Find Out How Photonic Therapy Can Help Your Pet Bird

Photonic Therapy has been used to successfully treat a number of conditions in birds.   It can provide temporary relief from pain and treat common viral complaints as well as respiratory and wing problems.

Photonic therapy is the application of red light (not needles) to particular acupuncture points on the bird.  The therapy is safe, does not use needles, is non invasive and application causes no pain.  Best of all, it can be administered by you, at home.  This saves you time and money on trips to the vet.

It has been found that neuro-chemicals are released during therapy that produce feelings of well-being and promote healing in the bird.  Remember that birds do not know that they are being treated and therefore there is no placebo effect.  So it is amazing and rewarding to see how many birds respond most positively while being treated with photonic therapy.

The main reason why we love our pet birds is because they are so social and can be so intelligent.  They make great family pets, give us hours of entertainment with their antics and their ability to mimic sounds and are often an integral part of the family ‘flock’.   Apart from the fact that we love them, they can often be very expensive to acquire and take many hours to care for.  Our investment in loving care, time and money is worth protecting so ensuring the good health of our pet birds is important.

There is a whole range of illnesses that have been successfully treated by photonic therapy.  Find out what conditions can be helped by photonic therapy and where to source the equipment.

Common Health Concerns in Birds

The health of a pet bird is a highly specialised area and recognising and resolving health problems can sometimes be difficult.  When a bird gets ill, it is often serious so it is important to watch out for symptoms and catch health issues quickly.

While recognising illness in pet birds can be difficult, there are a few common symptoms that will usually alert you.

Common early signs of sickness in birds are reduced appetite and unusual droppings, ruffled feathers (for prolonged periods of time), cloudy eyes and inflamed, red or runny cere (the patch above the beak).   More details about common symptoms later.

Many health issues in birds can be contagious and can be contracted from and spread to other birds.  Depending on the nature of the illness, it may be best to quarantine your bird until he is well.  In addition some bird illnesses can be contagious to humans, such as bird flu, and if this is the case, you should take precautions to ensure that your health is not in danger.

If you think that your bird may have a health complaint, you could try using photonic therapy as a primary as well as complementary means of treatment.  If your bird has been diagnosed with a condition by your avian vet, you could also consider the use of photonic therapy as a means of complementing conventional treatment, as well as providing your bird some pain relief.  It is worth trying to make the bird feel more comfortable and the healing process is likely to be accelerated.

Emotional issues and self-mutilation

Birds need plenty of interaction and attention from you or other birds.  As well they can be easily frightened or traumatised when they perceive that they are under threat.  Stressed birds or ones that are not socialized enough can become unhappy, develop emotional problems and exhibit self-destructive behaviors such as pulling out feathers and mutilating themselves.  It is not just emotional issues that can cause depression and self-mutilation in pet birds.  Conditions such as cancer, liver disease, parasites, skin infections and allergies can all cause your bird to over-pluck its feathers so its important to ascertain the cause of the symptoms.

Obviously, dealing with the causes of the distress is paramount.  In addition, as photonic therapy is thought to produce feelings of well-being, it can be an effective treatment for distressed, traumatised or depressed birds and help accelerate the healing or correction process.

Respiratory Issues

Birds have very fragile respiratory systems.  Fumes from chemicals, household cleaners, aerosols, candles, insecticides and nonstick cookware can be damaging, to the bird.   Removing the causes of fumes is the first step.  However, photonic therapy is useful to promote the healing process and have your bird feeling well again as soon as possible.

Viral Conditions

Caged birds, particularly young birds, can be susceptible to viruses such as avian influenza, herpes virus and polyomavirus.  These can be fatal if not caught in time.  Conventional medicine can be prescribed and administered by your avian vet, while photonic therapy is an effective complementary method of treatment and can make your bird feel comfortable while the healing process is underway.

Digestive conditions

There are many different types of illnesses that can affect a bird’s digestive system.  They can be caused by parasites or bacteria and can be picked up easily if cages are not kept clean or food is contaminated.  If your bird has diarrhea, is throwing up or has a reduced appetite, you should ascertain exactly what you are dealing with in order to administer the appropriate treatment.  Photonic therapy has assisted birds with digestive conditions by providing pain relief, making the bird feel more comfortable and by promoting the healing process.

