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Ozone Therapy

by Mark G. Lester(more info)

listed in oxygen therapy, originally published in issue 49 - February 2000

Whilst Oxygen therapy is an umbrella term for over 50 different methods that all seek to de-toxify the body by flooding it with oxygen, Ozone therapy is the most researched and widely used medical technique for achieving this goal. Ozone is an activated, trivalent (three atoms) form of oxygen. Oxygen is O2 whereas ozone is O3. Medical Ozone is made when Medical Grade Oxygen is electrically activated (using an Ozone Generator) to form Ozone. Ozone is virucidal, germicidal, bactericidal, and fungicidal. Oxygen has these properties too, but less strongly.

The number of published papers, spanning 130 years, on the benefits of Ozone therapy now number in the thousands. One relatively recent paper is Ozone Selectively Inhibits Growth of Human Cancer Cells.[1] Note the use of the word “selectively” meaning “without harming healthy cells”. Another recent paper reported that “Ozone was found to inactivate HIV”.[2] Dr Michael Carpendale et al, working on the AIDS virus found that they could produce an enormous inactivation of the virus, reducing it from a million virions down to no viruses at all at about 4 micrograms of ozone, with twice that dose having no adverse effect on healthy white blood cells.[3]

Sixty patients with osteoarthritis at the Center of Medical-Surgical Studies in Havana (mostly affecting the knee) were given one interarticular injection of ozone per week for a total of ten weeks. Of the sixty patients, only four experienced the return of painful symptoms after two months, while the majorities (93.3%) were symptom free.[4]

Otto Warburg is the only man in history to win the Nobel Prize for Medicine twice. His research on cancer for which he was awarded the prize led him to the conclusion that “Cancer has only one prime cause. It is the replacement of normal oxygen respiration of the body’s cells by an anaerobic (i.e. oxygen-deficient) cell respiration”.[5]

Ozone therapy itself is subdivided into a number of different methods, some of which can be self-administered with an Oxygen cylinder and a medical Ozone generator. These methods include Ozonating water (useful for bladder, stomach and kidney problems in particular), vaginal / bladder insufflation for reproductive and genito-urinary problems, ear insufflation for problems of the ears, eyes, sinuses and brain, and rectal insufflation for problems of the colon. Medical doctors tend to favour auto-haemotherapy where blood is taken from the body, mixed with Ozone and then returned to the body (this is used commonly in Germany), and direct intra-venous injection. One more advanced method for using Ozone is polyatomic apheuresis, which is similar to auto-haemotherapy, but with this method the blood is continuously fed back to the patient, rather like dialysis.

I believe that all of the above methods work and save lives. However, the method I favour and use most is known as Transdermal Ozone therapy. This is a method in which Ozone is introduced into the body via the skin while sitting in a hot steam cabinet. As the pores of the skin open as result of being surrounded by the warm steam, Ozone enters the body transdermally (i.e. via the skin). This method is not new: Dr. Kellogg first used ozone in steam saunas at his naturopathic clinic in Battle Creek, Michigan as far back as 1881.

The transdermal method has a number of advantages over the other methods:
1)    It treats the whole body simultaneously;
2)    The steam sauna has its own de-toxifying effects in addition to the de-toxification induced by Ozone;[6,7]
3)    Transdermal Ozone cleanses the lymph. 90% of body fluids are stored in the lymph, which is superficial, lying just under the skin, only moving around the body once every 24 hours. Transdermal Ozone will cleanse and de-toxify this often sluggish system;[8]
4)    This method does not involve injections or needles, does not need the administration of a medical doctor, tends to be cheaper for the clients than methods that only a doctor may use legally, and is both profoundly relaxing and enjoyable for the client.

Transdermal/hyperthermic Ozone therapy has been proven to have a powerful oxygenating effect on the body. The paper Quasi-total body exposure to Oxygen/ Ozone in a sauna cabinet (1999) concluded that hyperthermic ozone induced a “statistically significant, rapid increase of venous pO2 (partial pressure of Oxygen)”. It further concluded that TBARS (another measurement of Oxygenation of the blood) “increase steadily”.[9]

ME and all of cases of low vitality are conditions I have seen Ozone therapy get especially consistent results with. Almost everyone comments on how much more energy they have within a few sessions. There have also been benefits for multiple sclerosis, diabetes and digestive problems; in fact, the range of benefits is for any condition where the main cause is toxins in the body.

