What is This Thing Called Ozone Therapy and What's it Used For?

What is This Thing Called Ozone Therapy and What's it Used For?

Micah - The Ozonaut
6 minute read

It's an unfortunate fact that the majority of websites offering information on ozone equipment and uses are trying to sell you something. For this reason, objective and impartial evaluations are hard to come by online. We want to change that. Here are the main ways ozone is used. 

  1. Water purification
  2. Air purification/Odor elimination
  3. Food preservation
  4. Therapeutic administration

1.  Let’s take these one at a time and start with ozone water purification. Ozone is a potent disinfectant that has a half-life of about 20 minutes, so any chance of adverse effects from lung irritation is eliminated by the time the water is ingested. Many water bottling companies use ozone rather than chlorine to disinfect and purify water, because ozone is tasteless and chemical-free.

It is also possible to make your own ozone water. Click here for the protocol on how to do so. “Ozone water” is just water with a higher ozone concentration than what you would find in water that was simply purified with ozone. As ozone is such a potent disinfectant, if ozone water is used within 20 minutes of it being made, it’s able to be used for wound care and possibly as a chemical-free disinfecting agent following dental procedures. There have also been many claims regarding the benefits of drinking ozone water, but not all of those claims are backed by scientific evidence. Much anecdotal evidence would suggest that drinking ozone water aids in the prevention and cessation of some health issues. But we can only acknowledge these claims as what they are: claims that need further study. Perhaps someday the claims of these many enthusiastic users will be scientifically verified, but until then we can only present them as speculation.  

2.  Ozone is also used for air purification and odor elimination. Often marketed as two separate types of machines, ozone generators that purify the air are essentially the same ones that eliminate odors. This is because they work in the same way: the generator receives room air through an input fan, converts the oxygen into ozone via a corona discharge (controlled electric discharge simulating a lightning burst within the machine) and expels the converted ozone back out via another fan. The newly released ozone molecules in the air eliminate odors in the following way: the third oxygen atom from the ozone molecules attaches to the odor-causing molecules, altering their structure and creating brand new, odorless molecules. The biggest caveat with these types of ozone generators is that they cannot be operated while anyone is in the space that is being deodorized. Ozone should never be directly inhaled, as doing so can irritate the lungs and cause eventual breathing issues.

 3.  Another common use for ozone is as a food preserver. Just as it is used commercially by water bottlers to purify water without chemicals, ozone in its aqueous form is often used commercially to sterilize equipment and food storage containers. It is also used in both its aqueous and gas forms to decontaminate fresh produce, and in its gas form to preserve food in cold storage. Ozone acts as a food preservative in the same way that it’s able to sterilize water and purify room air: the third oxygen atom reacts with the oxidizable components of harmful microorganisms and destroys them by modifying their cellular structure. Ozone is often a preferred method of preservation and sterilization for a few reasons:

  • It is naturally antimicrobial and more effective than certain other options
  • It is not a chemical, so therefore leaves behind no chemical residue on foods or equipment
  • It can (and should) be produced on-site using room air or pure oxygen, eliminating the need for food producers to continually purchase antimicrobials

   4. The use that is the primary concern of Drs. Ozone Is that of therapeutic administration. Ozone therapy is perhaps the most controversial of these four uses, for several reasons:

Medical administration of ozone has been around since World War I, when German doctors used ozone to disinfect wounds of soldiers in the trenches. There are varying ideas about how long ozone has been in use strictly as a therapy, but the potential medical implications are many: ranging from treatment of diseases to prevention of sickness to wound treatment to anti-aging and skincare. The most common and well-known type of administration is ozonated autohemotherapy, where blood is drawn, injected with ozone and replaced via IV. This allows ozone to enter the bloodstream and affect nearly every part and system of the patient’s body. However, there are many ways to administer ozone.

What does ozone do to the body? Perhaps the biggest effect of ozone on the human body (when properly administered) is the reduction of mitochondrial suppression. Mitochondrial suppression is not the same as mitochondrial decay, which is a natural and unavoidable part of aging. Rather, mitochondrial suppression is what occurs when mitochondria (the building blocks of cells) aren’t getting enough oxygen. This is often the effect of illness. Ozone reacts with the cells of the body, the third oxygen atom modifying their molecular structure for improved oxidation. Oxygen is then able to better reach the mitochondria and optimize their function.

 This is the ideal effect of systemic ozone administration (when performed intravenously or rectally), but it also serves a purpose when applied externally as a gas, a liquid, or even a gel, oil, cream or paste. Oxygenation is the key word in these cases. In the same way that ozone is able to disinfect surfaces for the food service, it is able to disinfect and oxygenate wounds and burns. The oxygenating properties of ozone also have far-reaching implications for skincare and dental health.

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