work shows that mitochondria are the initial site of light rays’ action: light stimulates a complex structure in the respiratory chain called “cytochrome c oxidase”, the activation of which leads to an increased cellular energy production and a variation in the concentration of reactive oxygen species (ROS). It also acts on many transcription factors such as Ref-1, AP-1 (Fos and Jun), NF-κB, p53, ATF/CREB, HIF-1α and HIF-like factor.
The effects of exposure to light can therefore be seen in an increased cellular energy production, a proliferation of cells, as well as in a variation of cytokine concentration and growth factors.