Getting in the Zone With Ozone Therapy: How it Works

Ozone Therapy is a medical procedure that has been used for more than 100 years in which a supercharged oxygen gas made up of three oxygen molecules is administered to promote a therapeutic effect in the body.

Some evidence exists that ozone therapy can help boost immune responses to infectious diseases, help with arthritic pain and its subsequent effects, as well as a host of other conditions. While it is used throughout the world, the FDA doesn’t recognize its therapeutic value, therefore ozone therapy is considered an alternative medicine.

Ozone Therapy: Brief History

Ozone therapy has been utilized and studied throughout recent history. Medical O3, used to disinfect and treat disease, has been around for more than 150 years. At one point in time, ozone was known to treat as many as 114 diseases. In 1896, Nikola Tesla used high frequency currents and designed an ozone generator, with powerful antiseptic and antibacterial properties, later forming the “Tesla Ozone Company.” During World War I doctors familiar with the antibacterial properties of ozone applied it topically to infected wounds and discovered O3 not only remedied infection, but also had hemodynamic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Ozone Therapy: Conditions Treated

There is debate in the scientific community concerning the efficacy of ozone therapy and in the United States it is primarily administered for more chronic cases, alongside other treatments. However, research studies and evidence suggest that it can help with a number of conditions, including:

  • Rheumatic Diseases
  • Chronic Diseases
  • Ocular Diseases
  • Infections
  • Skin Diseases
  • Infertility
  • Viral Infections
  • Detoxification
  • Immune System Therapy
  • Digestive Tract Issues

Ozone Therapy Process

Ozone therapy can be delivered in multiple methods. The traditional use of ozone is common in the field of medicine. However, introduction of intravenous (IV) ozone therapy has helped to achieve the benefits of ozone therapy to its full extent and has been shown to have numerous health benefits.

Nova Vita Wellness Centers IV Ozone Therapy involves enriching saline solution with the addition of ozone. The ozone is produced in an ozone generator from medical-grade oxygen gas, which attaches to the saline. The result is a highly oxygenated environment unsustainable for viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi.

Ozone Therapy Side Effects

While there is significant controversy surrounding ozone therapy, part of what makes it appealing is that it has few side-effects and is generally well-tolerated. The only significant risk is what amounts to an overdose of the gas.

When ozone is inhaled over prolonged periods, there is a risk of excessive levels causing damage to tissues in the lungs, which is one of the reasons Nova Vita Wellness Centers only administers ozone intravenously.

In general, aside from occasional irritation associated with the method of delivery, there are no reported lingering effects to treatments, and recovery is rapid. The most commonly reported side-effects are skin irritation, bruising, or pain at the site of any injection. These are easily managed with over-the-counter medications or ointments.

Ozone Therapy Warnings

Despite its safe profile, there are a couple of medical conditions that would prevent a patient from undergoing ozone therapy due to the harm that it would cause the patient.

Ozone Therapy safety is unknown or exposure may even become harmful in these cases:

  • Pregnancy: While there are no studies establishing ozone therapy as dangerous to the fetus, there are not enough establishing its safety for pregnant women.
  • Alcohol intoxication: It’s important that those seeking ozone therapy refrain from drinking alcohol beforehand.
  • Hyperthyroidism:People with hyperactive thyroid gland—a condition that has wide-ranging effects on the body—may respond poorly to treatment.
  • Thrombocytopenia:This blood disorder, in which bone marrow does not produce enough platelets, is a contraindication due to the body’s compromised ability to process oxygen.

For more information about Ozone Therapy at Nova Vita Wellness Centers visit our product information page, give us a call at 512-387-5920, 512-200-7311, or you can schedule an appointment online.


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