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About Ozone Therapy:
Ozone therapy is an alternative medicine treatment that has been studied extensively for years. Medical ozone is made by passing oxygen through an electrical coil which gives way to three atoms. These change O2 (oxygen) to O3 (ozone). Ozone is a form of oxygen that is used to fight diseases and although many practitioners swear by its utilization, it remains controversial. In 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned against using ozone due to the lack of substantial evidence to conclude its effectiveness. In this article, we’ll dive deeper into ozone therapy, its uses, possible benefits, and more. It should be noted that researchers are continuing to analyze the effectiveness and safeness of utilizing ozone as an alternative therapy option.
What is Ozone therapy?
Ozone therapy is a type of medical practice that uses ozone gas, otherwise known as oxygen. You’re probably thinking that you’ve heard of ozone before, and you’re correct! Above us, ozone is the layer that protects the earth from the sun’s UV radiation. On the same level as us, ozone gas is a harmful air pollutant. Too much exposure to ozone gas can be harmful and potentially lead to lung damage or death. Some signs of this may be lung or throat irritation, coughing, or asthma-like symptoms. Ozone, therefore, should never be directly consumed so that it will make a connection to your gastrointestinal tract or lungs.
Despite these possible negatives, some clinical researchers have hypothesized that ozone may have some health benefits for your health in certain situations. Before we get into what those situations or conditions are, let’s first discuss how ozone therapy works.
How Ozone therapy works
When your body is in its natural, or baseline healthy, state, it is consistently renewing and regenerating itself with the assistance of oxygen. However, everyday environments, stressors, and unhealthy lifestyle influences can interfere with our body’s ability to regulate oxygen. This leads to oxygen deprivation and chronic illnesses.
Enter Ozone therapy. Ozone therapy works by significantly increasing the amount of oxygen in a person’s body. The thought process behind this is that it may help the body to heal faster and therefore provide positive health benefits. It also enhances circulation, boosts your immune system, and fights off harmful pathogens. Ozone therapy is also non-invasive, natural, and non-toxic. Ozone therapy is available in most major United States cities and is also available around the world.
Possible benefits of Ozone therapy
A review done in 2011 reported that ozone therapy may have some benefits in those with the following conditions:
- Weakened immune system
- Macular degeneration
Ozone therapy could help those with cancer, for example, but increasing the immune system response and reversing oxygen deficits within the body. Since cancer cells do well in a low-oxygen environment, increasing the amount of oxygen near cancerous growth cells can help to lead to cell death of those cancerous cells. Ozone therapy may also be beneficial for those with breading disorders. By increasing oxygen in the blood, ozone therapy can help to decrease stress put on the lungs.
By correcting oxidative stress, ozone therapy also may play a role in reducing diabetes complications. Oxidative stress, which is defined as the disturbance in the balance between reactive oxygen species, or free radicals, and antioxidant defenses. By helping to correct this imbalance, inflammation in the body is also decreased. Reduced inflammation has even further health benefits outside of diabetes including decreased risk of cancer, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease.
Lastly, ozone therapy may have positive effects in those with immune disorders. It can help boost the ability of your immune cells to fight off infection and therefore aid in those who suffer from long-term illnesses.
Ozone therapy may be a good alternative for those who want and need a natural treatment or for those who have had failed treatments in the past.
How to use Ozone
In order to use ozone, you need to apply it directly to the skin, use ozonated water, blow the gas into the body, or use an ozone sauna. Remember, it is a gas after all! Ozone can be administered in the ears, rectum, vagina, and bladder. As a reminder, it is never to be directly ingested!
Because ozone irritates the airways and can potentially be fatal, it’s crucial to make sure individuals never inhale the gas. Some studies have shown that mixing a person’s blood with ozone and reinjecting it into the body, also known as autohemotherapy, Also, depending on the practitioner providing the therapy, the frequency of treatment may vary. Ozone therapy typically follows a course of six to ten treatments.
Possible side effects
With any medical treatment comes potential side effects. The side effects specifically associated with ozone therapy may vary per individual depending on the type of treatment performed.
If one inhales ozone, it can lead to respiratory complications. If it enters the mouth, nose, or eyes, it may burn the area and cause vomiting or headaches. Some individuals who Ozone therapy have the Herxheimer reaction. This type of reaction, also known as a Herx Reaction, is a short-term detoxification process as the body is trying to rid of a foreign subject. Common symptoms of this reaction are flu-like qualities such as headaches, chills, sore throats, or sweating.
The Bottom Line
In some studies, ozone has shown to potentially help manage certain disease states like cancer, diabetes, and those with breathing problems. It can assist in the management of current symptoms and even prevent other possible side effects from occurring. While the use of ozone therapy may have some health benefits, it does remain controversial, and therefore we recommend doing your own research to make sure that it is right for you and the condition you are trying to manage. Researchers are continuing to explore the possible benefits of ozone therapy to identify any therapeutic effects. Speak with your physician to obtain more information and to find out if ozone therapy may be right for you.
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