The rise of naturopathy and alternative medicine is a unique and divisive issue. Naturopathy can range from massage therapy to milk thistle benefits. With this new form of healthcare, multiple controversial trends have arisen. A few years ago, stem cell treatments were a hot issue. One of the newest trends taking place in the alternative medicine community today is ozone therapy. Ozone therapy is gaining popularity, and more clinics are beginning to adopt this new treatment. Like many other treatments in naturopathy, there is little knowledge on the subject. While there are few studies, many patients and even doctors believe there are benefits to its usage.
What is Ozone Therapy?
Ozone therapy is the use of ozone (also called trioxygen) to treat certain diseases. Many naturopathic physicians use ozone therapy to attempt to heal the following diseases:
• Lyme disease
• Autoimmune diseases
Due to the myriad of diseases that it is to be used for, ozone therapy may be administered in a number of ways. The most common techniques include direct skin application (via spray), subcutaneous injection, intravenous injection, and autohemotherapy. Ozone can also be used in a mixture, commonly with vitamins and electrolytes. According to The Nevada Center of Alternative and Anti-Aging Medicine, ozone therapy works by calming down an overactive immune system, but stimulates mitochondria and underperforming immune cells.
Does it work?
There is relatively little data on the use of ozone therapies. The history of its use indicates that it may have been used as disinfectant. This makes sense because too much oxygen may cause the cells of bacteria to disrupt, making infection more difficult. Chronic conditions such as AIDS and cancer have not had any significant studies, and there is little data regarding the effectiveness of its use.
Naturopathy may be used in addition to traditional medicine, but it is dangerous to be used alone for more serious and chronic diseases. Ozone should only be used in small doses, however they are still not regulated, and can potentially be dangerous for a patient due to lack of studies on the therapy.