Ozone (O3) therapy is a treatment that works to increase the amount of oxygen in your body by administering medical grade ozone to create therapeutic responses. The treatment, which stimulates immune functions, was introduced in the United States in the early 1980s, though it has been used throughout Europe for decades for many types of diseases and conditions.
Ozone therapy works in conjunction with your body’s ability to renew and regenerate itself. The treatment emphasizes the notion that sickness results when the body is unable to perform its natural response of self-healing. The reactive properties of ozone stimulate the body to work to remove these barriers so it can restore itself.
Ozone can be prepared so that it is applied to the skin, created as part of ozonated water, or blown as a gas into the body. For the treatment of a specific body part, ozone therapy can include an ozone sauna, in which the damaged body part is bagged and exposed to the gas. Ozone can also be injected directly into the body.
Ozone therapy specialist Winnie King, MD, is a board-certified physician who provides state-of-the-art treatments at her practice in Shenandoah and Houston, Texas. Dr. King uses ozone therapy and other innovative therapies to help patients improve their experiences with serious and life-threatening conditions. Her patient-focused approach to health and wellness helps patients achieve optimal results by offering the most effective treatments.
Find out more about the effects ozone therapy can have on these 10 conditions:
#1 Chronic hepatitis
A review of research related to ozone therapy and hepatitis C (HCV) indicates that ozone therapy significantly improves the clinical symptoms associated with chronic HCV among patients who undergo ozone therapy when compared against patients who do not receive ozone therapy. When ozone therapy was administered with traditional interferon therapy for HCV, some patients had less interferon side effects and better results than those who had either therapy alone.
Ozone therapy can inhibit the growth and development of bacteria, thereby stopping the spread of infection. Medical O3 has also been shown to inactivate viruses, fungi, yeast, and protozoa.
#3 Respiratory disorders
Your lungs supply oxygen to your blood. Since ozone therapy loads the blood with oxygen, the treatment can minimize the stress on the lungs that results from respiratory disorders.
#4 Macular degeneration
Dry age-related macular degeneration ranks among the most common causes of vision loss among the elderly in developed countries. Research indicates that ozone therapy minimizes the death of photoreceptors and that visual acuity improves more significantly with ozone therapy when patients begin treatment as early as possible.
#5 Rheumatoid arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that can cause pain and inflammation and lead to disability. Ozone therapy can reduce pain and inflammation as well as strengthen the immune system. The effect can activate the antioxidant defense system and improve circulation and oxygen delivery.
#6 Wound repair
In the treatment of nonhealing wounds, the disinfectant properties of ozone therapy can help speed healing and reduce pain. When compared to standard dressing and other treatments, research indicated that ozone therapy provided results faster than standard dressing and other treatments.
#7 Dental therapy
Research indicates that ozone therapy can reduce treatment time to varying degrees in dental therapy. It can be beneficial in eradicating bacteria. When used in dental applications, ozone therapy is painless and can increase your tolerability with minimal adverse effects.
#8 Cancer treatment
Ozone therapy can benefit patients undergoing cancer treatment because the treatment saturates the blood with oxygen. While human cells require oxygen, cancer cells can’t live in high oxygen concentrations. Ozone therapy creates an environment that limits cancer cell growth and survival.
#9 Carpal tunnel syndrome
The injection of ozone therapy combined with wrist splinting can improve the signs and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome in mild to moderate cases. Researchers determined that the use of ozone therapy and wrist splinting provided significantly better results in comparison to splinting alone.
#10 Skin conditions
Ozone therapy administered as local injections can contribute to the management and prevention of acne and rosacea. The treatment can also be used to treat infectious skin diseases, psoriasis, and skin-related allergic diseases.
Find out more about ozone therapy and the ways it can help you achieve health and wellness. Call our Shenandoah or Houston office today.