Today I visited a clinic in Prague where I was introduced to IV based ozone therapy. In a nutshell, a solution is saturated with ozone and this is then infused over about 15 minutes. After some further research I agreed and had my first ozone IV.
In vitro, ozone itself has been shown to be very effective in killing cancer cells. Unfortunately this does not translate in vivo as the ozone oxidises well before it is able to reach the tumour sites. This is because Ozone will last only about 20 seconds in blood plasma. It however has other potential benefits.
The theory behind this therapy is to induce mild oxidative stress. The word mild is important because ozone is a powerful oxidant and is toxic in higher doses.
Ozone Therapy Benefits
Ozone oxidises various chemicals in blood plasma, the peroxidation products of which have potential therapeutic properties.
The ozone induced oxidative stress has been shown to mildly stimulate the immune system by activating T Cells.
Ozone therapy increases glycolytic enzymes and this enhances glucose metabolism, increasing the biosynthesis of NO and CO. This stimulates blood flow and oxygen delivery into hypoxic tissues. Tumours thrive in hypoxic (low oxygen) environments so this may provide an additional therapeutic effect.
Ozone therapy has not been shown to be a cure for cancer, however there are older studies suggesting increased survival times.
Ozone therapy has demonstrated an ability to improve the life quality of cancer sufferers.
The Ozone IV solution has to be prepared on the spot using a special ozone generator. It was infused via a slow drip over a 15 minute period. I have noticed no side effects following the IV. This was to be expected as in general Ozone therapy is well tolerated.
I intend to return to the Prague Clinic after my german treatments and pursue the Ozone therapy over a 2 month period as I believe a sustained treatment is needed to be able to demonstrate clear benefits or the lack of.