In the midst of a global mental health crisis, medical research is showing how low-level laser therapy can help to combat depression and anxiety and boost your brain’s overall health.

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There’s no denying that we’re in the middle of a global mental health crisis. The stress and uncertainty brought about by the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic have increased and exacerbated mental health issues for many of us. Psychiatric problems like anxiety, depression, panic and post-traumatic stress disorders are on the rise in the wake of the pandemic.1

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Closer to home, South Africans are also feeling the strain. A 2020 study showed that during the first lockdown period in the country, 33% of South Africans felt depressed, 45% felt afraid and 29% felt lonely.2

Now medical research is showing how low-level laser therapy (LLLT) can help to combat depression and anxiety and boost your brain’s overall health.3,4,5


More research into LLLT and brain health is emerging as more people are starting to discover the benefits of this therapy for cognitive and mental health. Pioneers like Norman Doidge MD are calling for the world of mainstream neuroscience to start embracing LLLT in their clinical approach to treating neurological issues.4

Doidge’s research shows how LLLT supports neuroplasticity – the brain’s ability to rewire and reorganise itself, which helps with recovery from illness and injury.4 Other case studies have shown that LLLT can help to treat neurological diseases, developmental disorders, traumatic brain injury and mood disorders like depression or anxiety.3,4,5

“Serotonin, a brain neurotransmitter, is known to be low in some depressions; studies show that normal sunlight causes the body to release serotonin, which is one reason people living far from the equator feel rejuvenated and in a good mood on sunny holidays. Laser light also releases serotonin, as well as other important brain chemicals, such as endorphins, which lower pain, and acetylcholine, which is essential for learning – and which might help an injured brain relearn mental abilities that have been lost.”

― Norman Doidge, The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity

Read more about coMra protocols to help treat depression.


The coMra MENTAL HEALTH 1 protocol can be used to treat acute depression, as well as a number of other psychological problems. The treatment includes the following protocols:

  • UNIVERSAL 5 (Somatic biostimulation-2) twice a day. This 25-minute protocol works on the adrenal glands and works to relieve depression, emotional exhaustion and stress.
  • UNIVERSAL 3 (Blood) once a day. A 10-minute protocol that focuses on key arteries throughout the body, promoting general overall wellbeing.
  • Follow this routine every day until you notice improvement, then use for 7 more days.
  • Allow 2 weeks rest and apply UNIVERSAL 4 (Somatic biostimulation-1). This quick protocol takes 5 to 11 minutes and relieves physical exhaustion.

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TIPS FOR IMPROVINGLooking after your mental and emotional wellbeing is a holistic process. While supporting yourself with coMra therapy, it’s important to care for your body and mind in other practical ways as well. Healthcare professionals recommend that you do the following to boost your mental health:

  • Treat yourself with respect and kindness, even when it feels difficult.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs; don’t use these as a coping mechanism or “self-medication”.
  • Drink plenty of water daily.
  • Get regular physical exercise.
  • Eat a balanced diet that includes fresh, nutritious foods.
  • Get enough good-quality sleep and stick to a regular sleep schedule.
  • Take time to “switch off” regularly; relax and enjoy quiet time by yourself, without your phone, tablet or other electronics.
  • Spend time with the people you care about.
  • Get professional help or join a support group.
  • Learn good everyday coping skills.

If you’re struggling with feelings of depression, anxiety or other mental health problems, don’t hesitate to contact a professional counsellor for advice. The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) can provide support, advice and a list of local resources.


1 Jakovljevic M, Bjedov S, Jaksic N, et al. COVID-19 Pandemia and public and global mental health from the perspective of global health security. Psychiatr Danub. 2020 Spring;32(1):6-14. doi: 10.24869/psyd.2020.6.2 Nguse S, Wassenaar D. Mental health and COVID-19 in South Africa. South African Journal of Psychology. 2021. 51(2):304-313 3 United Brain Association. Treating brain disorders with LLLT therapy. 2020. Accessed 17 Feb 20224 Morgan J. No miracle, just our brain. The Lancet Neurology. 2017. 16(1):32. 5 Xu Z, Guo X, Yang Y, et al. Low-level laser irradiation improves depression-like behaviors in mice. Mol Neurobiol. 2017 Aug; 54(6): 4551–4559. doi: 10.1007/s12035-016-9983-2.