Ozone therapy has been used to treat a wide variety of ailments for well over 100 years. There are numerous stories as to it’s effectiveness as an antiviral and antibacterial agent. Today, ozone therapy is practiced in more than 50 countries. In the U.S., some states allow it while other states do not.
What is Ozone Therapy?
Ozone is a molecule with 3 oxygen atoms (O3) instead of the 2 oxygen atoms found in the oxygen we breathe (O2). Medical grade ozone is used to disinfect and to treat disease. The ozone helps the body to more effectively transport and metabolize oxygen. Practitioners state that the reactive properties of ozone stimulate the body to renew itself by removing impediments to the body’s natural healing ability. Worldwide, there are over 26,000 ozone therapists.
The History of Ozone Therapy
Ozone was discovered in 1840, but the first reported medical use (to purify test tube blood) did not occur until 1870. In 1880, the American Dr. John H. Kellogg used ozone therapy to treat diptheria, an acute bacterial infection. Nikola Tesla, the brilliant inventor of radio technology, patented the first ozone generator in 1896. During World War I, Dr. Wolf, chief surgeon of the German Army, used ozone therapy to treat infected wounds, gangrene, frozen feet and decubitus ulcers. He later wrote the definitive book on the use of medical ozone. Although proven useful in healing infectious diseases, ozone therapy became less popular with the advent of antibiotics. Also, the ozone generators of the time had glass components which made the units impractical for field use.
Ozone Therapy Health Benefits
Ozone therapy has been found useful in the treatment of various ailments, including:
- Infectious diseases respond when the immune system is activated to fight the infection.
- Ischemia in cardiovascular disease is improved when the cells more efficiently utilize oxygen. This property is useful for many diseases.
- Damaged joints and degenerative discs benefit from ozone therapy.
- There are many reports of dramatic pain reduction.
- It is valuable in the treatment of open wounds.
- Interstitial cystitis, herpes infections, diabetes, chronic hepatitis, macular degeneration, Parkinson’s, cancer and dental infections have all been improved by ozone therapy, according to numerous published reports.
The medical community generally recognizes the antibacterial and antiviral properties of ozone. Other claims are widely disputed. Although this alternative treatment has been in use for a great many years, the debate on the benefits of ozone therapy are likely to continue.
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