Ultrasonic Cleaners in Natural Therapies – Vit C and CBD

Have you heard rumours that people have started using ultrasonic cleaners in natural therapies?  You may be wondering if those rumours are true.

Well, yes they are.  There is an increasing movement towards the production of in-house products that advocates claim have astounding benefits for one’s well-being.  And ultrasonic cleaners have a pivotal role in making these products, in Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere.  At this point there are two major types of product – liposomal encapsulated vitamin C and CBD.  

Readers should seek their own professional medical and legal advice when considering these alternative treatments.

One popular supplement is called liposomal encapsulated vitamin C which is rather expensive commercially, but is comparatively cheap if made at home.  The literature claims that taken orally, the efficacy of liposomal encapsulated vitamin C is comparable to IV administration.  Of course it is also far more convenient. Proponents believe that it is the powerful action of the ultrasonic effect which changes the vitamin C from an expensive secretion, to one that largely bypasses the digestive system, so that it can be retained longer within the body’s tissues, to work its magic.

Follow the link below for a background story from 60 Minutes New Zealand about active New Zealand farmer Allan Smith, who escaped almost certain death, following high dosage treatment with vitamin C.  He was admitted to hospital with swine flu (H1N1), but acquired a condition called white out pneumonia and also (perhaps unrelated) leukaemia.  He was administered IV vitamin C and later was supplemented with high dosage vitamin C taken orally.   Twelve months after the episode he is active again, with no sign of the previous lung infection, nor leukaemia.   This story was quickly replayed around the world, with a variety of reactions.

60 Minutes NZ Story

60 Minutes NZ – Allan Smith Story

Watch Allan Smith Video

Here is another video from US practitioner Dr Mike Ihara, who describes how to produce your own liposomal vitamin C.  The video is step by step and is very simple to follow.  It has the usual American measures of ounces and pounds, but Australian readers will be used to converting from imperial to metric – most kitchen measures have both anyway.  NB Dr Ihara is using an ultrasonic cleaner without a heater.

Dr Mike Ihara - Vitamin C Recipe

Dr Mike Ihara – Vitamin C Recipe

Watch Mike Ihara Video

Readers of this blog should draw their own conclusions about this subject and seek professional advice regarding their medical treatment needs. Proper hygiene precautions should always be used with any product that is to be taken orally. This includes careful cleaning of preparation surfaces and, especially, preventing toxic or harmful products from coming into contact with those surfaces. Looking for an Australian supplier of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) or lecithin so you can try making your own?  The Biomed Café in Nerang QLD is one such outlet.  If you are in Victoria, you could also see Graham Dixon at the Bairnsdale Nutrition Centre.

Another alternative therapy uses ultrasonic cleaners to help generate Cannabidiol (CBD) oil.

CBD has been used in several overseas countries, such as Israel and the USA and also in legal trials in Australia to help reduce seizures, especially where traditional anti-convulsive pharmaceuticals have failed.  This treatment has come to prominence in the mainstream Australian media such as in The Project,  A Current Affair (ACA) and 60 Minutes.  

In the USA, 14 states legalised the use of CBD for treatment of seizures  (and some other complaints) as at April 2015, with other states considering the same action.  Significantly, the CBD oil used in this treatment typically has extremely low levels of THC such that no psychoactive affect is apparent; and doctors in these states are prescribing CBD to help reduce seizures in their epileptic patients.  A useful summary of the current situation in the USA can be gleaned from the CNN documentary videos compiled by Dr Sanjay Gupta from 2013 to 2015.

View CNN Reports by Dr. Sanjay Gupta  Episode 1 2013  Episode 2 2014  Episode 3 2015

One of the most publicised Australian stories involves (previously) gravely ill paediatric epilepsy patient – Deisha Magic-Stevens from Coffs Harbour NSW.  Deisha’s family recently celebrated her first ever anniversary of being completely seizure free and thriving.  This follows her receiving CBD oil treatment for more than 12 months.  This legal trial was only possible through the support of the NSW Premier, Mike Baird and local politicians Andrew Fraser MP and Catherine Cusack MLC.

Deisha’s father, David Stevens has put together a video of Deisha’s journey from despair to recovery below.  Any parent will want a full box of tissues handy – it is a heart-wrenching story, thankfully with a happy ending.

Deisha's Journey

Watch Deisha’s Journey

David Stevens shows how he prepares the CBD oil treatment for Deisha in this video.  NB He uses an ultrasonic cleaner/sonicator with heater.

