Ozone therapy, which has been preferred as an adjunct to routine methods in the treatment of diseases in recent years, is applied by using ozone, an triatomic and unstable form of oxygen. This treatment, also called oxygen therapy; In many cases from skin diseases to infectious diseases, it can form an important part of the treatment process in line with the recommendations of physicians. How is ozone therapy applied? How many sessions is ozone therapy effective? In which situations is ozone therapy not applied?
What is Ozone Therapy?
Oxygen is of vital importance for all living things that breathe with oxygen. Oxygen can be used in two different ways for medical treatment. The first of these, inormobaric oxygen, is the oxygen therapy used in patients with acute conditions with respiratory distress, especially in hospital clinics or in individuals with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). The second, namely hyperbaric oxygen, is the treatment method applied under a much higher pressure than the atmosphere and in environments containing 21% oxygen. Normally there is approximately XNUMX% oxygen in the air. During the ozone therapy, as the oxygen content dissolved in the plasma increases, the oxygen reaching the surrounding tissues also increases thanks to the oxygen rate, which is increased up to XNUMX percent under high pressure. In this way, it becomes possible to treat many diseases, especially vascular diseases.
Which Diseases Is Ozone Therapy Used For?
Oxygen therapy, also known as ozone therapy, is frequently preferred as an auxiliary treatment method in many diseases. Some of these can be listed as follows:
- Circulatory Disorders
The most common disease in which ozone therapy is used is circulatory disorders. Disturbing problems such as numbness, tingling, chills and pain in the foot area, especially in individuals with diabetes, are caused by the circulatory disorder caused by the disease. In these patients, the effects caused by circulatory disorders can be prevented to a great extent with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Ozone therapy is one of the methods that can be preferred as complementary therapy in cancer patients. Oxygen therapy, which increases the activation of the immune system and supports the production of cancer-fighting cells, helps cancer treatment by contributing positively to the body's general resistance. It also plays an important role in reducing the negative effects of chemotherapy due to its vitality.
- Eye diseases
As a result of deterioration in the structure of the vessels especially due to old age, damage occurs in the optic nerves and retina, which causes eye diseases. Ozone therapy applied in such cases helps to prevent circulatory problems. Although studies on whether the treatment provides regression of the disease are insufficient, it is supported by scientific research that it prevents the progression of eye diseases to a significant extent.
- Bacterial and Fungal Infections
Ozone, which has been used in the purification of water for a long time due to its ability to inhibit the growth of fungi and bacteria, is also successfully applied in the treatment of diseases caused by these agents. Especially in fungal diseases that occur in the foot area, it is possible to prevent stubborn infections by applying oxygen therapy.
Oxygen therapy, except for the diseases mentioned above; It is used as a complementary treatment method in the treatment of many diseases such as rheumatism, arthritis, bed sores, intestinal infections such as colitis and proctitis, profiteering, diseases caused by herpes simplex and herpes zoster viruses and liver inflammation. It is also possible to benefit from ozone in some anti-aging therapies, also known as anti-aging.
What are the Benefits and Harm of Ozone Therapy?
Ozone therapyIt is preferred in many different fields of medicine because it enables the oxygen amount reaching the tissues to be increased significantly. One of the biggest advantages of this treatment method is that it does not have any effect on the results of routine medical treatment if applied in line with the physician's recommendations. Medical ozone is an effective, practical, fast, completely safe and inexpensive type of treatment if applied properly.
Ozone therapy Taking into account that oxygen is a flammable element in the environments where its application is made, necessary precautions should be taken. The most important risk of treatment is hypoventilation, that is, the increase in plasma carbon dioxide ratio due to the insufficient exchange of clean air and dirty air in the lungs. In order to prevent this situation, dose adjustment should be done well especially in individuals with lung disease. Some of the side effects of ozone therapy seen in a limited number of individuals are the formation of trauma in the middle ear due to pressure, visual impairment, the emergence of claustrophobia (closed space phobia) due to the treatment performed in the closed environment, and pain while breathing.
