Ozone therapy may not be familiar to everyone but it is an alternative medicine that has become more prevalent in today’s world in order to battle diseases. But what do you need to know about this alternative medicine? Keep reading to learn more about ozone therapy and some commonly asked questions.
What is ozone therapy?
Practitioners of ozone therapy use liquid forms of ozone to treat medical conditions and as a topical disinfectant. Ozone gas is a form of oxygen that has been reported to treat viral diseases, arthritis, heart disease, breathing disorders, cancer and boost the immune system.
How is ozone therapy done?
Medical News Today states, “To use it as a medicine, people apply it to the skin, use ozonated water, blow the gas into the body, or use an ozone sauna, wherein a body part is bagged and exposed to ozone gas. For some procedures, a practitioner will mix a person’s blood with ozone and reinject it. This is a process known as autohemotherapy.” So, the three main forms are directly to the tissue, intravenously and intramuscularly.
How does it work?
When ozone comes into contact with body fluids, more proteins and red blood cells are formed. This increases oxygen supply in your body which can help treat diseases and may help prevent infection in wounds.
Is ozone therapy safe?
Many sources say there still needs to be more testing and trials done before giving a definitive answer. Ozone gas alone is harmful to humans, so there are mixed emotions when it comes to the safe use of it in medical treatment. Other sources say the benefits are consistent and safe.
What are the side effects?
Never inhale the gas – this can cause burning, headaches, coughing and vomiting. If you are exposed too much, it can cause respiratory issues. When starting ozone therapy, people may experience some cold or flu-like symptoms.
While not all questions can be answered, this treatment does show promise for those who fit the criteria. If you have questions about ozone therapy, contact us! We’d be happy to answer any other questions you may have. It’s also important to remember to always talk to your healthcare provider about this treatment and whether it’s right for you. If you do want to try it, be sure to choose a provider with experience in ozone therapy.