XIII. Prospects for New Applications of Light Therapy

We are far from knowing the limits of light therapy, or the involvement of circadian timing in mental and physical illness.  New exploratory applications give a sense of the broad range of possibilities, although the research is nascent, and needs extensive follow-up before we endorse or codify the intervention as a mainline strategy, or alternative to established medication regimens.

Exciting examples in the pipeline including light therapy for the cognitive and motor disabilities of Parkinson’s disease; the cognitive and sleep problems of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; rebalancing and stimulating sex hormone production in both men  and women; counteracting the extreme fatigue associated with chemotherapy; and improving sleep and wellbeing in patients with personality disorders.