Today, there is extensive documentation of the successful treatment of both neurological and systemic diseases with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT).
It was in 1917 that German scientists Bernard and Heinrich Drager, published their research treating divers’ decompression sickness with HBOT.
Twenty years later, in 1937, Albert Behnke and Louis Shaw published their research showing, again, divers being successfully treated with pressurized oxygen. This prompted other scientists and doctors to explore the treatment and management of other diseases with HBOT.
What Is HBOT?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is the inhalation of 100 percent oxygen in a chamber at increased atmospheric pressure. This allows the blood to absorb more oxygen and release it into the plasma, giving the patient specialized oxygen therapy with minimal side effects.
HBOT is used in the treatment of any condition that benefits from oxygen availability, especially where inflammation or tissue damage has compromised blood flow. It is typically used as part of a comprehensive plan, in tandem, with other treatments and drug therapies.
The oxygen-enriched blood and plasma help enhance the body’s natural healing process. It does this by stimulating the release of growth factors and stem cells that promote healing. HBOT is essential in the formation of new blood vessels. It also enhances white blood cells that fight bacteria and reduce swelling within the body.
How Is HBOT Used In The Treatment Of Neurological Diseases?
Neurological diseases are disorders of the body’s central nervous system. These diseases are structural, biochemical, or electrical abnormalities, that stem from the brain to the spinal cord. They often present with a variety of symptoms. Currently, HBOT is being used as a method of treatment in many common neurological disorders, including:
HBOT has been shown to ease some of the symptoms of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s by increasing stem cell growth and stimulating the formation of new blood vessels.
Dr. Paul Harch was the first person to publish research on the improvements in the conditions of Alzheimer’s patients using HBOT. His studies concluded that hyperbaric oxygen therapy halted the progression of the disease temporarily and, in some cases, permanently.
Cerebral Palsy (CP)
Caused often at birth by a disruption of oxygen to the brain, CP is a non-progressive, neurological disease that typically affects patients’ speech, vision, and motor skills.
Dr. Marian S. McDonagh documented that some of the inactive brain cells in patients with CP had the potential to recover if stimulated with increased oxygen. Thus, resulting in normally functioning reactive brain cells.
When one part of the brain is damaged, the surrounding parts begin to work together to create new pathways. This is referred to as “neuroplasticity.” For this process to take place, the brain must be stimulated through repetition. Increased oxygen to the area affected by the stroke reduces both swelling and brain damage.
Using HBOT For Treatment Of Systemic Diseases
Systemic diseases affect the whole body, not just specific organs.
HBOT is used for the treatment of systemic diseases, and many patients report significant symptom relief after only a few sessions.
Some systemic diseases that have been successfully treated with prescribed medication in conjunction with hyperbaric oxygen therapy are:
Fibromyalgia is a systemic disease that causes the brain processes to signal incorrectly and amplify pain. Patients with Fibromyalgia complain of a dull ache all over their body, extreme fatigue, and difficulties concentrating.
HBOT helps Fibromyalgia sufferers by allowing the brain to receive more oxygen, decreasing the hyperactive regions, and increasing the activity in the underactive region of the brain. The metabolism of the brain and supporting cells of brain activity are then regenerated.
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
Used in conjunction with the antiretroviral therapy prescribed, HBOT assists with the relief of the debilitating fatigue associated with AIDS. Patients have reported feeling more energized after a few treatments.
Used in combination with other medications and treatments, HBOT helps to repair the blood vessels damaged during radiation therapy, which results in increased perfusion to the affected areas.
More and more studies are confirming the vital role HBOT plays in recovery and symptom relief in both neurological and systemic diseases. If you have any questions or concerns, contact RegenQuest today! We are the independent, experienced, professional, non-hospital affiliated HBOT provider that you can trust.