The application and trend of ultra-weak photon emission in biology and medicine

Author: Jinxin Du1, Tingting Deng1, Baorui Cao2, Zhiying Wang2, Meina Yang2, Jinxiang Han2
1 College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Jinan, China.
2 NHC Key Laboratory of Biotechnology Drugs (Shandong Academy of Medical Sciences), Biomedical Sciences College, Shandong First Medical University, Jinan, China.
Conference/Journal: Front Chem
Date published: 2023 Feb 17
Other: Volume ID: 11 , Pages: 1140128 , Special Notes: doi: 10.3389/fchem.2023.1140128. , Word Count: 154

Ultra-weak bioluminescence, also known as ultra-weak photon emission (UPE), is one of the functional characteristics of biological organisms, characterized by specialized, low-energy level luminescence. Researchers have extensively studied UPE for decades, and the mechanisms by which UPE is generated and its properties have been extensively investigated. However, there has been a gradual shift in research focus on UPE in recent years toward exploring its application value. To better understand the application and trend of UPE in biology and medicine, we have conducted a review of relevant articles in recent years. Among the several topics covered in this review is UPE research in biology and medicine (including traditional Chinese medicine), primarily focused on UPE as a promising non-invasive tool for diagnosis and oxidative metabolism monitoring as well as a potential tool for traditional Chinese medicine research.

Keywords: TCM research; oxidative stress; reactive oxygen species (ROS); ultra-weak bioluminescence; ultra-weak photon emission.

PMID: 36874066 PMCID: PMC9981976 DOI: 10.3389/fchem.2023.1140128