Intravenous laser therapy

Intravenous laser therapy, IVL (Intravenous laser blood irradiation, ILIB) is a form of low energy laser treatment that was introduced by Russian researchers during the 1980’s in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. It is stated that positive treatment effects can be seen in many different conditions, such as allergies, pain disorders, depression, burnout, and Lyme Disease. In Sweden, intravenous laser therapy is not used in routine health care but provided at a holistic rehabilitation centre and paid for by the patients themselves.


Is there scientific evidence for the effect of intravenous laser therapy in the treatment of different medical conditions?


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SBU Enquiry Service consists of systematic literature searches to highlight studies that can address questions received by the SBU Enquiry Service from Swedish healthcare or social service providers. Relevant references are compiled by an SBU staff member, in consultation with an external expert when needed. The quality of the studies identified is not systematically reviewed.

Published: 6/11/2019
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Report no: ut201912
Registration no: SBU 2019/108

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Laura Lintamo, Sara Fundell and Miriam Entesarian Matsson at SBU.

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