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Claim number: 53

Claimant: Bioptron Light Therapy System

Claim date: Aug. 29, 2011

Brand name: Bioptron 2

Forum in which the claim was made: Website

Claim methodology: Device

Frequency with which the claim is made by this claimant: Frequent

Actual claim: Treats Herpes Simplex

Plausibility of this claim: Untested and implausible


This company sells extremely expensive devices that are essentially just glorified lights. The company claims its devices are complementary treatments for a range of illnesses.


Biotron's website sells three useless devices (perhaps they are nice lights):

  • Compact III for R6,270

  • Pro 1 Including Floor Stand for R22,230

  • Bioptron 2 for R37,500

Their website, which has numerous grammar errors despite its attempt to look professional, states:

The BIOPTRON Light Therapy System is a worldwide patented light therapy medical device with a specific optical unit emitting light that is similar to the part of the electromagnetic spectrum produced naturally by the sun but with no UV radiation.

BIOPTRON Light Therapy can act in a natural way by supporting the regenerative and rebalancing capacities of the body and therefore help the body release its own healing potential. Once delivered to the tissues, the light energy promotes the process of biostimulation (which means that it stimulates diverse biological processes in organisms in a positive manner and thereby enhances body functions).

User-friendly and non-pharmaceutical therapy

BIOPTRON technology became widely used and accepted in medicine as a user-friendly, effective, non-pharmacological medical device. In over 15 years of clinical research worldwide, it has been shown to be supportive in conservative management of acute and chronic injuries as well as in post-operative wounds.
Hippocrates’ healing philosophy has begun to re-influence the medical fields: "Primum non nocere" ("First, do no harm") and "Vis Medicatrix Naturae" ("Honour the healing power of nature").

BIOPTRON Light Therapy System is approved as a medical device according to the Directive 93/42/EEC.

There is no evidence whatsoever that light therapy can improve any human condition. Terms like rebalancing and regenerative capacities of the body have no scientific basis. This is quackery.