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What is ozone therapy, the therapeutic agent for the treatment of pain?

  • Ozone therapy is a medical treatment that helps treat multiple diseases. In The newspaper We spoke with three specialists to learn about the benefits of ozone in medicine

Ozone therapy, also called ozone therapy, is a treatment that uses the mixture of medical oxygen and ozone in specific concentrations to treat various diseases.

In accordance with Maria Patricia Meiss Urdanetaa doctor specialized in traumatology and orthopedics, ozone therapy has been used in Europe since the beginning of the 20th century. He explained that due to its effectiveness in the treatment of multiple pathologies, it has been exported to the American continent in recent years.

“Ozone can be used in multiple pathologies and is part of the therapeutic option of several medical and surgical specialties. In my experience as a traumatologist, it is very useful in painful disorders of the skeletal muscle soft tissue due to its tissue regenerative power, ”he said in an interview for The newspaper.

The specialist specified that ozone therapy stimulates circulation, increases the supply of oxygen to the tissues, is an antioxidant (eliminates free radicals, stimulates oxidation-reduction enzymes), promotes tissue regeneration and cell revitalization, and stimulates the activation of the immune system. immunological. In addition, it has a bactericidal, fungicidal, anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect.

In which pathologies can it be used?

Cesar Augusto Astudillo Gonzaleza medical specialist in Traumatology and Orthopedics with a diploma in Ozone Therapy, indicated in an interview for The newspaper that ozone therapy can be used in any disease that causes inflammation and chronic pain.

He explained that he applies it to treat osteoarthritis of the spine, hip, knees and hands; degenerative disc diseases of the cervical, dorsal or lumbar spine; and in infectious processes of skin and soft tissues.

“Thanks to its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, it allows us to use it in different pathologies. For five years I have been using ozone therapy in my treatments to help improve the quality of life of my patients”, he stated.

The doctor Nohemi Aguirre, pediatrician and ozone therapist, highlighted that this treatment is also used to close diabetic foot ulcers or those caused by varicose veins, as well as abscesses, infected wounds and even acne. “This is because ozone has the ability to destroy viruses, bacteria and fungi without these microorganisms producing resistance,” he added.

Aguirre, who has been applying ozone therapy for six years, said in an interview for El Diario that ozone treatment is used to treat immune diseases such as arthritis, diabetes and systemic lupus erythematosus.

“These are conditions that keep the immune system altered and ozone manages to control or reduce the inflammation caused by these diseases,” he added.

How is ozone therapy applied?

The traumatologist María Patricia Meiss Urdaneta stressed that there are multiple ways to apply ozone therapy and both these and the treatment time vary according to the disease for which it is to be applied.

Ozone therapy can be applied through the following routes: systemic (major and minor ozone autohemotherapy), intramuscular (injection into the muscle), intra-articular (injection into the shoulder, knee or ankle joint), paravertebral (on the sides of the spinal vertebrae), subcutaneous (under the skin), by rectal, vesicourethral, ​​vaginal insufflation or through vacuum bags.

The doctor Nohemi Aguirre explained that minor autohemotherapy consists of blood preparations from the same patient that is mixed with ozone gas. In this case, only 5cc of blood is combined with ozone and it is applied intramuscularly at concentrations defined by the doctor.

On the other hand, he indicated that major autohemotherapy is when a larger volume of blood is used, which is mixed with ozone gas and subsequently returned to the patient intravenously.

Aguirre said that another way of applying ozone is through the skin, with the use of ozonated oils or creams and ozonated soap.

“It is also used in intravenous fluids (physiological solution prepared with ozone gas) administered to oxygenate the body,” he asserted.

According to the doctor, rectal insufflation is performed to obtain general oxygenation, especially in patients who have had cerebrovascular accidents. “Once the event is over, and the patient is more recovered, ozone therapy is applied in order to produce cerebral oxygenation,” she pointed out.

