Ozone therapy is good to treat various medical conditions. It helps fight against cancer,
heart disease, HIV and various other complicated health situations. Here are some of
the most popular uses of ozone therapy:
When used to treat external wounds, it is applied locally. It is used in the form of a
transcutaneous ozone gas bath. This method has proved to be practical and effective in
most cases where it gets used. It gets applied in a closed system where there is
minimal chance of escape of ozone into the atmosphere during its application.
Ozonated water gets used in dental treatment. The application can be used as a
compress or spray. Circulatory disorders, infected wounds, geriatric conditions, viral
diseases, muscular degeneration, cancer, aids, arthritis, and many diseases use ozone
therapy for treatment.
The effectiveness of ozone treatment is seen to be well documented. And it has been
used effectively for a century and a half. It was used successfully to disinfect drinking
water for more than a century. It was found long ago that ozone can remedy infection
when used topically on wounds. The discovery of its anti-inflammatory and
hemodynamic properties led to it getting used to treat many more diseases more
successfully. The study of ozone therapy continued across the globe. And it showed
promise in treating many more diseases and disorders. Ozone prevents oxidative stress
and helps reduce complications in diabetes. It is effectively used in treating oral
infections. It can help decrease neuropathic pain-type behavior.
Even HIV and AIDS patients get treated with ozone therapy for half a century. There
was no treatment available for HIV or aids then, and it came as a boon because an
incurable disease can now get treated. Because of it, the world could overcome the fear
of developing a pandemic with the severe spread of HIV infection and AIDS. It is
effective in the in vitro treatment of HIV, but it is ineffective in vivo treatment of AIDS
Its possible role in treating SARS was studied extensively. The results are awaited, but
there is hope that it will offer a positive result. It can then get used as a treatment for
SARS. Until now, no known cure is available to treat this disease caused by a member
of the coronavirus family. But, with supportive care and following some simple
guidelines, its spread can get prevented. The investigation to find an effective cure or
vaccine is still on. Similarly, studies are ongoing to know whether ozone therapy is
effective in other highly infectious diseases like MERS and covid 19.
During the course of ozone therapy against infections, it is found that the ozone gas
oxidizes the lipoproteins and phospholipids contained inside the bacterial cells. Because
of this, the integrity of the cell envelope of the bacteria gets disrupted. Ozone inhibits
cell growth in fungi. And in viruses, their capsid gets damaged with the use of ozone.
Also, its reproductive cycle gets upset because of this. Ozone therapy causes
peroxidation in the virus, as a result, the virus-to-cell contact gets disrupted. The weak
and susceptible cells get eliminated from the body and get replaced with healthy cells.
With ozone exposure, there is a significant decrease in vital capacity. There is an
increase seen in the mean as well as airway resistance. But this may not change the
static or pulmonary compliance or the elastic or viscous work. The use of ozone therapy
also helps reduce maximal transpulmonary pressure resulting in increased respiratory
rate and decreased tidal volume. Overall, it provides better pulmonary function leading
to healthier bodies.
There can be an array of ill effects of ozone therapy. Due to its highly oxidative nature, it
can give rise to free radicals. It can bring about a cascade of reactions leading to
changes in the permeability of membranes. It can also lead to enzyme inactivation.
These can cause cell injury or cell death. The combination of ozone with nitrous oxide
can have hazardous effects on the cells.