If you’ve taken so much as a single chemistry or environmental science class in your life, you may think you know all there is to know about oxygen. It’s the ‘good part’ of the air any living creature uses for survival, as well as the molecule in the makeup of water which essentially generates life.
However, what you may not be that familiar with is its medical use.
Starting over 300 years ago in 1662, the practice of using oxygen in a pressurized environment to holistically heal disease and strengthen the human body has continually gained scientific credibility and popularity. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy treatments are widely known for accelerating recovery from surgery and laser treatments, as well as regenerating collagen and boosting immunity.
WHAT IS HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY
Close your eyes and envision a place that is safe, comfortable, and powerfully healing – a place where you are protected from life’s daily stresses. Imagine being in this “healing space”, energizing and invigorating your life force (ch’i), while every organ, tissue and cell in your body is saturated with life-giving oxygen.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a restful cocoon-like chamber that is inflated and pressurized with normal air, and where you will experience increased pressure similar to what you would experience at the bottom of a swimming-pool. The chamber is large enough for two adults, has windows, lights, pillows, and intercom communication with the staff. In the chamber you will be breathing through a mask that is supplying you with pure oxygen. By breathing pure oxygen while pressurized in the chamber, the oxygen saturates every tissue, organ and cell in your body – even places that have restricted blood flow or blockages.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is an amazing holistic modality that has been bringing a plethora of benefits to our patients for years, including improving many skin disorders, chronic headaches, fatigue, chronic joint & muscle pain, depression and many other chronic and debilitating conditions.
Doctors employ it both to treat acute symptoms, as well as in order to deal with chronic illnesses. Without a proper amount of oxygen, cellular metabolism is slowed down; the tissues aren’t properly oxygenated either and physiological functions may fail.
WHY OXYGEN IS ESSENTIAL TO LIFE
Oxygen, the key to life itself. We need it to breathe and we just plain need it to live. Each day and night we take in what we need to keep all of our internal organs working, but our largest external organ needs much more to function properly.
As we age, oxygen is not able reach our cells as rapidly or efficiently as it did when we were younger – which in turn contributes to the signs of aging. If our skin doesn’t receive the adequate oxygen it needs, it can be more prone to blemishes, redness and irritation, appear thin and sallow, and have more noticeable wrinkles, fine lines and age spots. Treatments like Hyperbaric Oxygen supply the skin with much-needed oxygen to get it to a more optimal state and give it unparalleled luminosity. Fabulous for circulation, and responsible for giving your skin that gorgeous glow – oxygen truly is essential in order to have beautiful skin.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY
What are the benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
In addition to having some much needed alone time or an opportunity to rest, relax, meditate, or just take a nap; HBOT has a number of incredible benefits on all your organ systems, from your brain to your liver and everything in between. In recent years more extensive research has proven that Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy treatments, such as the ones available at AMA Regenerative Medicine & Skincare, are effective in treating, difficult wounds, heart attacks, strokes, infections, burns, fibromyalgia, joint disease and arthritis to name just a few.
- Organ/Tissue – detoxification – healing – regeneration
- Accelerated recovery after surgery
- Improving many skin disorders
- Chronic headaches
- Increased mental and physical energy
- A more efficient immune system
- Better health
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy revives the brain
Traumatic brain injuries are as serious as serious medical issues come, which makes the figure of 2 million (the number of people in the U.S. who suffer such injuries each year) daunting to say the least. Such injuries are the main cause behind brain damage, which, in turn, can cause a host of issues, including motor dysfunctions, psychological disorders, memory loss, and the like. Luckily, very recent research from Tel Aviv University has shed light on the benefits that hyperbaric oxygen therapy can bring to brain injury trauma survivors. The researchers conducted their study on 56 patients, divided between a control group and a group on hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Those that did receive the therapy showed substantial improvement in neural activity after two months of exposure to such treatment.
