UVBI (Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation IV)
For many centuries, ultraviolet light has been known for its antimicrobial properties. UV light has been used to disinfect such things as city water supplies, surfaces, swimming pools, and spas. Without argument, it has the power to kill bacteria, viruses, fungi, and even parasites.
An almost extinct therapy is the use of ultraviolet light to kill pathogens in the blood. The therapy is also known as “auto-sanguis”, “auto-hematherapy”, or plasmapheresis and involves removal, treatment, and then return of one’s own blood to the body.
To make this therapy even more effective and antimicrobial, physicians are now
adding ozone to the blood before returning it to the body. This further potentiates the antimicrobial capacity and immune activation action of the therapy.
Even though only 50 ml (about 5% of total volume) of blood is removed and treated in this therapy, when it is returned, the anti-pathogenic effects cascade to the rest of the body. The outcome is a decrease in total body burden of the virus, bacteria, fungi, or parasite infection.
UVBI has also been used experimentally for the co-treatment of cancer and Lyme disease. The cancer cells and Lyme spirochetes seem to also be sensitive to the ultraviolet light.
The duration of this therapy is about 30-45 minutes. It has an overall oxidative effect on the blood, so it can be combined with other oxidative therapies (i.e. high dose vitamin C, H2O2, hyperbaric oxygen, etc.) on the same day. The relative contraindication list is short and includes: porphyria, phenylketonuria, exeroderma pigmentosum, acute photodermatitis, and hypersensitivity to sunlight/UV light.
What Can UVBI be used to treat?
This list is long, but includes:
- Viral infections
- Bacterial infections
- Candidiasis (fungal infections)
- Autoimmune diseases
- General inflammation
- Poor immune function
- Chronic fatigue
- Arthritis and joint diseases
- Lyme disease
- Cancer-adjunctive conditions
- Poor blood flow
- Diabetes complications
- Upper respiratory infections
- Venom poisoning