Ozone Sauna Therapy – Uses, Benefits, and Side Effects
Ozone sauna therapy is a popular ozone treatment among athletes, laymen, home users, as well as doctors. It's a powerful non-invasive alternative to the intravenous ozone route.
What is ozone sauna therapy?
Ozone sauna therapy is the combination of sauna and ozone gas. During an ozone sauna you sit in a sauna box which induces sweating and into which ozone is introduced at the same time. It’s important that the sauna allows for the head to stick out to prevent you from inhaling the ozone gas.
It is assumed that when the wet and warm skin is exposed to ozone gas beneficial peroxides and lipid oxidation by-products are created which have an anti-inflammatory and immune boosting effects.
Observational data appears to show that ozone sauna therapy can have profound systemic therapeutical effects.
There are different types of ozone saunas: foldable sauna tents, hard-shell saunas, infrared and steam solutions, as well as horizontal or sit-in saunas.
What is ozone sauna therapy used for?
Ozone saunas are used for a wide array of conditions. Ozone therapy in general works through its potent anti-inflammatory and immune system boosting effect. Same is true for ozone saunas.
Ozone sauna therapy can be used for:
- Joint pain
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Brain inflammation, encephalitis
- As an alternative cancer treatment
- As a complementary treatment to reduce side-effects of chemotherapy
- Lyme disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Auto-immune disorders
- Chronic viral diseases like EBV, hepatitis B and C
- Bacterial infections
- Fungal infections
- Skin ulcers (diabetic, infectious, necrotic)
- Influenza, cold
- Lyme disease
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Vascular pathologies like hind limb ischemia, Buerger disease
- Scleroderma with Raynaud's disorder
- and more …
Because of the powerful results which can be achieved with ozone saunas, they can be also used as a substitute or alternative for intravenous treatments.
What are the benefits of ozone sauna therapy?
Ozone sauna therapy is believed to be a powerful systemic treatment which may be comparable to intravenous ozone administrations. It can be performed at home or at wellness spas without the supervision of a doctor since it’s a low risk, non-invasive treatment.
The benefits of ozone sauna therapy are numerous:
- It's a profound, anti-inflammatory treatment
- Based on user reports it can have powerful systemic effects
- It boosts the immune system
- It combines the therapeutical benefits of hyperthermia and sweating with ozone therapy
- It increases the oxygen saturation of tissue and blood
- It improves blood circulation
- It increases the metabolism
- It can assist with weight loss
Ozone saunas combine the benefits of regular saunas with all the benefits of systemic ozone treatments without the invasiveness of intravenous administrations.
What are the side effects of ozone sauna therapy?
Ozone saunas are one of the safest treatments in the alternative health field: They're non-invasive, meaning that the skin is never punctured, and consequently there are no heightened hygienic precautions necessary.
The reported side effects are usually prminor, transient, and can be easily remedied by discontinuing the saunas.
The most common side effect is an itchy rash that looks like small red pimples. It can occur on the abdomen, chest or back, or on the limbs.
It’s assumed that the rash is caused by toxins or oxalates being expelled through the skin.
The itch can be extreme to the point of not allowing you to sleep at night. A reduction of the ozone concentration or frequency of administration usually reduces the itchiness. In extreme cases, it may be necessary to discontinue the saunas completely and proceed after the disappearance of the rash.
Another possible problem is the accidental inhalation of ozone gas when stepping out of the sauna. This can be prevented by wearing a mask, using a fan, or with lots of ventilation.
A rare, negative side effect is the worsening of symptoms of spinal instabilities. People with for example cervical instabilities tend to have constantly tense muscles to make up for the lacking structural stability. The heat of the sauna and the ozone can result in a loosening up of the muscles and for a resulting worsening of the associated neurological symptoms.
Saunas of any kind, does not matter whether ozone or not, should not be performed by pregnant women, people with high blood pressure, and those with a high risk for a stroke.
Ozone therapy of any kind should also not be used by people with transplanted organs, or by those who suffer from hyperthyroidism.
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How much does ozone sauna therapy cost?
Ozone sauna sessions at spas or at clinics cost between $20 to $220, depending on the area, the type of sauna, and possibly whether it's a doctor's office or just a spa.
HOCATT saunas, which combine transdermal ozone treatments with carbonic acid, PEMF, and other extras, tend to cost more than simple ozone steam saunas.
A complete ozone sauna equipment for your home can cost between around $1,000 and $5,000, depending on whether it's a hard-shell or a foldable cloth sauna, what type of ozone generator you pick, and what type of oxygen source.
HOCATT saunas cost from $15,000 to $55,000 and include a hard-shell sauna box, ozone treatments, PEMF, micro-currents, a destructor, external oxygen source, and a number of other extras.
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What equipment do you need for an ozone sauna at home?
