Written by DTC Miami
What is Ozone Therapy?
Ozone is a gas made up of 3 atoms of oxygen which was discovered in the 1840s. Ozone is commonly referenced to the ozone layer in our atmosphere which protects us from the potent UV solar rays. Similarly, ozone has healing properties which can be used in epidemiology and for rejuvenation. Ozone therapy uses ozone gas as a form of treatment for certain diseases. According to the Journal of Natural Science, Biology and Medicine (‘JNSBM’),
“In medical use the gas produced from medical grade oxygen is administered in precise therapeutic doses, and never via inhalation, and advocates that it has excellent health benefits in dental caries, decrease blood cholesterol and stimulation of antioxidative responses, modifies oxygenation in resting muscle…”(1).
When practitioners offer ozone therapy, dosing requires meticulous attention and precautions must be taken when handling the materials used in ozone treatment. Considering that ozone gas shields UV rays, it is a potent gas that requires cautious management. Nonetheless, ozone therapy can provide rejuvenating effects because it has antioxidative components and creates healthier cells.
Ozone has abundant antioxidant capacity which helps protect and maintain healthy cells. According to Medical Gas Research, “Recently, it is becoming clear the heat shock response (HSR) provides a cytoprotective state during inflammation, cancer, aging, and neurodegenerative disorders.” Ozone therapy is applied in “Three fundamental forms…(1) ozonated water, (2) ozonated olive oil, and (3) oxygen/ozone gas”(2). Major Autohemotherapy is a common form of treatment in anti-aging medicine. Ozone has hemodynamic properties, thus, a patient’s blood is withdrawn into an IV bag which then is immersed with ozone and returned to the patient’s body. Ozone therapy is a relatively new concept in the United States, but substantial amount of research emphasizes the benefits of ozone therapy.