This hardly ever happens:
In a new study published in the journal Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy, every subject rid themselves of their nail fungus permanently!
How? By shining a specific light on their fungus.
The best part is that you can do this today at home.
The authors of this study decided to try photodynamic therapy (PDT) with hypericin on three subjects to see how well it worked.
Before explaining the therapy, let’s first look at the results.
1. PDT permeated completely through both healthy and infected nails.
2. After four treatment sessions, microscopic examination of the nails revealed that the fungi had been eradicated in all three subjects.
3. After seven months, all signs and symptoms of the nail fungus were gone as a result of new nail growth.
What is photodynamic therapy?
In PDT, a photosensitizing agent is applied to the target area, and then the area is exposed to a specific wavelength of light, typically in the blue or red spectrum.
The light activates the photosensitizer to produce reactive oxygen species that can damage or destroy nearby cells.
A photosensitizing agent is any chemical compound that becomes active and produces reactive oxygen species when exposed to light of a specific wavelength.
In this study, hypericin was used as a photosensitizing agent before the application of light to the nails. Hypericin is perfectly natural, as it is extracted from the St. John’s Wort plant.
While it will almost certainly be more effective if done by a specialist, you can do this at home with the right equipment.
You will first have to take a St. John’s Wort supplement for a few days to ensure that it builds up in your body.
Then you will need either a red light therapy or a blue light therapy device. The most common devices can emit both red and blue light.
Aiming the light directly on your nails should activate the St. John’s Wort, which activates reactive oxygen species to kill the nail fungus.
Since this study was performed on only three subjects, the results must be confirmed by larger future studies before they can be taken seriously.