Ozone therapy is an extremely valuable tool for multiple conditions including infection, autoimmunity, fatigue and inflammation. This technique has been studied with great scientific rigor in Europe and many other countries around the world. It is a relatively new therapy in the United States but there is a large body of evidence supporting its application and efficacy.
Ozone Therapy is a medical treatment that uses an ozone–oxygen mixture. There are no ozone receptors in the human body and the pharmacological mechanisms of action are indirect through a variety of cell mediators. Specifically, there is increased protein synthesis of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory molecules and immune modulating factors. It also has biological effects against bacteria, viruses and parasitic infections. Ozone is a gas and is able to pass directly through the cell wall without a receptor or carrier, which makes it an ideal substance to treat a variety of illnesses.
Ozone can be administered topically, orally, intravenously and/or infused into joints and other body cavities.
The wide range of diseases that are amenable to treatment with Ozone Therapy are characterized according to the body of evidence that is available specific to its proven level of efficacy. Specifically, Level A, which shows the greatest scientific evidence with randomized controlled trials, includes disc herniation, spondylolysis and other orthopedic problems, such as arthritis. Diseases that fall within the Level B category also have some randomized controlled trials and show that the benefit outweighs any potential risk. Diseases that fall within this category include tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, Ménière’s disease, peripheral vascular disease, macular degeneration, infected wounds, chronic ulcers, musculoskeletal pain, acute and chronic infections, including bacteria, viruses, fungus and parasitic infections. The next category of evidence is considered Level C, and these include treatment of conditions in which ozone therapy has been shown to be a useful adjunct therapy, but not necessarily a stand-alone therapy. This includes: Cancer-related fatigue, asthma, autoimmune diseases including multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, emphysema, psoriasis, eczema, bronchitis, sinusitis, peptic ulcer disease, dry eye syndrome, diabetic retinopathy, fibromyalgia, ischemic heart disease, Raynaud’s syndrome, Alzheimer’s, hepatitis, prostatic hyperplasia, and cancer metastasis.
When ozone is used in proper doses, which is based on the general condition of the patient, it is an extremely effective and safe therapy. The only contraindication to ozone therapy is a rare genetic condition called G6PD enzyme deficiency, which occurs in a small percentage of individuals of Middle Eastern heritage. This can be tested for in the laboratory and should be avoided in those individuals.
Medical Ozone Therapy is a burgeoning field with many applications for a variety of diseases, and even shows some promise in the field of antiaging as well. The Logan Institute has added this as another therapeutic option for patients receiving treatment at the Institute. Schedule a consult today to determine if you are a candidate for this safe and effective therapy.
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