- 1 What is Ozone Therapy and How it works?
- 2 What is Ozone?
- 3 History of Ozone Therapy
- 4 Ozone Therapy: Treatment and Forms of Application
- 5 Body Ailments and Areas that Can Be Treated with Ozone Therapy
- 6 Who Can Be Treated with Ozone Therapy?
- 7 Who and Where Can Ozone Therapy Treatments be Offered?
- 8 Common Questions about Ozone Therapy
- 9 Conclusion
The Ozone Therapy is a natural treatment, safe and effective. It is used in a large number of pathologies, some of them chronic.
Its use comes from the time of the war, where it was used to heal wounds made in battle. Over the years, its success and application has been growing more and more.
The technological advance has allowed us to know the benefits of the application of ozone in each one of the pathologies in which it has been used.
In this article, we tell you everything you need to know about ozone therapy, what this treatment is like, how to apply it and which cases use it in, taking advantage of the minimal side effects it has.
What is Ozone Therapy and How it works?
Ozone Therapy is a natural treatment consisting of the use of ozone (03), through which a therapeutic effect is achieved stimulating in the body its capacity for self-regeneration.
This treatment works by increasing oxygen saturation in the body by insufflation of a mixture of oxygen and ozone to the body in different ways.
What is Ozone?
Ozone is an unstable gas made up of 3 oxygen atoms (O). The one used at medical level has a mixture of 5% ozone and 95% oxygen.
As a curious fact, the first time it was used was for disinfection of soldiers’ wounds during World War I.
Ozone Properties and Its Use in Aesthetics
The properties of ozone at a medical level are:
- Antiseptic: it is one of the most powerful germicides; it acts against bacterias, viruses and fungi.
- It has an anti-inflammatory effect.
- Stimulates and modulates the immune system.
- Improves peripheral circulation and helps oxygenate tissues.
- It has a rejuvenating effect due to its action on cells.
- Eliminates facial blemishes.
- Used to treat acne.
- Removes cellulite.
- Strengthens the hair follicle on the scalp.
- Activates the metabolism of fats, favouring the elimination of fatty acids.
History of Ozone Therapy
In 1857, the German Werner von Siemens, built the first induction tube to destroy microorganisms. The first uses happened during the First World War, and it was used as an antiseptic to heal wounds. Then, it spread throughout the world, taking advantage of his multiple indications
In the 60s it began to be used in Spain, but it is in 1990 when allopathic medicine began to use it in herniated disks.
Nowadays, it is included in different health centres and it is applied in various pathologies treatment throughout the world.
Ozone Therapy: Treatment and Forms of Application
The Ozone Therapy treatment is fast, effective and safe, with multiple indications, its application forms can be:
Ozonized water: it is used to clean wounds and burns. When it is used internally, it is very useful in intestinal treatments, as well as in gastric ones.
Ozonized oil: it is applied to the skin, it is useful in cases of vaginal infection, gingivitis, haemorrhoids, fistulas, sores or athlete’s foot.
Intramuscular application: This technique is also known as minor hemotherapy. It consists of the extraction of a small amount of blood, for which ozonification is carried out. It is then introduced back into the body as if it were an autovaccine.
By means of the intramuscular way, blood can also be drawn from the patient, placed in a container to introduce the mixture of O2 O3 by quickly dissolving into the blood extracted. This mixture is then applied to the venous way where blood was drawn at the beginning.
Subcutaneous application: this way is used for the treatment of cellulite, rheumatic fibromyalgia and psoriasis.
Intravenous line: To apply Ozone Therapy by this route, it is necessary to draw blood from the patient. This blood is ozonized and re-injected directly into the vein. This technique is used in serious diseases such as diabetes, heart disorders, herpes, arthritis and some autoimmune diseases.
Intraarticular injection: it is directly applied to the affected joint. It is used in cases of osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and lupus.
Rectal Insufflation: In this case, ozone is rectally insufflated using a probe. Doing this, the lungs, airways, and even organs such as liver, kidneys, intestines, colon, and bile ducts can be detoxified.
Vaginal insufflation: This treatment is used when having a candidiasis.
Body Ailments and Areas that Can Be Treated with Ozone Therapy
There are many ailments which can be treated with Ozone Therapy. Some of them are:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Respiratory failure
- Systemic lupus erythematous (SLE)
- Chronic fatigue
- Lumbago (Low back pain)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Liver Cirrhosis
- Sexual impotence
Disk hernias can be treated with the application of ozone, so you will get excellent results with noticeable improvement in symptoms.
Due to the availability of Ozone Therapy, surgery to reverse this alteration is not required. Besides, it is important to know that each patient responds differently to this condition, so the treatment is personalized.
The treatment of disk hernias with Ozone Therapy has been very successful, it is possible to wear off the pain with it, and even, in many cases, surgical treatment is avoided.
