WHAT IS OZONE? WHAT IS OZONE THERAPY?
Ozone is a naturally occurring gas that consists of three oxygen atoms and makes up the ozone layer, Earth’s protective layer from the Sun’s ultraviolet radiation. The gas is colorless and has an acrid odor.
Oxygen is the single most important nutrient for the body and your wellness. The body can survive weeks without food, days without water, but only minutes without oxygen. Every cell of the body requires a continuous supply to generate energy, detoxify the body and maintain healthy cells. Any reduction in the availability of oxygen to the body, whether by poor posture and breathing, deoxygenated water and refined foods, smoking, lack of exercise, environmental pollution or exposure to carbon monoxide, reduces the optimal performance of these essential cellular functions.
As a lack of sufficient oxygen is a major cause of poor health, leading to conditions such as arthritis, low immunity, constant tiredness, cancer, regular colds and flu’s, hay fever, migraine, low vitality etc., when the body is flooded with an activated form of oxygen, namely ozone, people consistently report that these conditions as well as their general health, wellbeing, and energy levels dramatically improve.
Ozone therapy is the use of medical grade ozone/oxygen gas to address a wide range of health conditions and may possibly reverse chronic oxidative stress due to aging, chronic infections, diabetes, atherosclerosis, degenerative processes, and cancer. Ozone (O3) is activated oxygen (O2), and in a short period of time, the O3 molecule will revert back to oxygen. During this short half-life cycle, the O3 molecule can, therefore, be utilized for sanitation and sterilization purposes. Ozone inactivates viruses, bacteria, yeast, fungus, and protozoa. Ozone is second only to fluorine as an oxidant and has been used in medical and naturopathic medicine since the 1870’s. Because of its short half-life and its tremendous oxidizing capabilities, it can be used in situations where residual chemicals are undesirable. Ozone will work 3000 times quicker and is 2.5 times stronger than chlorine.
Although considered unorthodox by many, Ozone therapy has been medically utilized and studied since the mid-nineteenth century with much of the research originating in Europe. Nikolai Tesla patented the first ozone generator in 1896! Since then, a multitude of technological and scientific advancements have been made to increase safety and understanding of Ozone therapy. Ozone therapy can be administered in several ways depending on the health condition to be addressed.
Ozone therapy is a form of alternative medicine treatment that purports to increase the amount of oxygen to the body through the introduction of ozone into the body. Various methods have been suggested on the method of introducing the ozone into the body, and the purported benefits of this therapy include the treatment of various diseases including cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, among others. This therapy has been proposed for use in various diseases, including cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, heart disease, Alzheimer’s dementia, Lyme, among others. One proposed mechanism for its use in treating cancer comes from the proposed theory that cancer does not thrive or grow in a high oxygen environment, and the ozone therapy will increase oxygen in the body and therefore help treat cancer.
The biological effects of ozone are widely recognized. Ozone stimulates the production of white blood cells. Interferon levels are significantly increased after ozone therapy. It also stimulates the production of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) and the secretion of IL-2. Ozone kills most bacteria at low concentrations, effective against all types of fungi and fights viruses in a variety of ways. Ozone oxidizes arterial plaque, increases the flexibility and elasticity of red blood cells. On top of that, Ozone accelerates the Citric Acid Cycle and makes the anti-oxidant enzyme system more efficient.
What is Prolozone Therapy?
Prolozone therapy is the combination of classical Prolotherapy and Ozone therapy. A small volume of Ozone gas is injected into tendons, ligaments, joint capsules and joint spaces following prolotherapy injections. Adding ozone therapy to classical Prolotherapy injections further supports tissue repair by improving oxygen delivery to damaged or injured tissues, improving circulation, stimulating a cascade of growth factors including platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), transforming growth factor-b1 (TGF-b1), and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). Furthermore, Prolozone is especially effective for reducing pain. Prolozone therapy can be used to address a variety of conditions including, arthritis, osteoarthritis, chronic joint pain, joint instability, spine pain, frozen shoulder and rotator cuff injuries, golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow, degenerative disc disease and others! If you don’t see your health condition listed above please contact our office to find out if Ozone therapy can help you!