CBD Oil Recipe

Watch  how to make CBD Oil

Once again, we encourage you to draw your own conclusions and to seek professional medical and/or legal advice before following any treatments shown in videos linked from this site.

Liquid Glass Oz designs quality ultrasonic cleaners for commercial operations in Australia and New Zealand (N18973)


Best Frequency for an Ultrasonic Cleaner

We’ve often been asked ‘what is the best frequency?’ for a customer who is in the market for an ultrasonic cleaner.

Like many things in life, there is no simple black and white answer.  It’s like asking a vehicle salesman whether it’s better to buy a truck or a car.  Both will get you from A to B, but the best solution depends on the individual’s situation.  For instance, a furniture removalist will find a truck more useful, whereas a real estate agent would definitely find a car more appropriate – especially when it comes to parking in busy shopping centres!


Early ultrasonic cleaners tended to be in the low frequency range – roughly 15 – 25 kHz.  Their wave patterns meant that they were very good at ‘blasting’ heavy contamination off metallic objects with plane surfaces.  But, they were not very good at cleaning items with fine detail (such as apertures, threads and blind holes), nor did they give consistent cleaning results across a surface, unless the object was moved about inside the tank during the cycle.  Lower frequencies were also found to have an impact on softer materials being cleaned.

More modern cleaners tend to deliver frequencies in the upper range – between 40 – 45 kHz.  The wave pattern of these cleaners results in a more gentle and more thorough cleaning result, so they usually have no effect, even on softer metals.  Often there is no need to adjust an item’s placement in the ultrasonic tank to ensure all surfaces are properly cleaned, which means a faster result with less labour. The higher frequency wave pattern also has a better cleaning effect on parts with fine detail (eg the apertures, threads and blind holes that the lower frequency cleaners do not clean well).  However, the trade-off is that higher frequency cleaners will not always have enough ‘grunt’ to remove the heaviest contamination, so it will take longer to properly clean some items, or the machine will need to be more powerful, or some additive will be needed – in some cases all three!

Cleaning requirements, materials and situations vary.  So, operators cannot always get by with a single frequency solution.  In summary:

Low Frequencies – ‘blast’ effect, especially for plane surfaces, but can be hit and miss unless object is adjusted inside tank, and poor for fine detail.  Not good for softer materials.

High Frequencies – gentle consistent cleaning across a variety of surfaces and good for fine detail. Suitable for even soft metals. Not ideal for heavy contamination.

The Solution – Dual Frequency Control

So, how can we overcome the shortfalls of low and high frequency wave patterns in ultrasonic cleaning?

Not every heavily contaminated item has a plane surface.  Often these parts are designed with flanges, apertures and threads to connect to other parts.  Sometimes these items are weighty, and are awkward to adjust inside the tank.  For other items, such as surgical instruments, patient care and infection control policy dictates that instruments need to be perfectly clean, before moving on to the sterilisation procedure.

Dual frequency ultrasonic cleaners combine the advantages of the high and low frequency wave patterns in a single unit.  They significantly reduce capital cost and the footprint required to accommodate the equipment.  ‘Space’ was the final frontier for Startrek, but the lack of it is equally important in today’s clinic or workshop facility.  The better designs feature options to switch between high and low frequencies and to select a range of power settings.  This provides substantially greater control over the cleaning environment than less sophisticated machines, and ultimately leads to a better cleaning outcome.

Dual frequency ultrasonic cleaners allow the operator to clean items in a multi stage process, that minimises cleaning time, staff intervention and the need for additives.

As a general rule, dual frequency ultrasonic cleaning will be conducted as follows:

Stage 1. Use the low frequency ultrasonic cleaner setting to dislodge gross matter and heavy contamination.  Unless material is soft or delicate, use full power and complete a 30 minute cycle.  Remove basket from tank and examine objects.  If heavy contamination remains, repeat process – NB Removal of basket and examination of objects will adjust position of cleaning object – aiding in cleaning consistency.

Stage 2. Use high frequency ultrasonic cleaner setting to address fine detail cleaning and to ensure cleaning result is thorough across all surfaces.  Set for additional 30 minutes cleaning cycle and examine object to ensure desired result is achieved.

Note: For surgical instruments, refer to practice procedure manual and ensure that at start of day tank is degassed and unit’s working condition confirmed, using the foil test.

Liquid Glass Oz designs quality ultrasonic cleaners for commercial operations in Australia and New Zealand (N18973)