|Written by Dr Jenny Schmidt-White|
Treating a huge array of ailments from hormonal imbalance to cancer.
Ozone therapy uses a form of oxygen and has been safely administered for over 50 years in Europe and North America for the treatment and prevention of disease. Ozone is mainly used for its powerful effect on the immune system and circulation.
What Is Ozone?
O2 represents the oxygen we breathe (2 oxygen atoms combined), whereas ozone is made of 3 oxygen atoms (O3), creating a highly reactive oxidizing molecule. Depending on the concentration of ozone, it degrades viruses, bacteria, pesticides and a number of harmful chemicals in our bodies, or it stimulates the immune system and circulation.
Medical ozone is a mixture of 0.05 to 5.0 percent ozone and, correspondingly, 99.90 to 95 percent oxygen. Higher concentrations of ozone in the mixture have a germ killing effect on viruses and bacteria with a fatty coating (Epstein Barr, herpes, hepatitis viruses and cytomegalovirus). Lower concentrations of ozone influence oxygenation of cells, induces enzymes and stimulates immune cells.
Medical ozone therapy is most commonly administered as autohemotherapy. Autohemotherapy involves removing approximately 250mL of blood from the patient, combining the blood with a mixture of ozone and oxygen, and promptly re-injecting the blood back into the patient. Other common methods of ozone administration include:
Steam sauna: This method combines the benefit of hyperthermia (mimics fever, causing heat-sensitive viruses and bacteria to die) with ozone absorbed by the skin and lymphatic system. The patient’s head is outside of the sauna and the ozone is added to the sauna environment.
Auricular, vaginal, or rectal insufflations: These methods involve medical ozone used to irrigate the ear, vaginal or rectal canal for the treatment of candida, colitis, fistulas, and chronic infections.
Topical: Topical ozone application is used for slow-healing wounds or ulcers.
Therapeutic Benefits of Ozone
Ozone has a number of therapeutic benefits, mainly:
Ozone therapy can benefit a huge range of diseases and conditions, including but not limited to the following:
Ozone therapy is a safe, effective and non-toxic treatment with a wide variety of uses. It is powerful in its immune stimulating and disease preventing effects and, if administered correctly, has virtually no known side effects. For safety reasons, it is important that the naturopathic doctor administering ozone therapy is certified in oxidative therapies and has specific training in this area.