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Ozone Therapy

What is it?

  • Ozone is a naturally occurring gas. Some people call it “super oxygen”; oxygen in the air we breathe consists of two oxygen molecules bound together (O2) while Ozone has three oxygen molecules (O3). Ozone is unstable – meaning it doesn’t stay in the O3 form for long – it turns quickly back into oxygen as that extra oxygen molecule will break off and find another lone oxygen to make O2.

Where does it fit in as medical treatment?

  • Ozone has been used as a medical therapy for over 50 years in Europe, and is becoming more popular among integrative clinicians in the United States. Ozone is a great immune modulator – meaning it can “wake up” the immune system for those with acute or chronic infections or it can help “calm down” the immune system for people with autoimmune conditions. It can help provide the body with the extra oxygen it needs as well as improve oxygen exchange inside the cells for cellular growth, detoxification, and repair of damaged cells. Ozone can reduce inflammation and it is anti-microbial (kills germs)!

What does it treat?

  • Ozone has been used to treat hundreds of different conditions. In fact, there are very few conditions in which Ozone would have no benefit. Ozone is most beneficial when used in conjunction with other treatment regimens.

A few examples include: 

  • Circulatory and Cardiac Conditions

    • Hypertension

    • Peripheral Artery and Vascular Diseases

    • Stroke recovery

  • Chronic Infections

    • Lyme and co-infections

    • Viruses (EBV, CMV, HHV, HPV, etc.)

    • Candida

    • Intestinal Infections/bacterial overgrowth

  • Autoimmune Conditions

    • Thyroiditis

    • Lupus

    • Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Neurological Conditions

    • Neuropathies and Neuralgias

    • Dementia

    • Multiple Sclerosis

    • ALS

There are various ways to utilize ozone as a medical therapy and one method or many methods may be recommended. Various factors are taken into consideration when developing a treatment protocol including the medical condition to be targeted and overall health of the individual, the patient’s age, and their ability to comply with the protocol (time and financial commitments).

Ozone Therapies

  • Ozone Sauna

    • The patient sits in a chamber in which they are exposed to moist heat (steam) and ozone gas from the neck down (the head is not in the chamber). The heat and steam open up the pores and increases the absorption of the ozone gas into the body through the skin. This is an excellent way to detoxify the body and receive the additional benefits of ozone as described above. Most patients use the sauna for 20-30 minutes 2-3 times per week.

  • Major Auto Hemo Therapy (MAHT) (IV)

    • Blood is withdrawn from the patient and diluted with saline in an IV bag. Ozone gas is then injected into the bag of blood. The ozonated blood is then infused back into the patient via IV. The condition being addressed will determine the strength and frequency of the treatments. Many times this is combined with BioPhotonic Therapy {link to info – not written yet} for added benefit.

  • Minor Auto Hemo Therapy (mAHT) (IM)

    • A small amount of blood (a few mL) is withdrawn from the patient, mixed with ozone gas, and then the ozonated blood is injected into a muscle. This type of treatment stimulates the immune system.

  • Ozone Insufflation

    • This is a method in which ozone gas is inserted into a body cavity, most commonly into the rectum. The ozone gas is absorbed into the blood stream and provides systemic benefit, but is particularly beneficial for liver detoxification.

  • Joint Injections

    • Ozone gas is injected directly into the joint (knee, elbow, shoulder, etc.). This can be done in conjunction with other therapies such as stem cells or PRP or alone. Very beneficial for alleviating chronic joint pain.