Light, in specific visible and non-visible wavelengths, has been demonstrated to aid in healing a variety of health problems
Photoactive textiles offer a new way to speed healing with less medicine, shorter hospital stays, and less resource-intensive equipment
Celliant yarn in clothing products has demonstrated an increase in oxygen delivered to cells
The yarn is the result of research in photobiology, the scientific study of the interactions of specific light wavelengths and living organisms
Celliant Technologies (Celliant comes from combining Cell and Reliant) has developed a responsive textile that can be woven into products to promote healing by improving blood circulation and increasing oxygen in muscles and tissues. The textile is typically made from recycled polyester impregnated with a proprietary blend of thermally active minerals to reflect specific non-visible light wavelengths back to human tissue. In effect, Celliant technology harvests the body's wasted energy and redirects it in a targeted manner. The technology requires minerals in amounts so tiny there's almost zero additional resources or weight compared to traditional textiles.
Light waves (sometimes referred to as non-ionizing radiation) have long been known to have beneficial healing properties for people and animals. For decades, biologists and medical researchers have been studying the effects of specific visible and non-visible light wavelengths on circulation and particular ailments, and there is growing evidence that specific light wavelengths can have significant healing properties. Humans and other animals use light to control and stimulate various metabolic processes. That’s why, for example, light therapy has been used for many years to combat jaundice in infants. The use of infrared light, which Celliant’s material redirects, has been demonstrated to reduce recovery times from injuries and a variety of skin maladies, reduce minor aches and pains, and improve body temperature regulation. Today, NASA is experimenting with light therapy to regulate astronauts’ sleep.
Additional research on Celliant material indicates the material may also have applications in agriculture. Laboratory experiments with plants growing in soil surrounded by Celliant fabric demonstrated enhanced growth rates, reduced water requirements, and improved nutritional uptake.
Shaving any time off the healing process means patients will require less medication -- fewer resources are needed to manufacture and deliver those medications, as well as deal with the downstream effect of those chemicals entering the environment through wastewater. And shortening one patient's hospital stay by even a single hour reduces resource impacts from the event. Celliant yarn can displace energy- and materials-intensive medical equipment needed to deliver light therapy in traditional therapy settings. Perhaps the most significant potential dMASS benefit is that the Celliant yarn delivers desired benefits with minimal additional resource mass when compared to traditional textiles.
Celliant yarn became commercially viable in 2008. Celliant fabric was first used at horse shows to help horses accelerate healing from strains and muscle soreness. It has been used in specialty products by major brand name high-tech clothing companies, hospitals for bedding, and a variety of other applications.