Ozone therapy is a form oxygen therapy, a medical treatment that has been used effectively to treat a variety of medical problems. Ozone is a molecule made up of three oxygen atoms, so it provides a high level of oxygen when used in medical treatments. There are several theories about why ozone therapy helps treat certain medical conditions, but little is known for certain about its effects and benefits.
At this time, ozone therapy is definitely helpful in treating some kinds of cancer, some joint problems, liver damage from some overdoses and some spinal problems. It may be helpful in treating infectious diseases.
High levels of oxygen can speed healing. Most of the medical problems that are provably treatable by ozone therapy are injuries or direct damage to tissue. Most likely these problems are helped primarily by the increased rate of healing from the oxygen provided by the ozone. Unfortunately this benefit offers little advantage to people with HIV/AIDS or other infectious diseases.
One of the theories behind the use of ozone therapy is based on the use of ozone to purify drinking water. High levels of oxygen are poisonous to many infection causing germs. Many places use ozone to kill any infections in drinking water by pumping ozone through the water. Some people have theorized that if a high enough level of ozone can be introduced into the blood, it will kill blood borne bacteria, virus and parasites.
There are several problems with this theory applied to HIV. First, it may not be possible to safely get a high enough level of ozone into the blood to kill the infection. Second, HIV creates ‘reservoirs’ of hidden viruses. Even if ozone killed all the virus in the blood, the ozone would not stay in the blood. Once it was gone, the infection would come back from these reservoirs.
So far, scientific studies of ozone therapy have found that there are safe ways to administer ozone to the blood. Unfortunately the ozone therapy had no effect on viral loads, CD4 counts or other HIV markers. At this time, antiviral medications and scientifically verified herbal therapies will be of more benefit than ozone therapy for people with HIV/AIDS. It is possible that a different way of administering ozone therapy than those tested or a higher dose might have some benefit. If you have access to a clinical study testing ozone therapy it might be worth taking part, but don’t pay out of pocket for unproven therapy that has not shown any benefits.
Some forms of ozone therapy may be helpful against certain opportunistic infections. Infections such as herpes and thrush which cause open sores may benefit from the increased healing rate of ozone therapy. Some of the opportunistic cancers may benefit from the effect ozone therapy has on fighting cancers.
Ozone therapy and oxygen therapy are not widely available in the United States and are not taught to medical doctors. Medical doctors in the US will not have accurate information on ozone therapy or know how to administer it. Ozone therapy is far more common and accessible in Europe, Australia and parts of Asia. If you live in the US and wish to seek out ozone therapy you are probably best traveling to an area where medical professionals are trained in it.
Do not get ozone therapy from anyone, even a doctor, without proper training. Improperly administered ozone therapy can be dangerous. Make sure you continue to take any other prescribed medications while on ozone therapy.
To sum up: ozone therapy will probably not help treat HIV/AIDS, but it may be worth taking part in clinical trials if any are available. Ozone therapy may be able to help treat some opportunistic infections is it is available from a professional clinic run by medical personnel with training in properly administering it.
Key ingredients: Oxygen
Price per month: Between $80 and $120 per session, with one to three sessions a week. This therapy can cost from $320 to $1440 a month.
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