Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is the use of one-hundred percent oxygen at greater than sea-level pressure to heal medical conditions that are caused by inadequate delivery of oxygen to tissue. HBOT had its beginnings with the discovery of oxygen in the eighteenth century, and has been proven effective for the treatment of a wide range of neurological injuries, infections and other conditions affecting many bodily systems.
During modern HBOT, the patient breathes pure, 100% oxygen under increased atmospheric pressure. The air we normally breathe contains only 19-21% of this essential element; via HBOT, the concentration of pure oxygen dissolved into the bloodstream is dramatically increased (up to 2,000%), with virtually no energy expenditure. In addition to the blood, all body fluids – including the vital lymph and cerebrospinal fluids – are infused with the healing benefits of this molecular oxygen. This oxygen can then: (a) reach bone and tissue which are inaccessible to red blood cells, (b) enhance white blood cell function, and (c) promote the formation of new capillary and peripheral blood vessels. As a result it causes preservation of damaged tissue, elimination of toxic substances, reduced effects of toxic substances, improved infection control, and faster healing of a wide range of conditions.