Ozone Therapy…. What old science can teach us in the modern era.
Ozone (O3) was discovered in the 1840s and was shown to be a molecule consisting of three oxygen atoms in a dynamically unstable structure. Although classically thought of as a substance with potentially dangerous effects, the modern reality is far different. After more than a century of study, this old molecule turns out to have unique and regenerative properties when used clinically to address patient’s issues. As far back as 1896, Nikola Tesla patented the first O3 generator in the US, later forming the “Tesla Ozone Company” for use in a medical setting.
How does O3 work in the human body? Ozone represents the continued adoption of agitating therapies to improve cellular function. Injury leads to healing. The newer concept of sparking intracellular responses by stimulating a pseudo injury to cells is the mechanism of action O3. Rather than damaging cells, ozone when applied correctly, elicits restorative responses on a molecular level within the body. This directly leads to regenerating anti-oxidant species to balance oxidative metabolism, alters inflammatory mediator cascades, revitalizes mitochondrial function which in turn improves cellular function that is the basis for better tissue and organ performance. O3 also retrains cells to utilize oxygen more successfully and has a role as a potential anti-infective.
The summary from a clinical perspective is that Ozone Therapy gives the opportunity to correct or regenerate metabolic processes which have become imbalanced physiologically. This therapeutic option can be used to potentially address difficult to resolve medical conditions.