A home ozone sauna setup consists of the following 4 parts:
- Oxygen source and regulator (either an oxygen concentrator and an external low flow regulator or an oxygen tank and matching low flow regulator)
- Ozone generator
- Accessories: sauna box with steamer or infrared panels and chair, silicone tubing, luer lock or quick connectors, towels
- Breathing protection: more towels, a mask, fan
The picture above shows an ozone sauna set-up with the following parts: 1. An oxygen concentrator, here a Respironics Everflo, with an external low flow regulator, 2. An ozone generator, in this case the Promolife O3Elite Dual Cell, 3. Accessories: a foldable sauna tent with a steamer pot, silicone tubing, luer lock connectors, towels, 4 Breathing protection: Fan, mask, and more towels.
How are ozone saunas performed?
At home ozone saunas are performed in the following manner:
- The sauna tent is set up, and water is brought to a boil.
- The oxygen source is connected to the ozone generator.
- Once water is boiling, you put on a mask, and set up the fan.
- Then turn on the ozone generator, get into the sauna box and zip yourself up.
- Set the oxygen to 1/2 LPM, and ozone generator to 10 to 30 min.
- You sit in there for a good 30 minutes.
- When done, you turn everything off: ozone generator, oxygen concentrator, steamer, get a shower, towel everything dry
- Make sure you protect yourself from breathing ozone.
For a detailed step-by-step process go to this page.
Make sure to wrap a big towel around your neck when you sit in the sauna to prevent ozone from escaping.
Does the ozone penetrate the skin?
According to Velio Bocci ozone does not penetrate the skin, unlike oxygen and carbon dioxide. Instead, ozone “dissolves in the superficial water film and reacts immediately with PUFAs [polyunsaturated fatty acids]”. This generates various beneficial oxidative byproducts like H2O2 [hydrogen peroxide] which are then absorbed through the skin layers and capillaries and so enter the blood stream. (Velio Bocci “Ozone – A New Medical Drug”, 2005)
Are ozone saunas a systemic ozone treatment?
Yes, ozone saunas can produce a systemic therapeutic effect. This has been deduced both from anecdotal reports as well as from a study performed by Italian professor Velio Bocci. He called ozone saunas BOEX, or body exposure to oxygen-ozone. The study is described in his book “Ozone – A New Medical Drug” on pages 56 to 65. It was performed on “seven middle-aged physicians”, who were presumably Prof. Bocci’s colleagues.
The participants were first subjected to saunas with just oxygen, and a few months later to saunas with oxygen-ozone gas mix at an ozone concentration of 3%, so around 40 mcg/ml and a gas flow of 1 LPM. Various blood markers were measured each time 30 min, 1 hour, and 24 hours afterwards.
The results showed a significant increase of PvO2 (partial pressure of oxygen in venous blood), a significant increase in leukocytes and IL-8 (interleukin 8), and a steep increase in peroxidation levels.
Bocci wrote that “contrary to our expectation, there was a very significant increase of circulating LOPs [lipid oxidation products] which continued long after the session” in the plasma pool.
He explains this by assuming that “both lymphatic and venous capillaries can rapidly transfer LOPs into the general circulation, thus inducing systemic effects.”
The study findings match reports of patients who have seen a reduction or complete resolution of symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis, influenza, joint pain, heart problems, or chronic fatigue.
Source: Velio Bocci, “Ozone – A New Medical Drug”, 2005
How to deal with the ozone sauna induced rash?
One of the most commonly occurring side effects of ozone saunas is an extremely itchy rash in the form of slightly elevated, small, red dots, or round circles. It mostly shows up over the abdomen or back.
The more often ozone saunas are performed and the higher the ozone concentration and amount is, the higher the risk of the developing the rash, and the more intense it tends to be.
There are several ways to deal with it:
– Reduce the ozone concentration, frequency of applications, or duration of the ozone saunas. Examples: Instead of doing them three times a week, reduce to once a week. Instead of using an ozone concentration of 30 mcg/ml, go down to 10 mcg/ml. Instead of sitting in the sauna for 30 minutes, reduce to 15 minutes.
– Apply a stream of hot and cold water over the most itchy spots
– Apply any of the following:
Ozonated olive oil, topically
Gardener's Dream Cream, topically
Activated charcoal slurry, internally
Vitamin B12 : up to 1500 micrograms at a time
Oat juice, topically
Hydrogen peroxide 3%, topically
Colloidal silver, topically
Emu oil, topically
The Itch Cream, topically
Homeopathics: Psoriaheel; Schwef-Heel
Boric acid powder, topically
Bentonite powder paste, topically
Safflower oil, topically
Coconut palm butter, topically
Nature Dream “Cu-Well” Cream
Zambesia Botanicals herbal skin cream
Bathe in tub with Masada Dead Sea Salts
Activated charcoal slurry
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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.
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