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What is ozone therapy?
Ozone therapy involves administering ozone gas into your body to aid in the treatment of a wound or disease. Ozone gas stimulates the immune system and disrupts unhealthy body processes. This helps to stop the growth of harmful bacteria and diseases, as well as heal bodily ailments.
Research has shown that ozone therapy can help treat infections caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeast, and protozoa. Ozone therapy also helps get rid of unhealthy, infected cells in the body. When this occurs, the body compensates by creating new cells that are healthy and not infected.
Ozone therapy can be administered in several different ways. During your consultation, we will discuss the best method of treatment for your case.
What is Hyperbaric Ozone Therapy?
Medical ozone is used in several ways. It can be applied topically, injected into a vein, used as a rinse, or introduced into one of the body’s orifices. Major autohemotherapy (MAH) is one form of ozone treatment that introduces ozone directly into the bloodstream. During MAH, 50 to 250 cc of blood are drained from the arm and drawn into a sterile container. There, blood is mixed with an equal volume of ozone. This mixture is then dripped back into the vein over 40 to 60 minutes.
Hyperbaric ozone therapy (two atmospheres of pressure) uses the same basic technique but processes 200 ccs of blood more rapidly and under pressure. This is more of a cyclical treatment in which blood is removed via the IV, drawn into the sterile container, mixed, and returned over and over again. The process repeats up to 8 to 10 times during the appointment. Due to the cycling of blood through the ozonation process, the body receives up to 10 times more ozone than is delivered during MAH. Ozone is also delivered to deeper tissues and organs using the hyperbaric method.
How does Hyperbaric Ozone Therapy Work?
Medical ozone is referred to as a biological response modifier. It modifies the way the cells in the bodywork. When the body gets sick, it is because it is responding to a trigger. Ozone helps the cells respond more appropriately to those triggers. One way that ozone works are by increasing the amount of oxygen the cells receive through the blood. Not only do the cells receive more oxygen but, because ozone is an “excited” form of oxygen, the cells also utilize this substance more efficiently. Cellular energy increases and thus expands the body’s ability to heal.
Who is an Ideal Candidate for Ozone Therapy?
With multiple studies having been done to better understand how ozone therapy works, it is well understood that this holistic approach to health may be suitable for just about anyone, with the exception of women who are pregnant or nursing. Adults of all ages receive this treatment as a way to manage other conditions, including the common cold, cancer, and more. If you have questions about how ozone therapy may work for you, please don’t hesitate to contact our Scottsdale office! Millions of people have benefitted from ozone therapy, why not you, too?
How Often Should I Receive Ozone Therapy?
Ozone therapy treatments are planned and scheduled according to your current health, concerns, and other factors. After your consultation, Dr. Ong will discuss with you her recommendations and her reasons for making them, including the frequency of your sessions. The intervals at which you receive ozone therapy are carefully considered so you can achieve the best results without increasing the chances of unwanted side effects, like the Herxheimer Reaction.
How Many Treatments Will I Need Before I See Results?
The number of treatments that it takes to start seeing results depends on several factors. Your biology is uniquely yours and will influence the way that your body uses the ozone that is added to your bloodstream. The condition we are treating and its severity will also contribute to Dr. Ong’s recommendations for treatment number and frequency, as well as your body’s response. Dr. Ong has a wealth of knowledge and experience using ozone therapy. During your consultation, she may be able to discuss her expectations based on the particulars of your case. That said, studies suggest that it’s possible to begin feeling better after just three to four ozone treatments.
How Can I Prepare for My Ozone Therapy Treatment?
There isn’t much to do to prepare for ozone therapy aside from drinking plenty of water. The doctor may suggest that you increase your water intake up to one liter a day from the general recommendation of 64 ounces. After your consultation, she may also make other recommendations based on your condition, medical history, and more.
Is There Any Recovery After Hyperbaric Ozone Therapy?
We do not expect that you will need to take any time off to recover from your ozone therapy treatments. For your first treatment, Dr. Ong may suggest scheduling at a time when you can be off for a few days. This way, you can watch to see how your body reacts to the natural ozone that has been added. Some people do develop minor flu-like symptoms and some have a reaction that feels like a worsening of their symptoms. This is not a sign of a problem, rather, a sign that the ozone is doing its job in the body! If you have no noticeable responses to your treatment, you may schedule subsequent treatments at a time when you want to resume your normal activities immediately.
What can Hyperbaric Ozone Therapy Treat?
Ozone therapy in its various forms, including hyperbaric ozone, can be used to address health conditions including:
- Auto-Immune Disease
- Bladder Conditions
- Colds and Flus
- Chronic Resistant Infections
- Decontaminating and Preserving Food
- Diabetic Ulcers
- Ear Infections
- Eye Infections
- Fungal Infections of the Skin, Toes, and Fingernails
- Immune System Stimulation
- Intestinal Conditions including Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease
- Macular Degeneration
- Memory Disorders
- Neurological Disorders
- Open Wounds
- Osteomyelitis and MRSA
- Periodontal Disease
- Rectal Conditions
- Sinus Infections
- Stomach Conditions
- …and more
What are the benefits of Hyperbaric Ozone Treatment?
Ozone is a powerful antimicrobial, antiviral, antibacterial agent that is found in the atmosphere. It is oxygen, yes, but a more active form that stimulates systemic responses than standard oxygen cannot. In addition to increasing cellular energy and healing, the introduction of ozone into the body (systemic therapy) can aid in detoxification and the reduction of free radicals. Hyperbaric ozone treatments are beneficial in that they are customized to each patient based on their condition, health history, and response to this therapy. Each treatment is convenient and painless. There is no downtime associated with ozone therapy.
How will I feel after Hyperbaric Ozone Therapy?
There are no side effects associated with ozone therapy. What may happen is what is called a Herxheimer Reaction. This is also referred to as a healing crisis. It is not a side effect of the ozone treatment but a natural healing process. A Herxheimer Reaction may feel like an initial worsening of the symptoms that were present before treatment. Some people feel slight flu-like symptoms. As ozone therapy continues and homeostasis is restored, this healing response ends.
Is hyperbaric Ozone Therapy safe? Are there any potential complications?
Ozone is a natural biological therapy. Treatment must be administered by a trained provider because, like pharmaceutical drugs and even homeopathic therapies, the dosage is a critical point of consideration. For ozone therapy to work well, it is carefully administered beginning with a low dose and increasing from there, as is needed and tolerated well by the patient. When conducted by a board-certified professional with the educational background and clinical experience related to the use of medical ozone, this treatment is considered very safe.
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