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Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation Therapy

Medically reviewed by
Stephanie Klein, MSN, FNP-C

Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation Therapy uses ultraviolet light to stimulate your own blood cells to promote healthy organ and tissue function, as well as helps rid the body of pathogens.

Other Names:

UVBI, UVB, UBI, UV light therapy

Category:

Biological

Helpful for:

Infectious Diseases, Lyme Disease, Toxicity, Fatigue, Immunity, Skin, Cardiac Conditions, GI Issues

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Introduction to Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation Therapy

Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation Therapy, often called UBI Therapy or UVBI/UVB Light Therapy, is a treatment historically used to fight infection. UBI Therapy was first used in 1928 and extremely popular prior to the advent of antibiotic therapy. UVBI Light Therapy was a popular treatment for septicemia, pneumonia, botulism, and a number of other bacterial and viral related illnesses.

When antibiotic development and use increased in the 1950s, Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation Therapy slowly decreased in popularity. But with more and more bacterial strains becoming resistant to nearly all antibiotic options and with antibiotics carrying a plethora of unwanted effects – more people are now turning to the benefits of UVBI Light Therapy.

Benefits of UVBI Light Therapy

Many of the benefits of UVBI Light Therapy focus on removing pathogens from the body. This is done with a number of functions, including increasing red blood cell and white blood cell production and increasing overall oxygen levels in the blood.

Benefits of Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation Therapy include:

  • Increasing oxygen levels in organs and tissue
  • Improving overall circulation
  • Regulating white blood cell production by either stimulating or suppressing function
  • Destroying pathogens such as bacteria and viruses
  • Improves resistance to future pathogens
  • Anti-inflammatory effects

How UVBI Light Therapy Works

UVBI Light Therapy works by altering, stimulation, and reversing the function of many cells and their processes. UVBI Light Therapy can stimulate the production of red blood cells that carry vital oxygen to organs and tissues and subsequently increase overall oxygen levels.

UBI Therapy is considered an immune modulator, meaning it can help normalize function by either increasing production and stimulation or suppressing immune function. This is helpful because your immune system doesn’t always need to be more production – but on the contrary – many diseases like asthma are made worse by an overactive immune system.

Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation Therapy impacts immune cell function and can help mediate neutrophil and lymphocyte responses. In many autoimmune diseases, the immune system is hyperactive and hyperstimulated, and UVBI Light therapy can suppress their function to improve disease status.

In addition to the effects on your own blood cells, UVBI Therapy prevents bacterial and viral DNA synthesis. This prevents the cells from replicating or repairing and eventually the pathogens die off completely. UBI therapy promotes rapid detoxification of toxins and helps lower inflammatory markers such as the erythrocyte sedimentation rate.

UVBI Light Therapy can be administered by removing blood and then circulating into a machine, exposing your blood to the ultraviolet light. By doing this, the viral or bacterial DNA is damaged or altered, leading to cell death.

After this is done, your blood is reinfused back into your body, much like a transfusion, but using your own blood. Your body then recognizes these damaged or altered pathogens and triggers an immune response for your body to do the rest.

Another method of UVBI Therapy administration consists of directly inserting the ultraviolet optical fiber into a vein and exposing the blood this way – beneath the skin.

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Behind the Science

Science & Safety

An FDA Phase I controlled clinical trial evaluated the use of Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation Therapy on treating patients with teh hepatitis C virus. Ten patients received five treatments over three weeks. After the treatments, 9 out of 10 patents had an average decrease in viral load by 56%. There were no adverse events reported and it was concluded that UVB Therapy was safe and effective in managing hepatitis C.

A study of the use of Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation in the treatment of chronic obstructive bronchitis in 67 patients showed a great improvement in the participants breathing status (forced expiratory volume per second). There was also a significant decrease in the erythrocyte sedimentation rate. The bacterial growth was greatly reduced showing UVB Light Therapy to have great benefits in treating chronic obstructive bronchitis.

Evaluating the effects of UVB Light Therapy on stress was performed in rabbits. UBI Therapy improved the body’s ability to manage unpredictable stress and “enhance the organization and process structure in the activation of neutrophils” to stop blood coagulation and “changed the atherogenic condition”. Researchers concluded Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation therapy enhanced the body’s ability to adapt under stress.

Spectrum

Where does Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation Therapy fall on the medical spectrum?

UVBI falls under ‘Biological Medicine’ section of the medical spectrum.

Alternative Medicine

Also known as holistic medicine, it is the study and application of nature, botany, energy, and technology to bring the body back to balance and address the root causes of disease without detrimental side effects, toxins and chemicals, or a lifetime of intervention.

Biological Medicine

Also known as European Biological Medicine, this modality, popular in Germany and Switzerland, applies numerous therapies that aim to restore the body’s regulatory and self-healing capacity by promoting proper regeneration on a cellular and organ level.

Conventional Medicine

Conventional medicine is the most recognized and practiced section of the medical spectrum that includes pharmacological drugs, surgical procedures, lab testing, and more in an attempt to reduce symptoms and manage disease. 

Conventional Therapies

The Innovative Medicine approach considers all conventional options and appropriately prescribes or refers patients to specialists in which this approach would be most suited.

Emotional Therapies

Mental health and the study of mind-body medicine is an integral part of the medical spectrum that can often go overlooked and unaddressed.

Psycho-Emotional Intervention

The study of psycho-neuro-immunology (PNI) has shown how our thoughts and psychological state impact our biochemistry and can lead to disease. Any comprehensive treatment plan must address psychological stress to be successful.

Spiritual Practices & Therapies

We often confuse spiritual practices with religion, but the role of spirituality, consciousness, awareness, purpose, and information on a quantum level is incredibly important in healing.

Receiving Therapy

Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation Therapy Protocol – Receiving Treatments

The New York Center of Innovative Medicine (NYCIM) is pleased to offer various forms of ultraviolet blood irradiation therapy, including the advanced PL2020 therapy. However, the use of this or any of our numerous therapeutic options is only performed on patients after an in-depth health evaluation. Our ultimate goal is the complete restoration of health in the most efficient and safe manner, and with so many therapeutic options, it is impossible to know if UVBI is right for you without an initial evaluation at our clinic.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation Therapy, also known as UVBI therapy, is the therapeutic use of exposing blood to specific ultraviolet light to achieve many benefits including increased oxygenation, improved immune function, destruction of pathogens, and decreased inflammation.

UVBI light therapy works by stimulating, suppressing, or destroying cellular function. UVBI light therapy damages or alters bacterial and viral DNA in an effort to destroy it. UBI Therapy also activates red and white blood cell production to further promote healthy tissue and organ function.

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