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Chronic Fatigue : Can Hyperbaric Oxygen Treartment

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) has been explored as a potential treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), a complex disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that cannot be explained by any underlying medical condition. The fatigue worsens with physical or mental activity but doesn’t improve with rest.

The role of HBOT in addressing CFS includes several potential mechanisms:

1. Improvement in Neurocognitive Function: Recent studies, including a phase II randomized controlled trial (RCT), have shown that HBOT can improve neurocognitive functions. This is particularly relevant for CFS patients who often experience cognitive impairments such as memory loss, difficulty concentrating, and processing information.

2. Reduction of Oxidative Stress and Inflammation: HBOT has been suggested to counter oxidative stress and inflammation, which are believed to play a role in CFS. By increasing oxygen levels in the blood and tissues, HBOT can enhance the body’s ability to fight inflammation and reduce oxidative stress, potentially alleviating symptoms of CFS.

3. Enhancement of Mitochondrial Function: CFS has been associated with mitochondrial dysfunction, leading to impaired energy production. HBOT has been shown to improve mitochondrial function, thereby potentially increasing energy levels in CFS patients.

4. Increased Blood Flow and Oxygenation: HBOT increases the amount of oxygen dissolved in the blood, which can improve oxygen delivery to tissues. Enhanced oxygenation may help in alleviating the fatigue and improving the overall energy levels of individuals with CFS.

While preliminary studies have shown significant and promising results for the use of HBOT in individuals with CFS, especially in the context of post-COVID-19 syndrome and myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), it is important to note that research is still ongoing.  However, the potential for HBOT to address key aspects of CFS, such as neurocognitive impairments, oxidative stress, inflammation, and mitochondrial dysfunction, makes it a promising area of investigation.

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