Systemic Ozone Administration
There are only two types of ozone administration that are systemic (affect the entire body): ozonated autohemotherapy (injection of ozone into the bloodstream via IV), and rectal insufflation (releasing ozone gas into the body via the rectum). Both have their pros and cons. Here they are.
Ozonated autohemotherapy (IV Ozone)
Intravenous administration of anything should only ever be performed by a medical professional in a sterile environment. For this reason, IV ozone is the only method of ozone therapy that cannot and should not be administered at home.
With these safety cautions in mind, IV ozone is considered the most effective type of administration currently available. This is because ozone is injected directly into the bloodstream, which allows it to be distributed throughout the entire body almost immediately, affecting every system in the process.
Although some patients have reported a slight burning sensation with IV administration (a common complaint for all types of IV administrations, not just ozone), the biggest downsides of IV administration are inconvenience and high cost. Since IV ozone can only be administered by a medical professional in a clinic, treatments generally cost more than $100 each session. A typical course of ozone therapy is between 6-10 treatments, so while IV administration is the most effective, it is also the most expensive.
Rectal insufflation is the process of releasing ozone gas into the body through the rectum. Since the colon walls easily absorb gases, rectal insufflation has been carefully studied and claimed by many to be 95-96% as effective as IV ozone.
This is because, when inserted via the rectum, ozone is absorbed through the colon walls and is distributed throughout the bloodstream. So while IV ozone is injected directly into the bloodstream, rectal insufflation still affects the bloodstream, just not as quickly or directly.
Despite this slightly lesser efficacy than IV ozone, the only other downside of rectal insufflation is the slight discomfort some users report after their first experience.
Otherwise it seems the pros of rectal insufflation far outweigh the cons (after you get past the name). Rectal insufflation can be self-administered at home with the right equipment and minimal training, saving users the added expense and inconvenience of traveling to the clinic for every treatment (though many integrative practitioners also offer rectal ozone in their clinics). And while IV ozone administration costs upwards of $150 for each treatment session in the clinic, rectal insufflation at home may have the potential to become only cents per treatment after the initial purchase of the necessary equipment. If you’re beset with a chronic illness like cancer, autoimmune disease, Lyme disease or something similar, consider using rectal ozone at home as only supplemental to IV ozone in the clinic until you feel well enough and your doctor advises you to transition to doing all your rectal ozone treatments at home.
View the protocol for rectal insufflation here.