Ozone therapy is the use of medical grade ozone, a highly reactive form of pure oxygen, to create a curative response in the body. The body has the potential to renew and regenerate itself. When it becomes sick it is because this potential has been blocked. The reactive properties of ozone stimulate the body to remove many of these impediments thus allowing the body to do what it does best – heal itself.
From a biomedical perspective, the therapeutic benefits of ozone may be broadly understood as: oxygenation, sterilization/detoxification and regeneration.
From a TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) perspective, oxygenation relates to the treatment of Blood Stasis. Sterilization relates to the treatment of Toxic Heat. And thirdly, regeneration relates to the treatment of Deficiency of Qi.
Conditions that may benefit from treatment with Ozone Therapy include:
- Meniscal Tears and Joint Disorders
- Shingles (Herpes zoster) and Herpes Simplex
- Herniated Discs, Spinal Stenosis
- Diabetic ulcers and venous stasis
- Allergies & Chronic Sinusitis
- Tinnitus, Dental Pain, Throat & Ear Infections
- Cancer & Lyme disease
- Alzheimer’s, Senile Dementia
- Arthritis, Nerve Pain, Chronic Pain
- Autoimmune Diseases, Fungal/Bacterial Lung Infections
- Colitis and Crohn’s Disease
- Vaginal infections
- Chronic Hepatitis
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Candidiasis and many more conditions
Ozone is made by passing pure oxygen gas through a crystal tube through which an electrical spark is directed. The electrical energy breaks apart the oxygen molecules as described above, and what emerges from the other side is a mixture of oxygen and ozone.
Ozone therapy has been and continues to be used in European clinics and hospitals for over fifty years. It was even used here in North American in a limited capacity in the early part of the 20th century. There are professional medical ozonotherapy societies in over ten countries worldwide. Recently, the International Scientific Committee on Ozonotherapy (ISCO3) was formed to help establish standardized scientific principles for ozonotherapy.
Ozonotherapy was introduced into North American in the early 80’s, and has been increasingly used in recent decades. It has been found useful in various diseases:
- It activates the immune system in infectious diseases.
- It improves the cellular utilization of oxygen that reduces ischemia in cardiovascular diseases, and in many of the infirmities of aging.
- It causes the release of growth factors that stimulate damaged joints and degenerative discs to regenerate.
- It can dramatically reduce or even eliminate many cases of chronic pain through its action on pain receptors.
- Published papers have demonstrated its healing effects on interstitial cystitis, chronic hepatitis, herpes infections, dental infections, diabetes, and macular degeneration.
Decreased oxygen utilization is at the root of all chronic disease and according to Dr. Shallenberger of The American Academy of Ozonotherapy, it is the fundamental cause of chronic pain and tissue degeneration. Why is it that some injuries never heal, and go on to become areas of chronic pain and dysfunction? These localized areas fail to heal because of a localized decrease in oxygen utilization. Reverse this, and an area of chronic degeneration will begin to regenerate exactly as it was supposed to in the first place. Why does chronic pain and degeneration only occur in joints and ligaments instead of other tissues? And why do people heal so much more reliably when they are young than when they become older? The answer in both cases has to do with decreased oxygen utilization. As we grow older, our circulation decreases. So the natural decrease in oxygen utilization that is seen in the healthy ligaments and joints of the young become even further compromised with aging. When there is trauma, the edema and inflammation cause a further localized decrease in oxygen utilization which serves as a foundation for chronic pain. The chronic pain perpetuates the trauma, which leads to a further decrease in oxygen utilization. All of which adds up to chronic pain and degeneration. Break that cycle, and the cells and tissues can begin to do what they usually do so well – heal themselves.
Ozone has been found to be an extremely safe medical therapy, free from side effects. In a 1980 study done by the German Medical Society for Ozone Therapy, 644 therapists were polled regarding their 384,775 patients, comprising a total of 5,579,238 ozone treatments administered. There were only 40 cases of side effects noted out of this number which represents the incredibly low rate of .000007%, and only four fatalities. Ozone has thus proven to be the safest medical therapy ever devised. Considering that, at least 100,000 Americans a year die from drug reactions and interactions, ozone therapy is amazingly safe.
