Ozone therapy

Alternate Title

Autohemotherapy

Synonyms

AHT, Autohemotherapy, oxygen therapy.

Background

Ozone molecules are composed of three oxygen atoms (O3). Ozone exists high in the earth's atmosphere and absorbs solar radiation.

Reports of using ozone for medicinal purposes date to the late 19th century. In modern times, ozone therapists have used different forms of ozone to treat a wide variety of conditions. There has been little scientific study of ozone.

Ozone molecules are composed of three oxygen atoms (O3). Ozone exists high in the earth's atmosphere and absorbs solar radiation.

Reports of using ozone for medicinal purposes date to the late 19th century. In modern times, ozone therapists have used different forms of ozone to treat a wide variety of conditions. There has been little scientific study of ozone.

Theory

Ozone therapists have suggested that the three oxygen atoms in ozone may have health benefits beyond the two oxygen atoms that are more commonly found in air. There are a number of different techniques used to treat people with ozone.

Ozone may be mixed with water and then taken by mouth, or introduced into a body cavity such as the vagina or rectum. Autohemotherapy (AHT) is a technique that withdraws blood from the body, mixes it with ozone gas, and then injects it back into the body through a vein or muscle. Water enriched with ozone has also been injected into joints of the body for the treatments of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Ozone or hydrogen peroxide may be injected, or blood may be withdrawn, ozone enriched, then re-injected into the body after being treated in a quartz container with UV-B radiation.

Ozone-enriched water or vegetable oil has been used on the skin to treat wounds, burns, infections, or insect bites.

Ozone "bagging" technique submerges the body (except for the head) in a bag containing ozone for up to two hours. Ozone insufflation involves blowing ozone gas into body orifices such as the ear, colon, or vagina. Ozone air purification has been hypothesized to sterilize or "rejuvenate" room air. Ozone drinking water and ozone saunas are also available. Cupping is an ozone therapy that concentrates ozone over a particular area of the body.

Evidence

DISCLAIMER: These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.

Cardiovascular disease (autohemotherapy): Autohemotherapy (AHT) is a technique that withdraws blood from the body, mixes it with ozone gas, and then injects it back into the body through a vein or muscle. There is limited preliminary study of AHT in a small number of patients with history of a heart attack. A decrease in total cholesterol and low-density lipoproteins ("bad" cholesterol) was reported. However, this research was not well designed. Better information is necessary before a firm conclusion can be reached.
Grade: C

HIV: Laboratory studies have shown HIV virus to be sensitive to ozone, but no high-quality human studies exist. A preliminary study measured the safety and effectiveness of ozone-treated blood in the treatment of HIV infection and immune disease. Ozone therapy was not shown to enhance immune activation or diminish HIV virus.
Grade: D


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