Ultraviolet blood irradiation

Ultraviolet blood irradiation (UBI), also known as biophotonic therapy, refers to the treatment of the blood with various wavelengths of ultraviolet light. It was pioneered in the 1920s by a Seattle scientist, Emmet Knott, who used it with apparent success to treat a patient who was moribund after a septic abortion. [cite journal|author=Knott, Emmet K.|title=Development of Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation|journal=American Journal of Surgery|volume=76|issue=2|year=1948|pages=165–71|doi=10.1016/0002-9610(48)90068-3] and gained some popularity during the 1950s. The purposes of the therapy include improvement the oxygen levels in the blood and stimulation of the immune system. A study also found potential for the treatment of bronchial asthma using this technique [cite journal|author=Miley, George P., R.E. Seidel, and J.A. Christensen|title=Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation Therapy of Apparently Intractable Bronchial Asthma|journal=Archives of Physical Medicine|volume=27|year=1946|pages=24–29] . However, the effectiveness of the treatment has been questioned [cite journal|author=Schwartz, Steven et al.|title=Ultraviolet Irradiation of Blood in Man|journal=JAMA|volume=149|pages=1180–3] , and it fell out of use with the increased effectiveness of vaccines and antibiotics in mainstream treatment.

The technique has experienced a resurgence in popularity since the 1990s, due to increased interest in alternative medicine, and has been recommended for a wide variety of symptoms and disorders [ [http://www.drummartinclinic.ie/Ultraviolet_Blood_Irradiation.html Photoluminesence (Ultraviolet Light Therapy) Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation UBI ] ] . However, no recent studies have been published to confirm its effectiveness.


William Douglass. Into the Light. Miami: Rhino Publishing, 2004

Kenneth J. Dillon. Healing Photons. Washington, D.C.: Scientia Press, 1998

G. Frick. Fibel der Ultraviolettbestrahlung des Blutes. Greifswald: Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität, 1989

I.E. Ganelina and K.A. Samoilova, eds. Mechanisms of the Influence of Blood Irradiated with Ultraviolet Rays on the Organisms of Humans and Animals [Russian] . Leningrad: Nauka, 1986

External links

* [http://www.scientiapress.com/findings/biophotonictherapy.htm Biophotonic Therapy]


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