Ozone Therapy is Much More than It May Seem
Throughout modern history, we have used terms like “medical therapy” and “alternative therapy” when describing various methods of treating illness and disease. It’s safe to say that ozone therapy fits into the category of alternative therapy. As such, its clinical value may be overlooked. In her engagement with functional medicine, Dr. Ong has vetted several different modalities to promote health and wellness. Ozone therapy stands out and we want you to know why.
Ozone Therapy is Not New
- Ozone was first discovered in the mid-1800s.
- The earliest recorded machine to make medical-grade ozone in the U.S. was patented by Nikola Tesla in 1896.
- This therapy was used during the First World War to facilitate blood flow, reduce inflammation, and disinfect wounds as well as clinical operatives.
- In the 1980s, German physicians successfully used ozone autohemotherapy to treat HIV patients.
- By the end of the 1980s, ozone therapy was being used to treat AIDS, flu, periodontal disease, eczema, and skin ulcers.
- Due to an observed increase in IgG levels ozone was studied for immunostimulatory activity. Multiple studies since that time have demonstrated that ozone therapy can support optimal immunity.
Why Ozone Therapy Has Broad Applications
As physicians around the world have studied and used ozone in various forms, applications have expanded to treat a variety of conditions, including autoimmune disease, LYME disease, fibromyalgia, and cancer (as a complement to traditional treatments). Ozone is also used to boost immunity and treat fungal, bacterial and fungal infections and several other conditions. The reason why this therapy is so far-reaching is that ozone is a:
- Natural detoxifier. Ozone is used to purify water, air, and swimming pools, as well as the body. It works because its extra negative ion charge can bind to toxins and heavy metals, which have a positive charge. Joining with these ions, ozone neutralizes them and enables the body to eliminate them.
- Natural antifungal, antibiotic, antiparasitic, and antiviral agent. Studies have placed ozone far above chlorine bleach in efficacy at killing these harmful organisms. It is 4,500 times more powerful than bleach and less toxic when used appropriately.
- Blood-optimizer. The introduction of ozone into the blood supports cell motility and function. Cleaning out toxins, ozone improves cellular metabolism and circulation.
How Ozone Therapy is Done
Ozone can be used in several different ways depending on the intent. For example, ozonated water is used to treat periodontal disease and reduce bacterial infection in the mouth. Ozone-infused oil can be used topically to treat skin infections. Dr. Ong administers ozone is major autohemotherapy. This treatment is like getting an IV infusion. First, blood is drawn from the arm into an IV bag. The blood is then infused with ozone in the bag and dripped back into the vein.
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