Mention the term “Ozone Therapy” and most people react with a mixture of horror and confusion. Isn’t ozone bad for you? That is, after all, what we have all been led to believe for a long time. The weather man (or woman) was continually warning us about the dangerously high ozone level and runners were cautioned not to go out at these times.
But what about the perilous destruction of the ozone layer? Isn’t the loss of ozone bad? All this can seem confusing and contradictory. So if you are confused about the increasing use of ozone for healing, well, you’re pretty normal. Ozone is a type of oxygen molecule that is formed in nature. All of us are familiar with the representation of oxygen as “O2”, Like oxygen, ozone is also a gas and is portrayed as “O3”. Basically, it is just O2 with one more oxygen atom bonded onto it. It is this extra oxygen that is responsible for the healing effect of medical ozone. Ever noticed the slightly sweet and clean smell after a thunderstorm? That is the smell of ozone that was produced in the storm.
Chemically speaking, ozone is unstable and wants to let go of this extra oxygen atom and go back to being O2. But the extra oxygen atoms need something else to attach to. Lucky for us they have an affinity for toxins in our environment. The air after a storm smells “clean” because the ozone bonded with impurities (pollution) in the air and removed them. This process is called oxidation, making ozone beneficial in many commercial applications, such as air and water purification. But this extra oxygen also has the ability to bind to toxins in the human body as well. Additionally, it can destroy bacteria, viruses, parasites, amoeba, mold, and fungi. It is 35 times more powerful than chlorine and yet leaves no harmful chemicals or byproducts behind. If used properly and in the proper amounts, it is completely non-toxic.
Your body has the potential to renew and regenerate itself. When it becomes sick it is because this potential has been blocked. One of the primary reasons for this blockage is the accumulation of toxins held in the tissues. The oxidation potential of ozone can easily render these toxins harmless, stimulating your body to remove them and go back to doing what it does best – heal itself.
Steam therapy has been used for a long time to help the body rid itself of toxins through sweating. As the pores open and the millions of sweat glands start to excrete, the body rids itself of metabolic and other waste products. Additionally, artificially induced hyperthermia (rising body temperature) results in the destruction of bacteria and viruses. Hippocrates, the founder of Western medicine said, “Give me the power to create a fever, and I shall cure any dis-ease.” Fever is part of the body’s natural healing response. During a fever, the functioning of the immune system is stimulated, while the growth of bacteria is forced to slow down.
The addition of ozone to this age old therapy creates an extremely powerful method of detoxification and oxygenation of the body. Ozone steam therapy has been common in Europe for over 50 years and is becoming more popular in the US. While inside the steam therapy cabinet ozone can easily penetrate your skin, oxygenating the blood, lymph, and fat. Since most of the toxins in your body are held in the lymph and the fat, this treatment is one of the most effective ways to eliminate them from the body. Allowing ozone in and toxins out creates the ideal condition for healing and regeneration.
Published papers have demonstrated the healing effect of ozone steam therapy on many conditions, including interstitial cystitis, chronic hepatitis, herpes infections, dental infections, diabetes, Lyme disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, macular degeneration, and more. Additionally, ozone steam therapy has been noted to stimulate blood flow, reduce chronic aches and pains in muscles and joints, improve skin tone, promote better sleep, and contribute to a greater overall sense of wellbeing.
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