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What Are The Benefits Of HBOT?

One of the major growing segments of medicine currently are “LONGEVITY” clinics or otherwise known as “Anti-Aging” clinics.

One of the major modalities used in these clinics is HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY” or “HBOT” for short. The normal air that we breathe contains 21% oxygen but HBOT chambers deliver 100% oxygen under pressure.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy was originally used for divers who experienced severe decompression sickness, known as “the bends.”

The first US hyperbaric chamber was built by Dr. J. Leonard Corning in 1891.
However, the applications of hyperbaric oxygen therapy have increased in the last century.

The current Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved conditions to be treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy are:

  • Air and gas bubbles in blood vessels
  • Anemia (severe anemia when blood transfusions cannot be used)
  • Burns (severe and large burns treated at a specialized burn center)
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Crush injury
  • Decompression sickness (diving risk)
  • Gas gangrene
  • Hearing loss (complete hearing loss that occurs suddenly and without any known cause)
  • Infection of the skin and bone (severe)
  • Radiation injury
  • Skin graft flap at risk of tissue death
  • Vision loss (when sudden and painless in one eye due to blockage of blood flow)
  • Wounds (non-healing, diabetic foot ulcers)

“Off label” uses of HBOT target:

  • Anoxic Brain Injury
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer (Treatment Synergy)
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Chronic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Concussion & Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Lyme Disease
  • Migraine/Headache
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Sports Injuries
  • Stroke
  • Surgery Preparation & Recovery
  • Ulcerative Colitis

Complications of HBOT may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Lightheadedness
  • Lung damage
  • Middle ear injuries
  • Temporary changes in vision
  • Oxygen poisoning
  • Lung collapse
  • Fire (due to the oxygen-rich environment)

As far as anti-aging, one of the impacts of aging is the shortening of “telomeres” which are a protective end of our chromosomes. HBOT has been shown to lengthen telomeres, and in turn , this if felt to provide improved healing and less inflammation, thereby conveying “anti-aging” impacts.
More definitive studies are clearly needed to assess just how impactful HBOT is to the aging process. Until then, it appears that the risks are fairly minimal so if you want to spend some of your hard earned $$$ on HBOT to try to turn the clock back, you may get a decent return on your investment.

And we all would like to “Turn Back The Hands Of Time”…here is Tyrone Davis singing his classic.

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