Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation: The world of health and longevity is so full of therapies to promote health and longevity. Ozone has impacted a big way, and today we explore a synergistic therapy to ozone therapy known as ultraviolet blood irradiation.
This article has been medically reviewed by Dr. Charles Penick, MD
What is Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation?
Ultraviolet blood irradiation is a healing therapy that involves taking a small amount of blood (around 60 cc’s, or a quarter of a cup), mixing it with saline, and then letting this blood drip in a bag by a specialized UVA UVB and UVC light. The light is then absorbed by the blood and re-introduced to the bloodstream, where it travels around the body and causes an immune modulation 1. Low and mild doses of UV kill microorganisms by damaging the DNA, while any DNA damage in host cells can be rapidly repaired by DNA repair enzymes 2.
This therapy has been a healing modality used successfully for about 90 years. In the 1940s and 1950s to treat many diseases, including septicemia, pneumonia, tuberculosis, arthritis, asthma, and poliomyelitis 2. These successful studies were being published in the American Journal of Surgery until antibiotics were introduced. Although other countries, like Russia, continue to study and use UBI technology, doctors dismissed it in the West as being useless compared to the pharmaceutical options.
The irony is that the scientific research supporting UBI is solid. It puts into question this narrative because doctors pushing the use of pharmaceutical intervention first are doing so at the cost of their side effects. As antibiotic resistance is skyrocketing, it begs the question, why aren’t we reaching for more holistic modalities first?
Uses of Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation
With over 200 medical studies supporting its efficacy and more than nine decades of application towards more than 700,000 persons, there is a lot of scientific evidence to support the benefits of ultraviolet blood irradiation 3-20.
As an immune modulator, UBI can have a positive impact on essentially all avenues of health and longevity. Some of the known areas that UBI supports include: 1
- Lyme disease
- Autoimmune disease
- Viral and bacterial infections
- Gynecological issues
- Cardiovascular issues
- Multiple Sclerosis
What’s the Difference Between Ozone Therapy and Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation?
Ozone therapy is more recognized because the treatment is simply more well-known. There are more ozone practitioners in the world, and so being more readily available spreads the word. Essentially, ozone has a better PR team.
UBI has been around for about 20 years longer than ozone therapy, and although they are not the same thing, they work synergistically together. Both treatments are immune-modulating, meaning that they balance the immune system, whether revving too high or too low 21.
How Does Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation and Ozone Therapy Work?
Using ultraviolet blood irradiation and ozone therapy does not directly target the kind of chronic infections that lay hidden away in biofilms. They are not killing agents that fight viruses, parasites, or chronic conditions.
Ozone combines immediately with the blood while UBI combines with hemoglobin and the red blood cells, and they both travel around the body as modulators 3. They support help the immune system and start a cascade of effects that eventually reaches these infections and illnesses. UBI ozone is a systemic therapy that supports not only the specific issue you would like to heal it the whole body. It stimulates healing.
Other Supporting Tools
Like any holistic healing modality, UBI and ozone are a part of a multifaceted approach to healing. They will help irrelevant of any other methods used, but to heal the body requires supporting it from as many channels as possible.
Alongside UBI and ozone therapy, other tools to promote whole-body healing include:
- Cellular detox
- Intermittent fasting
- Dietary variation
- Prolonged fasting
- Hot/ Cold therapy (like sauna and cold plunge)
Ultraviolet blood irradiation (UBI) is a modality that has been used successfully as an immune modulator for nearly 100 years. Although it took the back burner after antibiotics were invented, this method has lots of scientific evidence to support its efficacy. UBI is often used alongside ozone therapy for compounding benefits but can also be used alone. UBI can be used for any ailment that affects the immune system. As an immune modulator, it stimulates the immune system, which has a cascading positive impact on every area of health.
Medical Disclaimer: This article is based upon the opinions of Dr. Daniel Pompa. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Dr. Pompa and his associates. This article has been medically reviewed by Dr. Charles Penick, MD for accuracy of the information provided, but Dr. Pompa encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.
1 Lowe, Tom. Invisible Cure – The Definitive Guide to UBI: Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation. 2021.
2 Hamblin, Michael R. “Ultraviolet Irradiation of Blood: ‘The Cure That Time Forgot’?” Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology Ultraviolet Light in Human Health, Diseases and Environment, 2017, pp. 295–309., doi:10.1007/978-3-319-56017-5_25.
3 Boretti, Alberto et al. “Use of Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation Against Viral Infections.” Clinical reviews in allergy & immunology vol. 60,2 (2021): 259-270. doi:10.1007/s12016-020-08811-8
4 Frercksa J, Weberb H, Wiesenfeldt G. Reception and discovery: the nature of Johann Wilhelm Ritter’s invisible rays. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A. 2009;40:143–156.
5 Bonnet A. Traite des Maladies des Articulations. Bailliere; Paris: 1845.
6 Downes A, Blunt TP. Researches on the effect of light upon bacteria and other organisms. Proc Royal Soc London. 1877;26:488–500.
7 Ude WH. Ultraviolet Radiation Therapy in Erysipelas. Radiology. 1929;13:504.
8 Finsen NR. Phototherapy. Edward Arnold; London: 1901.
9 Hancock VKK, EK Irradiated blood transfusion in the treatment of infections. Northwest Med. 1934:200.
10 Miley GP. Recovery from botulism coma following ultraviolet blood irradiation. The Review of gastroenterology. 1946;13:17–19.
11 Miley GP, Seidel RE, Christensen JA. Ultraviolet blood irradiation therapy of apparently intractable bronchial asthma. Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation. 1946;27:24–29.
12 Miley G. The Knott technic of ultraviolet blood irradiation in acute pyogenic infections. New York state Med. 1942:38–46.
13 Miley G. Ultraviolet blood irradiation therapy (Knott technic) in acute pyogenic infections. Am J Surg. 1942:493.
14 Barrett HA. Five years experience with hemo-irradiation according to the Knott technic. Am J Surg. 1943;61:42–53.
15 Rebbeck EW. Ultraviolet irradiation of autotransfused blood in the treatment of puerperal sepsis. Am J Surg. 1941;54:691–700.
16 Olney RC. Treatment of viral hepatitis with the Knott technic of blood irradiation. Am J Surg. 1955;90:402–409.
17 Olney RC. Ultraviolet blood irradiation treatment of pelvic cellulitis; Knott method. Am J Surg. 1947;74:440–443.
18 Kabat IA, Sysa J, Zakrzewska I, Leyko W. Effect of UV-irradiation of shifts of energy-rich phosphate compounds: ADP, ATP and AXP in human red blood cells represented by a trigonometrical polynomial. Zentralblatt fur Bakteriologie, Parasitenkunde, Infektionskrankheiten und Hygiene Erste Abteilung Originale Reihe B: Hygiene, praventive Medizin. 1976;162:393–401.
19 Vasil’eva ZF, Samoilova KA, Shtil’bans VI, Obolenskaia KD, Vitiuk NG. Changes of immunoadsorption properties in the blood and its components at various times after UV-irradiation. Gematologiia i transfuziologiia. 1991;36:26–27.
20 Deeg HJ. Ultraviolet irradiation in transplantation biology. Manipulation of immunity and immunogenicity. Transplantation. 1988;45:845–851.
21 Elvis, A M, and J S Ekta. “Ozone therapy: A clinical review.” Journal of natural science, biology, and medicine vol. 2,1 (2011): 66-70. doi:10.4103/0976-9668.82319