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- 19 May 2023

Pope Francis' Healing Thanks to Photo-Bio-Modulation (PBM)

The healing of Pope Francis is an important example of how Photo-Bio-Modulation (PBM) can represent an innovative therapy to heal painful conditions and improve quality of life, offering new hope to millions of people struggling with neurological or psychiatric disorders.

During a ceremony held on Saturday, April 29, 2023, during the homily at St Elizabeth's Church in Budapest, Pope Francis attributed his recovery from a fractured knee to Photo-Bio-Modulation (PBM).

Thanks to this particular form of innovative and non-invasive therapy that uses infrared light to achieve its therapeutic effects, the Pope was able to get up from his wheelchair and walk only with the help of a cane.

What is Photo-Bio-Modulation (PBM)?

Photo-Bio-Modulation (PBM), also known as red light therapy, is an innovative non-invasive therapy that uses specific near-infrared (NIR) light devices to preserve and regenerate cells in compromised tissues by stimulating healing.

PBM is the result of the efforts of Dr. Endre Mester, a Hungarian physician who discovered this therapy in 1967 at a laboratory in Budapest based on his experiments on rodents. Today, this revolutionary technology is applied in the treatment of a wide range of disorders, including various neurological and psychiatric conditions.

The infrared light emitted by PBM devices is applied directly to the treatment area, where it can interact with cells, promoting cell regeneration and reducing inflammation. In practice, it has been observed that targeted administration of specific light frequencies emitted by PBM devices can accelerate the healing of physical injuries, reduce the effects of trauma, or improve energy function.

The Case of Pope Francis and Photo-Bio-Modulation

In a homily delivered in Budapest, Pope Francis spoke about how Photo-Bio-Modulation (PBM) helped him heal from his knee problem by accelerating the healing process and avoiding the need for surgery. PBM allowed the Pope to get up from his wheelchair and walk only with the help of a cane.

During the homily, Pope Francis spoke of "internal fatigue," emphasizing how infrared technology was able to stimulate tired cells and facilitate their healing. This is just one of the many documented benefits of PBM, which include better management of painful conditions and treatment of various medical conditions, as recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

PBM stands out for its safety and efficacy and is used to treat millions of patients worldwide without documented side effects. Regarding pain management, thanks to FDA approval, PBM offers a non-invasive and safe alternative to opioid drugs, especially in an era where the overuse of these drugs has reached alarming proportions.

During the ceremony, Pope Francis honored Dr. Endre Mester by presenting his son Adam Mester with a special gift. In turn, Adam Mester donated to the Pope a PBM device that can be used independently at home, so that the Pope can treat himself with his own hands if needed.

This event has brought significant attention to this innovative and safe therapy increasingly used to provide relief to those suffering from physical injuries and other conditions.

Pope Francis receiving a Photo-Bio-Modulation (PBM) device as a gift from Adam Mester.

Photo-Bio-Modulation Benefits and Applications

The efficacy of Photo-Bio-Modulation (PBM) is not limited to the healing of physical injuries. This type of therapy is also widely used in the treatment of numerous Neuropsychiatric Disorders. In this case, PBM is applied directly on the patient's head, and its infrared light can penetrate the skull and increase blood flow in the brain, thus stimulating brain metabolism, promoting neuroplasticity, and modulating endogenous opioids, reducing inflammation and oxidative stress.

This mechanism of action makes PBM a particularly promising method for treating a wide range of conditions, including:

PBM is also particularly suitable for children thanks to its practicality and freedom of movement. Furthermore, this innovative technology is also useful for increasing motor and sports performance, allowing improved attention, concentration, and sleep quality, better recovery from sports-related injuries, increased energy and physical power, and shortened recovery times.

Photo-Bio-Modulation at the Istituto di Neuroscienze

At Dr. Stefano Pallanti's Istituto di Neuroscienze, we use Photo-Bio-Modulation (PBM) as a non-invasive neuromodulation therapy for the treatment of different neuropsychiatric disorders. Thanks to its safe and painless mechanism of action, PBM represents a valid therapeutic opportunity for many patients who are looking for innovative and safe solutions for their mental and physical well-being.

The Istituto di Neuroscience offers different treatment protocols based on light pulses of varying frequencies, achieving different results:

  • Pulsations at 10 Hz correlate with Alpha oscillations of brain waves; this calming and therapeutic frequency is associated with improved cognitive recovery and has a positive effect during brain resting states.

  • Pulsations at 40 Hz correlate with Gamma oscillations of brain waves; this frequency is associated with states of maximum concentration and awareness.

The duration of the sessions is about 30 minutes and should be carried out for a minimum period of three weeks. During the application, it is possible to conduct psychotherapy or coaching sessions

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