Wound Healing with Ozone Therapy
Ozone therapy can speed up the healing process for wounds, and it has been widely recognized as one of the best bactericidal, antiviral and antifungal agents. Ozone peroxides and ozonides form to stimulate wound healing. It is non toxic, safe and effective for even antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as MRSA. It can be applied as a gas, liquid (in saline or distilled water) or ozonated oil.
On the left are images that display the effects of ozonated olive oil on clinical wound closure for a guinea pig. Points a and b in the photomicrographs demonstrate the enhanced wound closure in the ozone group. Point c represents the oil group and point d is the control group.
For an impressive look at ozone healing on a necrotic tissue after a bone break, click here (warning: not for the faint of heart!)
Some infected or fresh wounds need a stronger concentration of ozone via limb bagging, ozonated saline, or ozonated water. The liquids wash the wound and kill bacteria and viruses. After a day or so, lower concentrations of limb bagging or ozonated oils are used to promote healing. Stronger concentrations of ozone will actually retard healing after the initial cleansing takes place.
The following graph displays a common German procedure for topical ozone application:
|Indication||Ozone Concentration||Form Of Application||Treatment Time||Treatment Frequency|
|Decubitus ulcers After wound cleansing||80–100µg/ml beginning 20–30µg/ml||Low pressure suction cup||2–10 min||Daily ﬁrst then 2×per week|
|Diabetic gangrene after wound cleansing||80–100µg/ml beginning 20–30µg/ml||Low pressure plastic bag||10–20 min||Daily ﬁrst, then 2×per week|
|Ulcus cruris Wound cleansing||80–100µg/ml beginning||Plastic bag (not low pressure!)||10–20 min||Daily ﬁrst, then 2×per week|
|Wound healing||20–30µg/ml||Compresses + rinsing with ozone water||1–5 min||several times daily|
|Burns stage 1 and 2||20–30µg/ml||Plastic bag, compresses + rinsing with ozone water||10-20 minutes 1–5 min||First 1–2× per day, several times per day|