Ozone stimulates and enhances your body’s natural defense mechanisms to treat diseases, prevent sickness, and improves skin health.
Unlike traditional medications that frequently focus on reducing symptom, Ozone therapy works to strengthen your body to heal itself. Perhaps the biggest effect of ozone on the human body (when properly administered) is the reduction of mitochondrial suppression.
Often the effect of illness, mitochondrial suppression is what occurs when mitochondria aren’t getting enough oxygen. Ozone therapy reduces mitochondrial suppression by modifying cell’s molecular structure, improving oxidation that allows oxygen to better reach the mitochondria. Oxygenation is the key word in these cases. The oxygenating properties of ozone also have far-reaching implications for skincare and dental health.
What does ozone do to the body?
Administration of ozone has been around since World War I. Here’s what you need to know about how we use it today:
Because ozone is a biological response modifier, it enhances the way your cells work. According to the International Scientific Committee of Ozone Therapy, ozone therapy can:
Increase Oxygen efficiency
Balance the immune system
Improve blood circulation
Increase energy and sense of well being
A Biological Response Modifier
A Biological Response Modifier Ozone therapy is an in-clinic treatment, and, in most cases, it requires multiple visits. There are several different ways it’s delivered:
O3 Autohemotransfusion - The most popular method of the therapy, this approach involves extracting a predetermined amount of blood, delivering ozone to this sample, and then re-injecting it back into your bloodstream.
Direct injection - Especially for cases involving joint, neck, or back pain, the ozone may be injected directly into the affected area.
Insufflation - This method involves using a specialized device to blow the ozone into a body cavity, such as the nose, mouth, rectum, or vagina.
Methods of Delivery
While there is significant controversy surrounding ozone therapy, part of what makes it appealing is that it has few side-effects and is generally well-tolerated. The only significant risk is what amounts to an overdose of the gas.
When ozone is inhaled over prolonged periods, there is a risk of excessive levels causing damage to tissues in the lungs, which is why gas bathing, for instance, is only sparingly employed.
In general, aside from occasional irritation associated with the method of delivery, there are no reported lingering effects to treatments, and recovery is rapid. The most commonly reported side-effects are skin irritation, bruising, and/or pain at the site of injection. These are easily managed with over-the-counter medications or ointments.
Despite its safe profile, there are a couple of medical conditions that serve as contraindications for ozone therapy. Safety is unknown or exposure may even become harmful in these cases:
Pregnancy - While there are no studies establishing ozone therapy as dangerous to the fetus, there is not enough data to establish its safety for pregnant women.
Alcohol intoxication - It’s important that those seeking ozone therapy refrain from drinking alcohol beforehand.
Hyperthyroidism - People with hyperactive thyroid gland—a condition that has wide-ranging effects on the body—may respond poorly to treatment.
Thrombocytopenia - This blood disorder, in which bone marrow does not produce enough platelets, is a contraindication due to the body’s compromised ability to process oxygen.
Ozone therapy is not FDA approved.