An alternative therapy best known for treating scuba divers suffering from “the bends” is gaining credibility within mainstream medicine. High pressure oxygen could help your loved ones. The air we normally breathe contains about 20 percent oxygen, but patients who take a dive inside the submarine-looking device get saturated with 100 percent oxygen.
HBOT Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a non-invasive and painless treatment consisting of breathing 100% pure oxygen while in a pressurized hyperbaric chamber. HBOT utilizes this increased pressure to deliver oxygen to tissues much more effectively than can be achieved under normal conditions.
Two years ago, when Carson Cloyd had a life threatening fungal infection, doctors rushed him to hyperbaric oxygen chamber therapy treatment. Carson’s mother, Dr. Kathlyn Ignacio, also had to watch her son battle back from leukemia.
Normally we rely on our red blood cells to shuttle oxygen from our lungs to our tissues. With increased pressure oxygen dissolves into the blood plasma and all other body fluids. This extra oxygen speeds up and enhances the body’s natural ability to heal.
HBOT is now gaining international recognition as one of the safest and most dynamic therapies available for numerous medical conditions.
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Dangers of hyperbaric oxygen
The potential risks and risk-benefit ratio of hyperbaric oxygen chamber have often been underemphasised in therapeutic trials. The side effects are often mild and reversible but can be severe and life threatening. In general, if pressures do not exceed 300 kPa and the length of treatment is less than 120 minutes, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is safe. Overall, severe central nervous system symptoms occur in 1-2% of treated patients, symptomatic reversible barotrauma in 15-20%, pulmonary symptoms in 15-20%, and reversible optic symptoms in up to 20% of patients.
Reversible myopia, due to oxygen toxicity on the lens, is the commonest side effect and can last for weeks or months. Epileptic fits are rare and usually cause no permanent damage. A suggested carcinogenic effect of hyperbaric oxygen has not been substantiated in extensive studies.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
Hyperbaric therapies are methods used to treat diseases or injuries using pressures higher than local atmospheric pressure inside a hyperbaric chamber. Within hyperbaric therapies, HBO is the administration of pure oxygen (100%) at pressures greater than atmospheric pressure, i.e. more than 1 ATA, for therapeutic reasons [Albuquerque e Sousa, 2007].
In order to be able to perform HBO, special facilities are required, with the capacity for withstanding pressures higher than 1 ATA, known as hyperbaric chambers, where patients breathe 100% oxygen