Ozone therapy is a controversial medical treatment that can be performed at home or in a clinical setting. The treatment involves using ozone gas in a variety of methods, such as intravenously, rectally, or directly on the skin, depending on why it is being used. Ozone itself is only made up of three atoms and has no color.
Ozone therapy is a controversial medical treatment not approved by the FDA.
Ozone therapy has been used to sterilize medical equipment and wounds as well in dentistry for over 100 years.
Ozone therapy may also help bacterial, fungi, yeast, viruses, and/or protozoa disorders, as well as stimulate the immune system for AIDS patients, diabetes, and breathing disorders.
However, the atoms are unstable, making its use as highly-charged oxygen somewhat unconvincing to some medical practitioners. Nevertheless, some studies have shown the benefit of ozone therapy in treating issues of bacteria, fungi, yeast, and protozoa.
The history of ozone
Ozone is a chemical discovered in the 1840s and was initially believed to be toxic because of its instability, which could produce an explosion as a liquid or solid. The naturally occurring chemical compound found on earth in a low dosage still makes it suitable for life. However, higher levels found in smog can be toxic. Its actual function is to defend human life from UV rays. However, as scientists began to study it more, they began to see its benefits as a controlled gas in the medical setting. As a result, the famous scientist Nikola Tesla created and patented the first ozone generator in the United States in 1896.
Doctors used ozone therapy frequently to wash wounds and disinfect other diseases during World War I when nothing else was available.
The benefits of ozone therapy
When done safely, the input of this highly charged oxygen molecule into the body stimulates the immune system by increasing oxygen, forming more protein and red blood cells, which promote healing. Additionally, as mentioned above, it can help with bacteria, fungi, etc., by disturbing the immune system in a way that blocks these diseases from continuing to harm the body.
Ozone treatment is used for:
- Dental treatment of the jaw
- Disinfecting water
- Sterilizing medical instruments
There are a number of conditions where ozone therapy can be useful as a form of treatment. Those include:
- Breathing disorders
- Immune disorders such as HIV
- Wound healing
Preparing for ozone therapy
First, you should ask yourself if you want to administer ozone therapy at home or have it done in a treatment center. It may be offered in a hospital or other clinical setting, as well as at IV-drip centers that offer other treatments, such as high-dose vitamin C or chelation therapy. Considering that you want to ensure your safety, first consult with your doctor. Most likely, they will recommend you start in a treatment facility where you can ensure you are getting the proper dosage without making any mistakes.
However, once you feel comfortable with the treatment, you can opt to do it at home. Some biohackers, such as Dave Asprey, claim it is very easy to do at home if you take precautions, know what treatment you need, and order the right equipment. For example, Dave Asprey claims that ozone therapy is anti-aging and can help with Lyme disease, cancer, and IBS.
The at-home options include rectal insufflation, ear insufflation, and making ozone water (beneficial for wound cleaning). Asprey claims the best method at home is rectal insufflation because it treats the entire body, while ear insufflation is beneficial for any head conditions.
At-home ozone therapy
Two items are required for at-home ozone therapy:
- An oxygen tank
- Medical ozone generator with the proper accessories
You can find 540 commercial oxygen tanks at places like welding shops, but an 870 oxygen tank will require a prescription from your doctor. The 870 oxygen tank is for medical use only.
It is essential you do proper research to find a medical ozone generator that won't produce any secondary toxins, as some cheap ones may still not be appropriate. Again, you may wish to consult your doctor or a medical supply company.
Again, Asprey states that it is easy and not time-consuming when done at home. That rectal insufflation only takes three minutes, while ear insufflation may take 4–6 minutes. To make ozone water, ozonate eight ounces of water for 12 minutes and apply it on the wound for one minute. Some people may even drink ozonated water for digestive issues, but the research is unclear whether it is helpful.
Researchers recommend starting slowly and with lower doses at home as a safety measure.
Overall, ozone therapy shows promise in the medical field, but its safety and benefits are not yet proven with enough large-scale scientific studies.
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