The Science of Ozone Therapy: Lower Inflammation and Inactivate Infections
Ozone has been used medically to disinfect and treat disease since its discovery. In 1896, Nikola Tesla patented the first ozone generator in the United States. Ozone has been used as a safe and effective water purifier for more than a century. Ozone deactivates pathogenic microbes in the human body in much the same way it does in water, unsurprising since our bodies are made up of 70% water.
During WWI, physicians applied ozone topically to infected wounds because of its antibacterial properties. Later they discovered it had broader therapeutic applications, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. In the late 1980s, ffecting the joints, muscles and tendons even when peripheral neurological impairment is present 6. Its painkilling mechanism is thought to be based on stimulation of the antinociceptive apparatus mediated by endogenous opioids and serotonin thereby raising the pain threshold. In addition, the marked anti-inflammatory properties of ozone reduce oedema, joint swelling and compression on nerve root structures 7. Ozone favours tissue hyperoxygenation following increased vascularization due to neoangiogenesis 3 improving local tissue trophism and the inhibitory capacity of inflammatory metabolites.