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Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation (UBI) Therapy

Ultraviolet blood irradiation (UBI) therapy is administered by a device called the U.V. Irradiation Instrument(Hemo-irradiator). UBI therapy raises host resistance and is a potentially useful adjunctive treatment in many disease processes. UBI energizes the biochemical and physiological defenses of the body by the introduction of ultraviolet energy into the blood stream. Ultraviolet radiation is used to purify water and treat sewage and medically it may be used to purify and clean the blood of contaminations in the form of bacteria and viruses.


What is UVB / UBI used for?

According to the Foundation For Blood Irradiation, Inc, UBI has been found useful in treating a wide variety of conditions listed below.  We are primarily using it in fatigue states and in persistent viral infections. Usually our patients will have had their problem for a long time before they come to see us. Anecdotally there has been around an 80% positive response in long-term problems. Our patients have had Chronic Fatique, Hepatitis C, long-term sinusitis, asthma and bronchitis. I would be very interested in using it, though, in some of the other conditions below to see if it lives up to its promise.

There is a more exhaustive list below from the Foundation For Blood Irradiation

What does the procedure involve?

The procedure is very like that of blood being taken. There is no real discomfort. The sensation is somewhere between almost painless and a slight scratch. We have treated patients as young as twelve years old. The patient lies down, a slim soft medical plastic cannula is inserted into a vein and blood is then drawn into a tube which has had heparin put into it so that the blood will stay liquid. The blood passes through the Hemo-irradiator and is exposed to a controlled amount of ultraviolet energy in the accepted therapeutic UV band. The blood is drawn through the hemo irradiator and then goes back smoothly into the patient’s vein. Apart from the fact that there is someone with a syringe and a machine patients are not aware of anything out of the ordinary happening. Venous oxygen is increased in patients with depressed blood oxygen values. Of special interest is that frequently there is a rapid rise in resistance to viral and bacterial infection, whether acute or chronic, We have seen ’flu turn around in a few hours in a teenager who was indispensable for a school play, sinusitis and bronchitis also seem to respond very quickly. No harmful effects have been observed with UBI therapy in thousand of cases or viral infections, hepatitis, bacterial infections, hypoxemia, and many other illnesses, especially blood-related infections.

The American Blood Irradiation Society published a favorable opinion of the use of UBI to control virus and virus-like disease. The opinion was based on thousands of clinical cases treated with this therapy, many of which were reported in published papers and presented before official medical groups. Much additional clinical data has been reported.


Indications: According to the Foundation For Blood Irradiation, Inc, UBI has been found useful in treating:

Viral Infections

·         Poliomyelitis , polio-encephalitis, myelitis

·         Hepatitis: infectious, serum

·         Influenza

·         Common upper respiratory disease

·         Herpes simplex, Herpes zoster

·         Mononucleosis, Mumps, Measles

Bacterial Infections

·         Pneumonia

·         Septicemia (staphyloccocus, streptococcus, pneumococcus)

·         Wound Infections, lymphatic infections (lymphangitis)

·         Peritonitis

·         Typhoid Fever

·         Recurrent skin infections (furunculosis, carbunulosis)

Inflammatory Conditions

·         Acute thrombophlebitis, fibrositis, bursitis, nephritis, iritis, uveitis, cholecystitis, pancreatitis

·         Rheumatoid arthritis

Circulation Conditions

·         Varicose and diabetic ulcers

·         Peripheral vascular disease

·         Gangrene

·         Vascular headaches


·         Non-healing Wounds and Fractures

·         Pemphigus

·         Emphysema

·         Adjunctive cancer treatment (Germany)

There are Preliminary reports indicate that UBI may be useful in treating HIV.

