Alternative Ozone therapy

Note
Integrative therapies should not replace antiretroviral therapy (ART) in HIV patients. Patients should consult their healthcare providers before taking any herbs or supplements because they may interact with treatment. In particular, patients

should not take St. John’s wort because it may interact with HIV treatment.

Fair negative scientific evidence

Ozone therapy

Ozone molecules are composed of three oxygen atoms. Ozone exists high in the earth’s atmosphere and absorbs radiation from the sun. Reports of using ozone for medicinal purposes date to the late 19th Century.

Laboratory studies have shown the HIV virus to be sensitive to ozone, but high-quality human studies are lacking. A preliminary study measured the safety and effectiveness of ozone-treated blood in the treatment of HIV infection and immune disease.

Ozone therapy was not shown to enhance immune activation or diminish the HIV virus.

Autohemotherapy (a therapy in which blood is withdrawn from the body, infused with ozone, and then replaced into the body), has been associated with transmission of viral hepatitis and with a possible case of dangerously lowered blood cell counts.

Insufflation of the ear carries a risk of tympanic membrane (“ear drum”) damage, and colon insufflation may increase the risk of bowel rupture.

Consult a qualified health professional before undergoing any ozone-related treatment.

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