As a result, oxygen therapy is an innovative treatment method that increases the success rate in the treatment of many diseases, has very limited side effects and can be safely applied in all age groups if applied in accordance with the rules by specialist physicians.
Diseases Where Ozone Therapy Is Beneficial
- Osteomyelitis, pleural emphysema, abscesses with fistula, infected wounds, pressure sores, chronic ulcers, diabetic feet and burns
- Diabetes Mellitus (Diabetes)
- Advanced ischemic diseases
- Eye macular degeneration (atrophic form)
- Musculoskeletal diseases and joint calcifications
- Chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
- Chronic and recurrent infections and sores in the oral cavity
- Acute and chronic infectious diseases (hepatitis, HIV-AIDS, herpes and herpes zoster infection, papillomavirus infections, onychomycosis and candidiasis, giardiasis and cryptosporidiosis), especially caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi resistant to antibiotics and chemical treatments. Bartolinitis and vaginal candidiasis.
- Allergy and Asthma
- Autoimmune diseases (multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease)
- Senile dementia (senile dementia)
- Lung diseases: emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and acute respiratory stress syndrome
- Skin diseases: Psoriasis (Psoriasis) and atopic dermatitis
- Cancer-related fatigue
- Early stage renal failure
Benefits of Ozone Therapy
- Accelerates blood circulation to cells and tissues,
- It strengthens the immune system, increases resistance to infectious diseases,
- Renews the veins (arteries and veins), improves blood pressure,
- Cleans the blood and lymph system,
- It allows the skin to work like a third kidney or second lung system,
- A cleaner, softer and younger skin,
- By removing the toxin accumulated in the muscles, it relaxes and softens the muscles, increases their flexibility,
- It improves joint pain and muscle ailments,
- Normalizes hormone and enzyme production,
- It strengthens brain functions and memory,
- Relieves depression and distress,
- It helps relieve tension caused by depression by providing a general calm by oxidizing adrenaline, known as the stress hormone.
What Are The Treatment Methods?
- Major Method: It is the most common use method. With this method, 50-200 ml of blood taken from the person, the number of treatment sessions and the dose of ozone to be applied; It will depend on the patient's general condition, age and major illness.
- Minor Method: 2 - 5 cc of blood taken from the person is mixed with ozone at the specified dose and injected into the person.
- Ozone Delivery to Body Cavities: Ozone is given to the person by rectal - rectal, vaginal and ear canal spraying method.
- Ozone gas injection into joints and muscles: In the musculoskeletal system disorders, a certain dose of ozone gas is injected into the joints and the painful area of the muscles with a suitable needle.
- Ozone bag: It is used in non-healing wounds and diabetic feet, skin lesions, infections, circulatory disorders, neuropathic pain and restless leg syndrome.
- Ozone mug:It is especially used for pressure sores.
Side Effects of Ozone Therapy
Ozone therapy has almost no side effects. Side effects reported so far may develop due to application errors and the administration of high doses of ozone depending on the antioxidant capacity of the patient. For this reason, ozone therapy should always be applied gradually and progressively, starting with a low dose and increasing gradually. In some cases, applying ozone therapy may be inconvenient. These conditions can be listed as: glucose 6 phosphate dehydrogenase enzyme deficiency, pregnancy, especially in the early period, angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor treatment, hyperthyroidism, bleeding disorder, uncontrolled cardiovascular diseases and asthma patients reacting to ozone.
Things to pay attention
During treatment with ozone, it is necessary to discontinue all antioxidant supplements containing Vitamin C and Vitamin E. The presence of these compounds in high concentrations in the blood affects the effectiveness of ozone, an oxidant substance, and thus the course of treatment. The patient should be told not to consume large amounts of foods rich in these vitamins. Consequently, vitamins or antioxidants should be given before or after ozone therapy and never during treatment. Before applying any form of ozone therapy, patients should have taken blood pressure and diabetes medications at least 2 hours in advance and should not be hungry during ozone therapy.
Ozone therapy is a complementary, supportive and restructuring method with low risk and usually accompanied by standard medical treatments.