Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a common medical treatment for a wide range of traumatic, acute and chronic diseases and conditions and can be used to treat all conditions which benefit from increased tissue oxygen availability, as well as certain infections where it can be used for its antibiotic properties, either as the primary therapy, or in conjunction with other drugs or surgery.
Low oxygen levels within tumour cells (tumour hypoxia) is a major signal for these cancer cells to produce more blood vessels (angiogenesis) and rapidly grow. Not only does that make them much more aggressive, but it also makes them much more resistant to both chemotherapy and radiation therapy. This is truly a dangerous combination and why there has been so much attention in the medical field (and with oncologists) to reduce tumour hypoxia. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is one of the most effective, and most practical, ways to alleviate tumour hypoxia.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is widely used as an effective off-label use for stroke victims. Research has found that this therapy not only targets oxygenation of the effected area and reduces inflammation, but also has been shown to promote bone marrow stem cells (BMSCs) to proliferate and mobilise, which essentially becomes an important part of the neurogenic (nervous system growth)
New study shows that hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) helps to improve memory and learning, while at the same time reducing brain damage, in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) brains. More importantly, they looked at preconditioning the brain with just 5 session of hyperbaric oxygen therapy to get these beneficial results.
Traumatic Brain Injury
A study looked at physiological changes that occurred in the brain with the application of hyperbaric therapy following traumatic brain injury. They noticed an improvement in the blood-brain barrier, a reduction in inflammation and inflammatory proteins, a reduction in both swelling and the size of the damage, and more importantly an improvement in neurological status including motor and cognitive function.
A study coming out of Thailand looked at applying 1.3ATA (low pressure hyperbaric oxygen) to autistic children. They pre-assessed them before the hyperbaric procedure and then re-evaluated them after only 10 sessions. Significant improvements were obtained from only 10 sessions.
It is very well known in the hyperbaric medical community that the addition of hyperbaric oxygen therapy will help to sensitise insulin levels; thereby effectively reducing blood sugar levels. For obese and diabetic patients, the ability to control their blood sugars is vital.
Mild or lower pressure hyperbaric oxygen therapy (aka m-HBOT) was able to demonstrate a marked reduction in Parkinson’s Disease (PD) symptoms in just 11 weeks.
Mitochondria are the powerhouse organelles inside every cell and have a direct relationship between the energy required by the cell and its tissue function, including repair and regeneration. Mitochondria are present in all metabolically-active tissue and cells inside the body, with the brain having the highest levels, due to its energetic demands and responsibilities. In this study, researchers demonstrated that only 5 days of hyperbaric oxygen therapy was able to produce nearly a 3 fold boost in mitochondrial DNA.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has been shown, in some studies, to ameliorate the effects of CP. Many forms of Cerebral Palsy result from a lack of oxygen to the brain. The affected brain tissue, or penumbra, can be recovered or improved by introducing increased levels of oxygen.
Other medical indications
Multiple sclerosis, near drowning damage, necrotizing soft tissue infection, neurological disorder, osteoradionecrosis, osteomyelitis (refractory), Parkinson’s disease, radiation tissue damage, rehabilitation, retinal artery occlusion, rheumatoid arthritis, skin grafts and (compromised) flaps, sports injuries, surgery recovery, thermal burns, weight loss air or gas embolism, Alzheimer’s disease, anemia, anti-aging, autism, carbon monoxide poisoning, chronic fatigue, decompression sickness, selected wounds, fetal alcohol syndrome, fibromyalgia, gas gangrene, glaucoma, heart attack, Huntington’s disease, intracranial abscess, lyme disease and migraine.
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