For those who don't know, a company called LifeWave Inc has been promoting a range of skin patches, much like nicotine patches, which they claim have various specific effects on the body. For instance, there are patches for increasing
energy, treating pain, and improving sleep quality. The difference between these patches and transdermal patches such as those that give a dose of nicotine, is that the LifeWave patches are "non-transdermal", meaning that nothing enters the body.
So how do they work you might be wondering? Well you certainly wouldn't be the first to wonder. According to the product details for the Silent Nights sleep patch on the LifeWave web site:
"Nothing enters the body. Silent Nights is a new organic nanotechnology patch that helps you to relax without drugs. Research indicates that Silent Nights helps the body's own natural meridians balance when the patch is applied to specific acupuncture points. This helps achieve a quiet, restful sleep and a great, energized day to follow."
So the patches work on the principals of acupuncture using nanoparticles to stimulate specific energy meridians? Not exactly clear is it? As far as I am aware nobody really knows exactly how acupuncture works (or doesn't) so how can a company manufacture a product such as a patch that works on the same system as acupuncture?
This perceived lack of clarity from the company about how LifeWave patches actually work has led to many being extremely skeptical about the claims made for them. Add to this the fact that LifeWave products are distributed using a multi-level marketing (MLM) system rather than through regular stores and what you have is a lot of very vocal detractors.
A quick web search on 'LifeWave' will reveal thousands of pages, half of which are sites promoting the patches, and the other half are "hoax" or "scam" sites warning people what a con they are. One of the most outspoken sites is World Wide Scam Network (WWSN).
At the other end of the spectrum there are a number of professional sportsmen and athletes who use the patches and heap glowing praise on them for the performance boosts they prroduce.
Like I said, I was initially very skeptical of the claims made by LifeWave. I like products I try to have an understandable scientific basis for their reported action. That being said, having Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for 16 years has taught be to be more open minded and not dismiss things without first having put them to the test. With this in mind I decided to purchase sample packs of the Silent Nights and Energy Enhancer patches.
To say I was surprised by the results is an understatement. Not only did the patches do what they were intended to do, but they did it better than anything else I'd tried. For example, I have had problems sleeping for many years and have tried most of the remedies out there, both pharmaceutical and natural. Although many of these have certainly helped me get off to sleep, none have actually improved the quality of my sleep, I have always woken still feeling tired. Not so with the Silent Nights LifeWave patch, after applying the patch to my temple I got off to sleep quickly and didn't wake until the morning. I awoke feeling the most rested I had felt for around 10 years! I have since bought full packs of the Silent Nights patches and the effect is always the same.
The same goes for the Energy Enhancer patches. After applying the patches I feel a surge of energy which lasts the entire time I wear them - and for some time after.
The patches are a bit expensive but I would certainly recommend you get the trial packs and see for yourself. LifeWave patches really could make a big difference to your life.
To read reviews of LifeWave patches or write a review yourself visit our LifeWave reviews section.
Update February 2010: You will need to go through someone already registered with LifeWave to purchase patches so please help support The Environmental Illness Resource and sign up through our page - www.lifewave.com/ei-resource
Thank you to all those who have left comments about their experiences with LifeWave patches. It seems many people are seeing benefits.
About: Matthew Hogg ("Maff")
Diagnosed with M.E./chronic fatigue syndrome aged only 11 years old and subsequently associated illnesses including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). Despite his own struggles he has constantly sought to educate and support others suffering from such "invisible illnesses" through his website, The Environmental Illness Resource. He fully recovered from MCS using his own approach and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutritional Health.