Oxygen for Home Ozone Treatments
When you're getting ready to do ozone treatments at home, you will need an oxygen source in order to produce ozone.
You have the choice between oxygen concentrators and oxygen tanks.
Both have pros and cons. A concentrator offers independence, an oxygen tank offers a higher purity.
There are medical oxygen tanks (CGA 870) and industrial oxygen tanks (CGA 540). Both require low flow (pediatric) regulators. Industrial tanks can be filled at welding shops. Medical tanks require a doctor's prescription.
Oxygen Tank vs Oxygen Concentrator: Pros and Cons
Every ozone generator used for home ozone treatments has to be fed by an oxygen source.
There are two basic options: concentrator or tank.
|Requires filter changes||Yes||No|
|Requires regular maintenance/testing||Yes||Yes|
|Risk of injury||Minimal, unless placed too close to a fire source when on||Tank is under extreme pressure; should not be placed close to a fire source when open; should be out of children's reach|
|Cart||Not needed||Highly recommended|
|Nitrogen content||3% to 10%||0|
|Oxygen purity||Varies, usually 90% +/- 5%||99% and up|
|Low oxygen flow||
Needs to be remodeled or used with an external regulator for $150
|Pediatric regulator for $20 to $120|
|Cost||High upfront cost, low running costs for power consumption||Low upfront cost, higher running costs for refills.|
Concentrators take in the ambient air which is made out of around 78% nitrogen and 21% oxygen, put it through filters and a compressor and out comes a gas mix of around 95% (+/-) oxygen, some argon, nitrogen and CO2.
Most concentrators produce O2 flows between 0 and 5 liters per minute which is too high for ozone therapy. Ozone applications require extremely low flows between 1/32 to max 1/2 liter per minute. Concentrators with low flows are more difficult to find and often cost more than concentrators with higher flows.
An external low flow regulator can be attached to a high flow oxygen machine, and so “remodeled” into a low flow concentrator.
Concentrators fit for ozone therapy should produce oxygen of at least 90% purity.
Nearly all concentrators use zeolite filters which filter out most of the nitrogen. The remaining 5% to 10% are a mix of argon, some carbon dioxide (CO2), and nitrogen left-overs.
Protocols like insufflations, ozonating water, ozone saunas, bagging and in general everything that is not invasive can be performed with oxygen concentrators.
Oxygen concentrators do not require refills like tanks. With access to electricity, one has a near unlimited and continuous supply of oxygen. Concentrators have filters which should be exchanged regularly.
In order to buy a new oxygen concentrator, most states require a prescription. Refurbished concentrators can be acquired without a prescription.
Oxygen compressors are a great solution for people using ozone at home for non-invasive applications like insufflations, ozone saunas, or to ozonate water.
Oxygen tanks can be either medical (CGA 870), industrial (CGA 540), ultra high purity (CGA 540), or pre-filled (O2Ready).
The best option for home ozone users are ultra high purity, scientific grade oxygen tanks. They contain oxygen of 99.994% content which makes the gas of higher quality than medical oxygen. They do not require a prescription or license, and come with a certificate which proves that each batch has been tested.
Ultra high purity oxygen tanks can be acquired at Airgas. They come in CGA 540 bottles and require CGA 549 low flow regulators.
Filled medical tanks can be ordered at omssupply.com without a prescription and are the second best option after ultra high purity oxygen.
Having a filled tank at home comes with some risks: the gas inside the cylinder is under extreme pressure. A mishandling could turn it to a missile and hurt humans and damage property. Consequently, it is of utmost importance to secure an O2 tank by keeping it in a cart, or bolt it to a wall, keep it out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
A tank needs to be regularly inspected to make sure the valve is still intact.
It does not consume electricity, does not create noise, but requires regular refills.
Information provided is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. No health claims for these products or diagnostic tools have been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), nor has the FDA nor any other medical authority approved these products to diagnose, cure, or prevent disease. Neither The Power of Ozone nor the manufacturers of these items are responsible for the misuse of this equipment. It is highly advised to receive professional council from a licensed doctor before using ozone therapy or any of the mentioned products or tests on yourself.
About the author:
I’m Paola the Crazy Old Ozone Lady behind The Power of Ozone. I’m a licensed naturopathic practitioner, natural health consultant, ozone therapy enthusiast, researcher, and ozone therapy analyst. I hold certificates in ozone therapy, hyperbaric ozone applications, Oxyvenierung, and the Andrew Cutler chelation. I own several ozone generators including a German hyperbaric 10 Pass machine. I have been using ozone for over 13 years, I’ve chelated with the ACC program for close to 5 years and I’ve been carnivore for nearly 1.5 years. This website serves as a resource for those who are interested in ozone therapy and other approaches to successfully manage chronic conditions.