Our very lives depend on oxygen. Oxygen feeds our bodies, supports our immune systems, destroys toxins, and generates new cell growth. We obtain 90% of our total energy from oxygen, and only 10% from food and water. The “Rule of 3s” is a powerful example of the vital importance of oxygen:
- You can survive 3 weeks without food
- You can survive 3 days without water
- You can scarcely survive 3 minutes without oxygen!
What is Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
Mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy (mHBOT) is a painless, relaxing treatment in which a person is exposed to mildly increased pressure. This results in safely increasing the body’s absorption of oxygen throughout the tissues, organs, and brain.
Treatment with mHBOT is administered using an inflatable or portable soft chamber. The chamber delivers room air (about 23% oxygen) at slightly elevated pressures which increases the body’s oxygen supply. Sometimes, pure oxygen is delivered via facemask in mHBOT chambers.
The mHBOT procedure is completely comfortable and noninvasive, and is available at many health spas as well as at integrative medical centers.
Increasing oxygen in the body’s fluids and cells has numerous health benefits. It has been shown to help the injured and sick to heal while…
- Promoting relaxation
- Stimulating the body’s healing process and natural immunity
- Reducing fatigue
- Improving energy, stamina, and endurance
- Strengthening the heart and lungs
- Relieving stiffness and swelling in muscles and joints
- Improving brain function, sleeping, and cell rejuvenation
- Protecting against allergens, infection, colds, and flu
- Advancing the growth of new blood vessels
- Decreasing inflammation
- Flushing out toxins and waste
- Improving mental clarity
- Balancing the body’s overall well-being
Fighting Cancer and Disease
According to Dr. Max Gerson, founder of the Gerson cancer therapy, oxygen plays a vital role in preventing and curing cancer. “The ideal task of cancer therapy is to restore the function of the oxidizing systems in the entire organism,” says Dr. Gerson.
And in 1926, Nobel Prize winner Dr. Otto Warburg of Berlin declared that the cause of cancer was lack of oxygen at the cellular level. Therefore, any therapy that improves oxygenation of the body is likely to benefit the fight against cancer.
In addition, oxygen therapy is known to boost immune function, which is also critical in fighting cancer. This is because a healthy immune system is able to fight off the mutant cells that, if unchecked, become cancer.
The positive effects of oxygenation on the body’s circulation, digestion, and alkalinity are also key factors in how mHBOT may help fight cancer.
Relief from Headaches and Sleep Disorders
According to George H. Sands, M.D. of the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, oxygen treatment of headaches was first mentioned in literature in 1939, when the breathing of pure oxygen was used successfully by Dr. Alvaraz at Mayo Clinic for severe “migraine” attacks. “[Dr. Alvaraz] found that 80% of “migrainous” headaches were completely or significantly relieved” with oxygen treatment, says Dr. Sands.
Many who suffer typical tension headaches report significant relief with mHBOT sessions. Those afflicted with sleep apnea have also found help through oxygen therapy, most likely because it relieves stress and flushes out the accumulated toxins.
More Oxygen for Better Health
The bottom line is that oxygen is vital to every physiological function of the human body.
In addition to all of the benefits above, oxygen therapy has demonstrated positive results for depression, aches and pains, digestion, circulation, memory, physical stamina, and endurance. In addition?as evidenced by the popularity of “oxygen bars” in fashionable night clubs?oxygen offers a quick and effective cure for hangovers.
Single sessions of mHBOT are certainly beneficial. However, many practitioners suggest that according to research, 40 or more treatments will bring the most dramatic benefits, especially if sessions are scheduled daily. A simple web search should help you locate various providers of mHBOT in your area.