Ozone and other oxygen therapies have been used for over 100 years around the world for human and animal healing. These therapies continue to gain popularity, as scientists learn about the health benefits of increased oxygen in the body. Currently, ozone therapy and hyperbaric treatments, which bring easily soluble oxygen to target tissues, are being proven effective for treating viruses, fungi and bacteria, and for general health improvement anytime there is inflammation and damaged tissue. In addition to medical uses, ozone is a great disinfectant used for livestock water tanks, cattle embryo transfer, swimming pools, spas and the water treatment systems of over 2,000 municipalities around the world.
How it works
Ozone contains three oxygen atoms, which react in the tissue as it breaks down to ordinary oxygen (O2) and a reactive singlet oxygen molecule that can combine with chemicals and other molecules. Free from side effects, this is an extremely safe therapy that works in a number of ways by:
- Decreasing inflammation. When you have inflammation, swelling, bruising, infection, cancer and trauma to the tissue, there are higher amounts of carbon dioxide within the tissue. This increase of carbon dioxide contributes to inflammation and pain. Increasing the amount of oxygen delivered to the tissue in the form of reactive ozone decreases inflammation, pain and swelling, and helps increase healing.
- Activating the immune system. Ozone therapy has also been shown to activate the immune system by stimulating cytokine production. Cytokines are “messenger cells”, such as interferons and interleukins, which “set off a cascade reaction of positive changes throughout the immune system.” Ozone also promotes the production of special enzymes forming the cell wall coating; thereby enhancing cellular immunity.
- Inactivating bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeast and protozoa. Healthy cells are surrounded by an enzyme coating, which ozone does not penetrate, but bacteria and viruses have no such coatings. Ozone therapy disrupts the integrity of the bacterial cell envelope through oxidation of the phospholipids and lipoproteins (peroxidation). In viruses, this peroxidation disrupts the reproductive cycle and damages the viral capsid. In fungi, ozone inhibits cell growth. Consider chronic otitis, which often has multiple organisms as primary or secondary invaders; this explains the efficacy of ozone treatment.
Since ozone helps with the healing of any problem, it can be added to any treatment protocol.
- Percolate into saline fluids to be used as a flush (decreases inflammation and pain) to wounds, bladder, rectum, ear, nose, mouth; enema; IV or SQ fluids to be absorbed through the capillaries of the subcutaneous tissue.
- Percolate through olive oil with or without essential oils for the skin.
- As a gas via a catheter, internally, or by sealing a wounded area in a bag. It is well absorbed rectally.
- Injected as a gas into joints with a prolotherapy injection (prolozone). Human studies showed efficacy in pain relief for many conditions.
Oxygen as a single molecule is highly unstable and exists for only microseconds in nature. However, when two oxygen atoms unite to share electrons, they form an oxygen molecule, referred to as O2. This molecule is very stable, and comprises the form of oxygen found in the atmosphere. To create ozone, pure surgical oxygen (ordinary air cannot be used as it has 20% nitrogen which would be converted to nitrous oxide and nitric oxide, both highly toxic) is flowed through a glass tube. A low voltage electrical spark is then applied through the outside of the tube. This briefly splits the paired oxygen atoms, most of which reform into pairs within microseconds. A small percentage of the individual oxygen atoms form triplets – ozone (O3). The ozone produced exists in a very active form for about 30 minutes before breaking down (dismutating) into two atoms of oxygen, which are very easily absorbed into the cells, by giving up one atom of singlet oxygen. Ozone will dismutate at a rate of 50% every 45 minutes in glass, and every 30 minutes in plastic. Therefore the ozone cannot be stored and used later.
Uses are many and varied
Any time there are infections or inflammation, tissue damage or abnormal cellular proliferation, ozone can be used to support treatments, conventional or holistic. A few examples are:
- Skin – wounds, especially degloving ones and deep abrasions; hot spots; pyodermas; allergic dermatitis; abscesses
- Pain relief
- Head trauma, spinal cord inflammation–ozone and oxygen go through the blood/brain barrier so it is an excellent way to aid treatment of any neurological issue
- Chronic and acute Lyme disease
- Mouth–stomatitis, gingivitis, abscesses; ozone therapy is ADA-approved for dental abscesses
- Cancer and autoimmune disease
- Ears – chronic and acute otitis from bacteria or yeast; aural hematomas
- Eyes – infections and allergic reactions
- Upper respiratory ailments
- Potentiates acupuncture and chiropractic treatments as it brings more needed oxygen to the body
- GI tract – constipation, diarrhea, IBS (decreases inflammation)
- Liver and kidney disease
Ozone & Biophotonic Therapy: Are two therapies stronger than one?
The healing potential of ozone therapy is greatly enhanced by combining it with Biophotonic Blood Therapy (UVC). This combination, termed “O3UV”, is now being used to successfully treat a wide variety of illnesses in both large and small animals, ranging from infections and allergic reactions to organ and metabolic diseases, as well as cancer (even helping the body tolerate conventional cancer treatments). O3UV boosts the immune system, while decreasing pain and inflammation. It has been used worldwide for over 50 years for an array of medical conditions. O3UV may be more effective than mere ozone for stimulating cytokines and activating the mitochondria in each cell to strengthen an animal’s immune system, fight off pathogens, and provide pain relief and general health.
The process is simple – a small amount of blood is withdrawn from the patient, mixed with saline, treated with ozone gas and then re-infused past UV light in a crystal cuvette, and injected back into the patient. There are protocols for any given therapy, and the number of therapy sessions required to heal a specific illness will vary depending on the animal and his overall health, whether the condition is chronic or acute, and the efficacy of concurrent therapies. Acute illnesses usually can be remedied within 1 to 3 treatments while chronic illnesses may take up to 10 or 20. You should see a response from most illnesses within four or five treatments.
So, in addition to its immune modulating and antibacterial effects, O3UV provides oxygenation and increased circulation, promotes antioxidant buffering enzymes, and has anti-inflammatory properties. The combination of ozone and UVC therapy is a much more powerful healing modality than either on its own. It is a painless, supportive, and cost effective treatment that is acceptable to most pet owners. I consider one of these three – ozone, UVC or O3UV – as foundational treatments for any condition, along with other holistic modalities.
Credit: This post was adapted from articles that appeared in IVCJ (visit website)