Whole-Organ Transdermal Photobiomodulation (PBM) of COVID-19: A 50-Patient Case Study
A non-randomized 50-person case study of COVID-19 positive patients was conducted employing (for the first time) a regimen of whole-organ deep-tissue transdermal dynamic photobiomodulation (PBM) as a primary (or exclusive) therapeutic modality in the treatment of coronavirus. Therapy sessions comprised algorithmically alternating red (650 nm) and near infrared (850 nm) LEDs with average irradiance of 11 mW/cm2 dynamically sequenced at multiple pulse frequencies. Delivered via 3-D bendable polymeric pads maintaining orthogonal optical incidence to body contours over 1,000 cm2, a single 84-min session concurrently delivered 20 kJ to the sinuses and 15 kJ to each lung at skin temperatures below 42 ◦C. Therapeutic outcomes observed include significant reductions in the duration and severity of disease symptoms. Acute conditions including fever, body aches, and respiratory distress comprising paroxysmal coughing; lung congestion, dyspnea and hypoxia; sinus congestion; acute eye inflammation; and extreme malaise were eliminated in 41/50 patients within 4-days of commencing PBM treatments with 50/50 patients fully recovering within three-weeks with no supplemental oxygen requirements. SpO2 concentrations improved as much as 9 points (average 2.5 points) across the entire study population. The PBM sessions required to completely resolve COVID-19 conditions appears mono- tonically correlated to the time-to-treatment (TTTx) — the delay between the onset of a patient’s symptoms and commencing PBM therapy. In contrast, acute inflammatory symptoms were resolved within 4-days irrespective of TTTx.