18 Feb Ozopuncture is an advance in Pain Treatment using ozone injections into acupuncture points and joints.
Ozone is a triatomic oxygen compound. The word “ozone” often brings to mind very different phenomena: the first being the ozone layer protectively surrounding the earth. In our everyday lives, we also know ozone as an indicator of air pollution. Ozone is highly irritating to our respiratory system and thus should not be inhaled directly. One positive effect of ozone is seen in modern swimming pools where it’s used instead of chlorine to keep the water clean. In medicine, ozone has been used for decades in the treatment of chronic illnesses.
Medical ozone is 99.9% pure oxygen and is generated by discharging high-voltage tubes in special ozone therapy devices. The medically-controlled use of ozone contributes to a wide variety of therapeutic effects:
- Kills bacterial, viral and fungal germs
- Has an anti-inflammatory effect
- Promotes circulation
- Boosts the immune system (at low dosages)
- Inhibits the immune system (at high dosages)
- Staunches the flow of blood (at high dosages)
Different methods can be used in ozone therapy:
- Intramuscular injection (i.m.) – the “shot in the behind”
- Intraarticular injection (into the joint)
- Intestinal (rectal) or vaginal insufflation using special thin catheters
- Minor autohaemotherapy: 5-10ml of blood is drawn from a vein, mixed with ozone, and then reinjected i.m.
- Major autohaemotherapy: 60-80ml of blood is drawn from a vein, sparged in a vacuum vial with a volume of bubbling ozone specific to each case, and then reinfused back into the vein.
- External application: gassing, ozone water, ozonised olive oil
- Speciality of experienced acupuncturists: OZOpuncture; i.e. injecting acupuncture points with ozone, which leads to a clear increase in the effectiveness of traditional needle acupuncture.
Provided a physician finds no medical contraindication, ozone therapy can be used to treat:
- Circulatory disorders (cerebral and peripheral, obstructive arterial diseases, coronary heart disease, Morbus Raynaud’s disease, high blood pressure, venous disorders)
- Metabolic disorders (e.g. diabetes mellitus, lipometabolic disorders, gout, liver diseases)
- General vulnerability to infections, acute and chronic viral infections (hepatitis A, B and C; herpes simplex, shingles, HIV, etc.)
- Cancer post-treatment
- Autoimmune diseases such as MS, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, etc.
- Rheumatic diseases
- Migraines, etc.