UltraImmunotherapy (or Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation) was initially used to treat a variety of infections prior to antibiotics. When used properly, UV light acts on blood in unique ways to produce some very positive healing effects.
“We believe that the mechanism of action involves the UV light interacting with components of the blood (proteins and cells). It is likely that many different blood components are affected – monocytes, lymphocytes, erythrocytes, dendritic cells, neutrophils, and even proteins such as lipoproteins and immunoglobulins may be affected. The net result is that there is a significant decrease in inflammation (important for patients with sepsis and inflammatory conditions) and the natural antimicrobial activity of the host cells is markedly increased. Another common observation is that the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood is increased, which is beneficial for many respiratory diseases.“
The process is quite simple as illustrated by the diagram below.
A small amount of blood (approx 40ml) is withdrawn from the patient into a syringe preloaded with anticoagulant and then injected into saline at a ratio of 4 parts saline to 1 part blood for a total of approximately 200ml.This solution is then gravity fed through the UltraLux device and back to the patient.
Our devices utilize three types of UV light – UVA, UVB and UVC. We have specially selected the proper wavelengths to generate the desired biological response based on the available scientific information.
UVA is the wavelength of choice in a treatment known as Extracorporeal Photopheresis which is used to treat graft vs. host disease among other things.
UVB has been used extensively to treat skin related diseases but it also has properties that make it very desirable to biophotonic therapy. It provides a good dose of germicidal energy while still maintaining some of the same unique properties of UVA. Like UVA, UVB is very readily absorbed into the blood with peak absorbance at 297nm.
UVC is the band known for its germicidal capabilities. At right around 254nm as indicated on the spectral chart above, UVC is very effective at inactivating bacteria and virus. A more recent study has shown that 500 joules/cm2 of energy adequately inactivated even some of the tougher bacteria and virus.