Nobody has more of a right to your health than you. Doctors make recommendations, medical advertisers offer suggestions, but at the end of the day you’re the one who makes the call.
So what happens when you lose control of your health? When disease sets in, when chronic illness knocks you down time and again, when the aging process starts to speed up, are you still the one in charge?
Sickness, aging and disease are all inevitable parts of the world we live in. But they don’t have to be the end of your story. You always have a say in how you respond to illness, how fast you age.
Too many people go the route of popping pills to treat uncomfortable symptoms…
“My head hurts, I better take another Aspirin.”
… but never address the ROOT of the problem: a body that doesn’t function like it should.
This post will cover:
Rectal insufflation is the administration of medical grade ozone directly into the colon via the rectum. When ozone reacts with the water and proteins of your gut, it’s absorbed into your gut wall and fills your bloodstream with oxygen-rich nutrients that increase your ability to combat sickness and slow aging.
In case you haven’t heard, ozone isn’t harmful except to the lungs. That’s why we devoted an entire page to the safety of ozone therapy. While it’s never safe to directly inhale ozone gas, there are a number of different ways to administer ozone that actually benefit your body.
These range from topical and local ozone — administrations that benefit a specific part of your body — to systemic ozone treatments, which provide benefits to your entire body. Of the three types of systemic ozone therapy treatments, rectal insufflation is the most common, the easiest and most cost-effective.
Interestingly, scientists were able to examine increased oxygen content up to 230% in rabbits after rectal insufflation. So how could ozone into the gut do this?
According to Dr. Velio Bocci — the father of ozone therapy who laid much of the scientific groundwork — ozone goes into the gut and quickly transforms into other properties. Ozone does not react with the gut wall; instead it reacts with water and proteins, which creates a domino effect of beneficial reactions. From there, the oxygen and ozone reactants are absorbed into the gut wall and into the bloodstream. All this happens almost immediately! (37)
In simple terms, the oxygen we need to survive is made of two oxygen atoms (O2) and ozone is made of three oxygen atoms (O3). So when medical ozone interacts with different fluids in your body (in this case, the fluids in your gut that transfer to your bloodstream), that third oxygen atom hitches a ride on other molecules (oxygenation).
Your mitochondria (the little guys that power your cells) thrive on oxygen. The better your mitochondria can access and convert oxygen into energy for your cells, the healthier you’ll be overall.
Most people don’t know how important oxygen is to the health of your entire body. Hold your breath too long and you’ll die — we all (hopefully) have that little nugget of common sense. But not everybody understands the extent of oxygen’s importance for your cells.
Otto Warbug, a Nobel Prize winning physiologist said, “Deprive a cell of 35% of its oxygen for 48 hours and it may become cancerous.” So according to Mr. Warburg, oxygen is vital for the health of our cells and entire body.
While good oxygenation of our body allows our cells to produce energy, a lack of oxygen nurtures an environment for chronic diseases. Cancer, for example, grows in an anaerobic state (without oxygen). (1, 2, 3)
The scientific community claims ozone therapy is versatile and causes a “cascade” effect of positive reactions. They also claim it increases oxygen efficiency while helping your body produce more energy. (4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
Oxygen efficiency is different from breathing oxygen. Breathing gets oxygen into your body, but oxygen efficiency describes how well you use it.
You can breathe all the oxygen you want (not a bad idea), but what’s more important for your overall health is how well your body puts that oxygen to use (oxygen efficiency). Ozone therapy may help people increase their oxygen efficiency.
According to the National Library of Medicine, oxidative stress is an “imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants in the body, which can lead to cell and tissue damage.” Oxidative stress occurs naturally and plays a role in the aging process. (11) Poor health choices and environmental factors can accelerate oxidative stress. This can lead to chronic inflammation, which Harvard Medical names as the cause of most chronic diseases. (12)
If oxidative stress is a key factor to chronic disease, inflammation, and aging, is there a way to reduce it?