Other Conditions

Many pet bird owners let their bird snack on their human food.  However there are some foods that are healthy for humans but can be harmful or fatal to birds.  Common no-nos include chocolate, apple seeds, avocado, onions and mushrooms.  In addition food that has been highly salted is bad for your bird and can cause kidney problems.

Illnesses that can be treated by Photonic Therapy

Photonic therapy assists birds with the following conditions:

  • Emergency and Shock
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
  • Calming
  • Feather Picking
  • Depression
  • Nervous Conditions
  • Acute Head Trauma
  • Epilepsy and Seizures
  • Viral Diseases
  • Fever
  • Respiratory Distress
  • Arthritis and Gout
  • Diarrhoea
  • Indigestion
  • Kidney and Urinary Problems
  • Egg Bound
  • Eye Problems
  • Wing Weakness
  • Cloacal Prolapse
  • Fertility


How does photonic therapy work?

There is a complicated scientific reason why photonic therapy works and else where on this site you will find the whole scientific explanation.  For our purposes today, we will try to keep it simple.

Basically, photonic therapy draws together scientific principles from the four disciplines of biochemistry, bioenergetics, mathematics and physics.  Put simply, photonic therapy is the scientific application of low frequency red light to known acupuncture points.    The red light is emitted from a ‘torch’ that is pointed at recognized acupuncture points on the affected animal.  No needles are applied, just the red light.

The process promotes healing for diseases and injuries and also provides pain relief for the animal.  It does this through stimulating increased blood circulation and the release of hormones.  Let me explain.

Acupuncture points are slightly more acidic and positive than the surrounding skin.   The application of a magnetic field on the skin by the red light induces an electrical field.  The collagen within the skin can convert light energy into a charge, which is in turn detected by the nervous system.  The red light of photonic therapy at these particular points promotes the release of the hormone serotonin.  This hormone is believed to contribute to feelings of well-being and happiness.  Photonic therapy also increases the blood circulation around the wound.  These two processes combined result in a reduction of pain, acceleration of healing and minimisation of scarring associated with injuries

Photonic therapy is safe and painless, has no side effects and can be administered by you, the pet owner, in your own home.

Photonic therapy is a popular primary and complementary form of treatment that has effectively treated a range of conditions in horses, dogs, cats and birds.

Where can I get a photonic therapy torch?

It is possible to order a photonic therapy torch on line.  To find out more about photonic therapy and its uses and how to buy a torch, go here.  In addition to the torch, you will receive an information pack contained on a memory stick.  The information pack you order will depend on whether you want to treat a bird, a horse, a dog or a cat.

The information contained in the pack will be specific to your pet and explains how to treat your pet, at which points and for which diseases.  It can be downloaded and printed to make it easy to access and carry around with you.

Five Most Common Symptoms of Bird Illness

Reduced Appetite:  It is very important that pet birds receive adequate nutrition every day as they have an extremely high metabolism. When a bird loses interest in food and starts to lose weight, it may be due to illness or distress.  It may also be a sign of intestinal blockage or impaction.  Rapid weight loss can very quickly be life threatening for birds.  If your bird is displaying these symptoms you should also monitor the condition of droppings which can indicate ill health.

Unusual Droppings:  If you keep the cage regularly cleaned, you will know what your bird’s normal droppings look like and this will make it easier to detect early any changes.  Look for signs of unusual colour or consistency.   A change in the colour of the birds droppings could be due to dietary changes or ill-health.  Generally, droppings that are yellow, rusty brown, or tarry black are warning signs of serious problems, such as internal bleeding.

Ruffled Feathers:  Your bird’s physical appearance can also give you a sign that something is not right.  If she is sitting with fluffed feathers for long periods of time, this could be an indicator of respiratory problems or disease.  Note that fluffed feathers can also disguise weight loss, which as mentioned before can quickly become life threatening.  If your bird has fluffed feathers for more than 24 hours contact your vet immediately.

Red, Inflamed, or Runny Nose: Your bird’s ‘nose’ is actually called a cere.    It is the little patch above his beak that holds the nostrils. If the cere is red, inflamed or producing a discharge, your bird could be ill.

Cloudy Eyes:  Nervous or muscle disorders or respiratory problems can cause your birds eyes to look cloudy.   If the eyes are discharging, your bird needs to see a vet right away.