Ultraviolet blood irradiation (UBI or UVB) is an intravenous therapy that represents a safe, non-toxic, low cost and drug-free method of treatment for most blood-borne viruses and offers hope to those who suffer from viral infections and related conditions. UVB / UBI is a procedure that exposes the blood to specific ultraviolet light to enhance the body’s immune response and to fight infections and can be used clinically as an immune-modulating therapy in cases such as psoriasis, lymph cancer, chronic infections, chronic fatigue, auto-immune diseases, and much more.

Also known as photoluminescence, hemo-irradiation, photodynamic therapy, and oxidative phototherapy, it was first introduced in the 1930s to combat the poliovirus. The therapy was then extensively used in the 1940s and 1950s with medical conditions including pneumonia, tuberculosis, and even cancer. The advent of antibiotics led to a decline in the use of UVB as a treatment option. Now, with the increasing incidence of antibiotic-resistant infections and a desire for more natural therapies, ultraviolet blood irradiation therapy is enjoying a type of rebirth and a very useful oxidative therapy.

Benefits of Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation Therapy (UVB)

Experience has shown that ultraviolet blood irradiation can strengthen the immune system and improve overall health. Ultraviolet blood irradiation has been shown to have the following therapeutic benefits:

  • Increases oxygen absorption into body tissues
  • Destroys fungal, viral, and bacterial growth
  • Improves circulation and decreases platelet aggregation
  • Improves circulation by dilating blood vessels
  • Improves the body’s ability to detoxify and inactivate or remove toxins
  • Activates cortisone-like molecules, sterols, into vitamin D
  • Restores the normal size and movement of fat elements
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Here’s How it Works

Ultraviolet blood irradiation is a procedure that exposes the blood to UV light to boost the body’s immune response and to fight off infections. With exposure to UV light, immune system response increases whilst the UV light concurrently kill infecting organisms, making them “antigenic”. This further activates and directs the immune system to specific infections that the body is attempting to overcome.

Ultraviolet blood irradiation therapy is intravenously applied by irradiating a small amount of blood (according to the patient’s weight) with a controlled amount of ultraviolet energy in the accepted therapeutic UV band (UV Ultraviolet C light). Blood is drawn from the patient (60 cc or more), passed through an airtight mechanism that produces the ultraviolet energy, and then returned to the patient. This produces a rapid detoxifying effect with the subsidence of toxic symptoms. Some patients may feel discomfort during the insertion of the needle. The amount of required treatments is determined by the state of health of the patient’s immune system, length of time the patient has been ill, and the severity of the disease being treated.

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Some people feel better immediately afterward, and for others, it may take a couple of days to notice improvement. This is because the body is detoxifying from the treatment and the patient may experience short-duration symptoms include tiredness, fever, chills, and other flu-like symptoms. In individuals with weakened immune systems (chronic fatigue, Candida, multiple sensitivities, etc.) it may take up to 4-5 treatments before the immune system works noticeably better.

It is believed that exposure to ultraviolet light boosts the immune system and continues to provide benefits even after the treatments are completed. Ultraviolet blood irradiation has a cumulative effect, and initial treatments are usually followed by maintenance treatments. Other beneficial photochemical reactions from ultraviolet blood irradiation include improved microcirculation, anti-inflammatory effects, cardiovascular protection through increased metabolism of cholesterol, uric acid, and glucose, as well as the resolution of vascular spasms.

“I have every American article that was ever published on ultraviolet blood irradiation therapy, and the results were simply stunning in terms of what it could do to bacterial infections, viral infections, and even allergic problems.”


Science and Safety

Not only will UV Blood Irradiation help to kill bacteria, yeast, and viruses, it has also been shown to have a vaccine-like effect by allowing the immune system to work with the antigenous pathogens to build an appropriate immune response.

In a 2015 clinical trial, UVBI was found to be safe and had a beneficial effect in the treatment of hepatitis C infection. “This device should be studied for use in psoriasis and in infectious diseases that have few treatment options. This article describes a prospective, controlled, phase II clinical trial submitted to the FDA of this device used for the treatment of HCV infection”.
sourceThe treatment of infectious disease with a medical device: results of a clinical trial of ultraviolet blood irradiation (UVBI) in patients with hepatitis C infection, International Journal of Infectious Disease, 2015

No harmful effects have been observed in ultraviolet blood irradiation therapy in thousands of cases of viral infections, hepatitis, bacterial infections, and many other diseases. The results are long-lasting with an absence of harmful side effects.


At the New York Center of Innovative Medicine, ultraviolet blood irradiation therapy is one of many different treatments considered for each patient. However, the use of this therapy is only performed on patients after an in-depth initial evaluation reveals it would be necessary for your personalized program of treatment. Because each person is unique, and their health needs are different, there is no set protocol for using ultraviolet blood irradiation therapy nor is the patient able to request the use of this therapy if the medical team finds it would not be as helpful as another treatment or specific combination of therapies. The 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 UBI/UVB therapy is right for you without an initial evaluation at our clinic.

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