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The UVLrx System – Intravenous Light Therapy

What Is Intravenous Light Therapy?

The UVLrx system is a term that is going to become frequently heard in the medical world. This system is a form of intravenous therapy that introduces low light energy into the circulatory system. This injection supports red blood cell oxygenation and a healthy immune system. The Model UVL1500 in used in assisting post-surgical and non-surgical patient recovery. The system helps inflammation, pain, and speeds up the wound healing process. This system is making headlines and quickly making a name for itself with it’s harm-free nature, low risk rates, and impeccable results.

Michael Harter, CEO and president of UVLrx, states that, “According to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, more than 20 million cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures were performed in 2014. The success of those procedures depends heavily on quality of recovery and patient response, which is why inflammation abatement is so important for the industry. By immediately reducing inflammation caused by an aesthetic procedure, our technology may minimize pain and accelerate healing, which in turn may lead to better results and a more satisfied post-op patient.”

The system does more than reduce inflammation post cosmetic changes. It can also fight infections, brain disorders, chronic conditions, and more.

How Does It Work?

The Sophia Health Institute in Washington began using the UVLrx back in March of 2015. The health institute specializes in chronic pain and speaks highly of the system. Officials explained how the system works:, “It is a light therapy device that integrates and delivers multiple wavelengths of light intravenously without removing blood from the patient. The wavelengths involved in the UVLrx Station protocol stimulate the body’s natural immune system, weaken, and deactivate blood-borne pathogens. The UVLrx Station wavelengths are related to reductions in inflammation, increases in natural energy levels, and improvements in blood circulation. UVLrx can be used to treat many conditions including but not limited to chronic viral, bacterial, or parasitic infections, neurological disorders, inflammatory conditions, and many more chronic, unrelenting conditions.” (

The health institute goes on to explain how light therapy works by activating our photoreceptors. Examples of these photoreceptors are flavoproteins, porphyrins, hemoglobin, and flavins. When these receptors are exposed to light they come excited. This excitement affects all of the biochemical pathways directly and indirectly connected with the receptors.

Our photoreceptors can absorb a certain amount of light. This absorption spectrum defines the wavelength of light and color they need. Each wavelength of light is important and targets certain cells in order to drive extremely specific biological pathways. This also helps us line up colors with our wavelength therapy.

  • Red (635 nm): Used to regulate cell bioenergetics. Supports immune response and cell repair.
  • UVA (365 nm): Kills foreign particles like bacteria, fungi, and virus.
  • Green (535 nm): Affects blood components and hemodynamics. Helps repair and stabilize pathways.

All 3 forms of wavelengths are delivered during each intravenous light therapy treatment. This creates a thorough and comprehensive treatment.

Why Is It So Important?

The UVLrx Station Model UVL1500 is the first system to offer intravenous and concurrent delivery of ultraviolet-A or UVA and multiple visible light wavelengths. It is used to treat a wide array of medical conditions and it is the first for many things. This system uses an adapter and a standard IV catheter to treat blood intravenously.  There is no longer a need to remove blood from the body in order to treat it. The UVLrx intravenous light therapy system is a pioneering treatment program.

Light Therapy & Diabetic Ulcers

What Are Diabetic Ulcers?

Diabetic Ulcers, or Diabetic Foot Ulcers occur for a variety of reasons. They occur in about 15% of people who suffer from diabetes These ulcers are open sores or wounds and are commonly located on the bottom of the foot. 6% of people who suffer from diabetic foot ulcers are hospitalized due to infection or other ulcer-related complications.

According to the American Pediatric Medical Association, “Diabetes is the leading cause of non-traumatic lower extremity amputations in the United States, and approximately 14-24 percent of patients with diabetes who develop a foot ulcer will require an amputation. Foot ulceration precedes 85 percent of diabetes-related amputations.” (

These are some pretty high numbers and if there is a way to decrease these statistics, life will be easier for those suffering from diabetes.

