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Ozone Therapy: Ten Myths and Facts You Need to Know

Ozone-Therapy-Myths and Facts

Ozone therapy. There are myths and there are facts about Ozone Therapy. And there are very few alternative and complimentary therapies that have caused the public and the medical community to split up into opposing groups so effectively. Some argue it’s been around for hundreds of years, others call it brand new. Tested, untested. Safe, dangerous. For every person shouting about the good of ozone therapy, there’s someone ready with an opposing argument.

It’s not just your everyday Average Joes arguing about it. Doctors are too, and very publicly as well. The medical community is constantly going back and forth between those who support ozone therapy, and those who call them ‘quacks’. Those who sit on the fence are few and far between – but not non-existent. The fact of the matter is that there are still a lot of questions about ozone therapy.

Well… here’s what we do know.

5 Myths and 5 Facts about Ozone Therapy

Myth #1: There is only one type of Ozone Therapy

Actually, there are several – and each one has its supporters and naysayers. If you thought the fighting was bad between those who support Ozone Therapy and those who don’t, you’re not aware of the infighting that exists between the different types of ozone therapy factions. The types of ozone therapy you get include:

  • Ozonated olive oils applied directly to the body
  • Insufflation, a somewhat risky therapy where ozone is blown into the rectum
  • Ozonated water, which is drunk
  • Injections, which are often used in dentistry
  • Autohemotherapy, where blood is withdrawn, mixed with ozone, and put back into the bloodstream
  • Gas bath bubble mats
  • Steam saunas

Not all ozone therapies are the same, either. Some of them are only effective for specific types of problems, while others are barely effective at all (we’re looking at you, bubble-bath rugs!).

Myth #2: There are no risks involved

For some ozone therapies, this is true. There are absolutely no risks. For others, there are minor risks involved – but nothing that could threaten your life. At most, you could end up with a detoxification rash for a day or two as your body deals with cleansing out mass amounts of toxins in a short period of time. Or you could end up a little overheated from your sauna sessions.

Others carry a bit heftier risk, and it’s very important to get the treatments only from trained professionals. Autohemotherapy is one such a therapy. If the ozone is infused incorrectly, or there’s an error during the transfusion, risks can involve an air embolism. In short, make sure that you know your practitioner has been trained.

Myth #3: Ozone therapy is brand new

Actually, ozone therapy has been around in some form or another for over 150 years. It’s been in use since the 1800s and in 1896 the genius Nikola Tesla patented the first O3 generator. He also formed the “Tesla Ozone Company.”

An Austrian surgeon, Edwin Payr (born 1871), was introduced to ozone therapy by his dentist, Dr. Fisch (the same Dr. Fisch who’s patented ozone generator is still used in medical ozone generators today). Dr.  Payr become so enthusiastic about ozone, that he published a 290 page book called, “On treatment with Ozone in Surgery”. He presented it to the German Surgical Society in Berlin, and so the use of ozone in medicine began as we know it today.

Myth #4: Ozone therapy is very expensive

It depends on what you call expensive. An ozone session might cost you less than a quick visit to your GP. As far as medical treatments go, ozone therapy is very low on the scale. For most conditions that it can help with, ozone therapy is probably the most inexpensive option that people can opt for.

Myth #5: Only ‘quacks’ administer ozone therapy

Let’s be serious – calling someone a quack is a very subjective insult. Let’s work on factual titles. We’ve already mentioned several doctors involved in ozone therapy. But they’re far from the only ones. Dr. David Minkoff, M.D., is a big supporter of ozone therapy. In 1995, Dr. Minkoff’s wife became ill, but none of her physicians could find what was wrong. Not accepting their “no hope” conclusion, Dr. Minkoff went on a search to help his wife, which led him to ozone therapy.

Several companies and universities are also sponsoring studies and research to find additional uses for ozone therapy.

Fact #1: Ozone has been medically used since WW1 and earlier

During the first world war, medicine wasn’t the easiest thing to get hold of in the middle of a field hospital. Doctors who were familiar with Ozone’s antibacterial properties began to use it to treat infected wounds. To their surprise, they found it also had anti-inflammatory properties, and Dr. P Aubourg, a French physician, went on the write the first paper on ozone infusion in 1936.

In the 1940’s autohemotherapy, the administration of a small quantity of the patient’s ozonated blood, began.

Fact #2: Research has been, and is being done on Ozone Therapy

As we’ve mentioned before, many universities and companies are sponsoring government approved ozone studies. There are those researchers who are confident in the therapeutic effects of ozone. Ozone therapy has, in fact, been heavily studied for over a century. There are even those that argue that it’s effects are not only consistent and safe, but proven.

Fact #3: Ozone therapy is a very rare treatment

Over 50 COUNTRIES offer ozone therapy! It’s a far more common practice than people might think. 40 associations exist in Africa, America, Europe, Asia and Oceania. There are over 26 000 known therapists. It is even the most common form of treatment in Russia, Cuba, Germany, and other countries.

Fact #4: Testimonials exist of people who’ve benefited from Ozone

You can find these almost anywhere and everywhere. A quick search on Facebook can provide you with multiple groups and patients who claim that ozone therapy helped them. One of the most controversial is of a lyme disease patient who claim that she is now completely and 100% cured – with the tests results to back up her claim.

Fact #5: Ozone Therapy is only for very sick people dealing with chronic illnesses

Absolutely not. Ozone therapy is not just a treatment, it’s a preventative measure. Regular sessions can keep you healthy, boost your energy and fitness levels, detoxify your system, and more!

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Should I go for Ozone Therapy?

In the end, whether or not you opt for ozone therapy is a decision only you can make. But, hopefully, our list of ozone therapy myths and facts can help you make a decision. Yes, it is still new enough in the medical field that we still lack some definitive publicized research papers. However, at the same time there have been hundreds upon thousands of testimonials of those claiming that ozone has changed their life completely.

If you want to try ozone, and decide for yourself, call us and book a relaxing 30 minute steam session. If nothing else, you’ll definitely feel rejuvenated! You can reach us via our contact page.

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