Full-body treatments like lymphatic massage, cryogenic chambers, infrared saunas, and more are gaining steam in the wellness world, and for good reason. It’s not just about weight loss and skincare, although those are major perks. These types of treatments have an impact on a cellular level, contributing to longevity and cell function.
Ozone therapy isn’t new, but we’re here to give you (and ourselves) a refresher on the benefits. Ozone, aka O3, is a type of oxygen, essentially. It has three atoms of oxygen and was discovered in the mid-19th century—so not too long ago in the grand scheme of things.
Its original purpose was as a form of therapy to fight disease. It does this by deactivating harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeasts, and protozoans, all while stimulating our ability to metabolize oxygen (so we’re getting more in, quicker) and activate the immune system. This has the potential to rapidly heal and prevent active diseases from proliferating and causing chronic inflammation and other dangerous side effects.
Dr. Jeremy Fischer of Vitality Integrative is a naturopathic doctor who provides holistic medicine and IV therapy for serious issues like fibromyalgia and even cancer. He’s a huge advocate for the benefits of ozone therapy. He uses this safe and effective treatment frequently because of its amazing benefits to so many of his patients.
“The primary method I utilize ozone therapy is called blood ozonation—also called major autohemotherapy,” Dr. Fischer shares. “This involves removing some blood from the vein, mixing the blood outside the body with ozone gas, then returning this ozonated blood back into the body via the vein.” If you’ve ever had a PRP (platelet-rich plasma) microneedling facial, using your own blood for the improvement of your skin and health is nothing new.
“This ozonated blood now contains compounds called ozonides, which stimulate multiple beneficial downstream effects once they’re back in the body, including increasing antioxidant production, improving detoxification, reducing excess inflammation, increasing oxygen utilization, improving blood circulation, and improving the immune system’s response to infections.
The types of conditions that can benefit from ozone therapy include heart disease, various autoimmune conditions, neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis, and various infections including Lyme disease and viral infections.”
However, ozone therapy is not just for the chronically ill.
“I also use ozone therapy for healthy patients wanting to optimize their health as part of a wellness/anti-aging strategy, since it has a beneficial effect on the mitochondria, the energy-producing powerhouse in all of your cells. Mitochondrial decay is thought to be responsible for a lot of the aging process.” When we think of anti-aging, what we’re really thinking of is our cellular energy, known as ATP (adenosine triphosphate). Facial devices like microcurrent, for example, help boost our ATP production to slow down the appearance of aging due to loss of cellular energy and mitochondrial decay.
Essentially, it helps kick our bodies’ healing mechanisms into high gear. This is incredibly useful for those with a variety of diseases and ailments, but healthy people use this therapy to optimize their cellular functions and supercharge their mental focus. “After an ozone treatment, many patients report feeling a great sense of well-being, increased energy, or improved mental clarity,” Dr. Fischer explains. Sign us up.
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