Ozone was first discovered in 1840. It is commonly used to disinfect drinking water and is used in swimming pools and hot tubs. However, ozone gas has also been long known to play a role in medicine. Ozone has been used safely since the 1st world war, when it was used to treat gas gangrene. It has a variety of applications and is a beneficial tool in helping patients to treat both chronic and acute conditions. Our naturopathic doctors at the Nardella clinic in Calgary are experienced in using ozone to treat patients.
Similar to its role in disinfecting water it can be administered to humans in various forms to help kill bacteria, viruses and fungi. This is done through a process called oxidation. Since ozone contains 3 oxygen atoms it is an oxygen donor. Oxygen donors undergo chemical reactions in the body that stimulate the immune system and act as a disinfectant. Due to its ability to stimulate an immune response and treat infections, ozone can be used in many conditions.
Conditions Treatable with Ozone
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Lyme Disease
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Epstein Barr Virus
- Dental infections
- Immune modulating
- Increased circulation
Unlike medical oxygen, ozone gas cannot be inhaled, as it is toxic to the respiratory tract. Autohemotherapy is the name used to describe how ozone is administered intravenously. A small amount of the patient’s blood is drawn and once removed ozone is added to the blood. As soon as the ozone is added to the blood it reacts with the cells in the blood. The blood is then re-administered to the patient by IV drip. The re-administered blood circulates through the body and stimulates the body’s immune response. Even though it is a small amount of blood a cascade response begins which stimulates the immune response in the entire body. Healthy cells in the body are not affected by ozone, but unhealthy cells such as cancer or bacteria are killed by the oxidative effect of the ozone.