Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

In hyperbaric oxygen therapy, a patient breathes almost pure oxygen in a pressurized room or tube. By bringing more oxygen into the bloodstream, the treatment is thought to enhance healing for people with a number of conditions.


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Health Benefits

 Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat several medical conditions. And medical institutions use it in different ways. Your doctor may suggest hyperbaric oxygen therapy if you have one of the following conditions:

  • Anemia, severe

  • Brain abscess

  • Bubbles of air in your blood vessels (arterial gas embolism)

  • Burn

  • Decompression sickness

  • Carbon monoxide poisoning

  • Crushing injury

  • Deafness, sudden

  • Gangrene

  • Infection of skin or bone that causes tissue death

  • Nonhealing wounds, such as a diabetic foot ulcer

  • Radiation injury

  • Skin graft or skin flap at risk of tissue death

  • Vision loss, sudden and painless

The evidence is insufficient to support claims that hyperbaric oxygen therapy can effectively treat the following conditions:

  • AIDS/HIV

  • Allergies

  • Alzheimer's disease

  • Arthritis

  • Asthma

  • Autism

  • Bell's palsy

  • Brain injury

  • Cancer

  • Cerebral palsy

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome

  • Cirrhosis

  • Depression

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Gastrointestinal ulcers

  • Heart disease

  • Heatstroke

  • Hepatitis

  • Migraine

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Parkinson's disease

  • Spinal cord injury

  • Sports injury

  • Stroke

How does it work?

 Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment which enhances the body's natural healing process by inhalation of 100% oxygen in a total body chamber, where atmospheric pressure is increased and controlled.  It is used for a wide variety of treatments usually as a part of an overall medical care plan.

Under normal circumstances, oxygen is transported throughout the body only by red blood cells. With HBOT, oxygen is dissolved into all of the body's fluids, the plasma, the central nervous system fluids, the lymph, and the bone and can be carried to areas where circulation is diminished or blocked.  In this way, extra oxygen can reach all of the damaged tissues and the body can support its own healing process.  The increased oxygen greatly enhances the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria, reduces swelling and allows new blood vessels to grow more rapidly into the affected areas.  It is a simple, non-invasive and painless treatment.

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