Ozone therapy has been around for over 125 years and there are over 6000 published studies that show that ozone therapy is effective and safe for a number of different health issues.
Ozone is made of three oxygen atoms attached together. The air that we are breathing is made with two oxygen atoms. Medical ozone is made from medical grade oxygen being electrically activated with an ozone generator to form ozone at a specific concentration.
Our health depends on having healthy blood. If our blood lacks oxygen then it leads to dysfunction then degeneration and this can eventually lead to disease. Ozone will help to oxygenate the blood. Ozone taken over time will cleanse the blood.
Ozone often gets associated with pollution. Ozone is a naturally produced substance. Ozone is naturally produced 20-30 km from the earth’s surface. When the UV light from the sun hits the atmospheric oxygen, ozone is produced. Since ozone is heavier than air, it falls towards the earth’s surface. As ozone falls towards the earth’s surface, it combines with pollutants, essentially cleaning the air. This is how it relates to pollution. So ozone itself is not the pollutant, it is cleaning up the pollutants and ozone is easier to measure.
Ozone therapy does not have any negative side effects on healthy cells. Ozone therapy has a number of different beneficial effects. It helps to oxygenate the cells, it helps to improve circulation, it has anti-microbial effects, it has anti-inflammatory effects in the body. Ozone therapy is an oxygen-rich therapy and it’s also highly reactive. Ozone creates reactive oxygen species called ozonides. These ozonides are oxidants, they are electron-seeking, signaling molecules. They are signaling between cells, therefore helping with cell to cell communication, which helps to activate the cells. Reactive oxygen species can stay in the body for longer period of time and can have a longer beneficial effect on the body. Ozone helps to oxygenate the cells.
Ozone helps to increase 2,3-DGP in red blood cells. Red blood cells carries oxygen to all the rest of the cells in the body and the 2,3-DGP helps to release oxygen into the tissues and helps to increase tissue oxygenation. As we get an increase in oxygen into cells, into tissues, into organs, we get an increase in mitochondrial function and mitochondria helps to make energy, ATP, in our cells which help how our cells, our tissues, and our organs function. Ozone also helps to increase red blood cell flexibility, so that red blood cells can easily travel throughout the body, even into small vascular areas. Ozone helps to improve the negative charge on the cell membranes of red blood cells, so the cells repel each other instead of sticking together. Ozone helps to increase nitric oxide which helps with vasodilation.
Ozone is also anti-microbial. Its anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic. In terms of viruses, ozone disrupts the viral capsid which can render the virus inactive. In terms of bacteria, it’s been shown to punch holes in the wall of the bacteria and breakdown the bacteria. Ozone will inhibit fungal growth. Ozone sets up an environment that is inhospitable for infections to be able to live.
Ozone is anti-inflammatory. It helps to modulate the immune system. When we have pro-inflammatory cytokines in our body, then we get swelling, edema, then it is challenging to get proper oxygen to those tissues. Ozone helps to modulate those pro-inflammatory cytokines, which helps to decrease the inflammation and then helps to get oxygen into those cells.
Medical ozone can be administered in a number of ways. One way is through intravenous ozone therapy and this has been shown to work the quickest because it’ll go right into the vascular system and have a systemic effect. There are other ways that medical ozone can be administered which are effective but do not have as rapid an effect as the intravenous ozone therapy.
The other way that medical ozone can be administered is rectal ozone. Ozone is put into a bag then a tube with a catheter to the bag is inserted rectally. One of the benefits of rectal ozone is in those patients where it is difficult to find a vein, it’s an alternative. The rectum is highly vascular and there is the portal venous system within the rectum. Therefore the ozone will more into the blood stream infused into the vascular system and direct access to the liver through the portal venous system. This makes rectal ozone an effective therapy.
Another way that ozone can be administered is through a needle into joint spaces. This helps to decrease inflammation and improve the healing in the joint spaces.
Another way that ozone can be administered is through auricular ozone. The auricular ozone is administered through something that looks like a strethoscope and ozone is administered into the ears. One of the benefits of ozone is that is can cross the inner ear membranes, making it beneficial for the entire head and neck.
You should receive medical ozone from a trained health care professional who has been specifically trained to administer ozone therapy.