Ozone therapy is at the core of a Functional Medicine regime as it directly addresses underlying conditions by allowing the body's cells and tissues to most efficiently utilise oxygen.
“Its effects are proven, consistent, safe and with minimal and preventable side effects..." Mechanism of action is by inactivation of bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeast and protozoa, stimulation of oxygen metabolism, and activation of the immune system.”
How can ozone therapy help you?
1. Improves Immune SystemWhen the immune system is overactive such as autoimmune diseases - ozone will calm it down. When it is underactive such as in cancer and chronic infections, ozone will stimulate it.
2. Pain reliefOzone therapy reduces inflammation. Inflammation is the cause of pain (including chronic pain), discomfort and chronic inflammatory diseases such as asthma, arthritis and Crohn's disease. Because of this ozone therapy helps reduce pain, inflammation and strengthens the immune system (alleviating the 3 characteristics of arthritis). It is now thought by some to become the next revolutionary treatment for inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.
3. Kills germs
Ozone is antibacterial and antifungal. Ozone therapy has proven effective against anti-microbial resistance, tick bites, viral infections, parasites and flus of all kinds.
4. Directly viricidal
Ozone has potent antiviral properties. Effectively, it inactivates the reproductive structure of the virus and renders it inactive. Small scale studies suggest that systemic ozone therapy in combination with anti viral drugs maybe helpful, justified and synergic for Covid-19 positive patients including Long Covid.
In general, many studies have shown the positive effect of Ozone Therapy as a complementary therapy in the recovery of patients with viral diseases including SARS-CoV-2. "The results indicate that systemic Ozone Therapy (OT) is not toxic and has no side effects in patients with severe COVID-19. Oxygen–ozone therapy seems to be effective in COVID-19 patients with severe respiratory failure. OT is more effective for severe patient’s conditions, and oxygen is an oxidizer that acts stronger the higher the temperature, so it can be more effective than existing treatments in critically ill patients with fever."
5. Improves circulation
Ozone improves blood flow in affected tissue and transports more oxygen to inflamed areas. Delivering more energy and improving the previously affected tissue. By improving blood flow it helps the liver to detoxify, this supports the liver in removing solids from the blood which promotes better circulation. May reverse the effects of a stroke by swiftly providing oxygen to the brain in early intervention.
6. Improves tissue oxygenation
Tissue death occurs when your tissues don’t have enough access to oxygen. Ozone therapy facilitates the transfer of oxygen alleviating hypoxia. In a recent study, 30 women aged 30-65 years with Fibromyalgia, a rheumatic disease, were administered medical ozone therapy in biweekly sessions equating to a total of 12 sessions. Due to a lowering of painful symptoms, the patients in the study experienced a sense of well-being. An improvement in strength was seen due to a greater oxygenation of tissues because of ozone. The study showed improved mood and daily activities by 40%, improved sleeping disorders by 46.6% and decreased medication use by 30%.
Supports healing the damage caused by ongoing inflammation. Ozone therapy can induce a controlled oxidative stress able to stimulate an adaptive antioxidant response in healthy tissue, making the antioxidant enzyme system more efficient. This review describes the studies using ozone therapy to prevent and/or treat chemotherapy-induced toxicity, and how its effect is linked to a modification of free radicals and antioxidants..
8. Stimulates of the production of white blood cells.
These cells protect the body from viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer. If, deprived of oxygen, these cells malfunction. They fail to eliminate invaders and even turn against normal, healthy cells (allergic reactions). Ozone significantly raises the oxygen levels in the blood for long periods after ozone administration; as a result, it helps to stimulate the production of white blood cells and allergies have a tendency to become desensitised.
9. Increases interferon levels.
Interferons are globular proteins. Interferons orchestrate every aspect of the immune system and inhibit viral replication.
Fun fact: Did you know that Red Hot Chilli Pepper's front man Anthony Kiedis treated his hepatitis C condition, as studies have shown it effective, with ozone therapy? He writes about it in his autobiographical book Scar Tissue "The substance that she injects into my bloodstream is ozone, a wonderful-smelling gas that has been used legally in Europe for years to treat everything from strokes to cancer,” he wrote in the book.
10. Increases energy levels
Ozone therapy instantly increases the oxygen levels in the red blood cells. They will then transfer this extra oxygen to all of the other cells and tissues in the body. Once this happens, you will notice a vast improvement in your energy levels throughout the day.
Another fun fact about Anthony Kiedis, he used ozone therapy to give himself energy to perform on stage also: "Anthony sits back; a nurse in a hot-pink sweater, who travels with them, is kneeling with a syringe, injecting pure ozone into his bloodstream. It purifies, she says, destroys viral infections; soon his blood will be full of energy."
11. Speeds up healing
Athletes have discovered that performance is boosted and recovery from injury is significantly sped up.According to Nathaniel Altman’s The Oxygen Prescription: The Miracle of Oxidative Therapies, ozone therapy can increase an athlete’s performance by boosting the oxygenation of tissues while escalating the body’s production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which will lead to speedy recovery from sports injuries and will yield more energy to be expended. In addition, sore muscles can be prevented by ozone therapy after a strenuous activity. Ozone slows down the cells’ anaerobic fermentation and helps scale down the buildup of lactic acid.
Celebrity fun fact #2! Madonna has been known to use ozone therapy to aid swift healing from injury.
Dr. Shallenberger has been practicing medicine since 1973. He has developed and patented the first method using VO2/VCO2 analysis to measure mitochondrial function in a clinical setting known as Bio-Energy Testing®, and has written two books on the importance of measuring and optimizing mitochondrial function. His book Bursting with Energy describes how mitochondrial function gradually declines as we age due to oxygen utilisation. Mitochondria are our cells power houses that create energy by generating the cell's supply of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a molecule that cells use as a source of energy.
His hypothesis, backed up by his wealth of clinical experience, is that we can delay the rate of mitochondrial dysfunction by the well known effects of improved oxygen efficiency in ozone therapy.
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