Ozone, or O3 , is a gas consisting of three atoms of oxygen. It is chemically quite unstable. O3 is not to be confused with the oxygen needed to breathe, known as O2 , which consists of two atoms and is very stable. Because of its third oxygen atom, ozone can be useful as an agent of reaction. Essentially, in order to achieve the more stable form, an ozone molecule is desperate to give away an atom of oxygen—a process called oxidation. The free oxygen atom has the ability to combine and alter other substances, which is the basis for ozone’s reactivity.
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Ozone has been heavily studied for over a century and utilized in the form of medical therapy for many decades. The medical use of ozone to treat infections and wounds has actually been around for over 150 years and its effectiveness has been documented. But only during the First World War did ozone as a medical treatment find broader recognition. Medical resources were limited, and because ozone had known antibacterial properties, doctors applied ozone topically to help heal soldiers’ infected wounds. This led to the discovery of ozone’s ability to reduce inflammation and its hemodynamic effect—meaning it can affect blood flow.
O3 serves to regulate the immune system by stimulating the production of key signaling proteins that elicit the destruction of microbes.Ozone has hemodynamic properties, meaning it positively impacts blood flow and circulation throughout the body. Ozone stimulates the uptake and utilization of oxygen by the body’s cells. It does this by activating the Kreb’s cycle, the mechanism that allows your cells to optimize oxygen by transforming it into energy. Ozone improves the circulation of blood, as well as it allows your body to use oxygen more efficiently.Furthermore, ozone increases the effectiveness of the body’s antioxidant enzyme system. Antioxidants function to prevent cellular damage, which is a common pathway for cancer, aging, and disease.
Ozone can be introduced into the body through several methods. It may be mixed with liquids or combined with blood plasma and injected back into muscle tissue and joints. Your doctor will advise you on what dosage and method of administration is best for you. All the routes of application treat systemically, locally, or both. Systemic treatments benefit the body as a whole in some manner, while local treat a specific area.