Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation


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Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation is often referred to as UBI or photoluminescence. UBI involves drawing a small amount of blood from a person, adding an anticoagulant to keep it from clotting, and exposing the blood to ultraviolet light at a specific frequency as it passes through a sterile crystal tube (cuvette) in a closed, airtight circuit. The irradiated blood is then immediately administered back into the same person by intravenous infusion.

Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation is a tested and proven therapy that is safe and effective for a wide range of health problems with virtually no side effects. When properly performed it is comfortable, safe and effective. UBI has a cumulative effect so that each treatment builds on and enhances the effects of previous treatments. It is commonly performed twice weekly but for acute infections, more frequent treatment may be necessary initially.

It is common knowledge that, for many years, ultraviolet light has been used for disinfection. When the UV irradiated blood is reintroduced into the body, a remarkable stimulation of the immune system and various enzyme systems occurs. The body’s defenses are rapidly organized to destroy all invading pathogens such as bacteria, viruses and even yeasts like Candida Albicans. It appears that by destroying the pathogens in the treated sample of blood, a self-generated vaccine is produced. There is also evidence that ultraviolet radiation continues to be given off by the treated blood after it is infused back into the body. This is referred to as induced secondary radiation, and it contributes to the rapid destruction of the pathogens in the blood. It has also been observed that UBI inactivates toxins produced by bacteria and viruses. Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation boosts the oxygen in the blood, increases cell permeability and tends to restore normal chemical balances in the body. The immune system is brought to life and the body begins to return to a state of health.

Ultraviolet light has been used in medicine for a wide variety of health problems throughout the world since the late nineteenth century. The medical use of ultraviolet light on blood was pioneered by Mr. Emmet K. Knott and Dr. Virgil Hancock during the 1930’s in the United States and since then thousands of studies on its effectiveness and safety have been published in medical and scientific journals around the world. The discovery of antibiotics in the 1940’s diverted attention about Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation in America . However, its effective use in medicine continued to be explored and utilized in other countries and is once more gaining attention and respect in the U.S.

Here at Boise Naturopathic Medicine we combine the UVB with another treatment known as Major Auto-Hemotherapy. This involves injecting medical grade ozone gas into the blood drawn for the UBI procedure and in turn highly oxygenating the blood and destroying pathogens. Combining UBI with Major Auto-Hemotherapy amplifies the effectiveness of both therapies.