[Q1] Is it a new therapy as I have not heard much about it ?
No, it is not a new therapy. Ozone was discovered in Germany by a chemist Christian Friedrich Schonbein in 1840. It is in practice in Europe for over a century. It was used extensively to treat war wounds during World War II. Machines made with special Ozone resistant materials - like Plastic, Silica, Teflon giving exact concentration of Ozone, were invented in 1950s.
[Q2] How is ozone therapy different from conventional medicine?
- It has no side effects like medicines.
- The cost remains almost the same.
- The availability of ozone therapy is not as easy as drugs.
- Drugs give faster and shorter effects, but ozone gives slower but long-term effects.
[Q3] How come my doctor has not suggested this therapy to me ?
Ozone Therapy is a relatively newer concept for English speaking world, as most work done in this field is in European languages. It is used in Germany for over a hundred years.
Ozone Therapy is not taught in medical colleges. A doctor trained in allopathy medicine asks for reports of double-blind, multi-centric clinical trials to prove its medical efficacy which costs a lot of money. Unfortunately, since this natural molecule cannot be patented, no pharma or other companies are funding such trials.
As ozone therapy is not FDA approved, it is not accepted by Indian Medical Council. So doctors in government hospitals are not trained for ozone therapy. That is the reason your doctor has not recommended it to you.
[Q4] What are the points in favor and against Ozone Therapy ?
Ozone Therapy, given properly and responsibly by a trained medical practitioner; for the correct indication, is very safe and effective. However, like any other medical treatment, it is not a 'cure all'. It is especially useful in all types of infections. There are a few conditions like G6PD deficiency, active bleeding, Ozone allergy (very rare) where Ozone must be avoided. If one comes across some detoxification reaction during Ozone Therapy, therapy should not be stopped as the detoxification reaction usually disappears on its own in a day or two. Also, abruptly stopping the ongoing treatment or modifying the dosage without doctor's knowledge can be harmful. Self use of Ozone in very high concentrations (above therapeutic limit) or prolonged treatment without doctor's supervision may backfire.
[Q5] In which conditions is Ozone Therapy recommended ?
Ozone Therapy is very useful in arthritis and that is back pain and leg pain, prolapse Intervertibral disk(PID), crush injury, arterial circulatory disorders, open leg ulcers, burns, bed-sores, diseases of small and large intestines, age-related diseases, rheumatism, arthritis, cancer, chronic eczema, psoriasis, viral diseases like herpes, hepatitis, flu etc.
[Q6] How is Ozone given, as it should not be inhaled ?
Giving Ozone for treatment was a challenge. Medication in gaseous form is unusual therefore special application techniques have been devised for the safe use of ozone. Ozone is highly reactive substance therefore only Ozone resistant items are used. In any form of Ozone therapy, inhaling Ozone gas is forbidden as the respiratory epithelium is very sensitive to it. Ozone can be administered externally as well as internally. External applications are very useful in localized or generalized skin conditions.
- Ozonated water
- Ozonated Oil
- Ozonated sauna
- Rectal Insufflation (passing a small pvc catheter into the rectum and giving Ozone)
- Vaginal Insufflation
- Ear Insufflation
- Major Autohemotherapy (Ozonating patient's blood outside the body and reinjecting it into his vein)
- Minor Autohemotherapy
- Subcutaneous/intramascular/periarticular/intra-articular/intradiscal injections
- Intravenous Ozonated Saline
[Q7] What are the contraindications ?
G6PD deficiency, active bleeding from any site, pregnancy, active hyperthyroidism.
[Q8] Tell me more about Ozonated Oil.
This is the only Ozone application where Ozone can be applied for upto 1 year after it is prepared. Ozonated Oil is prepared by bubbling Ozone through any vegetable oil. Ozonated Oil is viscous oil with characteristic odor. It has very powerful antimicrobial, anti- inflammatory & wound healing activity. It is stable for 6 months at room temperature and one year in a refrigerator.
Ozonated Oil is useful in following conditions:
Painful inflame joints, Non-healing ulcers and wounds, Bed sores, Diabetic foot, Intractable fistulas, First and second degree burns, Cuts, Scars, etc. In skin conditions like Acne, Pyodermas, Tinea versicolar, Candidiasis, Athlete's foot, Genital warts, Herpes simplex, Herpes zoster, Nail mycosis, etc.
[Q9] Is Ozone Safe ?
Yes. It is Safe. In a 1980 study done by the German Medical Society for Ozone Therapy, 644 therapists were polled regarding their 384,775 patients, comprising a total of 5,579,238 ozone treatments administered. There were only 40 cases of side effects noted out of this number that represents an incredibly low rate of 0.000007%. Ozone has thus proven to be one of the safest medical therapies.
[Q10] Should I be on special diet when I receive ozone therapy?
Foods should be selected that are low in sugar, salt, and denatured oils. A balance of proper proteins, carbohydrates and minerals should be present along with necessary fibres. Plenty of fresh salads and fruits and vegetables should be used.
[Q11] Where in the world is Ozone therapy practiced ?
Medical Ozone therapy is recognized in Germany, France, Israel, Italy, Bulgaria, Cuba, Czech Republic, Mexico, Rumania and Russia. It is currently used legally in 16 Nations. Eleven states in the USA have passed legislation so that a person can access Ozone Therapy.