There is much controversy about intravenous ozone therapy amid pharmaceutical experts, biochemical scientist, specialized physicians, and the general scientific population. The stigmas against the treatment derive from the resulting pulmonary embolisms, toxicity levels in blood and deaths that occurred during a study in Germany. Germany banned the use of the ozone injection therapy in 1984. The gas has recently been used through rectal injections, in the form of gas or saline solutions, resulting in some unpleasant side effects.
What is Ozone Therapy?
The gas is made of 3 oxygen atoms with a cyclic structure. A machine is used to pass the gas through pure oxygen at high voltage gradients. If the formulated ozone is exposed to air it can form toxic nitrogen dioxide. New studies promise that modern technologies, extensive professional training, and regulated procedures have made the process safe and effective.
As a gas ozone it is antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, prevents yeast and protozoa, promotes oxygen metabolism, and stimulates the immune system. It could be used to treat a variety of alignments including:
- arthritis, rheumatism
- Muscular disorders
- Viral disorders
Gathering More Information
The negative effects when used improperly as a liquid or in solid form ozone is explosive. When introduced to bodily fluids such as plasma, lymph or urine the production of new compounds can have a range of effects. These compounds can react with fatty acids, antioxidants, ascorbic acids, and uric acids. Newly formed compounds affect the body’s carbohydrates, enzymes, DNA and RNA. Formation of toxic compounds peroxynitrite and hypochlorite anion can damage crucial cell components. Peroxidation of lipids can change the make-up of membranes. The resulting lipid oxidation products enter the liquid around the lung’s lining.
The results are pulmonary cell damage and even death. Other compounds have been known to cause negative effects on platelets. The pH levels are disrupted, blocking oxidants leading to pulmonary toxicity and lung embolism. When presented to a patient suffering from autoimmune deficiencies the risk of harmful antioxidant system effects cannot be prevented through biochemical pathways rapidly regenerating the depleted levels. The stimulation of the neuroendocrine systems can cause damage to these cells through the mitochondrial and oxidative stress associated with the antioxidant pathways and degrees of antioxidant conjugation enzymes. On the bright side, the release of endorphins during the ozone therapy injections produces an increase in serotonin: patient then experiences euphoria.