Ozone is an energized form of oxygen that is highly reactive. The oxygen that we breathe is actually two molecules of oxygen bonded to each other. Ozone is made from medical oxygen and a machine that provides electrical energy. Ozone is actually three molecules of oxygen bonded to each other.
What is ozone therapy?
Ozone therapy is a simple naturopathic medical procedure that improves both circulation and utilization of oxygen by the tissues. Circulation is improved as ozone decreases the thickness and viscosity of the blood, and may stimulate dilation and relaxation of the artery walls. This can help compensate for blockages in the arteries from fats (atheromatous plaques).
Ozone also has very well-defined effects on the immune system, particularly by regulating the activity of the white blood cells. This makes it extremely useful in allergic and autoimmune conditions.
The naturopathic procedure is similar to an IV treatment. A small amount of blood, roughly 250 mls, is removed into disposable sterile containers. While this is occurring, the ozone is added to the blood. After a short period of mixing, the blood is reinfused.
How does ozone therapy work as a natural way of treating allergies and sensitivities?
When ozone is added to the blood, it also has effects on the immune cells (white blood cells). Ozone increases the chemicals that immune cells use to communicate with each other. IL-6, IL-12, IFN are all increased. The orchestra of chemicals that is stimulated communicates a rebalancing of the immune system once the blood is reinfused.
How long does it take to feel better?
A typical course of ozone therapy lasts 6-10 treatments, given once to twice a week. Most patients begin to feel better after the 2nd or 3rd treatment.
Does it have to be repeated, or does the effect wear off?
Usually not, especially if nutritional and toxic factors are addressed as well. Occasionally a single touch up treatment is requested every 4-8 weeks, if the condition has been very chronic.
Ozone Therapy has proven beneficial effects such as:
* increasing oxygen delivery to cells, tissues, and organs
* increasing blood circulation throughout the body
* boosting of the immune system
* sterilizing and healing external wounds (many of which would otherwise not ever heal)