Ozone therapy is a medical treatment which implements the use of ozone as a powerful healing gas, which has three oxygen atoms instead of two. It enhances the body’s use of oxygen and is used for therapeutic applications such as age management, the treatment of infections, and control of chronic diseases. Its widespread use is largely due to its powerful effects on the immune system, described below.
Ozone Therapy: Boosted Cytokine Production
Blood cells such as T cells, B cells, and natural killer (NK) cells play powerful roles in immunity. When infections or disease are present, these cells produce cytokines which relay messages to other cells. Various types of cytokines have specific roles; for instance, some combat viruses while others spur inflammation to protect the body against foreign invaders. The triggering of cytokines is what allows the immune system to fight off cancer cells, viruses, and microbes. Ozone therapy has been shown to increase cytokine production, thereby improving immunity and empowering white blood cells to better fulfill their roles.
How Ozone Therapy Helps Fight Infection
Ozone therapy is commonly leveraged as an alternative or adjunctive treatment for bacterial infections. In the case of tick bite cellulitis, the treatment has been shown to resolve infection within 24 to 48 hours, even when used as the sole therapy. This is likely due to the ozone’s ability to modulate immunity, enhance circulation, destroy harmful microorganisms, and improve oxygen delivery and consumption.
Ozone’s Role in Addressing Autoimmunity
Ozone therapy is also being hailed as an effective treatment for autoimmune conditions. In patients with autoimmune disease, the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s own healthy tissue. By reducing oxidative stress and pro-inflammatory cytokines, ozone therapy has helped to treat conditions such as multiple sclerosis. The treatment offers other broad improvements, including the reduction of toxicity associated with drugs used for treatment, reduction of cellular oxidative stress, and improvement of oxygen blood transportation and delivery. Since there is often no single cause behind autoimmune conditions, the therapy’s widespread improvements are likely to benefit this patient population in numerous ways.
If you’re considering ozone therapy and think you might be a good candidate, contact a Care Coordinator for a free assessment!
This post was written by Becky Palmer, a medical professional at Stemedix Inc. At Stemedix we provide access to Regenerative Medicine, also known as Stem Cell Therapy in Tampa. Regenerative medicine seeks to replace tissue or organs that have been damaged by disease, trauma, or congenital issues.