History of Medical Ozone
The first water treatment plan with ozone was in Holland in 1893. Now there are more than 3200 water treatment plans with ozone in the world. During the First World War (1914-1918) ozone used to treat wounds, foot gangrene and effect of poisonous chlorine gas. It was found that infected wounds washed with rain water (containing ozone) heal faster than wounds washed with river water.
The German scientist Dr.Otto Warburg was awarded Noble Prize in Medicine in 1931 and in 1944 for his theory of the basic cause of cancer in damaged cell respiration and the importance of ozone as a preventive measure and treatment.
In 1972 the International Ozone Association was established.
In 1983 first International Medical Ozone Association conference was held in Washington.
How Does Ozone Work?
- When a cell becomes stressed by physical or chemical shock or by viral, bacterial or fungal attack, its energy levels are reduced by the outflow of electrons and it becomes electropositive. Ozone possesses the third atom of oxygen which is electrophilic i.e. ozone has a free radical electrical charge in the third atom of oxygen which seeks to balance itself electrically with other material with a corresponding unbalanced charge.
- Diseased cells, viruses, harmful bacteria and other pathogens carry such a charge and so attract ozone and its by-products. When ozone is introduced into the blood, it reacts with these oxidisable substrates killing viruses, bacteria and fungi. In addition, the metabolic waste products of these organisms are oxidized and an oxygen rich environment is provided where healthy cells can thrive.
- Normal healthy cells can not react with ozone or its by-products as they posses a balanced electrical charge and strong enzyme systems.
- Ozone Targets Only Diseased Cells and Pathogens
Mode of Action of Ozone:
Ozone disrupts the integrity of bacterial cell envelope through oxidation of the phospholipids and lipoproteins. It also damages the viral capsid and upsets its reproductive cycle by disrupting virus-to-cell contact with peroxidation.
Enhancement of Circulation:
Ozone reduces clumping of red cells and restores its flexibility and oxygen carrying ability. The arterial oxygen partial pressure increases and viscosity decreases leading to better tissue oxygenation. In addition ozone oxidizes plaques in arteries allowing removal of the breakdown products.
Stimulation of oxygen metabolism:
Ozone increases red blood cell glycolysis rate leading to stimulation of 2, 3-diphosphoglycerate (2, 3-DPG) and accordingly increase of oxygen released to tissues. In addition ozone activates Krebs cycle by enhancing oxidative carboxylation of pyruvate leading to stimulation of production of adenosine tri-phosphate (ATP) and accordingly more energy on the cellular level.
Stimulation of the production of the enzymes which act as a free radical scavengers and cell wall protectors:
Glutathione Peroxidase, Catalase, and Superoxide Dismutase. So medical ozone is a free radical scavenger.
Dissolution of malignant tumors:
Ozone inhibits tumor metabolism, oxidizes the outer lipid layer of malignant cells and destroys them through cell lysis. Also ozone increases the ability of phagocytes to kill tumor cells (by stimulation of conversion of arginine to citrulline, nitrite and nitrate by phagocytes)
Activation of the immune system:
Ozone stimulates the production of interferon times. It also stimulates the production of interleukins mainly Interleukin-2. In addition ozone stimulates the production of Tumor necrosis factor (TNF).