What is ozone (therapy)? It is a gas composed of three oxygen atoms. It is generated by combining oxygen atoms via an ozone generator.
Ozone can be administered many different ways in the body. The main premise is that no microbe can live in a “super-oxygenated” environment. Ozone is Bacteriostatic, which means that bacteria, viruses, and fungus cannot live in its presence. When ozone is introduced into the body it aids in killing off the microbe overgrowth and assists in restoring normal microbial balance.
Ozone therapy is a unique form of therapy that both heals and detoxifies at the same time. It used to treat a variety of chronic disease including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Lyme disease, chronic hepatitis, herpes, chronic fatigue states, chemical sensitivity, macular degeneration, chronic bladder conditions, colitis, auto-immune diseases, and Crohn’s disease. The oxygen you breathe is present in the air as a pair of oxygen atoms. This is the most stable form of oxygen, and it’s colorless. Ozone is composed of three oxygen atoms instead of two. It is the addition of the third oxygen atom that makes ozone “supercharged” oxygen, and gives it all of its remarkable medical properties.
Horst Keif, MD, one of the early pioneers of Ozone once said,” If ozone therapy was patentable, it would be the most used therapy in medicine today.” Because ozone is a naturally occurring molecule, it is not patentable. The use of ozone to treat various medical conditions was first developed in Germany in the early 1950’s. Today, medical ozone therapy is common throughout Europe, and its use has gradually been spreading in North America over the last 25 years.
Medical Properties Of Ozone:
Ozone has five properties that account for why it works so well not only for macular degeneration, but also for most other chronic age related conditions as well:
Ozone is a potent regulator of the immune system. This means that when the immune system is overactive (as in auto-immune disease), ozone will calm it down. Conversely, when the immune system is under active as in cancer, AIDS, and chronic infections, ozone will stimulate it. This unique ability of ozone stems from its action on the membranes of white cells that causes them to produce immune related messenger molecules called cytokines. Examples of cytokines are gamma interferon, interleukin-2, colony stimulating factor, and TNF-alpha just to name a few.
Ozone stimulates increased uptake of oxygen by stimulating the enzyme diphosphoglycerate (DPG). DPG enables the release of oxygen from the hemoglobin molecule so that it can be taken up into the cell. In the absence of an adequate amount of DPG, our cells become starved for oxygen. This is a common problem in diabetics.
Ozone improves circulation. It does this by enhancing the flow characteristics of blood as a liquid. This effect enables more of the oxygen carrying hemoglobin to reach the capillaries where ultimately the cells will receive more of the oxygen they require. Many patients with chronic inflammatory conditions have impaired circulation.
Ozone increases antioxidant protection more than any other therapy including vitamin C.Most people with chronic disease have deficient antioxidant defenses.
Ozone is a powerful mitochondrial stimulant. The fundamental underlying cause behind all degenerative disease from diabetes to heart disease to cancer is decreased mitochondrial energy production. Ozone can often correct this problem.
What are the ways you can receive ozone at Portal To Healing Naturopathic Clinic?
1) Autohemotherapy (We apologize, but we are NOT currently offering Autohemotherapy at our clinics)
Autohemotherapy is the most common and most effective way ozone is administered. The patient sits in a chair and has from 6-12 ounces of blood removed into a sterilized bottle. Then ozone is injected into the bottle, and the bottle is gently shaken, allowing the red and white blood cells to take up the ozone. The ozonated blood is then returned to the body. The entire procedure takes about 30-40 minutes.
2) Rectal insufflations of ozone
It is used to effectively treat bowel disorders, Ulcerative colitis, Crohns Disease, Proctitis, Prostatitis, Vaginal Infections, Yeast overgrowth in the genitourinary and gastrointestinal system, Parasites, Herpes Type II, and Chronic Bladder infections.
Procedure: the patient lies on their side and a small tube the size of a pencil is inserted about 2-3 inches into the rectum, the ozone is infused through the tube into the rectum. This method is so effective because the ozone gas can penetrate the wall dividing the rectum and the vagina as well as the abdominal cavity. Since no pathogenic organism can live in a super oxygenated environment, they are killed off. A series of 10 insufflations is recommended.
3) Combination Ozone Therapy
Indicated for Acute Shingle Outbreaks – This Includes rectal insufflation of ozone along with injections of ozone subcutaneous to the skin outbreaks. Infected Wounds on the skin or extremities due to diabetic ulcers or resistant infections. – This includes rectal insufflation of ozone along with bagging of the limb and perfusing ozone into and around the affected area.
4) Prolozone Joint injections
Injection of collagen enhancing substances into the connective tissue of a joint (Ligaments/Tendons) followed by ozone gas. Prolozone assists in repairing injured connective tissue within a joint and restoring the joint to its maximum functioning capacity. For more information see Prolozone from the treatment list.
Depending on the joint 2-8 injections are recommended.
Is Ozone Therapy For Me?
This is a decision for a doctor who is trained and experienced in the medical use of ozone. Some conditions simply will not clear up unless ozone is used, and of course many conditions will clear up without ozone. Because of its many therapeutic properties, ozone can be used as part of a therapeutic plan for almost every disease.
It is invaluable in the treatment of heart disease and circulatory disorders. Chronic infections such as hepatitis-C, herpes, Lyme, and AIDS respond very favorably to ozone. It is also very helpful in chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and autoimmune diseases.
It is important to realize that ozone therapy is not a panacea or some kind of magic bullet. Although it is often an indispensable modality, it is only rarely effective by itself. In the great majority of cases it must be combined with an individualized program of other alternative and natural therapies, such as nutrition and detoxification.