Ozone therapy is an oxidative modality and an effective therapeutic method that helps increase oxygenation, detoxification, and immune stimulation. Ozone is a blue colored form of oxygen, and unlike regular oxygen, is composed of three oxygen atoms instead of two. It is the addition of the third oxygen atom that makes ozone “supercharged” oxygen and gives it all of its remarkable medical properties.

You may know of the presence of ozone as a natural component in our environment (think the smell after a lightning storm). What most don’t know is that ozone is a powerful oxidizer and potentiator of human physiology that stimulates all sorts of physiological activity. Ozone therapy works by increasing oxygen utilization which in turn assists with organ function, hormonal regulation, anti-aging, digestion, elimination, reproduction, memory, and many other functions.

The use of ozone to treat various medical conditions was first developed in Germany in the early 1950s.

The use of ozone in medicine from a holistic understanding is based on the fact that toxins and pathogens in the body are normally burnt up by the process of oxidation. Oxidation breaks the toxins down into carbon dioxide and water and eliminates them from the body. However, if the body is weak or deficient in oxygen, it cannot eliminate toxins adequately and a toxic reaction can occur. In minor cases, a toxic buildup can lead to fatigue, and a wide range of diseases can result when poor oxygenation is chronic.

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Today, medical ozone therapy is common throughout European medical clinics, and its use has gradually been spreading in America over the last 25 years. This biological therapy is often administered for all infectious diseases as well as chronic conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, dementia, fibromyalgia, heart disease, and many more.

Benefits of Ozone Therapy

Clinical experience has shown that ozone therapy may be used for a number of conditions and issues and that the benefits include:

  • Inactivation of bacteria, viruses, and fungi
  • Enhancement of circulation
  • Stimulation of enzymatic activity and oxygen metabolism
  • Acceleration of glycolysis in red blood cells
  • Increase of tissue oxygenation
  • Increasing the release of O2 from hemoglobin in the blood to tissue
  • Enhancement of formation of acetyl CoA (vital for detoxification)
  • Increase of red blood cells pliability, blood fluidity, and arterial pO2
  • Stimulation of the reticulo-endothelial systems, thus rebuilding tissue
  • Activation of the enzymes involved in peroxide or free radical destruction
  • Disruption of the lipid cell membranes of anaerobic pathogens and weak or defective cells

Here’s How it Works

Ozone, referred to as O3, is a molecule that consists of three oxygen atoms. Because ozone is a relatively unstable molecule and will not last very long, it will break down into more stable oxygen molecules. In biological systems, including the human body, ozone instantaneously interacts with double bonds found in amino acids and lipids to form peroxides. These peroxides can easily penetrate cell membranes and increase oxygenation of intracellular compounds (NADH and FADH2) involved with energy production. In addition, ozone therapy stimulates the uptake of oxygen by stimulating the DPG enzyme, which supports the release of oxygen from the hemoglobin molecule so that it can be used by the cell. When cells get the optimal amount of oxygen, they function properly and help to prevent or inhibit disease.

Ozone has the following actions:

  • Antiseptic / disinfectant
  • Bactericide / virucide / fungicide / parasiticide / parasiticide
  • Hemostat
  • Analgesic
  • Circulatory stimulant
  • Wound cleansing/wound healing agent

Ozone performs these functions through ionization, subatomic exchange (oxidation), electron/free radical reactions, and electromagnetic reactions resulting in profuse photon and energy transfer.

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More simply, because ozone is an oxygen molecule without an electron, it is attracted to electron-rich microorganisms. After it strips away the organisms’ electrons, the cause of the disease dies. Healthy human cells are not affected because they produce antioxidants that make them impervious to ozone.

The most common method of administration is intravenously (major autohemotherapy, minor autohemotherapy, or direct intra-arterial or intravenous injection), but may also be administered through intramuscular injection, intra-articular injections, specific tissue injections, local application to external body surfaces (transparent Teflon bags), rectal insufflation, or vaginal insufflation. Ozone injections are administered for just about every joint in our bodies, including elbows (tennis elbow), knees and hips, shoulders (rotator cuffs), ankles and fingers (arthritis), wrists (carpal tunnel), and essentially all cartilage and tendons found in the body. Ozone therapy through intravenous administration is utilized through a machine, where blood is taken intravenously and passed through the specialized machine that infuses ozone into the blood at any given amount.

“During the past decade, contrary to all expectations, it has been demonstrated that the judicious application of ozone in chronic infectious diseases, vasculopathies, orthopedics and even dentistry has yielded such striking results that it is deplorable that the medical establishment continues to ignore ozone therapy.”


Science and Safety

Recent discoveries underline that ozone therapy could be an additional therapy for cancer patients receiving radio-chemotherapy. The use of ozone therapy enhances the action of chemotherapy and simultaneously reduces side-effects, such as nausea, vomiting, hair loss, and fatigue and many more. This can also can result in a larger physical and mental wellbeing and improve one’s quality of life.
sourcePossible Therapeutic Effects of Ozone Mixture on Hypoxia in Tumor Development, Anticancer Res. 2017

“The aim of this review is to dispel misconceptions and skepticism regarding ozone therapy
and to clarify the biochemical and pharmacological mechanisms of action of ozone dissolved in biological fluids. The work performed in the last decade in our laboratory allows drawing a comprehensive framework for understanding and recommending ozone therapy in some diseases. It is hoped that this report will open a dialogue among clinical scientists and will inform physicians about the beneficial effects of ozone therapy.”

sourceScientific and Medical Aspects of Ozone Therapy, Archives of Medical Research, Velio Alvaro Bocci, Department of Physiology, University of Siena, Italy, 2005

Water ozonation has been used in Zurich, Florence, Brussels, Marseille, Singapore, and Moscow as a natural method of treating the water supply without chemicals.

During World War I, medics used ozone to disinfect wounds. Since the 1950s, ozone therapy has gained popularity throughout the world.

Ozone therapy is used by more than 40,000 physicians in more than 50 countries, and its effects are proven, consistent, safe and with minimal and preventable side effects.

NYCIM + Ozone Therapy

At the New York Center of Innovative Medicine, ozone therapy is one of many different treatments considered for each patient. However, the use of this therapy is only performed on patients after an in-depth initial evaluation reveals it would be necessary for your personalized program of treatment. Because each person is unique, and their health needs are different, there is no set protocol for using ozone therapy nor is the patient able to request the use of this therapy if the medical team finds it would not be as helpful as another treatment or specific combination of therapies. The ultimate goal is the complete restoration of health in the most efficient and safe manner, and with so many therapeutic options, it is impossible to know if ozone therapy is right for you without an initial evaluation at our clinic.

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