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Sun makes us happy? Light therapy is a way to treat conditions by exposure to artificial light.
Light controls the formation of the body's hormones, our sleep hormone melatonin and happiness hormone serotonin, as well as our vitamin D production; it reduces inflammatory reactions in the skin and slows down cell division. Therefore, it is mainly used in mental diseases such as depression and dermatological diseases such as psoriasis.
The endometriosis guideline of the German Society for Gynecology and Obstetrics cites a study in which light therapy reduced the symptoms of severe menstrual pain. However, the women studied did not suffer from endometriosis-triggered menstrual pain, but from primary dysmenorrhea, i.e. severe menstrual pain that was not triggered by any identifiable disease.