Ozone therapy has been slow to hit mainstream medicine, but many doctors are now beginning to use medical-grade ozone to improve the health of their patients. When used properly, ozone has the potential to promote healing, strengthen your immune system, and increase circulation.
At her practice in Columbia, Missouri, Dr. Bonnie Friehling delivers many regenerative health treatments, including ozone therapy for a variety of conditions or symptoms that aren’t responding to traditional treatments.
Ozone therapy isn’t a new concept. In fact, ozone has been used as a medical disinfectant for years, and ozonotherapy groups exist in multiple countries. Recent studies show that ozone might increase oxygen supply in the blood while deactivating bacteria, viruses, and other foreign bodies, all of which can enhance your immune system.
Ozone occurs naturally as a gas, but inhaling it can irritate the lungs. This means the ozone must be delivered in other ways. For wounds, ozone might be applied directly to the damaged skin by bagging the injured area and using an ozone sauna.
Ozone can also be given intravenously or intramuscularly to combat internal issues like HIV or arthritis. In some cases, ozone can be injected directly into the spine to help heal herniated discs. This is done by dissolving the ozone into a sample of your blood, and then injecting it back into the body.
How ozone therapy can improve your health
The benefits of ozone therapy are still being discovered and discussed, but researchers believe it can improve your health by:
- Improving circulation, boosting red blood cells’ oxygen delivery
- Releasing growth factors that encourage healing
- Activating the immune system to fight infections
- Improving how your body utilizes oxygen
- Reducing chronic pain
Ozone therapy is widely considered a form of regenerative medicine, which means it can treat a number of conditions by boosting your body’s natural immune and healing responses. This makes it a viable treatment for many different issues, from wounds to deadly diseases.
This therapy can also improve your general sense of wellbeing; 85% of patients reported increased energy after treatment.
What to expect from ozone therapy
If you’re considering ozone therapy, it’s best to discuss your treatment with a specialist before continuing. We can help you decide if ozone therapy is right for you, and we can determine how to administer the ozone and how often you’ll need these treatments. Before beginning treatment, Dr. Friehling will evaluate your health and discuss the following factors:
- What condition you’re seeking treatment for
- Your age and overall health
- What treatments you’ve received before
- Additional conditions or concerns
From there, we’ll create an ozone therapy plan that caters to your specific needs. If you’re interested in learning more about ozone therapy, talk to Dr. Friehling by calling 573-446-1200, or visit the contact page for more information.