Safety of Ozone Therapy
Don’t Breathe Ozone
Breathing ozone is not safe because it will irritate the lungs. There are no antioxidant defenses in the lungs which make them vulnerable to oxidants like ozone. (3)
However, other parts of the body have antioxidants and may produce a beneficial effect when exposed to ozone. Scientists have gone to great lengths to explain their claims about the safety of ozone (4, 5). We have also written an in depth article explaining resources surrounding ozone safety.
Smelling small amounts of ozone is ok according to OSHA (6). OSHA outlines safe levels of ozone in the air. When you do ozone therapy, you may smell small amounts of ozone.
Ozone is detectable by smell at 0.005 parts per million, making it one of the most distinct molecules to exist. You can smell ozone far before it exceeds the OSHA standard of safety. But some people still wear a mask like this or only operate in a well ventilated room.
ISCO3 claims ozone therapy has a higher safety record than aspirin. They attribute most of the negative side effects to misuse by the practitioner and lacking proper protocol.
According to their data, only 6 out of 100,000 ozone therapy sessions have a negative side effect. However, they still have not publicly released the original data yet.
Nonetheless, there are still lots of case studies and reports making similar observations to ISCO3 – very few negative side effects.
A leading scientist, Dr. Velio Bocci put together a well researched paper on the safety of ozone therapy. Click to read, “Is it true that ozone is always toxic? The end of a dogma”
Overdosing and Herxheimerr
Some people want to increase the doses outlined in the protocols to get better results. More is not better with ozone therapy. Most practitioners recommend to start with a lower dose and slowly increase within the confines of the protocol.
Higher doses of ozone can cause a die off (Herxheimer) reaction which can give you flu-like symptoms. Or it may just cause irritation, discomfort, or itching. To avoid severe herxheimer reactions, it is common for doctors to start with a lower dose and work people up as they tolerate it. You can see one woman’s experience with ozone therapy here. Her first four ozone treatments left her feeling slightly sick and in need of a nap. After the fifth treatment, she felt like she had a quadruple espresso and maintained really high energy.
Only do as your practitioner recommends
Ozone therapy is not FDA approved and the funds have not yet been raised to start clinical trials in the USA, although they exist in multiple countries outside of the USA. You should consult your medical practitioner. None of the information outlined in this document is intended to treat, cure, or diagnose. It is not a substitute for medical advice.
Contraindications (reasons to avoid ozone therapy)
- Blood clotting issues
- Ozone Allergy
Each therapy has a potentially different side effect, most of them have inconsequential effects, such as discomfort from inserting a needle into the arm or cramping from too much gas during a rectal insufflation. We don’t list all the potential side effects here but have listed the most common.
These are possible negative side effects of ozone therapy:
- Herxheimer reaction – Nausea and flu like symptoms from activating the immune system and endotoxin release from a lot of pathogens being killed quickly
- Coughing and chest discomfort if too much ozone is accidentally inhaled
- Cramps from rectal insufflation, usually too much gas or too strong
- Rash due to an ozone allergy
- Itching, dryness, and discomfort during ear insufflation