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Ozone Therapy Improves Hepatitis C Fatigue, and Reduces Viral Load. Could it Work for ME/CFS Too?

Discussion in 'Antivirals, Antibiotics and Immune Modulators' started by Hip, Oct 3, 2016.

  1. Hip

    Hip Senior Member

    Chronic hepatitis C virus infection has a lot of similarly to ME/CFS: it is caused by a virus, and has much of the symptoms of ME/CFS. The following study on ozone treatment for hepatitis C virus is interesting, as the treatment reduced viral loads, and significantly improved symptoms such as fatigue:

    Preliminary Results of Ozone Therapy as a Possible Treatment for Patients with Chronic Hepatitis C (full paper here)

    Patients with chronic hepatitis C infection were given ozone therapy sessions (in the form of major autohemotherapy) three times per week. Around half the patients were given a total of 30 thrice weekly sessions of ozone therapy, and the other half were given 60 thrice weekly ozone treatment sessions. There was also a control group which was not give ozone.

    After 30 such ozone treatments (2.5 months), 25% of patients no longer had hepatitis C virus RNA in their blood. After 60 ozone treatments (5 months), 44% of patients no longer had hepatitis C virus RNA in their blood.

    There was also a significant reduction in chronic hepatitis C virus symptoms such as fatigue, abdominal pain, arthralgia, and loss of libido.

    The levels of the liver enzymes ALT and AST normalized in 58% and 60% respectively of the 30 and 60 session patients.

    The major autohemotherapy ozone treatment used in this study is described here. Essentially, autohemotherapy involves drawing some blood from the patient, injecting medical grade ozone gas into that blood, and then intravenously infusing this blood back into the patient. Major autohemotherapy requires trained professionals in a clinical setting.

    Rectal insufflation of ozone (putting a small amount of ozone gas into the rectum) is considered to be almost (95%) as effective as major autohemotherapy. Ref: 1 But rectal insufflation of gas can easily be self-administered at home, if you have a machine that makes ozone gas (which cost around $1,000 for a medical grade device).

    Thus ozone therapy at home, in the form of rectally administered ozone, would be quite feasible, and easy to do.

    There seems to be very little online about ME/CFS patients trying ozone treatment, and certainly no studies on this that I could find. That could of course be because it is not particularly helpful for ME/CFS.
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  2. knackers323

    knackers323 Senior Member

    Id like to give ozone a go
  3. paolo

    paolo Senior Member

    It is worth noting that according to FDA :"Ozone is a toxic gas with no known useful medical application in specific, adjunctive, or preventive therapy. In order for ozone to be effective as a germicide, it must be present in a concentration far greater than that which can be safely tolerated by man and animals". (R)
  4. Hip

    Hip Senior Member

    That is true. But according to Dr Velio Bocci, it may be ozone's effects on the metabolism (possibility an immunomodulatory effect) that have benefits. As you point out, ozone levels in the blood during ozone therapy are far too low for ozone to have any direct germicidal action against viruses and bacteria.

    It certainly is a common misconception that ozone therapy directly kills viruses and bacteria. It doesn't have a direct germicidal action. Rather, ozone therapy puts the body under transient oxidative stress, and this activates biological mechanisms which may provide benefits, including the possible release of stem cells.

    Some info about Dr Velio Bocci's book on ozone given here:

    Hematologic Ozone put me in remission | Health Rising

    The following is the conclusion of chapter 4 of Dr Velio Bocci's book:
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