Missoula, Montana – The deadly coronavirus pandemic has already claimed the lives of more than 6,000 people in the world. Top medical researchers are eagerly testing out various medicines and anti-viral treatments to try and stop the spread of the coronavirus in the living cells of infected hosts.
A Montana-based light therapy company may have discovered an effective treatment to inhibit the replication of the coronavirus. BioLight, which offers red light therapy and near-infrared light therapy products, has discovered that their light therapy treatments may be effective for stopping the coronavirus aka COVID-19.
“Since our light therapies work so well at strengthening the immune system and reducing inflammation, we wanted to see if they could work as an effective treatment against the coronavirus too,” said a representative of BioLight. “We found a research article related to this idea, and it indicated that near-infrared light excites the ‘cytochrome c oxidase’ photo acceptor in the mitochondria of the cells. This could be the key to inhibiting the coronavirus inside of an infected person so that they can have a speedy recovery.”
When near-infrared light is introduced to the cells, it causes the cytochrome c oxidase and nitric oxide to unbind and split apart. Once they’re no longer bound together, all that nitric oxide is free to flow through the bloodstream. Nitric oxide offers the body many health benefits when it is in this position, such as vasodilation. This is when the blood vessels dilate in order to reduce blood pressure, blood flow, and blood circulation in the body.
“Based on some reputable scientific research, there appears to be a potent antiviral effect at play when large amounts of free nitric oxide flow in the bloodstream,” said the BioLight representative. He was referring to a research article from the Journal of Virology at the American Society of Microbiology from 2005 that was entitled “Nitric Oxide Inhibits the Replication Cycle of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus.”
Medical researchers have known for a while that nitric oxide is a vital signalling molecule between cells. According to the research article, nitric oxide prevents the synthesis of ribonucleic acid and viral protein. As a result, it is able to stop the progression of most viral infections. In the case of a novel coronavirus strain, the nitric oxide can do the same thing by inhibiting the severe acute respiratory syndrome.
“If nitric oxide has been able to inhibit other coronavirus strains, then there is no reason why it cannot stop this latest strain facing our world,” the representative said. “We don’t want to guarantee anything or get people’s hopes up, but we think nitric oxide treatments are something the federal government and the Center for Disease Control should consider in their antiviral trials and tests.”
The global coronavirus threat may be around for another couple of months. Government agencies and medical companies are eager to develop an effective treatment to prevent deaths and promote faster recoveries for infected people. BioLight light treatments have been shown effective for other medical conditions. Perhaps their near-infrared light therapy treatment can work for the coronavirus too.
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