We often think of ozone gas just in terms of the ozone layer in the atmosphere protecting us from ultraviolet radiation from the sun. However, ozone gas composed of 3 molecules of oxygen in small doses, has been researched and used clinically since the 1800’s. Medicinal ozone can be used safely as an effective anti-infective agent, anti-inflammatory, and immune modulator.
Because ozone is a gas, therapeutic uses of ozone must be prepared and delivered in a manner by specially trained practitioners.
How ozone works as an anti-infective is that ozone disrupts the integrity of the bacterial cell envelope through oxidation of the cell membrane. In fungi, ozone inhibits cell growth at certain stages. With viruses, the ozone damages the viral capsid and upsets the reproductive cycle by disrupting the virus-to-cell contact with peroxidation. The weak enzyme coatings on cells which make them vulnerable to invasion by viruses make them susceptible to oxidation and elimination from the body, which then replaces them with healthy cells.
Because ozone is not stable for long it promotes oxygenation of tissues by stimulating cellular metabolism in the mitochondria. Ozone therapy also has an immune stimulating effect as it increases cytokine production needed to help fight disease and damaged cells.
Ozone can be administered in several ways, including topical, oral, and injection.
At doubletrack naturopathic, we have special training and certification to provide safe and effective ozone therapy for a wide variety of ailments. Call now to find out if ozone therapy is right for you.
Source: Elvis AM, Ekta JS. Ozone therapy: A clinical review. J Nat Sci Biol Med. 2011;2(1):66-70. doi:10.4103/0976-9668.82319