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The Intravenous Laser Blood Irradiation therapy – Doping in Romanian handball?

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The Intravenous Laser Blood Irradiation therapy – Doping in Romanian handball?
Ibolya Szekeres

Until today not many of us have heard of the intravenous Laser Blood Irradiation therapy and even fewer people were aware of the fact that this therapy is on the Doping list of WADA.

Today came the shock news from Romanian media sources about the fact that three Romanian girls, all national team players, may have used this type of treatment during the season at a clinic in Brasov, Romania. The three players first mentioned are Cristina Laslo, Bianca Bazaliu and Daria Bucur (all playing for Corona Brasov and preparing to travel to Japan in two days). Later tonight a correction was published which excludes Bucur from the list, but another Corona Brasov-club player, Daciana Hosszu may have been noticed.

The players, noticed by WADA can be called in for interrogations, but before the final decision is taken they can continue to play.

The president of the Romanian Handball Federation, Alexandru Dedu will hold an emergency meeting tomorrow and an official statement will be sent out after that.

What is The Intravenous Laser Blood Irradiation?

  • Intravenous or intravascular laser blood irradiation (ILBI) was first developed and used in Soviet union in 1981 in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases
  • The technique is widely used at present in Russia, less in Asia, and not extensively in other parts of the world.
  • Involves the illumination of the blood inside the vascular system, mostly a forearm vein
  • It is used a low-level laser light generated by a 1–3 mW helium-neon laser and any therapeutic effect will be circulated in the circulatory system
  • Effects: ILBI could improve blood-flow and its transport activities, and could have a positive effect on the immune system and cell metabolism.
  • It is also used in the treatment of chronic pains because of its anti-inflammatory effects.
  • One session varies between 20-60 minutes and treatment consists of ten appointments
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Ibolya Szekeres

Hungarian living in Norway with a great passion for handball, primarly women handball. Travels all over the world to follow handball matches and tournaments and to write good articles on this website.

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