Ozone Therapy

Ozone therapy is an alternative medical practice that is seeing an increase in popularity worldwide. The treatment works by introducing more oxygen into the body through ozone. Ozone stimulates the uptake of oxygen by stimulating the DPG enzyme. The DPG enzyme supports the release of oxygen from the hemoglobin molecule so that it can be used by the cell. When cells get the optimal amount of oxygen and function properly, they help to prevent or inhibit disease. Ozone is a colorless gas with powerful oxidizing properties, formed from oxygen by electrical discharges or ultraviolet light. It differs from normal oxygen (O2) in having three atoms in its molecule (O3).

Ozone is found in the layer of the atmosphere that is 6-10 miles above the surface all the way up to approximately 30 miles above the surface.  This is commonly referred to as the stratosphere. In the atmosphere, stratospheric ozone filters out the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. This protects us from skin cancer, cataracts and weakened immune systems as a result of overexposure to those UV Rays. Additionally the ozone layer traps heat, and is responsible for regulating the Earth’s temperature. The ozone layer protects all plants and animals from harmful radiation, and is responsible for life as we know it on this planet.

While the gas was discovered in 1856, ozone therapy or the usage of medical O3 has been around for approximately 150 years. In 1872 ozone was first used to disinfect operating rooms and sterilize surgical instruments. Today, many hospitals around the word still use large ozone generators to decontaminate operating rooms between surgeries. Revered experimental scientist Nikola Tesla patented the first Ozone generator in 1896 and formed the Tesla Ozone Company. In World War One doctors applied it topically to wounds and reported that it remedied the infections and provided relief for inflammation. During the turn of the century, ozone was used to purify water as it had success deactivating bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeast and protozoa. It is still used industrially today for the disinfection of laundry in hospitals, deodorizing, and killing bacteria, insects, yeast, and mold on food and in water. The implementation of ozone in the past provides hope for future research to discover more therapeutic uses for O3.

Modern day researchers and doctors alike, believe that this gas can be harnessed to therapeutic benefit in a multitude of ways. Ozone therapy works by disrupting the integrity of the bacteria cell envelope through oxidation. The cell membrane is a thin layer around the cell that works as a shield and the O3 ruptures it, causing the bacteria to lose its protection; thus killing the bacterial cell. Conversely, in viruses O3 damages the reproductive cycle and thus eliminates the illness’ ability to multiply.  Learn more about the basics of ozone and Ozone Healing Therapies here.

Ozone can be administered to the body through a number of ways– intramuscular (muscle injection) vaginally, through the rectum, subcutaneously (under the skin) or injected intravenously. It is never inhaled as ozone is considered toxic in high doses.

As a result Ozone therapy has been proposed for treatment in diseases including: multiple sclerosis, arthritis, heart disease, Alzheimer’s dementia and Lyme disease; though supportive evidence for these applications is limited. Ozone is also being pioneered in pain management and has been specifically implemented for herniated discs and osteoarthritis in the knees. Ozone has also had some effectiveness in the dental field. It’s being tested as an antibacterial agent to treat oral infections. Exposure to O3 has shown 99.9% efficacy in killing bacteria in the saliva.  Check out my Blog on Interstitial Cystitis here.  Patients are experiencing amazing success with ozone treatments.

By looking to the past and observing these cutting edge applications it can be seen that ozone therapy is an exciting new alternative medicine with great potential. O3 deserves increased attention so that its efficacy can be properly determined in the treatment of multitudes of common ailments.  Read what other patients are saying about my various therapies by clicking here.

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