Ozone Therapy FAQ's
What is Ozone
Ozone is an activated, trivalent (three atoms) form of oxygen. Oxygen is O2 whereas ozone is O3. Over a period of 20-30 minutes, ozone breaks down into two atoms of regular oxygen - by giving up one atom of singlet oxygen leaving a single, reactive oxygen atom. Medical ozone is made when medical grade oxygen is electrically activated (using an ozone generator) to form ozone. Ozone is germicidal, bactericidal, and fungicidal. Oxygen has these properties too, but less strongly. Ozone was discovered by Fridereich Schonbein and was described in a letter written in 1826 ("The Use of Ozone in Medicine" 3rd English Edition, page 22). It has been used in medical and naturopathic medicine since the 1870's.
Electrical discharge turns Oxygen (O2) molecules to O3 molecules of 3 atoms, less stable than ordinary Oxygen.
The chemical formula is O plus O2 = O3 .
It is found in air, but only in very small amounts.
Its unique odor refreshes us where there is an abundance of O3 (e.g. during storms, in the forest, or by the sea).
Is Ozone Therapy safe
There are thousands of references documented in the medical literature on the safe use of medical ozone therapy or oxygen therapy from doctors and professionals around the world.
Here are just a few:
There are over 3,000 references in the German literature showing it safe, successful use in over 50 years of application to humans during millions of dosages.
German Medical Society. has published that 384,775 patients were treated with a minimum of 5,579,238 applications and the side effect rate observed was only .000005 per application! This is the lowest side effect rate in existence.
Report also stated – “The majority of adverse health effects were caused by ignorance about ozone therapy (operator error)”.The Univ.of Innsbruck's Forensic Institute published Dr. Zacob dissertation quoting this in The Empirical Medical Acts of Germany.
International Ozone Association information and the Machine Manufacturer Reference report over 7,000 MEDICAL DOCTORS in Europe using medical ozone safely and effectively, some for more than 40 years.
What are the beneficial effects of Ozone Therapy
It kills many kinds of bacteria, viruses, yeasts, fungi and parasites.
It helps the liver with detoxification, thus purifying blood and lymph.
Enforces the decomposition of fats thus helping lower levels of cholesterol and “bad fats” in the body.
Considerably improves the metabolic processes of the cells, the motor of energy production in the body, which in turn speeds up the metabolic processes of the inner organs and the endocrine glands aiding in weight loss.
Stimulates the immune system speeding healing and recovery from illness and reduces inflammation and post injury pains.
Reduces the clotting of the red blood cells and thus improves the transport of oxygen and blood flow which reduces circulation problems.
Increases the amount of oxygen available to the tissues and thus leads to better adsorption.
Breaks down the level of uric acid in the body, which is the cause of gout and damages the blood vessels.
What should I know as a patient
Before undergoing any form of ozone therapy, you should inform your doctor about any medication or special dietary measures you are taking or have been taking recently. You should only discontinue a regimen of this kind if your doctor advises you to do so. He or she should also know about allergies, inherited diseases or other complaints, and how they have been treated.
In many countries, especially outside Europe, ozone therapy is not always covered by health insurance policies or employers' medical benefit schemes.. You should also try to find out where ozone units exist in your country, what trained specialists are available, and how much treatment costs. Most ozone applications are in series of up to 10 sessions, and a second or even third series may be necessary in some indications. Nevertheless, you should always remember that a little prevention can save a much more expensive full-scale treatment later on.
Ozone therapy is low risk and usually applied as a complementary, additive or restorative method, ie in accompaniment of standard medical treatments.