Oxygen therapy makes it easier to be a former smoker
The decision to quit smoking may be difficult, but it’s a welcome one, which stands to highly improve the former smokers’ quality of life. That being said, many long-term smokers come to grapple with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Essentially, patients require additional oxygen in order to breathe properly – some only require it during seizures, while others need it throughout the day, as well as the night. Oxygen therapy, used in COPD sufferers whose PaO2 is equal to or lower than 55mmHg, or SaO2 is lower than or equal to 88 per cent have lengthened their lifespan, as an effect of oxygen therapy.
Forget wrinkles with oxygen therapy
One of the methods we use at AMA, as part of our holistic approach to skincare is hyperbaric oxygen therapy – and it comes with great results. One of the main effects of aging is the depletion of oxygen from facial skin tissues, which, in turn, renders the skin dull, wrinkled, and old. Now, of course, you could try plumping to get rid of said issues, but hyperbaric oxygen therapy addresses the cause, not only the effects. It has been shown to successfully deal with acne, improve the quality of collagen and elastin in the patients’ skin, increase blood cell count, and repair capillary damage. Need plumping? Think again!
HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY FOR CANCER PATIENTS
A new study from UCLA indicates that HBOT treatments are extremely effective in diminishing the side effects of radiology and chemotherapy in cancer patients. The data reveals that, “HBOT increases the amount of oxygen in the body by exposing patients to pure oxygen within a sealed chamber set at pressures greater than the ambient atmosphere.” UCLA experts believe the treatment helps cancer patients, “by stimulating growth of new blood vessels following radiation-induced damage”, which is a major physiological factor in healing damaged tissue and regenerating new healthy and young tissue.
Major university studies around the globe show that HBOT treatments cause organs tissues to go through a three-phase process of: detoxification, healing and regeneration of healthy tissue.
WHAT OPRAH AND DR OZ SAY ABOUT HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY
Dr. Oz and Oprah recently reported the amazing findings behind the research associated with Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatments, and the dramatic results that have been discovered. “This amazing portal has the ability to produce intense cellular regeneration within the body, exponentially accelerating the healing process of organs and tissues resulting in a dramatic form of vitality and life extension.” If you’re looking for a simple way to extend your life span, Dr. Oz says to look no further than your nearest hospital. Many offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy, a treatment Dr. Oz calls a potentially great longevity tool since it keeps stem cells healthier so they can repair our bodies. The hyperbaric chamber may look high-tech, but the concept is pretty simple. When you take oxygen and pressurize it in a tube, Dr. Oz says the oxygen is forced into a person’s cells. “It gets stem cells to mobilize from bone marrow,” he says. “It gets those cells moving along so it goes out to heal areas. In some parts of the body, like the brain, where you don’t always have a lot of oxygen in the tissues, it might improve memory. It might play a role in making those cells, which have energy factories function more efficiently. Oxygen therapy isn’t just for people who want to live longer. It’s also speeds up the healing process for wounds and helps repairs broken bones.”- “High Tech Ways To Extend Your Life” – Oprah.com
THE RESULTS OF HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY
The established history and growing number of documented cases of successfully treated conditions with hyperbaric oxygen therapy are compelling. The list will continue to grow as more centers open in this country and as medical doctors become familiar with its merits. At AMA Regenerative Medicine & Skincare we encourage all of our patients to take advantage of our HBOT after every laser treatment, as this therapy results in speedy healing, the regeneration of collagen, and an overall boost of immunity. Our patients rave about their experience as well as the positive effect the HBOT has had on their skin, energy levels, general performance as well as their speedy recovery.
About the Authors
Doctors Alice Pien, MD and Asher Milgrom, Phd are established pioneers in the fields of Regenerative Medicine and Skincare. Their expertise ranges from advanced laser systems to stem cell medicine. Their medical education and advanced certifications span from medical schools of NY State University, the University of Chicago, to John Hopkins, Harvard and UCLA. They approach medicine with the clinical expertise of over 85,000 successful treatments over the past 20 years and significant scientific research resulting in proprietary protocols that they customize for each individual patient.