Oxygen is an ever-important, lung-friendly gas. It is the third most plentiful element in the universe, and it makes up about 21 percent of the Earth’s atmosphere. You already know that oxygen is necessary to life, but it may also play an important role in reducing cancer symptoms.
Oxygen therapy is a growing form of cancer treatment. There are numerous types of oxygen therapy, including ozone therapy. Learn more about ozone therapy below.
Understanding Oxygen Therapy
Before we get into ozone therapy, let’s first answer the question, what is oxygen therapy?
Oxygen therapy refers to several forms of treatment that involve introducing oxygen into the body to promote physiological benefits. Oxygen therapy has been studied for a wide range of applications, from rheumatoid arthritis to general inflammation. Introducing more oxygen into the body may support healing, reduce inflammation and swelling, and promote blood flow.
Research on oxygen therapy benefits has also spread to the field of cancer treatment. Studies from human and mouse breast cancer models show that format cells actually thrive in oxygen-deprived environments.
Oxygen-starved cancer cells were found to actually have a survival advantage that allowed them to better metastasize and invade neighboring regions. Putting more oxygen into the body may potentially kill tumor cells and prevent them from spreading. Oxygenation may also increase the effectiveness of other treatments, like radiation therapy and chemotherapy.
There are many different types of oxygen therapy, one of which is ozone therapy.
Understanding Ozone Therapy
“Ozone” can seem intimidating as it is most often associated with the layer of the Earth’s stratosphere. In reality, ozone is simply a compound comprising three oxygen atoms. Ozone treatment as an oxygen therapy for cancer focuses on introducing ozone into the body, which increases oxygenation.
Oxygen ozone therapy comes in a few different variations, including ozone injections and insufflations, though the general mechanics are the same. With ozone UVB, a patient’s blood is removed and exposed to ultraviolet rays, which causes an oxidative reaction that results in more ozone in the blood.
The ozonated blood is then injected back into the patient. With ozone autohemotherapy, blood is removed from the patient and injected with ozone directly. This blood is then reintroduced back into the body.
Ozone rectal insufflation involves injecting ozone gas into the rectum. The rectal walls are thin and porous, which allows for faster, more efficient absorption of ozone into the bloodstream.
Another type of ozone treatment is IV ozone therapy. It focuses on reducing inflammation and treating chronic fatigue, chronic pain due to rheumatoid arthritis, gum disease, chronic infections, and many more.
Ozone Therapy Benefits
Medical ozone therapy offers a wide range of potential benefits. Studies show that ozone is an effective treatment that prevents oxidative stress by normalizing organic peroxide levels within the body, and strengthening the immune system. It may also activate the antioxidant systems in the body, preventing oxidative stress and cellular damage from free radicals. Studies also suggest that ozone therapy may play a viable role as an adjuvant during chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Probably the biggest benefit to ozone therapy is its natural noninvasive mode of administration. The process does not require any incisions or anesthetic, which reduces recovery time and reduces risks. The process has also not shown any serious side effects.
Both human and animal models show the potential for oxygenation and ozone therapy in killing tumor cells and reducing cancer symptoms. Consult your doctor to determine if ozone therapy is the right treatment for your needs.
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