Photoluminescence involves exposing blood to ultraviolet light to promote healing. This is why the procedure was originally called Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation.
Is Photoluminesence a New Treatment?
One of the first pioneers of Photoluminescence , Emmett K. Knott, irradiated the blood of his first human subject in 1928. Dr. Virgil K. Hancock and Mr. Knott published the first article on the therapeutic efficacy of phototherapy in June of 1934. By June of 1942 they had treated 6,520 patients with ultraviolet therapy. Not only had the treatment worked nearly every time in getting rid of infections and toxicity, it had done so in the complete absence of any harmful effects.
Is Photoluminesence Safe?
As indicated above, Photoluminescence is extremely safe. It is contraindicted only in people with the diagnosis of Porphyria, hereditary metabolic disorders such as phenylketonuria, exeroderma pigmentosum, acute photodermatitis, and a hypersensitivity to sunlight or other forms of ultraviolet light.
Why Is Ultraviolet Light Exposure Beneficial to the Blood?
Photoluminesence has been shown to have these effects:
- Increase in the oxygen combining power of the blood.
- Inactivation of toxins and viruses.
- Destruction and inhibition of fungal and bacterial growth.
- Activation of the immune system.
The blood that is exposed to the ultraviolet light continues to emit secondary radiation. Some scientists believe this may be the way ultraviolet blood irradiation has cumulative effects. Each treatment builds on and enchances the effects of previous treatments.
What Medical Conditions May Benefit From Photoluminesence?
- Viral Infections
- Venom Poisoning
- Bacterial Infections
- Chronic Fatigue
- Poor Oxygen
- Blood Poisoning
- Poor Circulation
- Low Blood Counts
- Cancer-adjunctive conditions
- Diabetes Complications
- Poor Immune Function
- Rheumatologic Diseases
- Arthritis-adjunctive conditions
How is the Procedure Performed?
The procedure is pictured below. A catherer is initially placed (similar to a blood draw) in one of the veins around the elbow. The blood is removed and travels through a small glass chamber, called a cuvette, where it is subjected twice to ultraviolet light and returned to the blood stream. Generally, 1.5cc of blood per pound of body weight is withdrawn up to a maximum of 250cc.
Does Insurance cover Photoluminesence?
Currently, insurance companies do not recognize natural medicine techniques like photoluminescence and thus it is not covered by insurance.
How many Treatments Does It Take?
This varies with the individual, but many people begin to feel improvements in their condition after just a few treatments. Depending on the severity of the condition, some patients may need ten or more treatments. For conditions not as severe, three to five treatments are normally required. While treatments can be given once every 24 hours, most patients receive one to three treatments per week.