What is Ozone Therapy?
Ozone therapy refers to the process of applying ozone gas to your body to treat a disease or wound or to keep the immune system strong. Ozone is a colorless gas consisting of three oxygen atoms (O3) and has been used for many years for the medical treatment of diseases by stimulating the immune system. It has become an increasingly used treatment option with the increasing positive evidence in studies on the effectiveness of its use in the medical field. Ozone gas is used for disinfection as well as to treat diseases. Therapeutic ozone used in hospitals and clinics is produced from medical grade oxygen sources.
How Does Ozone Therapy Work?
Ozone therapy is effective by disrupting unhealthy processes in the body. It helps to stop the growth of harmful bacteria. For more than 150 years, medical ozone has been used as a reliable option for disinfecting and treating different diseases.
For example, if you have an infection in your body, ozone therapy can stop this infection from spreading. Studies have shown that ozone therapy is effective in treating infections caused by:
Ozone therapy also helps clean infected cells. When the body removes these infected cells, it produces new and healthy cells. It accelerates the blood circulation and thus the amount of blood going to the tissues increases. It provides regeneration in all tissues, including the skin. It accelerates metabolism and helps to lose weight.
Which Diseases Is Ozone Therapy Used For?
Ozone therapy is used today for the treatment of various diseases.
Respiratory Disorders: People with any respiratory disorders are good candidates for ozone therapy. By delivering more oxygen to your blood, it can help reduce stress on your lungs. Your lungs are responsible for supplying oxygen to your blood. Clinical studies of the efficacy of ozone therapy in people with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are still ongoing.
Diabetes: Ozone therapy shows promise in reducing the risk of complications from diabetes. These undesirable complications in diabetes patients are usually caused by oxidative stress in the body. Ozone therapy enables much better treatment outcomes for diabetics as it provides new, fresh oxygen to the blood and tissues. People with diabetes are also bad at wound healing. According to a 2015 study, ozone therapy helps repair skin and tissue.
Immune Diseases: Ozone therapy is beneficial for people with immune disorders because it helps to stimulate the immune system. Studies have found evidence that ozone therapy can completely neutralize the HIV virus.
Protective Applications: Ozone therapy is effective in protecting against infections by improving the immune system. Apart from this, it helps to reduce negative effects such as skin wrinkles that occur with the deterioration of oxygenation processes, especially in people who smoke. It is also very effective in sleep problems, fatigue, weakness, anxiety, depression, attention disorders and digestive system problems due to chronic stress. In people with a chronic disease and allergic symptoms, symptoms can be minimized with ozone therapy.
What Happens During Treatment?
There are many different ways to receive ozone therapy. Although it varies according to the method of application, the treatment takes a maximum of 30 minutes. During your meeting with your doctor, you should discuss the best options for you and your treatment. Ozone therapy can be applied in four ways:
Directly to Tissue: If you are undergoing ozone therapy for a limb problem or wound, ozone gas will most likely be applied directly to the tissue of the affected body part. The gas is applied in a protective cover.
Intravenous (Intravenous): To treat chronic diseases such as HIV, ozone gas is often added to blood drawn from you. The dissolved gas-containing blood is then injected back through the IV.
Intramuscular (Intramuscular): Ozone therapy can also be administered as an intramuscular injection. For this injection, ozone gas is mixed with blood taken from you before administering it.
Rectal Application: Ozone gas can also be administered rectally in people who have digestive and intestinal problems or have chronic digestive system diseases.
Efficacy of Ozone Treatment
Many results from ozone therapy researches are very promising. Clinical trials of ozone therapy are ongoing in many diseases from HIV to arthritis.
A 2017 clinical study found that a new ozone therapy was effective in helping patients with COPD and cystic fibrosis.
Ozone therapy is also currently being investigated in knee arthritis and other inflammatory diseases. People with back pain caused by herniated discs may also benefit from ozone therapy.
In a 2009 study, scientists used ozone therapy in mice with nerve damage and found that it reduced pain behaviors. In addition, ozone has been shown to be effective in combating new bacterial strains.
It should be noted that this procedure must be performed by a trained doctor for a safe ozone therapy application.
Who are Not Eligible for Ozone Therapy?
Ozone therapy should not be applied to people with severe anemia and blood clotting problems.