Ozone (O3) is an allotropic form of oxygen. It is obtained from medicinal oxygen (O2) by a process which separates the two constituent atoms to produce one atom (O) and one molecule (O2). It has many divers applications ranging from wastewater treatment to medical uses.
Ozone therapy is the application of ozone for medical purposes either as a complementary therapy or as a single form of treatment.
The main effects of ozone on the organism are:
- As a broad range antiseptic, inactivating bacteria, viruses and fungi.
- As an activator of red cell metabolism, increasing the transfer of oxygen to the tissues.
- As a modulator of the immune system.
- As an activator of antioxidant cell enzymes to combat oxidative stress.
- As an anti-inflammatory analgesic which reduces the need for drugs.
Ozone can be administered in various ways:
- Topically onto the skin.
- By infiltration for the joints or muscles.
- By general ozonotherapy.
Ozone therapy is indicated for many illnesses. The most common amongst these are:
- Arthrosis of the knees and hips.
- Backache: Lumbago, neck pain, dorsalgia.Muscular contraction:trigger points.
- Atherosclerosis of the brain and /or lower extremities.
- Ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease.
- As a complementary therapy for cancer.
- Chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia.
- Rheumatic and autoimmune diseases.