HBO? Effective therapeutic option for conditions resistant to mainstream treatment
When you say hyperbaric oxygen therapy, many physicians are quick to dismissed it. After all, many medical school curricula have barely enough time to address mainstream treatments and little time to address alternatives in health care.
Oxygen is required by every cell in the body. Hypoxia is a term used to describe the lack of oxygen. Cellular hypoxia generates mitochondrial dysfunction, oxidative damage, activation of several inflammatory cascades, complement activation and eventually tissue death. HBOT restores oxygen tension maintaining cellular metabolism, restores ATP production, avoids or reduces mitochondrial dysfunction, prevents oxidative stress and apoptosis.
Hyperbaric oxygen uses pressure to dissolve oxygen into the fluids of the body. This effect is explained by Henry’s gas law. This same gas law explains the process of carbonation. Coca Cola is bottle, Carbon dioxide is dissolved into the flat cola syrup under pressure, then capped to create soft drink many people enjoy. When the bottle is uncapped the bubble come out of solution.
Hyperbaric oxygen has been around for nearly 200 years. Using systemic delivery, HBOT is capable of delivering up to 20 times the normal oxygen by diffusion to the tissues in critical need.