Oxygen

Oxygen is administered in many different ways and it is a ground for life and good health. Most of the imbalances that occur, are related to insufficient oxygenation of the tissues (for instance rheumatic diseases, muscle pain). It is known today that inflammations, cell mutations, virus and bacteria thrive without oxygen.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, HBOT

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, HBOT, is a medical treatment by which oxygen is administered at greater than normal pressure to a patient in order to treat specific medical indications. Long established as the primary therapy in the treatment of medical disorders such as carbon monoxide poisoning and gas gangrene, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is now increasingly being used on an adjunctive basis in the management of a variety of disorders. HBO has been shown to be particularly effective in treating problem wounds, chronic bone infections and radiation injury.

In Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy, the patient is placed in a specially designed chamber, the pressure in the chamber is increased, and 100% oxygen is breathed. Alveolar oxygen pressure is increased, causing a rise in plasma oxygen content which results in enhanced tissue oxygen delivery. The amount of pressure increase and the length of time under pressure are determined by the condition being treated. Treatment pressures are usually between 2 and 3 times atmospheric.

There are portable hyperbaric chambers, which are used for home treatment. These are usually referred to as "mild hyperbaric chambers", which is a reference to the lower pressure of soft-sided chambers. Those go up to 4.1 PSI, which is equivalent to a water depth of 11 ft. These chambers are operated with oxygen concentrators or with 100% oxygen as the breathing gas.

These portable hyperbaric chambers were originally developed and used for altitude sickness. The benefits of hyperbaric chambers to a number of other conditions such as autism, lyme disease, cancer, stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, cardiac conditions, brain injury, and other immunodeficiency disorders do have research and case studies to substantiate the effectiveness.

Recent studies have also shown that hyperbaric at a lower pressure for a period of 6 months or more is more effective for most conditions as the mild chambers have an immune modulating effect.