Alternative Health Information

Ozone Therapy

In Ozone therapy the gas ozone (O3) is used at carefully controlled levels. Some practitioners and advocates of alternative medicine claim it can be used for healing. These claims extend to a wide range of therapy. Ozone can be introduced to the body in many ways, including injection, transdermal application, insufflation (leaking the gas into the body).
Medical ozone therapy is recognized in Bulgaria, Cuba, Czech Republic, French, Germany, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Romania and Russia. It is currently used legally in 16 Nations. At least 12 states in the USA (AK, AZ, CO, GA, MN, NY, NC, OH, OK, OR, SC and WA) have passed legislation to ensure that alternative therapies are available to consumers. Physicians in these states here can legally use ozone as an alternative treatment in their practice without fear of persecution.
At least one death has been attributed to application of ozone through insufflation in the USA.
Because of its properties as a powerful oxidising agent, ozone has been found to convert cholesterol in the blood stream to plaque (which causes hardening and narrowing of arteries). Ozone has been studied extensively, and found to be carcinogenic to some animals (and not others), and a mutagen to some bacteria.


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