What is ozone?
As a 3-atomic oxygen bond O3, ozone is an energy-rich form of the regular atmospheric oxygen O2, which is a 2-atomic oxygen bond. Ozone is a colourless gas and has a typical smell. Due to its oxidizing effect and its obvious disinfecting properties, is it used worldwide, both as treatment of polluted water and to produce drinking-water. Medical ozone is made from pure oxygen. Through silent electronic discharge in an ozone generator, O2 is being transformed to O3. The treating physician determines the concentration, depending on the indication and the state of the patient.
Since the ozone molecule is unstable, medical ozone is made on-site and is immediately employed.
What is ozone therapy?
Ozone stimulates the system of anti-oxidants in the body. The main application is based on the chemical reaction of ozone with the body’s own molecules (which is especially the case with self-blood therapy and rectal insufflation).
Ozone therapy is completely safe and without risk, but ozone itself is toxic for the lung mucosa (hence the danger of ozone peaks in the atmosphere when it’s very hot or when there’s a lot of air pollution). However, dissolved ozone is a very interesting medicine. There are different varieties of ozone therapy:
- Self-blood therapy is the most frequently used variety: in the case of a large self-blood therapy 100 to 250 ml of blood is enriched with ozone and then brought back into the body through a drip infusion. For a small self-blood therapy, 5 to 10 ml of blood is mingled with the mixture of ozone and oxygen in a syringe and then injected into the thigh.
- Ozone water: ozone water is formed by allowing ozone to enrich double-distilled water for a certain period time. This is very effective for acne, infected wounds and helicobacter infection of the stomach.
- Ointment: ozone ointment is formed by enriching olive oil with ozone for a certain period of time. Storage life of ozone ointment is longer than that of ozone water, and it has the same indications as water but is more successful. It is especially effective for bed sores, burns, gangrene, nail fungus and rash.
- Fumigation: with this technique, the body part that is to be treated (e.g. a poorly-healing wound) is brought into contact with ozone. After this treatment, one can diagnose a better blood circulation and a speedier recovery.
- Rectal insufflation is mainly applied for bowel diseases (colitis, Crohn). Hereby, the ozone-oxygen gas is brought into the bowel through a catheter.
Intra-articular injections: are employed in rheumatology, orthopedics and traumatology.
For what conditions is ozone therapy useful?
Ozone therapy will have a positive influence or even cure a lot of. Thanks to its positive therapeutical result, ozone therapy has, in recent years, acquired an irreplaceable part in medicine.
To ensure that you as a patient can enjoy the latest scientific developments, the ozone therapists have united in the Study and Documentation centre for Ozone Therapy vzw (non-profit organisation), which has been designed to exchange experiences between the physicians, to discuss patients and their indications, to stimulate research etc.
Your ozone therapist can inform you for which conditions ozone therapy is effective and useful.
As is the case with other therapies, it is not possible to give a 100% assurance of the therapeutic results of ozone therapy.
Indication of ozone therapy:
– Circulatory disorder of the brains, heart and limbs
– Bacterial and viral infections (hepatitis, herpes, fungal infections)
– Burns, skin infections and infected wounds (open wounds and bed sores)
– Asthmatic symptoms and allergies; COPD (chronic bronchitis)
– Inflammatory processes of bowels, colitis, Crohn’s disease and fistula
– Complaints of fatigue, exhaustion, burn-out and weakness of the body
– Mood disorders and depression
– Prolonged and chronic pain, also pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis or pains caused by damaged nerves (post-zonal pain)
– Lipometabolic disorders and the consequences of elevated cholesterol
– Eye diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration
– Age-related complaints such as concentration problems, loss of memory, general weakness, precariousness when moving …
– Treatments aimed at anti-aging
– Before and after a surgical procedure (speedier recovery and less complications)