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Ozone therapy

Synonyms/Common Names/Related Substances:

  • AHT, autohemotherapy, Cyotozon™, O3, O(3)-AHT, OHT, oxygen atoms, oxygen therapy, ozonated autohemotherapy, ozone, ozone autohemotherapy, ozonotherapy, OzonyTron®, trioxygen.

Clinical Bottom Line/Effectiveness

Brief Background:

  • Ozone molecules are composed of three oxygen atoms (O3). Ozone is present high in the earth's atmosphere and absorbs solar radiation. In ozone therapy, ozone molecules are administered via gas or water to purportedly destroy pathogenic microorganisms, improve cellular function, and promote healing of damaged tissues. The rationale behind bio-oxidative therapies (as ozone is a powerful oxidizing agent) is that as long as the body's needs for antioxidants are met, the use of certain oxidative substances will stimulate the movement of oxygen atoms from the bloodstream to the cells. With higher levels of oxygen in the tissues, it is suggested that bacteria and viruses are killed, along with defective tissue cells. Healthy cells reportedly survive and multiply more rapidly.
  • As a potent oxidant, ozone has been used to treat medical conditions since the late 19th Century. Conversely, ozone is also considered one of the major pollutants in urban areas.
  • Ozone has recently been subjected to criticism regarding its toxicity and clinical efficacy for a variety of conditions. Its use is increasingly widespread, often according to well-defined and generally safe protocols.
  • Currently, there is a lack of good scientific evidence for the use of ozone therapy for any indication.

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References

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