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Oxygen therapy

oxygen therapy

Application of the oxygen therapy has become increasingly widespread; it has no known contra-indication. In Germany it is applied in oto-rhyno-laryngology practice and offered as a complementary treatment. Oxygen multistep therapy was developed by Manfred von Ardenne in Germany. Manfred von Ardenne (1907-1999), the physicist professor from Dresden researched the conditions of the human organism suffering from anoxia and studied the treatment of such conditions. He proved that daily oxygen treatments intensify the blood circulation and thus the therapy results in the improvement of the oxygen supply of tissues.

The three-stage procedure was elaborated by Manfred von Ardenne physicist. At first, patient receives a medicinal cocktail containing vitamins and minerals so that the oxygen intake and metabolism will improve in his/her cells. The patient inhales pure oxygen while doing certain exercise. The method improves blood microcirculation, and as a result, the amount of the oxygenated blood increases in the arteries and decreases in veins, by this means brain will get more oxygen.

Oxygen has a leading part in the energy generation processes of the organism. On average, we use up 15 litres of oxygen per hour. Sports activities may multiply oxygen consumption to a great extent. Since our body is incapable of storing oxygen and producing it itself, it needs a constant supply of oxygen.

Put yourself to the test: hold your breath and look at the second hand of the watch. If you bear without breathing longer than for one minute, you should be satisfied; you are in an excellent shape. Beyond four-minute oxygen deprivation the human organism reaches a critical stage and after that irreversible injuries will occur unless the body gets oxygen.

During our life our body continuously loses water, and similarly, our oxygen uptake capacity also weakens. The body of a new-born child is made up of 75% water, this rate with young adults comes only to 65% and the water content in the organism of old people decreases to 55%. The human organism is supplied with oxygen in 99% through lungs and only 0.9% through skin and in stomach through the nutriment consumed.

In the lungs the oxygen is transported out of the micro-bubbles into the capillaries. The fresh oxygen-rich blood circulates into the left cardiac chamber from which it is transported to every part of the body. It can get to the tiniest cell through the small capillary vessels. Phosphates rich in energy develop from oxygen and nutrients through a number of biochemical reactions. Following the metabolism and gas exchange blood gathers at the ends of capillaries and it is transported to the right heart chamber, from there it is transported to the lungs again for the purpose of uptake of fresh oxygen, and the process starts over again. Healthy cell metabolism is based on the presence of oxygen in sufficient quantity.

The cases where oxygen therapy is recommended

Oxygen therapy mainly serves for prevention of diseases. Regular oxygen therapy is recommended at any time in conditions of chronic fatigue, caused by other than chronic disease, depression, concentration problems or drop in capacity.In the first place it is needed for the protection of health, ability to perform and good general condition.

For therapeutical purpose:

  • To improve blood circulation
  • To strengthen the immune system
  • Following fatigue conditions
  • To enhance the body’s own protective mechanism
  • To quicken the cure of wounds and bones
  • In case of high blood pressure
  • In case of cardiac failure or heart disease
  • For treatment of brain and peripheral circulation disorders
  • Menopause
  • migraine, dizziness
  • depression, stress
  • complementary therapy of cancer treatment
  • hardness of hearing
  • head-noises (tinnitus)
  • disturbance of equilibrium
  • chronic inflammations and infections
  • allergies
  • chronic respiratory problems, lung diseases, asthma
  • asthenopia

In other cases:

  • to enhance the capacity of the whole organism
  • to improve general condition
  • to prevent oxygen deprivation and lack of energy
  • to control disposition to infectious diseases
  • to prevent foreseeable burdens
  • to prevent diseases caused by chronic alcohol and nicotine consumption
  • to treat interrupted and weakened concentrating ability
  • to improve and increase physical and intellectual capacity

Oxygen supplementation also requires precaution!

These days there are several devices to deliver extra oxygen to the organism; however, oxygen supplementation requires carefulness. Oxygen may be delivered only in justifiable conditions and in short treatments. The quantity is also essential. As beneficent could its inhalation be for a short time as dangerous could its overdosage be, since beyond 3 to 5 hours the intake of concentrated oxygen through respiration may harm the bronchical tubes of lungs and may result in occurrence of liquid in the lungs. In normal conditions, which are assisted by the extra-oxygen intake, enzymes, binding and removing adverse substances, are produced. As we are ageing, the activity of our enzyme system weakens. Permanent or lasting oxygen inhalation may only be recommended for ill patients under medical attention. In pneumonitic infectious conditions possibly causing secretion inhalation of concentrated oxygen is to be avoided.

In cases of chronic diseases, such as COPD or heart disease, patients should consult their physician and ask for his/her advice before starting oxygen therapy.