What Is Ozone Therapy?

Ozone therapy is a complementary health therapy that has been around for hundreds of years. It involves the use of oxygen to help purify the body and relieve symptoms of disease. Some swear by it, but is it effective?

Oxygen Basics

Oxygen is an element on the periodic table. The atom is unstable in nature because it is missing an electron (negatively charged particle) to keep it stable. In order to get that electron, oxygen forms a molecule (two atoms together sharing electrons for stability) with another oxygen atom. Anytime you see oxygen in nature it is as O2 not just O.


Ozone is created when oxygen shares a bond with two other oxygen atoms. That combination is written as O3. It is stable for a short time in a special environment and this is how it is used for therapy. Oxygen that is activated with ozone produces pure air. We don’t usually breathe pure air because air is normally mixed with other elements like nitrogen.

Ozone is created in nature when the oxygen in the air is excited by electricity. This occurs during an electrical storm. Ozone is created from ultraviolet light as well. That is what occurs in the atmosphere, creating our ozone layer that protects us from the sun’s harmful rays.

Ozone Therapy

Ozone therapy involves the use of a generator specifically designed to create and deliver the ozone. Depending on the site of the therapy, ozone is delivered via catheters or in a sauna. The generator delivers the ozone as fast or as slow as the therapy calls for.

Ozone is a naturally occurring compound, and it is harmless. The therapy has no known side effects for the user. Ozone therapy can be administered more than once a day if needed.

Ozone therapy is used for a variety of conditions. Ozone generators have been used for many years to treat bacterial and fungal infections as well as parasites. It has benefits for every system of the body. The ozone is absorbed through the tissues for maximum effect.

An ozone sauna is used to treat the entire body. This is the type of sauna where the body is inside of a box with the person’s head sticking out the top. Ozone is piped into the sauna so that it has time to work before the gas breaks down.

For cavity ozone therapy, a catheter is introduced into an area such as the rectum or the vagina and the ozone is infiltrated. Ozone therapy is good after a colonic.

Ozone therapy is used to increase the oxygen absorption by the body. Oxygen is the most important element in the body. Cells need it for their work of repairing the body and fighting bacterial and viral invaders.