Ozone was first discovered in the late 1800's. The first uses of ozone were technological, with the most common being purification of water.
Ozone has the unique property in that literally all microbes are susceptible to its oxidizing powers, without any chance of resistance. Because of these remarkable antiseptic qualities, ozone was used successfully during the World War I to treat wound infections
In the 1930's and 1940's ozone was commonly used in American hospitals. Even today ozone is frequently used to disinfect the air of operating rooms. In the early 1950's widespread use of ozone to treat various medical conditions began in Germany and it has been there that ozone has been extensively evaluated and researched.
Germany, Russia, Cuba, and Canada employ the use of medical ozone in many applications, and treat millions of people. Medical ozone therapy is common throughout Europe, and its use has been spreading in the US over the last 15 years.
Medical ozone therapy has four major effects on the body:
1. Medical Ozone can strengthen a person's immune system and help them fight off current infections (bacterial, viral, or fungal) and help prevent them from getting future infections.
2. Medical Ozone stimulates increased uptake and utilization of oxygen.
3. Medical Ozone can effect circulation by enhancing what is called the rheological properties of the blood. Rheological refers to the flow characteristics of blood as a liquid.
4. Medical Ozone can enhance the production of energy at the cell level known as adenosine triphosphate (ATP).