Published on June 30th, 2020 | by Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp.0
Boosting Immunity with Photobiomodulation
by Scott Kennedy
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. Studies have shown the effects of photobiomodulation therapy (PBMT) on fighting and preventing infection are promising, including decreasing viral load and replication rates, enhancing immune function, reducing inflammation and improving lung function. If PBMT is used prior to and during an upper respiratory infection, the body’s natural ability to fight the disease and mitigate symptoms can significantly increase.
PBMT supports optimal immune function by positively effecting the 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 systems of the body. Studies suggest PBMT 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.
PBMT 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.
PBMT 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 Microbiological Preparedness, in Stockholm, has proven that NO prevents 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.
PBMT prevents the development of severe lung inflammation by reducing inflammatory cells and regulating the pro-inflammatory cytokine levels, PBMT reduces the risks of cytokine storms and sepsis associated with the immune system’s uncontrolled activity when the body is fighting off disease disease. By regulating collagen production and decreasing its deposition in the lungs that develops even with influenza infections, PBMT reduces the effects of lung inflammation. Studies also suggest PBMT stimulates tissue regeneration, increasing healthy lung function.
PBMT inactivates the virus by decreasing its ability to infect the host cells. Research emerging from China on 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. PBMT destabilizes the enveloping structures of coronaviruses through its utilization of light frequencies
In as little as 10 minutes a day, this non-invasive light therapy can boost immunity, fight disease and enhance overall wellness. PBMT, with a growing wealth of clinical trials and studies, is moving to the forefront as a safe alternative addition to any healthcare regiment.
Scott Kennedy is the owner of Lightpath to Wellness, in Fort Lee. To schedule an initial $25 session or purchase home photobiomodulation panels, call 833-544-4865 or visit LightpathLED.com.