Boosting Immunity with Photobiomodulation: Fighting Viruses in the Age of Covid-19

Prioritizing wellness through boosting the immune system in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic is imperative to preventing illness, enhancing recovery, and maintaining overall health. Although we cannot keep ourselves completely safe from all viruses, we can take proactive measures to boost immune function that are non-invasive with no negative side effects. Studies have shown the effects of photobiomodulation (PBM) on fighting and preventing infection are so promising that calls for more funding to research further benefits are on the rise. Current research has found that PBM can decrease viral load and replication rates, enhance immune function, reduce inflammation, and improve lung function. If PBM is utilized prior to and during an upper respiratory infection, the body’s natural ability to fight the disease and mitigate symptoms can significantly increase. Even more encouraging is data revealing that PBM supports optimal immune function in persons of all ages with a wide variety of health conditions, regardless of whether immunity is underactive (immunocompromised) or overactive (autoimmune disease).

PBM safely and effectively modulates the immune system through positively affecting the body’s cells enhancing adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production, reducing oxidative stress, fighting inflammation, and stimulating the lymphatic system. These basic functions generate a multitude of health benefits throughout various systems in the body. Studies suggest PBM can boost the immune system, improve brain and heart health, help prevent life threatening conditions, and enhance the body’s ability to balance its integrative systems to fight infection. How is this achieved?

  1. PBM creates Homeostasis—Red and near-infrared beams of light directed into the cells causes mild metabolic stress, leading to an influx of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant measures, creating a readiness in the body to respond quickly to infection.
  2. PBM increases Nitric Oxide (NO) production, inhibiting viruses—NO, a key signaling molecule between cells, can have an inhibitory effect on some viruses. Major research from The Center for Microbioligical Preparedness in Stockholm Sweden has proven that NO prevents SARS CoV (a similar virus to Covid-19) from replicating. NO has the power to suppress the synthesis of the RNA, stopping the spread of the virus.
  3. PBM prevents the development of severe lung inflammation—By reducing inflammatory cells and regulating the pro-inflammatory cytokine levels, PBM reduces the risks of cytokine storms and sepsis associated with the immune system’s uncontrolled activity when the body is fighting off disease. By regulating collagen production and decreasing its deposition in the lungs that develops even with influenza infections, PBM reduces the effects of lung  Studies also suggest PBM stimulates tissue regeneration increasing healthy lung function.
  4. PBM inactivates the virus by decreasing its ability to infect the host cells—Research emerging from China of coronaviruses has identified three important proteins that are building blocks of its envelope and play a major role in connecting to and infecting the host cells. One particular protein is found on the surface of the virus and is photosensitive. PBM destabilizes the enveloping structures of coronaviruses through its utilization of light frequencies

Uncertainties abound about how to protect ourselves from Covid-19 infection and its negative symptoms and mortality rates. More and more, the benefits of looking outside of the traditional medical model to all-natural modalities that promote whole-body health and immune system restoration have become prevalent. PBM, with a vast and ever-growing wealth of clinical trials and studies, is moving to the forefront as a safe alternative addition to your healthcare regiment. In as little as 10 minutes a day, this non-invasive light therapy can boost immunity, fight disease, and enhance overall wellness.

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