Oxygen And Ozone Therapies


Oxygen therapies are not new, having been used for decades to treat different medical conditions. The reasoning behind this theory is that oxygen is thought to be highly effective at treating all sorts of health problems, as an increase in oxygen is designed to help promote the proper function in all the cells of the body. This treatment can work with conditions such as muscular problems, bone problems, skin issues, and even brain disorders. 

The theory for ozone therapy is based around the three atoms that are included in the ozone molecule. In the natural world, the Ozone is the layer that helps to protect the earth from the sun, acting as a filter. However, at the daily level this substance is thought to be a pollutant and a trigger for conditions such as asthma. Ozone, however, is being used in relation to oxygen therapy to treat multiple types of problems.

The History of Oxygen and Ozone Therapies

Oxygen has been used for health conditions for over 200 years, as scientists recognized early on the benefits of this therapy. In 1771, Joseph Priestly discovered oxygen through his research, while Ozone was discovered by Christian Friedrich Schonbe in 1840. These discoveries led to the use of a hyperbaric operating room.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy was popularized during the 1920s and 19302. This high-pressure form of treatment was done through chambers and became a desired form of therapy by people from all over the world. This form of treatment faded during the war when metals were thought to be more necessary for the war effort rather than health treatments.

During WWI ozone therapy was used to treat infections with a high rate of success.

This type of treatment has not seen too much of a revival

As a treatment, oxygen has been used for over 100 years, in many different ways. For example, some skin conditions can be treated with ultraviolet light, which increases the oxygen flow to the treated area.

Oxygen and Ozone Therapies in Practice

There are multiple types of oxygen therapies in use. Oxygenation is when oxygen is added to the blood stream, or directly to tissue.

Oxygenation therapies, on the other hand, are what is used in the form of high pressure hyperbaric treatments, or through gas. This will help to increase the whole of oxygen levels in the body. This is a difficult balance to achieve and should only be performed by highly-trained professionals, as the therapy itself can be dangerous if not performed properly. If it is done correctly under the proper conditions, it can improve a person’s health.

These types of therapies are being used through by traditional medical practitioners as well as highly-trained holistic practitioners. Often these are used in a combination with other ongoing, more traditional treatment plans.

The most commonly known form of oxygen delivery is often through tubes that a person places just inside the nose to breathe oxygen in, masks that cover both the mouth and nose, or through the use of oxygen tents. However, there are many ways that oxygen can be introduced into the body. For example, oxygen can be taken orally, through a vein, or directly into an artery.

Oxygen and Ozone as Therapy

This type of therapy attempts to ensure that there is a positive state of balance for the oxidative purposes, making sure that the body can function in the way it is designed to work. Unfortunately, the world we live in is full of environmental, mental and other types of stress that often lead to an imbalance in these processes.

Oxidation therapy seeks to remove the bacteria that cause viruses and disease, along with any other microbial invaders. It is designed to remove the ability of toxic substances to cause harm to the body.

One of the most common examples of this is household hydrogen peroxide. When hydrogen peroxide is poured over a wound, it bubbles and destroys the bacteria and other harmful components inside the wound, helping to promote healing. This concept is the basis for other forms of this therapy that must be performed by trained professionals. Otherwise, this therapy can have destructive side effects.

Oxygen and ozone therapy and hydrogen peroxide therapy are each different types of available oxygen therapies.

Conditions That Oxygen and Ozone Therapy Can Aid

There are some studies that have shown that these therapies can be helpful for multiple types of conditions; however, many accounts are personal and not based in science. Any time a person considers beginning a new form of therapy they should consult with their primary doctor to ensure that there will be no complications due to current medications or medical ailments.

Arthritis is one of the conditions that is being treated through the use of Ozone therapy. Water injected with Ozone is then injected into the painful joints in an effort to reduce the symptoms associated with arthritis, including pain and lack of mobility.

An exploration of these therapies to treat patients suffering with AIDS was conducted in the 1990s, and was found that at the libratory level the AIDS virus could be deactivated. However, there is no conclusive evidence that this is an applicable treatment. Some patients turn to an oxygen and ozone treatment to help treat the diarrhea that is connected to Aids.

Cardiovascular problems are also being treated with ozone therapies.  This is done by removing the blood from the patient and injecting it with ozone and then returning it to the patient. Some studies have shown that this therapy may be able to lower cholesterol levels in the blood.

A note of warning: none of these practices should be done without the direct supervision of a medical professional. Many of them have been linked to life-threatening problems, including cardiovascular issues, breathing problems, stroke and more. Ozone therapies where the blood is transfused have been known to transmit other problems such as hepatitis, as well as having the dangerous complication of possible lower blood count, and gas embolism-related deaths.


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