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Ozone therapy is a controversial alternative medicine practice that uses ozone gas to fight disease. OZONE Therapy – is the process of administering ozone gas into your body to restore optimum cellular oxygenation. Ozone is a colourless, clear gas made up of 3 molecules of Oxygen – O3, instead of the 2 molecules – O2.
In alternative medicine, practitioners of ozone therapy use gas or liquid forms of ozone to treat medical conditions and as a topical disinfectant.
People have practiced ozone therapy in medical contexts for many years. However, its use is now controversial amid safety concerns. In 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned against using ozone therapy. This is because there is not enough evidence to conclude that it is effective or safe for medical use. On ground level, however, ozone is “a harmful air pollutant”.
Ozone gas is harmful when a person inhales it, leading to lung and throat irritation, coughing, and worsened asthma symptoms. High exposure can lead to lung damage and can be fatal. However, some researchers believe that ozone can have therapeutic effects in medical contexts. For example, one 2011 review reports that ozone therapy has had the following uses:
- treating arthritis
- fighting viral diseases, such as HIV and SARS
- disinfecting wounds
- activating the immune system
- treating ischemic heart disease
- treating macular degeneration
- treating cancer
I have been recommended this treatment by a trusted friend who has recently started it for himself, his son and soon to be, his elderly parents. I am interested in it for myself primarily, as a cancer treatment. My friend has had 3 passes so far and highly recommends it.
Some research suggests that ozone therapy can fight disease, including cancer, by modulating the immune system response and reversing oxygen deficits in the body.
However, Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Cancer (CAM Cancer) state that there have been no randomized controlled trials in people with cancer and very few human trials of ozone therapy for any condition. The FDA do not authorize the use of ozone “in any medical condition for which there is no proof of safety and effectiveness.”
This means that researchers need to run many more trials before determining the true effects of ozone therapy on the human body and whether or not it has any therapeutic benefits.
How Does Ozone Therapy Work?
An ‘ozone device’, connect via an IV extracts your blood and passes it through an oxidation chamber. Here it is combined with an equal volume of ozone at a high concentration before being passed back into your body.
This process is known as ‘one pass’. Many opt for 10-pass treatments – considered to be the optimum number for powerful and effective ozone therapy.
There are various different therapy methods such as;
- Using ozonated water/oil – ozone is put into water or oil and swallowed
- Ozone injections – the gas acts very close to where it’s injected
- Rectal ozonation – where ozone gas is injected into your colon
These are all viable options. The 10-pass treatment is currently being heralded as the most effective.
Benefits of Ozone Therapy?
Every cell in our body needs oxygen to function. Without it, we would die within minutes. Our ability to think, feel and act relies on oxygen as does 90% of our body’s energy production. Ozone is a highly active and reactive form of oxygen that can restore optimum oxygen levels in the body.
Research carried out by the Vivek and Education Society’s College of Pharmacy found that Ozone helped prevent oxidative stress, a leading cause of diabetes. A study titled Ozone Therapy for Tumor Oxygenation was carried out by the Canary Islands Institute for Cancer Research (ICIC). Their research focused on assessing “the effect of ozone therapy on tumor oxygenation”.
Is Ozone Therapy Safe?
There are low cost Ozone Therapy devices available to purchase online. You can literally DIY Ozone treatment at home? It is vitally important that anybody attempting to administer Ozone Therapy is qualified to do so. Ozone Therapy administered via the 10-pass method in a reputable clinic is reported to be totally safe but do your own research first. How long have they been operating? Reviews, recommendations etc.?
In 2019, the FDA published a statement against using ozone as a medical therapy. They say that ozone is a toxic gas, and that it has no known useful application in supportive or preventive medicine.
Regarding its use as a disinfectant, the FDA state that “]n order for ozone to be effective as a germicide, it must be present in a concentration far greater than that which can be safely tolerated by man and animals.”
Ozone therapy has had adverse effects in the past, some of which were severe. As CAM Cancer state, “Cases have been reported where direct infusion of ozone intravenously has resulted in pulmonary embolism and death.”
Ozone gas itself is harmful to humans. Exposure to ozone is associated with “a significant increase in the risk of death from respiratory diseases,” and it has well-known toxic effects on people’s lungs when present with nitrogen dioxide in smog. Even small amounts of ozone can irritate the lungs and throat, resulting in coughing, shortness of breath, and damage to lung tissue.
Side effects associated with ozone therapy can vary depending on the type of treatment a person undergoes. People should never inhale ozone. If it enters the mouth, nose, or eyes, it can burn and cause coughing, nausea, vomiting, or headaches. More severe exposure can lead to respiratory complications.
People who undergo ozone therapy sometimes experience the Herxheimer reaction. This can make the individual have flu-like symptoms and cause them to feel worse in the short-term.
Some ozone therapy procedures involve blowing gas into the body. If someone receives ozone therapy via the rectum, they may experience discomfort, cramping, and a feeling of needing to pass gas. These side effects are temporary.
Ozone therapy is an alternative medicine practice that uses ozone gas. It is controversial due to concerns around its effectiveness and safety. Researchers are currently exploring the effects of ozone therapy on the human body to identify any potential therapeutic benefits.
Ozone gas is toxic to humans, and there has been little research into the safety of ozone therapy. For this reason, official organizations do not currently support its use. Anyone who has questions about ozone therapy and which treatment is right for them should speak to their doctor.
For me? The jury is still out.
Despite a trusted recommendation I am unsure as to if I will go ahead and try Ozone Therapy. If I do I will try a 10 pass option and I will let you know how I get on.
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