We are excited to announce that we are providing Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation Therapy (UBI or UVB) at Be Whole Wellness Center! It is an intravenous treatment that exposes the blood to specific UV light to enhance the body’s immune response that is a safe, non-toxic, and drug-free treatment. UBI can be used for helping with most blood-borne viruses, infections, cancer, psoriasis, chronic fatigue, auto-immune related conditions, and so much more. Based on weight, we take out a small amount of blood after inserting an IV and passed through special tubing that goes through a UBI/UVB machine that produces the ultraviolet energy, and then reinfused right back to you. We can do this therapy at the same time that you’re getting ozone or methylene blue IV. When these therapies are done with the light it can cause a synergistic effect and increase your results!
UVI/UVB has also been known as photoluminescence, hemo-irradiation, photodynamic therapy, and oxidative phototherapy. UVB has many similar effects to Ozone Therapy in that it is a medical therapy where the blood is exposed to Ultraviolet UVC light as it is removed from the patient's body and reinfused back into the patient's body. In 1928, it was first used on a woman dying of sepsis in Germany (a usually fatal bacterial infection of the blood) who reported improved greatly in just two days. Then in the 1930’s, it was introduced to help treat the polio virus. UVB was then used in the 1940s and 1950s for conditions such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, and even cancer. Due to the arrival of antibiotics, it led to the decline of using UVB as an option for treatment. Because of the increasing prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in conjunction for more natural therapies, ultraviolet blood irradiation therapy is becoming popular again as a very valuable oxidative therapy.
Benefits of UVB therapy
It has been known to help improve overall help and improve the immune system. UVB also has the following benefits:
· Enhanced circulation by dilating blood vessels
· Decrease in platelet aggregation and clot formation
· Improved oxygenation of tissues
· Anti-inflammatory properties
· Immune System Stimulation
· Antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial
· Better Tolerance to Chemotherapy and Radiation
· Cardiovascular protection
· Reduction of cholesterol
UVB has few side effects, but the beneficial effects can be ongoing. It can be combined with other medical therapies and is cost-effective, reliable, and mild for the patient. Patients that can benefit from UVB therapy include infections (bacterial, viral, fungal, protozoa), toxic conditions (etc. snake bites or organic poisoning), injuries, wound healing, venous stasis ulcers, Raynaud's disease, migraines, arthritis flare ups, fibromyalgia, pain from osteoporosis, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, asthma, acne, herpes zoster, psoriasis, chronic intestinal inflammation, occlusion of arteries, strokes, increase in blood coagulability, thrombophlebitis, and detoxification.
When small amounts of blood are exposed to Ultraviolet light, the immune cells can become enhanced and produce anti-inflammatory properties for autoimmune conditions. There was a study done that compared possible treatments for psoriasis using UVB and Methotrexate. Methotrexate is a form of chemotherapy that is used in treatment of several auto-immune conditions. UVB IV therapy which is non-toxic or harmful and created the almost identical effects of Methotrexate without any side effects.
How often can I get UVB Therapy?
We use this therapy for people with auto-immune diseases as well as cancer and infections. The number of treatments needed can depend on the health of your immune system, how long you’ve been ill, and the severity of the disease being treated. For acute infectious, usually will be treated with one treatment daily or every other day until condition has improved or resolved. For chronic conditions, can treated with one treatment two times per week for three weeks, and then one treatment weekly for four weeks, then for maintenance one treatment every two months. The treatments may take effect immediately and the benefits are apparent for up to 45 days.
There is a beneficial increase in blood oxygen levels after the treatments and immune enhancement generally occurs after the 3-4th treatment and continues through the 12th session. We suggest a minimum of 1 treatment a week for 12 weeks. Some patients need an aggressive plan and benefit more from 2 per week for 6 weeks.
Are there any contraindications?
The hardest part is from the discomfort during the insertion of the needle of the IV catheter. Patients with porphyria, photosensitivity, acute hemorrhagic diseases (such as hemophilia), hyperthyroidism, subacute appendicitis, cholecystitis, and immediately after a heart attack should not get UVB therapy.
Anything that I should do after my treatment?
It is helpful to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of pure water in the 24 hours following your UVB treatment. Avoid taking antioxidant supplements for 24 hours following your treatment such as vitamins A, C, E, selenium, glutathione, and pycnogenols. Make sure drainage pathways are open which means you are having a daily bowel movement, urinating, sweating, and facilitating lymphatic drainage (dry brushing).
What can you expect after a treatment?
Most people feel better immediately afterwards but some people can feel worse before they feel better due to the body detoxifying from the treatment. Symptoms of detox can include feeling tired, fever, chills, and flu like symptoms. It will usually last the night after your treatment, but most people then feel better afterwards. In individuals with weakened immune systems, it can take at least four treatments before the immune system is noticeably improved.
To book your UVB treatment, click on the link to request an appointment, call us at 940-783-5761, or email at email@example.com.