Ozone Therapy

Ozone (O-3) is a highly reactive and unstable form of oxygen (O-2). Medical ozone is produced under very controlled conditions at specific concentration. Ozone therapy is the use of medical grade ozone to create a curative response in the body.

In certain concentrations, ozone helps remove bacteria, viruses, mold, etc., and other pathogens. It is also used to sterilize industrial food storage. It breaks down and leaves no toxic residue. In the human body, it is used for many purposes, including stimulating and boosting the immune system. This is done by giving the patient an ozone rich IV solution which is then distributed throughout the entire body, stimulating the white blood cells and thus the immune system. Ozone can also be injected directly into joints and tendons, treating inflammation and promoting healing in order to control local arthritis and pain. This is called prolotherapy or prolozone and is very effective in certain joint and tendon problems.
Both alone, and in combination, ultraviolet light and medical ozone application to blood as a bio-oxidative medical therapy has many beneficial effects. One advantage is the multifaceted way in which the inactivation of bacteria, viruses, and fungi/yeast occur. By disrupting the integrity of bacterial cell walls through the oxidation of phospholipids and lipoproteins, the bacterial infection is eradicated. In fungi, cell growth is inhibited at certain stages and therefore, prohibits continued overgrowth. Viruses are inactivated when the viral capsid is damaged and the reproductive cycle of the virus is disrupted through peroxidation at the virus-to-cell contact point. The weak enzyme coatings on cells that make them vulnerable to viral invasion are made susceptible to peroxidation and therefore, eliminated from the body which triggers a production of new healthy cells to replace the damaged ones. Other benefits include enhanced blood circulation, increased oxygenation of tissues, and activation of the immune system. Done properly, bio-oxidative therapies can be an effective, safe, and natural alternative to traditional treatments for a number of different maladies. (Mandhare, et al.,  n.d.).
Gina Teffeteller, RN

References:
Mandhare, M.D., Jagdale, D.M., Gaikwad, P.L., Gandhi, P.S., and Kadam, V.J. (n.d.) Miracle of ozone therapy as an alternative medicine. International Journal of Pharmaceutical, Chemical, and Biological Sciences. 2(1), 63-71. Retrieved from:http://www.ijpcbs.com/