Is Ozone Good or Bad?

3 Molecules of Oxygen, benefits of ozone
3 Molecules of Oxygen

Isn’t ozone pollution and if so, how can there be benefits to ozone?

Ozone is the main component of smog, but it is also used therapeutically in medicine and there can be many benefits of ozone.

How can this be?

Technically speaking, ozone is a blue gas with 3 molecules of oxygen instead of 2 molecules of oxygen found in the air we breathe. The third molecule of oxygen makes it a dynamically unstable structure. (1) It has been used for over a century as a medical disinfectant and to treat diseases. Ozone fell out of favor for the treatment of diseases as more and more pharmaceuticals became available.

Ozone is toxic to the respiratory system, thus the reason why smog is bad for you, yet perfectly safe when mixed with blood via intravenous therapy or when given via insufflation (ears, nose, rectum or vaginally).

Trivia: Nikola Tesla patented the first ozonator and later formed the Tesla Ozone Company. Too, Tesla was the first individual to ozonate olive oil.

History of Ozone

During World War I doctors had few resources available to them, and no antibiotics. Ozone was applied topically to infected wounds. In addition to its healing abilities, ozone also had hemodynamic and anti-inflammatory properties.

However, ozone had been discovered long before WWI. It is said to have been discovered by Dutch physicist Martinus Van Marum in 1785. However, it was not synthesized until 1840 by German chemist Christian Friederich Schonbein. (2)

What are the Therapeutic Benefits of Ozone?

Benefits of OzoneOzone can inactivate the following bad guys:

  • bacteria
  • viruses
  • fungi
  • yeast
  • protozoa

Healthline indicates a limited list of indications, noting that IV ozone has been shown to be helpful in COPD, diabetes, and immune disorders. (3) However, the list of uses is far more extensive:

  • treating arthritis
  • fighting viral diseases, such as HIV and SARS
  • disinfecting wounds
  • activating the immune system
  • treating ischemic heart disease
  • treating macular degeneration
  • treating cancer
  • improving athletic performance
  • anti-aging
  • detox the body
  • pain relief
  • healthier skin
  • clear acne and rosacea

“Ozone increases oxygenation helping cell recover and repair, and antioxidant properties increase collagen and elastin- leading to healthier skin”

Ways Ozone Can Be Administered

  • Major autohemotherapy: Removing 60 cc or more of blood and then adding ozone before returning the blood to the body.
  • Minor Autohemotherapy: Removing blood from the body adding ozone and then injecting the blood into a large muscle group.
  • Prolozone: This treatment involves injecting ozone, sometimes mixed with other substances into a joint space
  • Ozone Insufflation: Ozone gas is directly administered into a cavity such as the rectum, vagina, ear or nose.  Ear insufflation is great for children suffering from ear infections.
  • Topical Ozone Treatments: Involve applying an ozonated tincture. It can also be accomplished by placing an affected limb in a bag filled with ozone.

Does Ozone Work?

Ozone works in many ways, here are three main therapeutic effects:

  • Stimulation of Oxygen Metabolism: Ozone therapy increases the red blood cell glycolysis rate, which may lead to an increase in the amount of oxygen released to the tissues. (6)
  • Activates the Krebs Cycle: Ozone is thought to stimulate the production of ATP and up-regulates your Krebs Cycle, thereby increasing energy levels. (7)
  • Restores proper NAD-NADH ratio:  NAD and NADH to be in a specific ratio for your mitochondria to pump out energy… ozone helps bring this into balance (8)

Is Ozone Safe?

As we’ve mentioned, there are many benefits to ozone and so yes, ozone is safe if the gas is not inhaled in large quantities. The inhalation of ozone can lead to coughing, nausea, lightheadedness, burning eyes or a mild headache. There can be lung damage if too much ozone gas is inhaled.

Are there negative ozone therapy side effects? A study done in 1980 examined 5.5 million ozone treatments and found that less than a half percent reported negative side effects.  The therapies given at Ozone Therapy Clinics have been proven to be one of the safest medical therapies available in both alternative and traditional medicine.

The most common side effect is a detox reaction; however, this is part of the healing process as opposed to an actual side effect.

Positive “Side Effects of Ozone”

  • Healthy hair and nails
  • Healthy and radiant skin
  • Improved energy levels
  • Deeper, more restful sleep

“Our immune system suffers when we lack ozone.”

The Benefits of Ozone Are Good When Used Therapeutically

Ozone can be noxious when inhaled, but can also be incredibly beneficial when used therapeutically. Further, ozone therapy has been found to be extremely safe and help with many conditions. Too, insufflation is a non-invasive method of ozone administration that can be done at home.

 

References

  1. Home – PMC – NCBI. (2022). Retrieved 21 July 2022, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/
  2. Ozonotherapy History. (2022). Retrieved 21 July 2022, from https://aepromo.org/en/ozonotherapy-history/
  3. What Is Ozone Therapy?. (2022). Retrieved 21 July 2022, from https://www.healthline.com/health/ozone-therapy
  4. 10 Benefits of Ozone Therapy — Pure Health – Palm Springs & Encinitas, CA. (2022). Retrieved 21 July 2022, from https://www.purehealthmedicine.com/blog/benefitsofozonetherapy
  5. Are There Side Effects with Ozone Therapy Treatments? – American Regenerative Clinic. (2022). Retrieved 21 July 2022, from https://americanregen.com/effects-ozone-therapy-treatments/
  6. The citric acid cycle | Cellular respiration (article) | Khan Academy. (2022). Retrieved 21 July 2022, from https://www.khanacademy.org/science/biology/cellular-respiration-and-fermentation/pyruvate-oxidation-and-the-citric-acid-cycle/a/the-citric-acid-cycle
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5674660/

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