Recently the FDA has approved a new PT machine. The machine is called an Extracorporeal Photopheresis Blood Irradiator. The FDA approval allowed clinical trials on people with HIV and Graft-Versus-Host disease. The trials were extremely successful for HIV/AIDS related Complex, as over half the patients remained HIV negative for 14 to 16 months after the termination of the study. The drawback? Each treatment cost $5,000.00 and lasted four to five hours. Work is currently under way to evaluate the effects of UBI on eliminating HIV from blood and blood products. Should this be successful, this would have major implications in ensuring the safety of blood in blood banks.

Is this treatment useful? Is it safe?

There are lots of very positive patient histories in the literature with the efficacy of this method is attested to by the remarkable and consistent recovery of patients with a wide variety of diseases. I have been very pleased so far but I have not had a universally positive response but I will guess that for M.E fatigue and viral illnesses there seems to be a 75-80% response among patients many of whom had almost given up and that has to be good news. I will attest that it is a really safe treatment. In addition, it can be stated that UBI has never caused a disease of any sort, nor has it ever damaged a patient in its use. Over 60 scientific and clinical papers on ultraviolet blood irradiation have been reported in medical journals and before medical groups (see end).


Rationale and Method of Treatment

The Knott technique of blood irradiation (approved by the American Blood Irradiation Society) achieves the following physiologic objectives:

·         Increases the blood oxygen level

·         Increase white blood cell activity

·         Relieves toxemia,

·         Decreases swelling

·         Controls nausea and vomiting.


The entire system is "closed" meaning the patient’s blood never leaves the tubing or the bottle and is simply returned back into the vein after passing through the UV device. Treatment requires 25-45 minutes depending on the amount of blood treated and how fast the blood flows. After the treatment patients should rest for a few minutes but are then free to return to home or work.

Adverse Reactions

The complete absence of harmful effects, either immediate or delayed, when UBI is used property, has allowed clinical investigators to use this procedure over a period of twenty years and more on a single patient.

  • Photosensitization (Light) Reactions In view of the fact that photosensitive drugs and light characteristically may cause a rapid increase in tissue permeability, especially in the large intestines, there may swelling in the tissues of the lungs, brain, skin, intestine and kidneys if UVB is used with certain types of drugs that increase its effects. Sulfa drugs are the worst offenders. Sulpha drugs should be allowed a ‘washout’ period of 7-10 days before UVB is given and not used for seven days after a treatment. Common medications that are OK to use with UBIinclude penicillin, aspirin and other salicylates, broad-spectrum antibiotics, alkaloids, glucose, saline, and whole blood and plasma. It is recommended that psychotropic medications (pain pills, anxiety and depression pills) should be used with caution as UBI may theoretically increase their effect upon the body’s chemistry but we have had no adverse effects in patients taking antidepressants.
  • Reactions due to death of bacteria (Herxheimer’s Reaction). In acute bacterial infections there may occur in the first twenty four hours following UBI a reaction due to the rapid death of large numbers of infectious organisms, characterized by chill, rise in temperature, and a temporary increase in generalized toxic symptoms.. This "die-off" reaction is usually similar to "flu-like" symptoms of headache, achiness, tiredness, and just "not feeling well" and may last up to several days. This "die-off" reaction can, however, occur with any type of treatment including antibiotics. This response usually decreases in magnitude as the course of treatment progresses. Some irritable bowel syndrome sufferers have reported to me a temporary increase in the number of loose stools.
  • Exacerbation reaction’s in chronic diseases. Dr. Miley reports that in approximately 50% of individuals with bronchial asthma, nasal sinusitis and chronic rheumatic disease (also in acute rheumatic disease), there appears for the first four to five days following initial UBI an aggravation of the pre-existing symptoms which is usually no more severe than any previous severe exacerbation. This is especially true following the first application of UBI, much less likely to occur after a second UBI, and rarely after third.
  • Possibility of producing shock. The withdrawal of blood from a patient in profound shock has been performed frequently in the Knott technique with no adverse effect. On the contrary, the rapid disappearance of shock following re-injection of irradiated blood has been observed.
  • Other reactions. A rare and mildly depressant effect has been noted, characterized by mental lassitude and a desire to sleep more than usual; this is without much clinical significance, but is worthy of mention.