Case Studies

Dee has been suffering with multiple sclerosis since 1991. Because one needs to be very cautious with MS in using heat, I only allowed her 10 minute sessions in the ozone steam sauna to begin with and built the treatment time up gradually. I also used 5 minutes of ear insufflation in each ear to help improve her balance. Whilst Dee is not “cured” weekly sessions over six months have given her, in her words “a massive boost of energy, my brain is clearer and my balance has improved so that I recently ran for the first time in 7 years”.

Dee Dee, (not related to previous case study) an ex model, was a silicon sufferer. This disease is caused by breast implants leaking and releasing toxins throughout the body, causing symptoms similar to rheumatoid arthritis, including severe joint pain, shooting pains in her chest, numbness and weakness in her arms and legs, sleeplessness, constant tiredness and migraines. Much to my own astonishment, she reported after one session that 90% of her symptoms had disappeared. At the time of writing she has had 4 sessions and describes herself as 95% better.


1    Sweet F et al. Ozone Selectively Inhibits Growth of Human Cancer Cells Science 209(22): 931-933. Aug 1980.
2     Latino J et al. Inactivation of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 by Ozone in Vitro. In  Blood the Journal of the American Society of Haematology 78(7). 1 October 1991.
3    Ozone and the Politics of Medicine. Video. Threshold Film Inc. August 1993.
4    Altman N. Oxygen Healing Therapies Second Edition. Chapter 7, page 138. Translation. 1998.
5    Warburg O. The Prime Cause and Prevention of Cancer. Lecture delivered to Nobel Laureates,  Lindau, Lake Constance, Germany 30 June 1966.
6    Clinical experience with hyperthermia. Indiana University Medical Centre. Journal of Oncology. 1993.
7    Valley Cancer Institute 304-12099 W. Washington Blvd, Los Angeles California.
8    Pressman S. The Story of Ozone. 1995.
9    Bocci V et al. Quasi-Total Body Exposure to Oxygen/Ozone in a Sauna Cabinet. Institute of General Physiology, Institute of Cardiovascular Surgery, University of Sienna, 1999.

Recommended reading:

1    McCabe E. Oxygen therapies: A new way of approaching disease. Energy Publications ISBN 0-9620527. 1988 .
2    Altman N. Oxygen Healing Therapies. Second Edition  Healing Arts Press ISBN 0-89281-793-3. 1998.
3    Rilling S and Viebahn R. The Use of Ozone in Medicine.  Haug Publishers. English Edition ISBN 3-7760-0956-X. 1987
4    Pressman S. The Story of Ozone. This book has no ISBN but is available from the Finchley Clinic. 1995.
About the Author
Mark Lester is a holistic therapist who has been researching the benefits of Ozone therapy since his mother’s death from endometrial cancer in 1997. In his practice Mark also uses PIP scans, Electro-crystal therapy, Bowen technique, Rife treatment, Nutrition and Remedial Massage. He runs the Finchley Clinic in North London and can be contacted on 0181-349 4730. His web site is

Editor’s Note:

The field of oxygen therapies has always been controversial; however progress continues to be made. We welcome comments from practitioners in the field regarding their clinical experiences with oxygen therapies.


  1. Jenni said..

    I really hope you can shed some light on this problem. I went for my 1st ever ozone therapy session yesterday (I am on a weight loss program and it was recommended). Toward the end of the ½ hour session I started feeling very uncomfortable and my breathing was very shallow. As soon as I tried to breathe a little deeper I my throat hurt and felt constricted. It was similar to a bad asthma attack. I suffer, very mildly, from exercise induced asthma, this normally also only occurs in very cold weather.
    When I told the therapist how was feeling she just shrugged it off and said I should feel better in about 10 minutes. On the drive home I took two puffs of my asthma pump and felt no better. I lay down at home and just kept my breathing steady and tried not to hyperventilate. I only felt better after about 3 hours.
    Why did I have a reaction like this?

  2. lingjuewang said..

    I am a mother of two is also a hemiplegia I would like to know the disease ozone as anyone knows, please send an email to my mailbox grateful to know if there Which Los Angeles, California clinics have this method of treatment also Please send a specific address and contact details Thank you

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About Mark G. Lester

Mark Lester comes from a family that has been involved with complementary medicine for 50 years. He is a practitioner of Bowen, VHT, oxygen/ozone therapy, electro-crystal therapy, the Rife machine, nutrition and massage. He can be contacted at his clinic on Tel: 0845 017 0755;

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