Can Light Therapy Help with COVID-19?
The Novel Pandemic Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is responsible for millions of deaths in the world already. And we are still waiting for any vaccine that can rescue us. While it has been used to treat many diseases, let us see if light therapy for COVID-19 has any significance.
To first consider light therapy, especially Red Light Therapy, we will need to address two things first. That is how the Novel Coronavirus affects us and how Red Light Therapy works.
COVID-19 Attacks Our Immune System
It attacks our hearts. Then it weakens the heart's muscles and disrupts its critical rhythm. It attacks kidneys so poorly some hospitals had to run short of dialysis supplies. It creeps along with the nervous system. It destroys our taste and smell, and it occasionally reaches our brains.
It doesn't stop there, though, as it starts creating blood clots that can kill with a sudden capability and burns blood vessels throughout our bodies. It seldom begins with some symptoms or none at all. Then some days later, it squeezes the air out of our lungs without any sign of warning.
It gets worse as it explicitly targets the elderly, people weakened by the previous history of any disease. And it disproportionately affects the obese as well. According to studies, it wrecks men more than women. Although evidence suggests that it complicates pregnancies.
All the evidence points to the fact that this disease does not discriminate when it comes to weak immune systems. Women, pregnant women, elderly, young kids, and the obese have one thing in common. They all have a soft immune system.
So, are you immune if you have a proficient immune system? There is no telling for sure. But, all the evidence says that you are most likely to not get affected if you have an excellent immune system.
What Is Red Light Therapy?
Red Light Therapy is a means to strengthen your skin and hair. It also decreases the recuperation time for muscle after an austere workout. There are other light therapy benefits, which involves the strengthening of our immune system.
In summary, Red Light Therapy LED uses low wavelengths of red light that seep through our skin without generating any excess warmth. So, by seeping through our skin, it gives our skin the nutrition of sunlight, which in turn boosts our immune system. Yes, the very immune system that protects us against the Novel Coronavirus.
Red Light Therapy's accession to popularity came quickly because of the extensive number of celebrities using the same technology. They use Red Light Therapy to build muscle, train better, reduce the time of recovery time, and overall more solid health and physical performance.
The best part of all this is that Red Light Therapy's side-effects are nearly close to nothing. It has been accurately proven that these LED devices emitting red light do not cause you any infliction. Furthermore, there is no faintest trace of any minor side effects that could cause you any nuisance.
How Light Therapy Can Help Prevent COVID-19
We have already discussed how COVID-19 is targeting people with a weak immune system. On the other hand, Red Light Therapy has proven itself to boost the human immune system. So, does it mean Light Therapy ensures safety from COVID-19? The answer is not so simple.
Prevents Lung Inflammation
Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) diminishes lung inflammation in an innovative pattern of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease that involves P2X7 Receptor. The research has revealed that exposure to Low-Level Laser Therapy or LLLT can seriously reduce the number of inflammatory cells in our lungs. It has also been reported that Red Light Therapy is showing promising results in controlling the pro-inflammatory cytokine levels.
Increases Nitric Oxide (NO)
Nitric Oxide or NO has been a critical signaling particle between cells. It has also been told to have an inhibitory influence on some of the virus infections. Antimicrobial movement of Nitric Oxide or NO has been named for a few bacteria and viruses, including the Coronaviruses.
Heightens Immune System
Red Light Therapy can support the immune system via something that is known as hormesis. Hormesis is disclosure to moderate dosages of a harmful substance through our skin or body. The otherwise damaging factors of this organism or a cell go through a means of habituation. And on the process, our bodies adapt to it.
Through Red Light Therapy, hormesis means that red and near-red light components are beamed into our cells without creating any excess of heat. Through this, Red Light Therapy causes mild metabolic stress. This mini-stress means the cells are engaging in their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory response.
The organism is then ready to respond promptly in the event of coming in association with viruses (including Coronaviruses) and other types of infections in that way. On the other hand, Infrared can infiltrate human skin at deeper levels than any different available wavelengths.
We can conclude that while light therapy does not guarantee your safety from the Novel Pandemic, it makes sure that your probability of survival is increased to the maximum. It means that while light therapy can help with COVID-19, we shouldn't rely on it entirely and maintain social distance and other precautions.