Over the past year, the global community has been bombarded by the deadly COVID-19 virus. Patients infected with COVID-19 experience various symptoms, ranging from as mild as the common cold to as severe as respiratory illness and death. However, COVID-19 is more than just a respiratory illness, which complicates treatment. And exosomes may help!
COVID-19 can attack most, if not all, organs of the body. This Includes the brain and nerves, Immune system, kidneys, heart, and muscles. Since its initial impact in January 2020, healthcare leaders from across the world have worked tirelessly to find a vaccine and several versions of the vaccine have been approved for emergency use.
Despite the protective efforts made by governments and researchers’ ability to develop vaccines at a record pace, the virus is far from under control. People are still being infected via person-to-person contact. Typically, these infections are spread by pre and post symptomatic patients (spread by people who are infected but before or after symptoms respectively) as well as those with mild symptoms who are not properly diagnosed.
While the more common symptoms and duration of COVID-19 have been well documented, it is becoming clearer that the long-term impact of the virus is still unknown. It is now known that 1-in-3 patients infected by COVID-19 suffer from side effects far longer than the 7 to 10 days originally understood as the duration of the disease. Although these long-term symptoms are common in older adults as well as people with underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease, diabetes, or obesity, Long COVID symptoms also occur commonly in young patients and those who had mild to moderate COVID symptoms.
Patients who suffer from long-term symptoms often describe persistent fatigue, shortness of breath, widespread muscle and/or joint pain and difficulty sleeping. Compounding the physical symptoms, patients also experience memory problems (brain fog), depression and anxiety.
Thankfully, IV exosome therapy provide hope to both patients and providers. Exosome therapy has proven to be an effective way of treating these long-term symptoms. Recent studies have shown that exosome therapy resulted in significant improvement in patients by helping to restore oxygen storage capacity in cells, improving memory and helping relieve the muscle and/or joint pain.
What Are Exosomes? Exosomes are little bubbles that your cells produce as a means of communication. They are a package that contains information that tells other cells what to do. They can contain growth factors, messenger RNA (mRNA, which is what two of the COVID vaccines are made from) and protein signalers. Each mRNA is like a telegram that gets decoded by the receiving cell, which then follows the instructions in the package. Our exosomes are obtained FROM stem cells. So they contain messages that stop cells from dying and stimulate regenerative healing. They also modify immune cells to help stop your body from attacking itself.
How Does It Work? Exosome therapy for long-term COVID-19 symptoms involves the introduction of billions of exosomes intravenously. These exosomes target cells that are damaged and begin repairing them while acting as a catalyst for cellular repair throughout the body. Moreover, because exosomes are significantly smaller than traditional stem cells, they can pass through the blood-brain barrier allowing them the most comprehensive access for cellular restoration.
How Long is the Treatment? Length of treatment varies, but individual sessions typically take between 30-45 minutes.
How Long Until I Feel the Effects? Results vary among patients; some say the results are almost immediate while others say they came on gradually over a few days. Almost every patient described an increase in sustainable energy, improved mental clarity, an overall reduction of pain throughout the body, and better sleep relatively soon.
Does Treatment Hurt? Exosome therapy for long-term COVID-19 symptoms is performed intravenously. This treatment is almost painless. The intravenous application involves a brief pinch as the IV is inserted and may result in minor irritation around the IV location. It Is essentially no different than getting IV hydration.
How Often Do I Need Treatment? Every patient is different; however, most patients describe improvement after the first session of IV exosome therapy. Depending on the severity of symptoms and underlying medical conditions, patients may benefit from multiple sessions or a detoxification treatment beforehand so that the exosomes can work more effectively.
If you’re suffering from post-COVID syndrome, schedule a consultation with our practitioners today! We’ll evaluate you to determine if you’re a good candidate for exosome therapy and help you determine the next steps to take in your treatment plan.
To learn more specifics about what exosomes are and how they work, check out our Frequently Asked Questions about exosomes below.
What Are They? Exosomes are one type of extracellular vesicles. Described as microbubbles, these nanometer-size vesicles are found in all body fluids and can be secreted by most cells. When originally thought to be waste from cells, we now know they are far more important than that. Released from practically every cell type, exosomes enhance cell-to-cell communication, acting as shuttles for genetic information. Exosomes deliver lipids, proteins and nucleic acids that reflect their cell of origin, serving as a catalyst for cellular repair. Simply put, exosomes carry healthy and lost information to target cells, rejuvenating the body and assisting with the regeneration of problem areas.
What They Do? Exosomes play a key role in carrying messages and molecules between cells, helping to restore damaged cells by releasing growth factors and other healing substances that activate receptors in targeted cells. Targeted cells and Exosomes interact both by interacting with a receptor on the exterior of the cell and by directly fusing with the cell’s membrane. These interactions allow the cell to regenerate, filling missing or damaged parts of the cell as well as activating receptors on nearby cells, further revitalizing the body.
How do They Differ from Stem Cell Therapy? Stem cells and exosomes are both tools that your body can use to replace and repair diseased cells. Unlike stem cell therapy, which requires donor stem cells harvested from fatty tissue or bone marrow, exosome therapy utilizes donated mesenchymal stem cells that have been sterilized. Exosomes contain three-times the amount of growth factors compared to adult stem cells. The more growth factors translate to increased ability to revitalize cells and rejuvenate targeted areas.
Along with a higher amount of growth factors, exosomes have greater staying power than stem cells. The lifetime of a stem cell within the body may only be a matter of hours, however while a small fraction of exosomes break down hours after release, most exosomes maintain their restorative action for far longer.
Finally, stem cell administration is limited to direct application to the affected areas, while exosomes can be administered both through IV and direct application. Moreover, as some of the smallest vesicles, exosomes are able to travel places stem cells can’t, most significantly exosomes can cross the blood-brain barrier, unlocking the possibility of caring for neurological diseases.
How Are They Administered? Exosomes can be administered by both direct application and IV Therapy.
Direct Application of exosomes involves billions of exosomes being injected in a specific area, most commonly used for joint repair, hair restoration and facial rejuvenation. This procedure allows the exosomes to travel between cells delivering growth factors and stimulating the repair of the area and drastically enhancing the healing process.
IV Therapy involves delivering billions of exosomes intravenously. The exosomes seek out areas of the body in need of cellular repair and orchestrate regeneration. Exosomes have been shown to reduce symptoms in patients with inflammation, fatigue, and those who suffer from neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.