What is UV Blood Therapy?
UV blood therapy is a procedure that involves removal of a certain amount of blood (typically 2-10 mls per 10 lbs of body weight) from a patient, exposing the blood to ultraviolet light of all 3 wavelengths (UVa, UVb, and UVc) for a short period of time, then returning the blood to the patient.
What does UV Blood Therapy do?
Exposing blood to ultraviolet light does many things, all of which are not currently completely understood. What we do know about UV blood therapy is the following:
- UV light, particularly UVa wavelengths kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
- UV light can activate and increase white blood cells. It can also modulate (increase or decrease) certain active cells that may contribute to diseases such as allergies and autoimmune conditions. This is accomplished through cellular signaling.
- UV light improves the rheology of blood – the ability of blood to flow through smaller and smaller vessels by increasing red blood cell flexibility
- It has anti-inflammatory effects, most likely again through cellular signaling
- UV blood therapy can help to protect the heart by increasing cellular metabolism of uric acid and glucose. These substances in excess can have adverse effects.
- UV blood therapy activates cells and kills pathogenic (disease-causing) organisms, yet does not harm normal cells.
- UV blood therapy has been shown to inactivate bacterial toxins and may inactivate other toxins as well – i.e. mold toxins, pesticides, or herbicides.
- Studies have shown that UV blood therapy can help treat T-cell Lymphoma and possibly other cancers
- UV therapy helps encourage cells to utilize oxygen for better metabolism. Because ozone does this as well, the two treatments work very well together, especially since ozone has the added benefit of providing additional oxygen.
What conditions can UV Blood Therapy help treat?
- infections of all kinds, especially those that are severe or resistant to antibiotics
- any inflammatory condition – asthma, allergy, inflammatory bowel disease
- autoimmune conditions – UV light has been used to effectively treat blood for transfusion to avoid graft vs host reaction, a potentially life-threatening rejection reaction
- Cancer – especially cancers of the blood such as lymphoma or leukemia
- Degenerative conditions such as arthritis
- Toxicities – UV can inactivate bacterial toxins and possibly other toxins as well
Is UV Blood therapy safe?
In the over 100 years of existence of UV blood therapy there have been no significant adverse effects. Rare mild effects may be encountered and include: a temporary exacerbation of signs or in severe infections, a temporary worsening of fever or inflammation due to rapid killing of bacteria. These have always been temporary and no life-threatening effects have ever been observed.
How many treatments will my pet need?
Similar to with ozone therapy this will vary depending on your pet’s condition. For acute (recent) infections only 1-3 treatments may be needed. For more chronic (ongoing) infections it may take 4-6 treatments. For cancer and chronic inflammatory conditions, if the initial cause is not addressed, then ongoing treatments every 4-12 weeks may be recommended.
Ozone combined with UV blood therapy has the potential to treat many, many conditions for which other treatment methods may be ineffective, partially effective, or have detrimental side effects.