If you or someone you love has had a life-threatening disease or infection, you know how important it is to strengthen the immune system. Ultraviolet blood irradiation harnesses the body’s immune system to promote faster healing and kill viruses, fungi, and bacterial infections. Howard Liebowitz, MD, with Liebowitz Longevity Medicine in Santa Monica, California, treats many patients successfully with ultraviolet blood irradiation. Call or book an appointment online for a consultation with Dr. Liebowitz about how to boost your immune system for better health.
Ultraviolet blood irradiation (UVB) is an intravenous procedure that exposes blood to ultraviolet light. It is also called photoluminescence, hemo-irradiation, photodynamic therapy, and oxidative phototherapy.
Ultraviolet blood irradiation was a fairly common treatment prior to the use of antibiotics and other modern medical advances. For example, it was first used in the 1930s to treat the polio virus. In the decades following, physicians also used the therapy to treat pneumonia, tuberculosis, and cancer.
As antibiotics became more commonly available, UVB use declined. Two trends have created a resurgence in UVB use: the increasing number of antibiotic-resistant infections and resulting deaths, and the increasing demand for natural, non-prescription drug therapies.
Physicians use ultraviolet blood irradiation to treat blood-borne viruses such as hepatitis B and C as well as for many conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic infections, skin disorders, autoimmune diseases, and bacterial, viral, and fungal infections. UVBI can be used in conjunction with other treatment to boost the immune system.
Ultraviolet blood irradiation exposes the blood to four wavelengths of UV light, which boosts the body’s immune response. The light makes organisms circulating in the blood more ‘antigenic,’ which causes your immune system to recognize them as foreign agents easier and mount a stronger immune response.
Dr. Liebowitz draws a small amount of blood, based on your body weight, sends it through a machine that produces ultraviolet light, and then re-infuses the treated blood back into your body. You may need several treatments depending on the illness and its severity.
Ultraviolet blood irradiation is an effective, low-cost, and non-prescription drug alternative to helping your body heal. UVBI has a long safety record with no adverse side effects and can be combined with other treatments such as ozone or vitamin infusions for even greater benefit
The treatment destroys fungal, viral, and bacterial growth and increases the amount of oxygen body tissues absorb. It also improves circulation by dilating blood vessels. Physicians have used ultraviolet blood irradiation for many years to improve immune system functioning.
The treatment is getting new attention from the medical community; in a 2015 clinical trial, UVBI was found to be safe and had a beneficial effect in the treatment of hepatitis C infection. The article concluded that UVBI should be explored as a treatment for psoriasis and with infectious diseases that have limited treatment options.