Without using drugs or chemicals of any kind, Luminas odor-free pain relief patches promise to reduce inflammation in minutes and decrease discomfort anywhere on the body for 24 hours or more.
The website advertises these patches use “a breakthrough method based on quantum physics” they call energy medicine technology. Here, the company explains that each patch is “charged with the power of more than 200 natural remedies known to reduce the most common causes of pain and inflammation.”
Despite its effectiveness, Luminas International, LLC—who’s based out of Irvine, CA and has been in business since 2014—claims their patches are safe for users of all ages and cause no known side effects.
According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, more than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. However, many of these individuals report their pain is poorly managed, so Luminas’ patches certainly could help a lot of people if they work as advertised.
Is it necessarily the breakthrough frequently mentioned on the company’s website, though? Ultimately, how can you figure out which is the best first step?
These are just a couple of the questions we’ll help you quick answer here, in a step-by-step format.
Which Ingredients are Found in Luminas Pain Relief Patches?
The Luminas website emphasizes their “patches contain no active ingredients.” Instead, they’re “charged with electrons captured from” a proprietary formula that includes more than 200 ingredients like:
Acetyl-L-Carnitine, Amino Acids, Arnica, Astaxanthin, B-Complex, Berberis Vulgaris, Bioperine, Boluoke, Boswellia, Bromelain, Chamomile, Chinchona, Chondroitin, Clove, Colostrum, CoQ10, Cordyceps, Curcumin, Flower Essences Frankincense, Ginger, Ginseng, Glucosamine, Glutathione, Guggulu, Hops Extract, K2, Lavender, Magnesium, Motherwort, MSM, Olive Leaf, Omega-3, Peony, Proteolytic Enzymes, Polyphenols, Rosemary Extract, Telomerase Activators, Turmeric, Vinpocetine, Vitamin D, White Willow Bark
Furthermore, we’re told that these patches are non-transdermal. So, even if they did contain active ingredients, your skin couldn’t absorb them.
Nonetheless, Luminas indicates that once the medium and large fabric patches are applied to the skin, they can provide pain relief for up to 24 hours. This version also features a stronger, water-resistant adhesive that’s designed to stay on in most conditions (bathing, showering, swimming, exercising, etc.).
The smaller white, circular patches are designed to provide relief for 24+ hours, with an easy-off adhesive that can be removed with water.
Now, you might be wondering: How can something with no ingredients (and no ability to pass through your skin, even if there were) have any mechanism of action on the body? This is what we’ll explore next.
Taking a Closer Look at Luminas’ Energy Medicine Technology
Luminas’ Advertising Claims
For the non-physicists among us, here’s how Luminas explains their electron energy medicine technology, taken directly from their website:
“Our proprietary technology allows us to capture these unique electric field signatures from 100s of natural remedies used to relieve pain and inflammation. These unique signatures are then modulated onto a resonant carrier wave allowing us to transfer these unique signatures onto the patch.”
After these electrons are imprinted into the patch and applied to your skin, the Luminas site explains they “work naturally with your body’s own electric field to activate the innate natural healing energies that relieve pain, restore balance,” and “support the body’s innate, natural healing process.”
The Science Behind Luminas
No one on the HighYa team is a physicist, either. But with the help of a few authoritative, publically available resources, let’s quickly unpack some of these terms at a consumer level.
What Are Carrier Waves?
According to Dr. Jan Noordhof of the Tait Radio Academy, the carrier waves referenced on the Luminas website are sine waves (they steadily move up and down; think of a heartbeat monitor), but they contain no information that’s useful, such as speech or data.
To include any information in a carrier wave and therefore make it useful, he explains, “another wave needs to be imposed, called an input signal,” on top. “This process of imposing an input signal onto a carrier wave is called modulation. In other words, modulation … is like hiding a code inside the carrier wave.”
As you might imagine, because of their information-carrying ability, carrier waves are especially useful in the telecommunications (radio, television, internet, etc.) industry, where large, powerful towers transmit them.
However, we didn’t encounter any mention on sites like the Tait Radio Academy, the Indiana University Southeast School of Natural Sciences, the Federation of American Scientists, or The Ohio State University Department of Physics (to name just a few), that the physical properties of substances can be transmitted on carrier waves.
Let’s carry this thought over to the next section, before moving on.
How Do Carrier Waves Relate to the Electron Profiles Found in Each Luminas Pain Patch?
The very word ‘electronic' indicates that electrons are closely involved in the transmission of carrier waves. As such, it might make sense that each Luminas pain patch could— even though there’s no power source—actually transfer electrons into a person’s body.
Or, as their website puts it, these patches “capture the electron profile of hundreds of different compounds” and “natural remedies,” after which the “body can select exactly what it wants.” In this way, you can “harness the energetic signatures your body needs to perform its best.”
