What is Oxygen therapy and Ozone therapy?
Oxygen therapy is an umbrella term for a number of closely related leading edge therapies that seek to promote healing by flooding the body with oxygen. Ozone therapy is probably the most powerful of the Oxygen therapies as ozone is more active than the other two main methods – hyperbaric oxygen and hydrogen peroxide therapy.Ozone is an activated, trivalent (three atoms) form of oxygen. Oxygen is O2 whereas ozone is O3. Over a period of 20-30 minutes, ozone breaks down into two atoms of regular oxygen - by giving up one atom of singlet oxygen. Medical Ozone is made when Medical Grade Oxygen is electrically activated (using an Ozone Generator) to form Ozone. Ozone is germicidal, bactericidal, and fungicidal.
Though we see ozone as a naturopathic treatment designed to de-toxify the body rather than treat diseases as such, ozone has been shown to activate the immune system by stimulating production of cytokines. Cytokines are “messenger cells” such as interferons and interleukins, which “set off a cascade reaction of positive changes throughout the immune system." Medical ozone also has “highly pronounced bactericidal, fungicidal and virostatic properties and is thus widely used in disinfecting wounds, as well as bacterially and virally produced diseases”. (R. Viebahn Haensler – “The Use of Ozone in Medicine” 3rd English Edition page 132)