Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation
Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation (UVBI), known also as phototherapy, is a treatment of the blood using ozone and UV light. UVB may be done as a standalone treatment, but the ozone adds synergistic effects. During the treatment, a small amount of the patient’s blood is introduced to a bag of IV fluid and ozone gas is added to this. The blood/ozone mixture is run via IV tubing through the UVB machine and back into the patient. This treated blood has killed off viruses and bacteria which in part stimulates the immune system to kill off these pathogens.
White and red blood cells also absorb the UV light. The effects of UVB are extensive. It is anti-inflammatory, vasodilatory, virucidal, bactericidal, immunomodulatory (upregulates a suppressed immune system, downregulates an upregulated immune system, such as demonstrated in autoimmune conditions), improves microcirculation, and enhances oxygen uptake. It is used to treat either chronic or acute conditions, although in the former a series of treatments is recommended.