Ozone therapy is the use of ozone gas to treat certain medical conditions. It is most commonly practiced in Europe.
Ozone therapy is used for “slipped disks” in the spine, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, an eye disease called macular degeneration, and Parkinson's disease. It is also used for treating abscesses and other signs of infections. Ozone is sometimes used to stop dental cavities from progressing.
How does it work?
Ozone is a naturally occurring chemical that consists of three oxygen atoms. Ozone is a powerful oxidizing agent. High concentrations of ozone can be toxic to living organisms and are considered a major source of pollution.
However, small ozone doses are thought to increase some naturally occurring antioxidants in the body. Antioxidants help to fight off cancer and benefit the body in other ways as well.
- Preventing dental cavities from getting worse. An analysis of studies of ozone therapy for dental caries shows no reliable evidence to support ozone therapy for this use.
- Diabetes. There is some evidence that ozone gas administered locally or rectally improves blood sugar and other measures of diabetes.
- “Slipped disks” in the spine.
- Heart disease.
- Parkinson's disease.
- Macular degeneration.
- Other conditions.
Side Effects & Safety
Ozone from the atmosphere is known to be toxic when inhaled from polluted air in large amounts.
When used in controlled amounts for medical purposes, the safety of ozone has not been studied enough to know if it is safe or what side effects it might cause.
When given intravenously by injection, ozone is UNSAFE. It can cause serious side effects including blood clots in the lung, resulting in death. This form of ozone therapy should not be used.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of ozone therapy during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
The appropriate or safe use of ozone therapy depends on several factors such as the condition being treated or the person administering the treatment. Be sure to seek and follow relevant directions from your physician or other healthcare professional before using this treatment.