Ozone was first discovered in the late 1800′s. The first uses included the purification of water, and today, cities the world over use ozone to purify drinking water. Ozone is unique in that all microbes are susceptible to its oxidizing powers without the development of resistance. Ozone was successfully used to treat infected wounds during the first world war, and today medical ozone therapy is common throughout Europe.
Ozone, (O3), is an energized form of oxygen which contains three atoms of oxygen, rather than the two oxygen atoms that we normally breathe. Ozone is a powerful sterilizer that destroys bacteria, viruses, and odors. The extra oxygen atom in ozone makes it reactive, allowing the atom to attach itself to other molecules. When contaminants such as bacteria or viruses make contact with ozone, it breaks down cell walls, thus destroying bacteria in a process is called oxidation. Ozone essentially reverts back to oxygen after it is used, making it a relatively safe and environmentally friendly treatment option. Ozone is naturally found, most often as a result of lightning strikes (think of that “clean smell” before or after storms), and within the “ozone layer” that encircles the Earth outside the atmosphere.
Ozone is relatively safe if used correctly. High concentrations of ozone in the air can cause health problems, and OSHA has stipulated that the allowable level is 0.1 ppm (parts per million) for continuous exposure throughout an entire 8 hour day. Extended exposure to very elevated levels of ozone can cause irritation to the lungs.
In our clinic, we create ozone with Ultraviolet (UV) light hitting oxygen atoms within a controlled environment.This process splits oxygen molecules into single oxygen atoms (O), allowing us to combine the atoms with another oxygen molecule (O2) to form ozone (O3).
Medical Properties of Ozone
Ozone has several properties which make it perfect for medical use:
- Ozone is a potent regulator of the immune system
- Ozone stimulates increased uptake and utilization of oxygen
- Ozone increases the efficiency of the body’s antioxidant enzyme system
- Ozone improves circulation
- Ozone is anti-inflammatory
- Ozone is anti-microbial
Medical conditions that may benefit from ozone therapy:
- Auto-immune disease
- Chronic infections such as hepatitis, cystitis, Lymes disease, etc.
- Allergies, sinusitis
- Intestinal diseases
- Ear infections
- Dental infections
- Arthritis, degenerative joint disease, chronic pain
- Degenerative backs
How is ozone medically administered?
- Major or minor autohemotherapy (mixing ozone with blood and re-infusing)
- Dissolved in IV fluid solutions ( saline or distilled water)
- Intestinal insufflations (rectal & vaginal)
- Auricular insufflations
- Limb bagging
- Topical exposure (ozonated olive oil)
- Joint or subcutaneous injections (Prolozone)
Fun fact: Ozone is 1,000 times more disinfectant than chlorine. There are over 600 cities using ozone to purify their drinking water, including France and Los Angeles.