Ozone is created when an extra oxygen atom is added to an oxygen molecule. It alters the structure of the compound, leading to a gas with healing potential. The structural change is responsible for key healing mechanisms, including the ability to eliminate harmful free radicals in the body.
Free radicals are unstable molecules which seek to steal electrons, causing cellular damage and also altering DNA and proteins. Overall, free radical damage can have profound, long-term impacts on health. Yet, ozone offers up its extra oxygen molecule to these agents, thereby satisfying their need for an extra electron without compromising health.
Ozone therapy is an alternative option to help promote wellness in several ways. In particular, IV ozone treatments can introduce ozone to the body via the circulatory system, delivering its benefits throughout the entire body. Not only does it have the ability to free radicals and the damage they cause, but it may also help to regulate the immune system. In conditions such as autoimmune disorders, in which the immune system is overworked, ozone therapy has been considered to help slow the system down. On the other hand, it has the ability to give an underactive immune system the boost it needs to combat infections and other factors behind illnesses. For instance, it has been shown to effectively target and kill viruses and bacteria.
In some cases, ozone therapy may be combined with platelet-rich plasma (PRP). Platelets are the healing agents within the blood which can be extracted and concentrated to accelerate the effects of ozone. The treatment approach is commonly administered via injection for conditions such as osteoarthritis, along with other orthopedic conditions such as sciatica, and persistent neck or back pain, among others.
Ozone can kickstart the biochemical reactions needed to regenerate cartilage, while also helping to reduce inflammation and promote tissue healing. It also addresses the decreased oxygen utilization commonly seen in chronic conditions, which leads to insufficient cellular energy. Thus, not only are the symptoms potentially able to be addressed (such as reduced pain and mobility), but the underlying condition can be targeted to be improved as well.
This post was written by Becky Palmer, a medical professional at Stemedix Inc. At Stemedix we provide access to Regenerative Medicine, also known as Stem Cell Therapy in Tampa. Regenerative medicine seeks to replace tissue or organs that have been damaged by disease, trauma, or congenital issues.