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Pope Francis Praises PBM Light Therapy After Recovery

POpe FrancisIn a surprising revelation, Pope Francis recently attributed his remarkable recovery from a fractured knee to the power of light therapy. During a ceremony at St. Elisabeth Church in Budapest, the Pope expressed his gratitude for the healing effects of red-light therapy, which enabled him to stand up from his wheelchair and walk with the support of a cane.

This unexpected endorsement of light therapy by one of the world’s most influential figures has sparked interest and curiosity regarding this alternative form of treatment. Let’s delve deeper into the significance of Pope Francis’ experience and explore the potential benefits of light therapy.

The Healing Power of Light Therapy

person getting laser treatment on anklePBM Light therapy, also known as Photobiomodulation therapy, involves exposing the body to specific wavelengths of light (safe laser) to stimulate natural healing processes. It has long been recognised for its effectiveness in treating various conditions, including skin disorders, wound healing, injury repair and painful conditions. Pope Francis’ decision to undergo light therapy for his fractured knee highlights the growing acceptance and application of this treatment method.

Understanding Red-Light Therapy

The specific type of light therapy that aided Pope Francis in his recovery is known as PBM red-light therapy. This treatment involves using specific red light wavelengths, pulsing rate and energy dosage to penetrate the skin and directly promote healing at a cellular level. Red-light therapy is often used to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, enhance tissue regeneration, and improve overall well-being.

Benefits and Applications of Light Therapy

Pain Management: Light therapy has shown promising results in managing both acute and chronic pain. By stimulating the production of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, light therapy can provide relief from conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and sports injuries. The drug-free treatment is of particular beneficial in the treatment of arthritic conditions, it is applicable for almost all patients including those who are diabetic or for whom cortisone injection is contraindicated.

Anti-inflammation: Light Therapy can benefit with reducing inflammation and spasm that would normally delay or prevent the chiropractic adjustment from being optimally effective and it provides an adjunctive analgesic treatment option particularly useful when somebody is in too much pain.

Post-surgical recovery: Light therapy has fewer contraindications than ultrasound therapy, permitting treatment over plates, pins and patients with pacemakers, it also can effectively address trigger points. Hence the therapy is excellent for optimising post-surgical recovery and promoting healing.

Wound healing: The clinical evidence from individual studies on PBM therapy for wound healing in the challenging situation where diabetic ulcers have developed is supportive of benefit from the treatment across in-vitro and non-clinical data, and by the pooled evidence of meta-analyses. The clinical studies demonstrate a moderate beneficial effect on diabetic ulcers over both the short and longer term. This offers a non-invasive method of treatment with a risk to the patient that is very significantly lower than many alternative therapies.

Skin Rejuvenation: Light therapy has gained popularity in the field of dermatology for its ability to improve skin health and appearance. It can help reduce wrinkles, promote collagen production, and alleviate conditions like acne and psoriasis.

The Importance of Pope Francis’ Endorsement

Pope Francis’ acknowledgement of the benefits he experienced from light therapy serves to validate and bring attention to this alternative treatment modality. While it is essential to approach such endorsements with a critical mindset and consider individual experiences, the Pope’s words carry considerable influence and may encourage further research and exploration into the applications of light therapy.


Pope Francis’ recovery from a fractured knee, attributed to the healing properties of light therapy, has sparked interest and curiosity worldwide. This alternative treatment approach has been shown to provide benefits in various areas, including pain management, injury repair, wound healing, and recovery. As more attention is drawn to light therapy, it is crucial to continue conducting rigorous scientific research to further understand its mechanisms and refine its applications. Whether or not one share the Pope’s religious beliefs, his endorsement sheds light on the potential of light therapy as a viable option for healing and well-being.

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