More Information

The prime text on U.V. light therapy is, Into the Light, by William Douglas, M.D., in which there is extensive review of the scientific literature. The Europeans have concentrated primarily on its use in cardio-vascular disease, while the American literature concentrates more on infectious diseases. See also the article that follows this short monograph with references included.

Patient Guidelines: It is very important that you.....

  • Assist your body in eliminating water and toxins that will be flushed by this therapy. You should drink 6 to 8 glasses of pure spring water or filtered water daily, primarily between meals.
  • Have at least one bowel movement daily.

Patient Restrictions: It is very important that you.....

  • Treatment is more effective if you do not take any antioxidant supplements on the day of and the day after your U.V. treatment.
  • Antibiotics should not be taken during the course of U.V. light therapy, unless under the direct supervision of your doctor. They may be photosensitizing.
  • Those taking thyroid medications may need to decrease their dosages to avoid excessive elevations of metabolism, which might ensue when combined with the U.V. light therapy. Thyroid testing may need to be performed during treatment in selected cases.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise for at least 2 hours following each U.V. light treatment.



This varies with the individual, but many people begin to feel improvements in their condition after just a few treatments. Depending on the severity of the condition, some patients may need ten or more treatments. For conditions not as severe, three to five treatments are normally required.


While treatments can be given once every 24 hours, most patients receive one to three treatments per week.



Considerable research into the use of UV light for treatment of disease was initiated in the 1870’s. One of the first researchers to experiment with UV light was Niels Ryberg Finsen, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for “Physiology of Medicine” in 1903 for his UV treatments of 300 people suffering from Lupus in Denmark.

Another pioneer to experiment with Light Therapy was Kurt Naswitis, who directly irradiated the blood with UV light through a shunt in 1922. Then beginning in the 1920’s and continuing through the 1930’s, Seattle scientist Emmett Knott, D.Sc., sought to harness, in an extracorporeal way, the known bactericidal property of ultraviolet rays in order to treat infectious diseases of the blood. On September 11, 1928 Knott received Patent Number 1,683,877 for “Means for Treating Bloodstream Infections” as a result of a patent application filed on March 3, 1927 for a UV apparatus he built. Subsequently he received Patent Number 2,308,516 on January 19, 1943, which contained certain changes to the apparatus. The machine received an FDA “grandfather” status as a device that was sold and distributed in interstate commerce prior to 1976.

Many other physicians in Europe and America followed the steps of Finsen and Knott, such as Miley, Christenson, Beck, Olney, Anderson, Hancock, Rebbeck, Barrett, Moser, Bland, Von Pohle, Woolfan, Hughes, Beroza, Davidson, Stauffer, Havens, Sborov, Barmasov and Collbert to mention some notables.

These physicians combined, performed over 300,000 clinical tests and besides their great curative success the most notable fact they mention is that not one person died from this treatment modality throughout 50 years of testing.

The dramatic advances in antibiotics, vaccines, and corticosteroids in the 1950s put a halt to the growing interest in UVBI therapy. Awash in enthusiasm over the new wonder drugs from 1955 until the 1990’s only a few American physicians continued to work with a UVBI device. Even though it was illogical to set aside a therapy that could treat some viral diseases) e.g., chronic hepatitis and viral pneumonia) that was impervious to antibiotics, this in fact happened. Research into this low cost and effective therapy came to a virtual halt. The technique was never again taught in medical schools and training centers. Special interests began their reign!

It is difficult to justify the way American medical science overlooked the many reports of clinical trials in Russian and East German medical journals and books over the past two decades, especially given the intense effort to identify promising approaches to the treatment of HIV and related conditions. The development of multi-drug resistance to antibiotics in recent years and the search for less toxic therapies have led to a renewed interest in Light Therapy. We are now “back to the future”. We are pleased that the Health & Wellness Foundation is in the forefront of this rejuvenation.


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