The Cause…

Persons suffering from diabetes can develop a foot ulcer. There are a few factors that make diabetes patients more prone to foot ulcers. These are…

  • Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanics, older men
  • People who use insulin
  • People with diabetes related kidney, eye, and heart diseases.
  • People who are overweight
  • People who use tobacco and alcohol

Ulcers can form on the foot due to…

  • Lack of feeling in the foot
  • Poor circulation
  • Foot deformities
  • Irritation (friction or pressure)
  • Trauma
  • Duration of diabetes
  • Neuropathy (reduced or inability to feel pain in feet due to nerve damage from elevated glucose levels)
  • Vascular disease (reduces body’s ability to heal and lowers immune system)

The Symptoms…

With diabetic foot ulcers, t pain is not a symptom. Most people who develop an ulcer have lost the ability to feel pain, making pain an uncommon symptom. Some common symptoms are…

  • Drainage in socks
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Odor

Normal Treatment…

The main goal in ulcer treatment is to help the ulcer heal as quickly as possible. The faster the wound heals, the less time there is for infection to occur. At this time, most people are using traditional forms of treatment for ulcers.

If an ulcer is infected the traditional form for treatment is to:

  • Take pressure off the wound
  • Remove dead skin
  • Apply medications
  • Manage blood glucose and other health problems

If an ulcer has not become infected, the traditional form for treatment is to:

  • Keep blood glucose levels stable
  • Keep ulcer clean
  • Keep ulcer bandaged
  • Clean wound daily
  • Use ulcer bandage or dressing
  • Avoid walking without shoes

Many patients are required to wear special footwear, braces, castings, use wheelchairs, or use crutches. While all of these options discussed above help reduce pressure and irritation on the ulcer and can speed up the healing process, they are far from fun and can make continuing on with your every day life very difficult. Living with diabetes is difficult enough without having to constantly keep an eye on your foot.  This is where light therapy is changing the game for ulcer victims.

Light Therapy & Traditional Ulcer Treatments…

Phototherapy, or light therapy, is being proven to speed up the healing process for diabetic foot ulcers. When light therapy is combined with some of the simple forms of treatment for ulcers, such as keeping it clean, a wound can be healed rather quickly. While light therapy has been proven effective at treating ulcers with no other help from traditional forms of treatment, the process will be sped up and more effective when combined with some traditional medical treatment.

How It Works…

Light therapy is a non-invasive form of treatment and it is harm free, making it an incredible option for ulcer treatment. This form of treatment works by exposing affected body parts to daylight or a specific wavelength of light in a device at home or in a doctor’s office.

Red light therapy is the most commonly used form of treatment for wound healing. Red light can heal a wound 200% faster than a natural healing process. Infrared red light therapy works by using a range of wavelengths to penetrate the outer layer of the skin to a depth between 8 to 10 mm, which provides the cells with usable energy. This energy can bring about many different reactions in cells such as:

  • Healing
  • Inflammation reduction
  • Increased production of collagen
  • Increased circulation
  • Formation of new capillaries
  • Increased lymph system activity
  • Increased release of raw cellular energy (ATP)
  • Increased cellular clean up (phagocytosis)
  • Tissue granulation is stimulated

Red light therapy will not treat ulcers or other wounds immediately. However, if used on a consistent schedule, patients can see results in 24 hours to 2 months depending on the intensity of the ulcer and the treatment regime.

Side Effects…

While the list of benefits for red light therapy is nearly endless, the adverse side effects are nonexistent. There have been no reported cases of light therapy harming anyone attempting to treat diabetic foot ulcers. Interestingly enough, there are no reported negative side affects for red light therapy in general!

Breaking Headlines!

The promise that light therapy shows in treating wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers is remarkable. If light therapy can stop infection, heal wounds, help us keep all of our limbs, and make diabetics’ lives easier, what can’t it do?!