Iodine has been in continuous use for over 5,600 years. Its first recorded use was by Chinese physicians who treated goiters (enlarged thyroid glands) with pastes of ground up seaweed and sea urchins; substances rich in iodine. These physicians had empirical evidence that the treatments were effective but had no idea that iodine was present and responsible for the effectiveness. In fact, they did not even know of iodine. In the early 1800s, iodine was discovered as an element and alcoholic solutions of iodine (tinctures) became commonplace by the end of the century, due to their strong antiseptic properties.
Iodine tinctures lost favor in the past 50 years when it became possible to produce water-based solutions of iodine (iodine is readily soluble in alcohol but, in its natural state, is almost insoluble in water). With the advent of water-based iodine solutions, iodine was quickly adopted worldwide for its superior antiseptic and infection control properties and because, as a water-based solution, it does not sting or burn, as alcoholic solutions do.
Iodine has wide-ranging applications in imaging, radiation protection, food preparation, infection control, biofilm remediation, crop yield enhancement, food spoilage inhibition and as a nutritional supplement (iodine is an essential nutrient necessary for optimal health).
It is a naturally occurring element which is both obtained from seaweed and mined as a mineral.
For infection control, it is approved for use on animals, plants and humans. For human infection control, it can be used as a pre-procedural rinse, surgical scrub, pre-operative patient skin prep, wound treatment, topical antiseptic, vaginal douche, oral antiseptic, caries control, periodontal treatment, breath freshener, anti-microbial mouth rinse, surface disinfectant, and dozens of other indications to prevent and treat infections. Iodine has been shown to be strongly antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral. It is even sporicidal where many other antimicrobials are not.
Traditional water-based iodine solutions do not allow microbial resistance to develop (chlorohexidine gluconate and antibiotics do) but they stain. Although effective, they only contain a very low concentration of molecular iodine (the only biocidal form of iodine).
The researchers at ioTech have found a way to produce very high concentrations of molecular iodine (100 times greater, or more) compared to other water-based iodines. Independent testing shows that these formulations are far more effective and much more rapidly acting than chlorohexidine gluconate, with a broad spectrum of activity. The range of biocidal activity includes bacteria, viruses, spores mycobacteria, fungi, yeasts, protozoa and parasites (nematodes). In several tests, IoTech’s formulations achieved levels of effectiveness that had never been previously attained. These formulations do not stain, are stable long-term and have greatly improved safety profiles. This ushers in a host of commercial applications, heretofore not possible. The technology has applications in dentistry, medicine, consumer products and agriculture, amongst others. A U.S. patent has issued and patent applications have been filed globally for this unique technology.
For oral products, this new form of iodine not only is non-staining, it has a pale amber color and has a pleasant taste (there is no detectable iodine taste). It is many times more effective than other forms of iodine, extremely safe and does not cause microbial resistance (like chlorohexidine does). It is the basis for ioRinse. Products based on this unique technology have been clinically tested on hundreds of patients with outstanding results.
Independent testing confirms rapid destruction of the most tenacious viruses responsible for colds, flu and sore throats (including Rhinovirus). This rapid inactivation occurs where other leading mouthwashes are ineffective. As a pre-procedural rinse, it would be far superior to any commercially available rinse.