Ozone is a gas made from oxygen. While oxygen in the air we breathe has two molecules of oxygen (O2) bound together, ozone is made of three oxygen molecules (O3).
Ozone occurs naturally in the earth’s upper atmosphere as well here on the ground, secondary to UV light striking water vapor and lightning strikes mixing with air. You may have noted the fresh smell of ozone near a waterfall or after a thunderstorm.
Making ozone involves putting energy into the air. More specifically an electric charge is applied to oxygen, which converts it to ozone. Medical ozone generators are very precise and the concentration of ozone is well controlled.
At high doses, ozone works by oxidation. Because of this it can destroy bacteria, viruses, parasites, amoeba, mold, fungus, and also break down harmful chemicals and impurities. It is far more powerful than other sanitizers such as chlorine yet leaves no harmful chemicals or byproducts behind, and when used properly and in the proper amounts, it is completely non-toxic.
Industrial ozone applications include broad use for water and air purification, food preservation and agriculture applications.
Medical ozone mechanisms of action include:
- Inactivation of bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeast and protozoa
- Stimulation of oxygen metabolism
- Activation of the immune system
- Stimulation of cellular energy production
- Lowering of oxidation in the body
These actions allow ozone to be used for many conditions such as:
- Topical wounds and infections
- Systemic infections
- Chronic fatigue
- Immune suppression
- Vascular disease
- Just about any chronic degenerative disease!
Ozone really should be thought of as supporting numerous biochemical processes rather than simply used for a specific disease.
For medical use ozone is produced from medical grade oxygen and is administered in precise therapeutic doses, by topical application, injection or mixing directly with patient’s blood. Insufflation into the rectum or vaginal cavity is another way to administer ozone.
Ozone has been extensively studied and used in medicine for over 100 years. It has proven a safe and effective treatment.
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