Ozone is a gas that is toxic to the lungs but has been found to have marvelous therapeutic effects for the body when used correctly. Paracelsus (1493–1541) wrote: “Poison is in everything, and no thing is without poison. The dosage makes it either a poison or a remedy”. This is true of ozone which gets a bad rap due to its ill effect on lung tissue as well as its unintelligent medical use by irresponsible practitioners.
The oxygen that we breathe is O2 and ozone is O3. The extra oxygen molecule makes it unstable and highly reactive. This is what allows it to be used therapeutically. When it interacts with other substances it seeks to slough off the extra molecule and in doing so produces an oxidative effect. In chemistry we call this an oxidative process. This is also what makes ozone antimicrobial and it has proven excellent effectiveness against bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
A brief list of its benefits, when the dose is right, include:
- improvement of blood circulation and oxygen delivery
- improved general metabolism owing to improved oxygen delivery
- correct chronic oxidative stress by upregulating the antioxidant system
- induces a mild activation of the immune system
- procures a state of well-being by activating the neuroendocrine system (Bocci, 2002; 2005)
We’ll cover ozone comprehensively as it is used in 3 states: