The Science

Introducing Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (also known as HBOT) is a treatment that is used around the world to treat a variety of conditions.  It's most common application is to treat divers who are suffering from decompression sickness.  The history behind hyperbaric oxygen therapy and the discovery of the effects of pressure on the body is fascinating.    However, since the 1960s its uses have been broadened and more research has been undertaken into the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen treatment.  

To try and sum it up basically we will use the world-renowned researcher and expert, Dr Paul Harch:

HBOT may also be successful in:

1. helping the repair of muscle after injury or hard training.

2. decreasing inflammation.

3.  promoting the growth of new blood vessels.

4.  helping to improve healing of wounds, such as chronic ulcers, post-surgery, burns.

5.  helping the body to process certain toxins and helping to fight various infections.

6.  complementing other treatments for conditions such as:

  • Cerebral palsy

  • Stroke

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Head injuries and concussion 

  • Mycoplasma + Lyme’s disease 

  • Chronic fatigue 

  • Idiopathic sudden deafness

  • Migraine + cluster headaches 

  • Systemic fungal infection

  • Parkinson’s disease

  • Trigeminal neuralgia

  • Raynaud's phenomenon

  • Vascular disease

  • Crohn's disease (especially if fistula) 

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Decreased immune function

  • Cancer - developing research shows that cancer cells do not like oxygenated environments.

 

As hyperbaric oxygen therapy is still a growing field, and resources and research are limited, the level of scientific proof in some of these areas is limited or anecdotal.  We encourage you to do your own research and reading. Check out Our Story.  Read Dr Harch's website and even get a copy of his book:  The Oxygen Revolution

"Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment which enhances the body's natural healing

process by inhalation of 100% oxygen in a total body chamber, where atmospheric pressure is increased and controlled....

 

Under normal circumstances, oxygen is transported throughout the body only by red blood cells. With HBOT, oxygen is dissolved into all of the body's fluids, the plasma, the central nervous system fluids, the lymph, and the bone and can be carried to areas where circulation is diminished or blocked.  In this way, extra oxygen can reach all of the damaged tissues and the body can support its own healing process.  The increased oxygen greatly enhances the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria, reduces swelling and allows new blood vessels to grow more rapidly into the affected areas.  It is a simple, non-invasive and painless treatment."

Harch Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

As more research is being conducted, more benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy are being understood and documented.  Dr Harch says benefits include: 

"It has long been known that healing many areas of the body cannot take place without appropriate oxygen levels in the tissue.  Most illnesses and injuries occur, and often linger, at the cellular or tissue level.  In many cases, such as: circulatory problems; non-healing wounds; and strokes, adequate oxygen cannot reach the damaged area and the body's natural healing ability is unable to function properly.  Hyperbaric oxygen therapy provides this extra oxygen naturally and with minimal side effects.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy improves the quality of life of the patient in many areas when standard medicine is not working.  Many conditions such as stroke, cerebral palsy, head injuries, and chronic fatigue have responded favorably to HBOT."