Ozone Therapy

Ozone therapy works by disrupting unhealthy processes in the body. It can help stop the growth of bacteria that are harmful.

Ozone Therapy

What Is Ozone Therapy?

Ozone therapy refers to the process of administering ozone gas into your body to treat a disease or wound. Ozone is a colorless gas made up of three atoms of oxygen (O3). It can be used to treat medical conditions by stimulating the immune system. It can also be used to disinfect and treat disease. In the hospital, ozone therapy gas is made from medical-grade oxygen sources.

How it works

Ozone therapy works by disrupting unhealthy processes in the body. It can help stop the growth of bacteria that are harmful. Medical ozone has been used to disinfect medical supplies and treat different conditions for more than 150 years. For example, if you have an infection in your body, ozone therapy can stop it from spreading.

Research has shown ozone therapy to be effective at treating infections caused by:

  • bacteria
  • viruses
  • fungi
  • yeast
  • protozoa

Ozone therapy also helps flush out infected cells. Once the body rids itself of these infected cells, it produces new, healthy ones.

What it helps treat

Ozone therapy is used for a variety of conditions.

Breathing disorders

People with any type of breathing disorder may be good candidates for ozone therapy. By providing more oxygen to your blood, ozone therapy can help reduce the stress on your lungs. Your lungs are responsible for supplying oxygen to your blood. Clinical trials for people with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are currently in progress. The Mayo Clinic doesn’t recommend ozone therapy for people with asthma.


Ozone therapy also shows promise in reducing the risk of complications from diabetes. Complications are usually caused by oxidative stress in the body. If ozone therapy can bring new, fresh oxygen to the blood and tissues, people with diabetes could have much better outcomes. People with diabetes also experience poor wound healing. According to a 2015 study, ozone therapy could be helpful for repairing skin and tissue.

Immune disorders

Ozone therapy may have benefits for people with immune disorders because it can help stimulate the immune system. An in-vitro study from 1991 found evidence that ozone therapy could completely inactivate the HIV virus. A follow-up study published in 2008 didn’t find ozone therapy to offer any therapeutic value to people with HIV, however. More research is needed on the use of ozone therapy for the treatment of HIV.

How to prepare for ozone therapy

Talk with your healthcare provider about the best way to prepare for your treatment. They may provide ozone therapy by drawing blood from your body, then mixing it with ozone gas and replacing it. If ozone therapy will be administered with your blood, prepare for your blood draw by getting plenty of sleep the night before and eating a healthy breakfast that day. Also make sure to drink plenty of water.

What happens during treatment

There are many different ways to receive ozone therapy. Your healthcare provider will discuss the best options for you and your treatment.

Treatment may be given in three ways:

  • Directly to the tissue.If you undergo ozone therapy for an extremity problem or wound, the ozone gas will most likely be applied directly to the tissue of the affected body part. The gas is administered in a protective covering.
  • To treat internal disorders, such as HIV, the ozone gas is usually dissolved into blood that was taken from you. Then, the blood with the dissolved gas is injected back into you through an IV. Intravenous use in the U.S. is discouraged because of the history of serious problems such as clots in the blood.
  • Ozone therapy is also available as an intramuscular injection. For this injection, the ozone gas is mixed with your blood or sterile water before administration.


Research for ozone therapy shows mixed results, though many results are promising. Several ozone therapy clinical trials are in progress for everything from HIV to arthritis. A 2017 clinical trial found a new ozone therapy drug to be effective at helping people with COPD and cystic fibrosis.

Ozone therapy is also currently being studied in people with arthritis of the knee and other inflammatory diseases, but results aren’t yet available. People with back pain from herniated discs may also benefit from ozone therapy. Ozone therapy should be conducted by a trained physician..





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