Anodyne Therapy System
Dr. Fritz was first introduced to the Anodyne Therapy System while serving as a Consultant at the Navy Seal Training Center on Coronado Island, San Diego, California. Anodyne Therapy is an FDA-approved light-emitting device that speeds the healing of wounds, even in difficult to treat diabetic ulcers. There are 16 million diabetics and others in this nation who could benefit from this new innovative technology.
More exciting news is a current study testing the device on diabetic neuropathy (loss of sensation or feeling), a previously irreversible condition that often leads to amputation. A joint study conducted at three Colorado medical centers followed 49 diabetics with type 1 or type 2 diabetes who had peripheral neuropathy in their feet. Most showed improvement after six thirty minute treatments. After 12 treatments, all had improved responses to standard tests that measure the impairment of sensation in diabetics, and their risk of amputation was greatly reduced. The study was presented last year at the American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions.
How does it work? Sixty light-emitting diodes are fitted into flexible pads that can be applied directly to the skin or any part of the body. When the monochromatic near-infrared photo (light) energy device – MIRE for short – is applied directly to the skin, the light energy helps release small molecules of nitric oxide from hemoglobin in the bloodstream. Nitric oxide increases blood flow and helps deliver healing cells and nutrients to the treatment area.
In addition to treating wounds (even surgical wounds that heal too slowly) and neuropathy, it’s been used on arthritis, fractures, bursitis and tendinitis. No side effects have been reported, but the device is not recommended for people who may be pregnant or who have active cancer.