HBOT and Alzheimers Disease
Research studies of brain trauma have found that inflammation can be further reduced and controlled by use of HBOT. The hyperbaric oxygen effect on inflammation could help reduce and reverse the damage seen in Alzheimer’s Disease. Moreover, one of the causes of Alzheimer’s is increase in oxygen radicals. The increase in anti-oxidant enzyme activity by HBOT treatments could provide a third healing effect. The role of oxygen radicals in producing the damage in the brain may be countered by improving mitochondrial function. HBOT has shown the ability to return mitochondria to full function.
Neuro – Inflammation plays an important role in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease. Using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen) have been known to reduce the severity of Alzheimer’s disease. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy helps to reduce and reverse the damage seen in Alzheimer’s disease due to the role of HBOT in reducing inflammatory markers.
Since the early 1990s, the theory of brain hypoxia and diminished blood flow has been a major drive for developing therapies that could stimulate new blood vessel growth in the brain of Alzheimer’s disease sufferers. This theory is called angiogenesis. It is well proven that HBOT results in neo angiogenesis that is considered one of the explanations of the positive outcome of treating Alzheimer’s disease with HBOT.
The observation that HBOT can have a regenerative effect on the brain, restore blood supply, decrease inflammation, and increase anti-oxygen radical activity is a convincing rationale for using HBOT for Alzheimer’s disease patients.
A 63 year old female came to the Nardella clinic in Calgary because she had begun to notice periods of depression, confusion, inability to concentrate, and forgetfulness. She was agitated and had reached the point where she would forget the names of her relatives and street names and she would get lost easily. She also had sleep troubles. The condition started one year previous and kept deteriorating before she arrived at our clinic. She had a family history of Alzheimer’s.
Upon arrival, her blood pressure, heart rate, and blood glucose were normal. She received a total of 20 hyperbaric oxygen sessions (1 hour each). In addition, her estrogen metabolism profile levels and thyroid function were measured. The naturopathic testing showed imbalance between hormonal levels. Specific amino acids, herbs and vitamins were given to balance these hormones and improve concentration and focus.
After twenty (20) treatments, her energy and focus were improved and she was able to return to a normal lifestyle since she could now remember names, read, think more clearly, and communicate effectively with friends and relatives. She was able to drive her car without forgetting her directions and was finally able to get a good night’s rest.