Osteoarthritis and tendinitis can also be treated with Ozone Therapy.
Facial Ozone Therapy
The application of ozone therapy at the facial level is of great help to delay aging. This is because the face is the part of the body that is most exposed to external factors such as the sun, pollution and environmental changes.
Ozone Therapy at the facial level provides a wide variety of benefits such as:
- Effective regeneration of the skin in cases of spots, burns or scars.
- All kinds of skins can get the benefits of this treatment because of its cleaning effect. It removes dirt from the pores, specially those that are clogged with grease. Ozone helps to open and disinfect them, and remove all accumulated fat. Besides, it eliminates dead cells allowing a better skin oxygenation.
- It controls acne by the germicidal effect of the ozone, and helps to eliminate bacteria, viruses and fungi by regenerating the deep layers of the skin.
- It stimulates collagen and elastin cells, allowing a better oxygenation and hydration of the skin.
The application of ozone in the body provides many benefits in its different functions, such as:
- Oxygenation effect: improves the blood’s ability to absorb and transport oxygen throughout the body, resulting in better circulation.
- Revitalizes cells and organs, stimulating the immune system at the cellular and humoral levels.
- Using Ozone Therapy, analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects are obtained, neutralizing inflammatory mediators. This decreases the nerve endings sensitivity.
- Ozone Therapy is germicidal, inactive or eliminates some microorganisms such as bacteria and pathogenic germs.
- It has antioxidant effect, delay premature aging and chronic fatigue syndrome.
- It produces detoxification of the body at a general level, while cleaning the cells of the body.
Ozone treatment, in some cases, and depending on each organism, can generate:
- Headache, which disappears a few minutes after the treatment has ended.
- Dizziness. This can occur at the moment of getting up from the stretcher and even after the treatment has ended.
- Pregnant women or people with osteoporosis should not be treated with Ozone therapy.
Ozone Therapy Risks and Contraindications
The risks to which a person is exposed for misuse of ozone are as follows:
- It may cause reproduction damage.
- Its inhalation affects the airways, causes irritation of the nose and throat, cough, and even shortness of breath.
- When it is in contact with the skin or eyes, liquefied ozone tends to cause irritation and, in some cases, severe burns.
- If people are constantly exposed to ozone, it can cause lung damage.
The Ozone Therapy is contraindicated in the following cases:
- Pregnant women.
- Patients with not treated hypothyroidism.
- People who are allergic to ozone.
- Patients with acute alcoholism.
Who Can Be Treated with Ozone Therapy?
Anyone can be treated with Ozone Therapy. However, there are some pathologies in which its use is restricted, such as:
- Phavismus (destruction of red blood cells after ingestion of beans or pollen).
- Thyroid gland alteration, specifically Hyperthyroidism with active nodules.
- Acute alcohol poisoning.
- Severe blood diseases.
- Acute myocardial infarction.
Who and Where Can Ozone Therapy Treatments be Offered?
The person in charge of giving this treatment must be a trained physician, so that he can determine the dose to be used according to the pathology to be treated and the patient condition.
This therapy is given in the doctor’s office on an outpatient basis. Because the ozone molecule is unstable, the medical formula is prepared minutes before using it. They use a special generator with which it is administered immediately.
It is done this way because after one hour, only half of the original ozone layer is in the formula, the remaining is decomposed and converted into oxygen again.
Common Questions about Ozone Therapy
- Is hospitalization required for this treatment?
As it is an outpatient treatment, hospitalization is not required and the patient can continue with his/her daily activities without any inconvenience.
- Does the practice of this technique cause pain?
No, the use of this treatment does not cause pain. The only thing that can appear is a reddish color in the area where the ozone was applied.
- How many doses are required?
It varies from patient to patient, according to the pathology he/she presents, the technique to be used and the professional in charge of the procedure.
- How often should these doses be applied?
These doses should be apply once a week. If it is an acute disease, the frequency of doses may be increased.
- Does this treatment generate side effects?
It is not common, however, there have been cases in which patients have had discomfort or bruises at the sites where the treatment has been used, accompanied by fatigue or nervousness.
- How long do you have to wait to see the results?
You can see the results after the first session, but it depends on each patient
- Can this treatment be applied during the pregnancy?
This treatment is not recommended during pregnancy, but it is important to clarify that there are no scientific studies that have evaluated the effects during this stage.
The use of Ozone Therapy brings countless benefits to the patient, not only to the health but also to the aesthetic level. It is important to point out that the skin is one of the most benefited with this treatment.
It is a technique that must be performed by trained and knowledgeable of the subject personnel.
The application and results of Ozone Therapy depend on the patient’s disease. Despite its benefits, its use in cases of hypothyroidism and pregnancy is not recommended.
Finally, do not hesitate to call your trusted doctor, he or she will tell you where to go if you need this treatment.