What is Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
How Does It Work
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) involves breathing increased levels of oxygen (up to 100% at greater than 1 atmosphere absolute (ATM) in a pressurized chamber. Since we usually only breathe between 17% and 21% oxygen, that is a 500% increase!
The earliest chambers were used for medical purposes in 1662 in Great Britain. It wasn’t until the 1920’s that the technology was used in the United States for the treatment of the Spanish Flu. In the British Medical Journal, 1885, Dr. Williams said:
The use of atmospheric air under different degrees of atmospheric pressure,
in the treatment of disease, is one of the most important advances in modern
medicine and when we consider the simplicity of the agent, the exact methods by which it may be applied, and the precision with which it can be regulated to the requirements of each individual, we are astonished that in England this method of treatment has been so little used.
After a considerable amount of medical research and tests, scientists discovered that a great variety of conditions could benefit from HBOT. The therapy also works to boost the immune system, reduce inflammation and swelling, build new blood vessels, and increase energy and stamina.
Because of the increased pressure while in the chamber, oxygen is saturated into the blood at a much higher rate and is absorbed by every muscle, tissue and cell of the body. In a simplified overview, HBOT will increase oxygen throughout the body. In response, there will be a decrease in inflammation and oxidative stress as well as decrease in mitochondrial dysfunction.
In addition, HBOT is able to speed healing because of the increase in stem cells. These cells lay inside the bone marrow and are responsible for accelerating the healing of damaged ells and tissue.
Whenever any part of the body is injured, these stem cells are excreted from the bone and move to the location of the injury. When a stem cell divides, each new cell has the potential to either remain a stem cell, or to become another type with a more specialized function, such as muscle, red blood, or brain cell. In many tissues, stem cells serve as an “internal repair system”, dividing essentially without limit to replenish other cells. Due to the stimulation of the stem cells, they can provide healing to every area of the body and act against disease, thus accelerating the healing process.
Since wounds are often able to heal quicker, HBOT has, in some cases, prevented the need for amputation. Note: HBOT for open wound healing may require daily treatment until the infection is gone.
Research indicates that Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy may be beneficial in treating the following conditions:
ENERGY AND MENTAL CLARITY
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (MS)
PALSY’S – CEREBRAL AND BELL’S
POST SURGERY RECOVERY
TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY (TBI)
STEM CELL PRODUCTION
Did you know that the brain makes up 2% of the body weight but uses 20% of the bodies’ oxygen?