Ozone therapy is a claim that injection of ozone into the body can heal some medical conditions. It was historically considered to be alternative medicine because of its use “without rational basis or appropriate controls”. A 1999 article published in the British Journal of Biomedical Science concluded that “In the age of molecular medicine it is a real ‘act of faith’ to believe that ozone therapy might be a valid therapeutic option.” The principal historic method of intravenous injection into the blood was banned in 1984 because it caused lung embolism and other side effects. The current principal means of injection into the body is via the immediate intramuscular or subcutaneous reinjection of freshly drawn donated blood (autohemotherapy), in a belief that this might treat some conditions.
The use of ozone therapy is advocated as a form of alternative medicine but there is no scientific evidence supporting its use in treatment of specific diseases.
... Much of the concern related to ozone therapy revolves around the safety of blood ozonation ... It is well established that when inhaled by mammals, ozone reacts with compounds in tissues lining the lungs and triggers a cascade of pathological effects ... Saul Green has argued that since ozone has the capacity to oxidize organic compounds in an atmospheric environment, it should also logically oxidize blood components and endogenous human tissues ...
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