HOW DOES OZONE THERAPY WORK?
Ozone therapy has a wide range of therapeutic uses along with an array of mechanisms of actions. Ozone therapy is typically used for its tissue regenerative, anti-oxidant, immunosupportive, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging properties.
Supports tissue repair by enhancing the release of growth factors
Up-regulates free radical scavengers such as glutathione peroxidase, catalase, and superoxide dismutase
Supports and modulates the immune system
Improves oxygen delivery to cells by stimulating oxygen metabolism
Increases production of cellular energy in the form of ATP
Improves blood circulation and decreases blood viscosity
Maintains RBC membrane integrity by activating the pentose pathway
Reduces chronic inflammation
Activates neuro-protective systems
WHAT CONDITIONS IS OZONE USED FOR?
Ozone therapy has a wide range of therapeutic uses. It has been utilized in a variety of conditions. Published papers have demonstrated positive results in:
Various dental infections
Diabetes and associated complications including ulcers
Post Stroke (Acute cerebral infarction)
Complementary Cancer Care
Ozone therapy has also been reportedly used in the treatment of:
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Peripheral Artery Disease
Dementia and Cerebral Vascular Disease
Used alone or in combination with prolotherapy, ozone therapy is used to treat various musculoskeletal complaints including knee, back, and shoulder pain. If you don’t see your health condition listed above please contact our office to find out if Ozone therapy can help you!
IS OZONE THERAPY SAFE?
When administered by healthcare practitioner certified in ozone/prolozone therapy and properly used, ozone therapy is extremely safe with little to no side effects. A study entitled “Accident and Typical Complications in Ozone Therapy” reported that of 5.5 million treatment sessions of 384,775 patients the complication rate was 0.0007%, or roughly 1 in every 150,000 patients treated. The only major complications were from direct IV injection of ozone, an application of ozone therapy not commonly performed. However, the inhalation of ozone gas can lead to airway hyperreactivity, airway inflammation and can significantly exacerbate patients with COPD. Ozone therapy should not be used in patients with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, uncontrolled hyperthyroidism, in the first three months of pregnancy, and in other specific circumstances.
HOW IS OZONE THERAPY USED?
Ozone therapy has many clinical applications and several ways to administer it, depending on the health condition to be addressed. For musculoskeletal conditions, ozone may be injected into ligaments, tendons, joint capsules and joint spaces, alone or in combination with prolotherapy. For most other conditions, auto-therapy is the most common method for administering ozone. Autohemotherapy is used in the treatment of a variety of health conditions including allergies, chronic inflammation, chronic infections, cardiovascular conditions and more. There are two main forms of this therapy; Minor Autohemotherapy and Major Autohemotherapy.
Minor autohemotherapy involves removing a small volume of the patient’s blood (typically 5-10 ml) and reinjecting it into a muscle. Alternatively, this blood can be treated with ozone gas and then reinjected. A small amount of local anesthetic may be used to reduce the pain of the injection. This method is primarily used to treat allergies, acne, herpes/shingles, acute cold/flu, trigger points, and more.
Major Autohemotherapy involves removing a larger volume of the patient’s blood (Typically 60-250 ml) into a sterile container containing an anticoagulant to prevent the blood from clotting. This volume of blood is then treated with ozone and then infused into the patient via an IV drip. Published papers have demonstrated positive results in interstitial cystitis, intermittent claudication, chronic hepatitis, herpes/shingles infection, various dental infections, diabetes and associated complications, multiple sclerosis, and macular degeneration. Major autohemotherapy has also been reportedly used in the treatment of various cancers, including prostate cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, Lyme Disease, and a host of autoimmune diseases.
* In addition to these common treatments, others exist including rectal insufflation, ear insufflation, bladder insufflation, body and limb bagging, ozonated water, and topical applications of ozonated oils.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS DO I NEED?
The number and frequency of treatment vary with the severity of your condition, age, and overall health status. The number of treatments can be up to 20 and the frequency can be as often as daily to several times per week. For orthopedic problems sometimes just one or two treatments will be sufficient. Dr. Warren will discuss this with you and decide the most appropriate number and frequency of treatments.