Ozone therapy

Pilkington, Karen and CAM-Cancer Consortium, . (2012) Ozone therapy. Documentation. National Information Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NIFAB), CAM-Cancer Database.

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Ozone (O3) is an unstable gas found in the atmosphere where it protects against solar radiation. It has been produced by specialised generators for therapeutic use. Ozone therapy can involve body saunas, insufflation into body cavities (not the lungs), application to joints and lesions, and mixing with the patient’s blood and reinjection (autohaemotherapy). It has also been used as a disinfectant. It has been claimed that ozone therapy has immunomodulatory and immunoactivating properties, and can correct tumour hypoxia. In vitro and animal studies have shown changes in various biological parameters but there have been few trials in humans for any condition and no randomised controlled trials in cancer patients. Ozone has been shown to be toxic to the lungs and dangerous if directly injected intravenously. Few adverse effects have been reported for autohaemotherapy but assessment of safety has been limited to date. While apparently widely used, evidence on the proposed benefits in cancer patients is lacking and safety has not been proven.

Item Type: Monograph (Documentation)
Subjects: University of Westminster > Science and Technology > Life Sciences, School of (No longer in use)
Depositing User: Rachel Wheelhouse
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2014 08:58
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2014 08:58
URI: http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/id/eprint/14029

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