Hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT) is a powerful healing tool whose time has come. Oxygen drives every healing response in the body. What is one of the first things that is typically administered to a patient coming into the ER with a serious medical condition? Oxygen.
Hyperbaric conditions (being under increased atmospheric pressure) enhance the oxygen carrying capacity of blood by dissolving oxygen bubbles into plasma, the fluid part of blood. At 1.5 atmospheres of pressure (.5 atmospheres above ambient pressure or the pressure of being about 16 feet underwater), breathing 100 percent medical oxygen, oxygen carrying capacity is 700 percent of normal.
A hyperbaric oxygen treatment involves getting into a chamber that pressurizes and wearing a mask that delivers 100 percent oxygen. Time in the chamber is approximately an hour. Most conditions require 40 sessions.
Extra oxygen can help: improve cellular and mitochondrial function; trigger the release of stem cells from bone marrow; fight infection; drive detoxification; fight inflammation; modify gene expression (more than 8,300 genes have been studied); up-regulate healing processes and down-regulate inflammatory and degenerative processes. Extra oxygen also causes telomere lengthening, which has been the hallmark of anti-aging. In Japan, HBOT is considered to be the fountain of youth. What are you waiting for? Jump in the chamber.
Carol L. Henricks, M.D. is a neurologist at NorthStar Hyperbaric, in Tucson. Connect at 520-229-1238 or NorthStarHBOT.com.