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Understanding Ozone Therapy: Definition, Benefits, & Treatment

Ozone therapy is a holistic treatment offered at some naturopathic clinics, such as Connecticut Natural Medicine. Ozone therapy involves the therapeutic use of ozone to support the body’s natural healing processes. This guide dives deeper into the components of ozone therapy, how it works, and what benefits it can offer.


What is Ozone?


Ozone (O3), is an energized form of oxygen that contains three atoms of oxygen rather than the two we normally breathe. It’s the second most powerful sterilizer in the world and can be used to destroy bacteria, viruses, and odors. Aside from our atmosphere, ozone occurs in nature, often as a result of lightning strikes during thunderstorms.


How Does Ozone Therapy Work?


Using medical-grade, regulated levels of ozone, this process helps increase the amount of oxygen in your body.


Ozone can be administered through injection, topical application, intravenous infusion, or an ozone generator device. Connecticut Natural Medicine uses a generator in our modalities.


When ozone is introduced into the body, ozone interacts with the body’s tissues, stimulating the release of oxygen to activate the immune system. This process is called oxygenation, which enhances circulation and cellular function to help your body heal itself.



Ozone therapy benefits graphic

Graphic from Purefico.com


Is Ozone Therapy Safe?


Ozone is safe when used under the right circumstances. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and National Institute for National Safety and Health (NIOSH), the allowable safe level of residual ozone is 0.1 ppm. Note that this permissible exposure limit (PEL) is for continuous exposure throughout an entire eight-hour day.


At Connecticut Natural Medicine, your safety is our top priority. Our naturopathic professionals ensure that ozone therapy is administered with utmost care. Our therapy is in a controlled environment with exact dosages far below the level of concern.


We also ensure that this therapy is not inhaled through the lungs, which is much more safe and results in less negative side effects.


Who can benefit from ozone therapy?


Ozone therapy can be a "game-changer" for patients with:


• Lyme Disease

• Chronic Fatigue

• All acute and chronic viral episodes from EBV, Herpes to Shingles to the flu and common cold

• Autoimmune Disease

• Osteo and Rheumatoid Arthritis

• Fibromyalgia

• Chemical Sensitivities, Mold and Biotoxin illness

• Chronic Allergies

• Bacterial infections such as staph, strep, E.coli and MRSA

• Heart and Vascular Disease

• Peripheral Artery Disease

• Dementia and Cerebral Vascular Disease

• Post Stroke

• Diabetic Circulatory Disease

• Cancer (Complementary concept in oncology)

• Asthma and COPD

• Hepatitis B and C

• Herpes simplex and herpes zoster (shingles)

• Eye Diseases especially retinopathies

• Infections (viral, bacterial, fungal)

• Low Immunity

• Acute hearing loss (vascular only)

• Tinnitus (vascular only)

• GI challenges such as pancreatitis, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, IBS, and leaky gut

• MS

• Infertility in men and women


What are the benefits of ozone therapy?


There are multiple benefits of ozone therapy, such as, but not limited to:

  • Improved immune system

  • Revert brain tissue damage

  • Pain management

  • Helps treat infections or mold exposure - antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral abiitlies

  • Lyme’s Disease treatment

  • Detoxification

  • More oxygen to the cells

  • Skin repair and recovery

Is there proof that ozone therapy is effective?


There are many studies that show ozone therapy is effective for the reasons listed above.


In a study from Acta Biomedica in 2018, in a controlled clinical trial there was an 80% success rate for oxygen-ozone treatment at 6 months for treating low back pain. Read the full study here.


What is the difference between ozone therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)?


Watch this video where Dr. Sarah Schindler explains the difference between ozone therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT):



Are there any side effects associated with ozone therapy?


Most individuals don’t experience any side effects, but some potential side effects can include:

  • Discomfort and cramping

  • Herxheimer reaction (feeling worse before you feel better)

  • Lightheadedness

  • Mild headaches

  • Swelling of blood vessels


Ozone should NEVER be administered through the lungs, but that is not what this therapy entails. Connecticut Natural Medicine ensures you are never inhaling ozone, as that may irritate the respiratory passage and damage your lungs.


It’s imperative to ALWAYS consult with a trained professional before trying ozone therapy or any modalities. Make sure you’re approved to proceed with this kind of therapy so you can safely enjoy all its benefits.

Start Ozone Therapy at Connecticut Natural Medicine Today!

Connecticut Natural Medicine in Ellington, Connecticut, provides ozone therapy alongside other naturopathic treatments to support your wellness journey. Ozone therapy is available at our location at 12 Main Street. Contact us by calling 860-454-7029.


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