According to lead researchers in this field, ozone therapy is able to not only mediate or reduce oxidative stress, but also increase oxygen efficiency, improve blood circulation, detoxify the body on a cellular level, and more. (13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20)
A healthy immune system is able to fight disease better than any drug. But if your immune system is overactive, as is the case with autoimmune diseases, ozone may lower your system to safer levels. On the other hand, if your immune system is underperforming, like it often does with infectious diseases, ozone may give your immune system a boost. (23, 24, 25, 26, 27)
Dr. Robert Rowen demonstrated an impressive case study on a severe autoimmune disease called dermatomyositis. The patient had been receiving high doses of prednisone and other immune suppressing drugs from conventional doctors, which only resulted in adverse side effects. But by simply removing an oral infection and implementing regular ozone therapy, Dr. Rowen claimed to completely reverse the symptoms and bring the patient’s immune system into balance (check out the pictures below). (28)
In addition to this case study, Dr. Rowen posted 23 video logs documenting success with ozone therapy for autoimmune issues. (29)
(An autoimmune disease, before and after ozone therapy by Dr. Rowen)
Practitioners and patients also use rectal insufflation for viral, bacterial, and fungal infections.
Ozone doesn’t add chemicals to your system or force your body to do anything unnatural. It simply stimulates the immune system to eliminate infections — your body is the one doing the work.
This is one of the reasons integrative practitioners use it for:
If you do get started with ozone therapy and have an infection present, be aware of Herxheimer reactions. Stimulating the immune system to balance is great. But if you kick your immune system into gear with a high infectious load, it will begin to kill off the pathogens faster than the body can discard them. This leaves a lot of endotoxins in the body, which can make you feel sick for a few days to a couple weeks.
Example of a Herxheimer reaction when you activate the immune system and start to kill off pathogens too quickly.
To avoid the Herxheimer reaction, people start slowly. They usually begin by doing ¼ of the recommended dose (which you’ll find further down this page), then wait a couple days. Then, they do this 3 - 5 times and slowly start increasing the dose. This seems to be a good way to avoid getting a big “die off” reaction.
A lot of people ask how an oxygen-based therapy affects the microbiome.
It’s a valid question also asked by people researching ozone therapy. Let me point you to a few of the experts I trust the most to answer this question:
Dr. Bocci writes:
"Modification of the bacterial flora equilibrium. Owing to the multiplicity of bacterial species, this remains a complex area….. The bacteria and their products interact with each other and with the enterocytes (intestinal absorptive cells), goblet and enteroendocrine cells (producing a myriad of hormones) and the gut-associated lymphoid tissue, GALT (Hooper and Gordon, 2001).
On the other hand, it is well known that contaminated food, water and antibiotics can subvert this dynamic symbiosis by allowing the establishment of pathological bacteria and fungi like Candida albicans, C. tropicalis, Torulopsis glabrata, etc. The successive dysmicrobism (upset microbiome) usually has far-reaching deleterious consequences, ranging from transient to chronic enterocolitis and to autoimmune reactions and therefore we must try to correct it in order to restore normal homeostasis. Whether Rectal Insufflation with a daily input of oxygen-ozone can re-equilibrate the bacterial flora and lead to normal immunoreactivity remains to be demonstrated (and explained), although results suggest a beneficial effect."
What does this mean? Ozone has a positive effect on balancing the gut biome.
Here is a study to verify ozone’s effect on the microbiome. The researchers conducting the study were able to remediate gut dysbiosis with rectal insufflation and ozone water. They write,
“In conclusion, the study confirmed the validity of the treatment with ozonized water combined with rectal insufflation of oxygen and ozone mixture, to control the symptoms linked to dysbiosis and to favor the restoration of proper environmental homeostasis atan intestinal microclimate level in adults”
Between all the studies and the anecdotes we've had over the years, I see it as a positive to the microbiome. Here’s my reasoning:
Unless you’re a doctor yourself, a lot of this stuff can be confusing. So let's recap what we’ve covered so far…
One thing we didn’t cover yet is how easy and accessible rectal ozone insufflation therapy is. While most ozone practitioners do offer rectal insufflation in their clinics, many people administer it themselves from the comfort of their own homes.
Low and Slow Approach
Standard Cycling - MOST COMMON
Common Example of Standard Cycling
The World Federation of Ozone therapy produced a paper, describing a few instances to avoid ozone therapy.
They go on to say that when ozone therapy is used judiciously and correctly, it is unlikely to cause complications or issues.
Rectal insufflation ozone therapy is one of the less glamorous therapies out there, but it’s also one of the most effective. Whether you’re dealing with an autoimmune disorder, infectious disease, or simply want to live a consistently healthy life, it’s worth checking out and trying for yourself.
While we do know an awful lot about ozone therapy and integrative medicine, we’re not qualified to offer medical advice. So talk to your doctor today about whether or not ozone therapy could be right for you.
To help you and your doctor gather more information, we’ve created a comprehensive guide to ozone therapy. Because we believe everyone should have access to this incredible therapy.