Again, as non-physicists, here’s where some of our questions come in. Why?
Because a molecule is the smallest particle of any compound that can exist independently. In other words, a molecule of starch from corn (as one random example) is the tiniest piece of matter that can exist and still be called ‘starch.’
However, a molecule is made up of atoms, which themselves are made up of protons, neutrons, and electrons. But, since each molecule contains a different combination of atoms (starch versus protein, for example), they also carry a different number of electrons.
Pulling these facts together, we can see that transmitting a single electron would not be the same as transmitting an entire molecule, which is the smallest substance that can have a measurable effect on the human body.
Nonetheless, the Luminas website, commercial, and videos repeatedly emphasize that the electrons generated by their patches have been shown via digital infrared thermography to decrease skin temperature and related inflammation.
How Much Does Luminas Cost & Where Can You Buy?
Each box of Luminas’ white (lightweight and long-lasting) and tan (heavy-duty but shorter acting) versions contains 24 pain relief patches; 12 medium (1.5" x 2.75") and 12 large (2.75" x 4"):
- 1 Box: $34.99
- 2 Boxes: $59.99 ($29.99 per box)
- 3 Boxes: $82.99 ($27.66 per box)
- 4 Boxes: $99.99 ($24.99 per box)
- Small Patches (40 pack): $29.99 - $95.96
- Small Patches (80 pack): $39.99 - $135.96
- Sleep Patches (60 ct.): $34.99 - $
We found Luminas’ pain patches available on Amazon for the same prices, although all Prime members were eligible for free two-day shipping. On the other hand, company-direct orders will pay:
- Standard Shipping (3-5 days): $8.95
- Priority Shipping (2 days): $15.95
- Overnight: $29.95
Direct orders also come with a 30-day money back guarantee, less S&H. To request one, you’ll need to call (844) 244-1400 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Can We Learn From Online Luminas Customer Reviews?
We encountered nearly 40 customer reviews for Luminas on Amazon at the time of our research, where their pain relief patches held an average rating of about 3.8 stars.
There, common compliments referenced reduced pain and ease of use, while the relatively few complaints typically referenced no effect and high price.
Although the company has been in business since 2014, they weren't listed with the Better Business Bureau and had a limited third-party online presence, and therefore customer feedback.
Luminas vs. Heliopatch: Are There Other Drug-Free Pain Relief Patches Available?
From a high-level perspective, a quick search via online marketplaces like Google Shopping, Walmart, and Amazon will reveal dozens of pain relief patches, with a variety of mechanisms of action, from national brands like:
|Luminas||$24.99+ per 24-patch box||None|
|Salonpas||$10 for 5 patches||Menthol 3%, Methyl Salicylate 10%|
|Ultimate Lidocaine Pain Relief Patch||$20 for 5 patches||Lidocaine 4%, Menthol USP 1%|
|ThermaCare Advanced Multi-Purpose Patch||$25 for 3 patches||None; only generates heat once applied to the skin|
|nCAP Reusable Pain Patches||$26 - $182||None; generates electrical waves using tiny capacitors|
|Bengay Pain Relieving Patch||$5+, depending on size||Menthol 5%|
This is to say nothing of other drug- and- menthol-free options, including high-tech wearables like Quell, TENS units like CopperWear Tensation, or full-blown electronic muscle stimulator (EMS) devices.
Zooming in, though, we encountered only one other product that advertised a similar mechanism of action as Luminas: Heliopatch ($30 for 5 patches).
Along the same lines, this patch promises to use “specially refined elemental magnesium” as a source of electrons, which it then transmits to the body. Once there, they say that free radicals (molecules missing electrons that can damage the body) pick up these free-floating electrons and are subsequently neutralized through a process dubbed ‘electron donation therapy.’
Other than their meaningful price differences, how can you choose whether or not you should buy pain relief patches from Luminas, Heliopatch, or neither?
Is Luminas the Right Pain Relief Option for You?
Because chronic pain is a medical condition, the first person you should talk to is your doctor. They can ask the right questions and order the appropriate tests to formulate a science-backed treatment plan that can help you find some relief.
During your appointment, be sure to ask them about Luminas and other chemical-free pain relief patches and devices, and which one might deliver the most bang-for-your-buck, based on your specific diagnosis.
Based on the basics we learned during our research from organizations like the Federation of American Scientists and The Ohio State University Department of Physics (to name just two), though, the exact mechanism of action—and whether or not the concept is scientifically valid—with patches like Luminas seems to be a mystery.
But if you give their patches a try and find they don’t provide the pain relief you’re expecting, Luminas seems to stand behind them with a 30-day refund policy. Just keep in mind you’ll lose your original S&H, plus whatever it will cost to send them back to the manufacturer.