The Health Benefits of Ozone Therapy
Ozone gas (O3) is the oxygen (O2) we breathe with an extra atom added. It was discovered in the mid-nineteenth century and has been used in medicine for some 100 years.
Research suggests that ozone therapy has several therapeutic uses including helping with wound healing, the treatment of breathing disorders and improving joint mobility.
Here we take a closer look at how ozone therapy works and the benefits for its use in delivering healthcare for chronic conditions such as diabetes, immune disorders and pain relief.
How Does Ozone Therapy Work?
Ozone therapy works in several ways. Oxygen, of course, plays a vital role in the functioning of the human body.
- Administering ozone can strengthen the immune system by helping to stimulate white blood cells.
- It helps to destroy bacteria, viruses and fungi and eliminate toxins and has been used as a way of cleaning medical instruments for 100 years.
- It provides a process to allow red blood cells to carry more oxygen and boost circulation throughout the body.
Benefits of Ozone Therapy
Ozone can be administered in a few different ways from injections directly into the veins or muscle to ozone saunas to help improve surface wounds. There are several health benefits that can be obtained from the use of ozone therapy.
Treatment of Breathing Disorders
Breathing disorders can be very difficult to manage. Ozone therapy provides a process by which more oxygen is added to the blood, reducing stress on the lungs.
A study at the University of Sienna in Italy looked at the effect of ozone therapy for those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It found that the administration of ozone therapy improved quality of life and increased patient’s ability to exercise.
Lower Risk of Repeat Heart Attacks
There is evidence to suggest that ozone therapy can be used to reduce the risk of repeat heart attacks and prevent issues such as abnormal heart rhythms and tissue death. The key in using ozone therapy seems to be how quickly it is used – the earlier the therapy is administered the better the results.
Treatment of Immune Disorders
There is evidence to suggest that ozone therapy can help to boost the immune system and in turn, combat immune-related health conditions.
A study in 2017 found that HIV patients who were injected with blood mixed with ozone saw an improvement in their quality of life with a reduction in viral load over time.
Improved Joint Mobility
Many people suffer from chronic conditions such as poor joint mobility including rheumatoid arthritis. It’s thought that improving oxygen levels helps with pain relief and recovery from such conditions.
A study undertaken in 2018 showed that ozone therapy is becoming a viable treatment for a range of musculoskeletal problems by promoting tissue hyperoxygenation.
Treatment of Diabetes
Diabetes is a complicated disease and one that has many different factors to consider when considering suitable treatments. One of these is the oxidative stress that the body is subjected to.
Studies have shown that ozone therapy is able to reduce inflammation and improve wound healing for individuals with advanced stages of the disease.
Ozone therapy also has an application for healing other wound types by administering higher levels of oxygen.
One study discovered that using ozone therapy for a 60-second burst to treat chronic mouth ulcers resulted in lower levels of pain and improved healing.
Dealing with chronic pain can be a huge influence on the quality of life for patients. Ozone therapy has been shown to have beneficial effects when treating back pain.
A study in 2012 found that administering it to patients with chronic low back issues produced pain relief and increased mobility.
How Ozone Therapy is Administered
How ozone therapy is administered is vitally important and can greatly improve the chance of successful treatment. There are three standard methods currently being used:
- A protective covering can be used to administer the gas directly to tissue, for example, where there is a visible wound.
- The gas can be mixed with blood and administered intravenously.
- Ozone can be mixed with oxygen and injected directly into the muscle.
Ozone should never be administered as a direct inhalation as it can irritate the lungs and cause fluid build-up. It’s important to use ozone therapy through a qualified healthcare practitioner who is trained to administer it.