There are over 3000 medical references in the German literature showing the effectiveness and safety of ozone. In Europe ozone has been used for 50 years by over 10,000 physicians. In North America only a small number of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine),Naturopathic or Medical doctors currently use medical ozone for treatment of disease.
How is medical ozone therapy delivered?
Ozone is generated, in office, using an ozone generator which turns pure oxygen into ozone of a particular concentration.
Ozone gas cannot be bottled as it has a half-life of only 45 minutes. Ozone is then delivered to the body in a number of different ways according to the condition being treated:
Inhaled Ozone: Inhaled ozone is bubbled through olive oil prior to inhalation via nasal tubing that inserts into the nostrils. The gas released after passing through the bubbler no longer contains ozone gas, but contains a high percentage of ozonides. Ozonides react with the lung and nasal/sinus membranes and have a strong sterilization effect on fungal and bacterial infection in the sinuses and lungs. The ozonides are also absorbed into the blood stream for a systemic effect. The effects of inhaled ozone on dental pain are outstanding and indicates that sinus issues and infection have a major role in dental pain.
Ear Ozone Application: Ear ozone is applied by means of an ear ozone stethoscope. The ozone is run through a bubbler system filled with water prior to being introduced to the ear canal. The ear application is very effective for dental issues, ear infections, sinus infections, swollen tonsils and throat infections. Also, Tinnitus and brain cancer are treated with ear ozone applications.
Rectal Insufflation with Ozone: Used to treat Alzheimer’s, Colitis, Crohn’s disease, fungal/yeast, bacterial or parasitical infections: Ozone gas is delivered into the rectum via a cannula (flexible tube)/ozone rectal bag. Ozone concentrations are set according to the case. A higher concentration is administered when ulcerative colitis bleeding is occurring and a lower concentration is used to directly repair the intestinal lining. In a study performed in Cuba with patients suffering from senile dementia of the Alzheimer’s type, 76% of patients improved after only a month of ozone treatment.
Vaginal Insufflation with Ozone: Vaginal infections are treated this way.
Ozone therapy using Ozonated Olive Oil:
Shingles and herpes simplex are treated using ozonated olive oil.
Anti-cancer benefits: Medical ozone is such a wonder for treatment of cancer in that it doesn’t harm healthy cells but it oxidizes and destroys unhealthy cells including cancer cells, viruses, bacteria, fungal cells and other unwanted cells. How does it affect only the unhealthy cells? Ozone (O3) is broken down in the blood to a single oxygen and hydrogen peroxide by normal cells in the tissues of the body by enzymes such as catalase. Malignant cells lack these enzymes and ozone oxidizes the outer layer of their cells and causes tumor cell destruction (lysis). This has been demonstrated in the prestigious Journal of Science, Vol. 209, Aug 22, 1980. in a paper entitled “Ozone Selectively Inhibits Growth of Human Cancer Cells.” Human lung, breast and uterine cancer cell growth was inhibited more than 90 per cent at non-toxic ozone doses.
“Even for cancer, there is only one prime cause. Summarized in a few words, the prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen on normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar.” Dr. Otto Warburg, two time Nobel Peace Prize in Medicine recipient.
Anti-viral, antibacterial and antifungal effects: Ozone disrupts the viral capsid and the viral reproductive cycle by interrupting the virus-to-cell contact with peroxidation. Bacteria are destroyed as ozone first oxidizes their fatty cell wall due to bacteria lacking enzymes to break down peroxide. Ozone inhibits fungal cell growth at certain stages. The FDA and EPA say that ozone destroys 99.9992% of all pathogenic germs and 99.9992% of all pollutants in water.
- Ozone enhances immunity.
- Ozone reduces the volume of herniated discs alleviating nerve root compression and pain.
- Ozone is anti-inflammatory and improves the quality of joint surfaces essentially correcting joint disorders, including meniscal tears and arthritis.
- Ozone’s medical effects are profound and many different conditions can be treated using this tremendous therapy.