Ozone therapy is a form of alternative medicine treatment that purports to increase the amount of oxygen to the body through the introduction of ozone into the body. Various methods have been suggested on the method of introducing
the ozone into the body, and the purported benefits of this therapy include the treatment of various diseases including Degenerative diseases, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, among others.
In 1856, just 16 years after its discovery, ozone was first used in a health care setting to disinfect operating rooms and sterilize surgical instruments. By the end of the 19th century the use of ozone to disinfect drinking water of
bacteria and viruses was well established in mainland Europe. In 1892 The Lancet published an article describing the administration of ozone for treatment of tuberculosis. Ozone was used during the First World War to disinfect wounds]
Proposed use and scientific evaluation
Ozone therapy consists of the introduction of ozone into the body via various methods, usually involving mixing of the ozone with various gases and liquids and injecting this into the body, including the vagina, rectum, intramuscular
(in a muscle), subcutaneously (under the skin), or intravenously (directly into veins). Ozone can also be introduced viaautohemotherapy, in which blood is drawn from the patient, exposed to ozone and re-injected into the patient.
This therapy has been proposed for use in various diseases, including degenerative diseases, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, heart disease, Alzheimer's dementia, Lyme, among others.
Year 1999 reports, has concluded that ozone therapy might be a valid therapeutic germicidal option, and ozone injection is an effective treatment for herniated discs.