Aguirre specified that all procedures performed with ozone are coadjuvant to common medical treatments. He indicated that by applying ozone therapy to reduce inflammation and pain, patients have a quick recovery and can reduce the consumption of painkillers.

Candidates for ozone treatment

Specialists agree that all people can apply ozone therapy and there is no age range.

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All patients with pathologies that can be improved through the biological effects produced by ozone are candidates. (…) One must be attentive to the recommended application routes for each stage of life”, indicated the traumatologist María Patricia Meiss Urdaneta.

Dr. Cesar Astudillo specified that more frequently adults are treated because, after 50 years of age, 70% of people already have symptoms of some degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis) in the spine, hip or knee.

What is ozone therapy, the therapeutic agent for the treatment of pain?

He stressed that it is contraindicated to apply ozone therapy in patients with uncontrolled thyroid disorders, uncontrolled cardiovascular disease and coagulation disorders. They also avoid this therapy during pregnancy.

“There are certain medical conditions in which the placement of ozone therapy should be avoided and these must be carefully and exhaustively questioned by the treating physician in a history prior to the placement of it,” Meiss Urdaneta said.

People with severe cardiovascular instability, acute myocardial infarction, acute untreated convulsive status, hemochromatosis, hemolytic anemia, favism, thrombocytopenia, and patients treated with iron or copper are not candidates for the application of ozone therapy.

Clinical improvements from the first session

Dr. Nohemí Aguirre pointed out that medical ozone is made up of 95% pure oxygen and 5% ozone gas with certain concentrations and doses that are prescribed by the Spanish Association of Medical Professionals in Ozone Therapy (AEPROMO).

“The number of therapies depends on the evolution and pathology of the patients, but generally with few sessions it is possible to restore or reduce the problem for which he attended the consultation,” he asserted.

He added that patients who attend for low back pain, neck pain and sciatica, recover quickly, as well as people with glycemic disorders, who with a few sessions of rectal insufflation, manage to maintain adequate values.

Traumatologist Cesar Astudillo commented that the treatment time is individualized, but generally applies five sessions (one per week).

The cost of a treatment with ozone therapy will depend on the number of sessions and the route of application. However, both in Venezuela and in other countries the price is relatively cheap.

“Ozone therapy is not something new”

The ozone therapist Nohemí Aguirre indicated that there are many scientific studies that support the effectiveness and use of ozone. “Ozone therapy is not something new, since since the First World War when the wounds of soldiers in war were being treated, ozone was used,” she added.

AEPROMO reviews in its Web page that in the 20th century doctors from the United States, Germany, Russia and Cuba used ozone to treat various diseases.

In 1911, Dr. Noble Eberhart, head of the Department of Physiology at Loyola University Chicago, indicates in the “High Frequency Operating Manual” that he used ozone to treat tuberculosis, anemia, chlorosis, tinnitus, whooping cough, asthma, bronchitis, hay fever, insomnia, pneumonia, diabetes, gout, and syphilis.

In 1913, the first German society for ozone therapy was created under the direction of Dr. Eugene Blass. Two years later, Dr. Albert Wolff of Berlin promoted the use of ozone for the treatment of wounds, trench foot (also known as pit foot or frozen foot), gangrene, and to alleviate the effects of poison gas during the First World War. World War.

Dr. Otto Warburg of the Kaiser Institute in Berlin published in 1926 that the cause of cancer was lack of oxygen at the cellular level. This researcher received the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1931.

Aguirre indicated that the use of ozone therapy has been spreading in several countries such as Spain and Italy, until reaching Venezuela, which is one of the few countries in Latin America to endorse this therapy.

Dr. María Patricia Meiss Urdaneta highlighted that there are currently courses, workshops, diploma courses and conferences around the world where the concepts of this treatment in multiple diseases are discussed.

“Rapid access to information through the media and social networks allow the exchange of information to be greater and faster, so the knowledge and interest in these techniques allow their development and expansion,” he concluded.

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