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Oxygen therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a treatment which essentially involves providing the body with extra oxygen. The word 'Hyper' means 'increased' and 'Baric' refers to pressure. As we all know, Oxygen is one of the gases in the air that we breathe and is essential for life. The air that we breathe normally contains 21% oxygen.

Breathing in 100% oxygen under increased pressure within a hyperbaric chamber allows extra oxygen to be forced into the blood stream and dissolved at a much faster rate than if pressure was not used. Another effect is the increased oxygen transport capacity of the blood. Under atmospheric pressure, oxygen transport is limited by the oxygen binding capacity of hemoglobin in red blood cells, which almost reaches saturation at atmospheric pressure, very little oxygen being transported by plasma. However Oxygen transport by plasma is significantly increased under HBO therapy. This extra oxygen can help where healing is retarded due to infection or limited blood supply through tissue damage. The treatment is normally pain free and is carried out in specially-designed chambers known as "hyperbaric chambers".

There are two basic types of chamber: monoplace chambers and multiplace chambers. A monoplace hyperbaric chamber is for treating one person at a time and involves the patient lying on a padded stretcher that is then slid into a clear plastic chamber about 2ft in width. Once inside, the door is closed and the chamber is pressurized.

Multiplace hyperbaric chambers can treat several people at a time. The multiplace chamber is the type most frequently used. These chambers are big enough to accommodate sometimes as many as a dozen patients at a time and it is possible to walk into them. Patients either sit on benches or lie inside these chambers. 100% pure oxygen is administered via either a mask or a clear plastic hood. HBO sessions usually last from one to three hours depending on the nature of the treatment program. Treatment sessions within the hyperbaric chamber are normally repeated over several days or even weeks.

HBO therapy is increasingly being used for helping patients who have been subjected to conventional radiotherapy and are now suffering the after-effects. A major problem with radiotherapy is that, since it not only kills cancer cells but also nearby cells at the same time, it can cause changes in the oxygen supply to tissues in the treated area, since less blood is supplied to the area. The result is that it becomes more difficult for oxygen and essential nutrients to reach the tissues. Over a period of time these tissues can become very fragile, break down and ulcerate. Sometimes tissue can even completely die (radiation necrosis).

Cancer hates oxygen. Extra breathing gets more oxygen into the blood to fight the cancer.

Do these exercises every day. Build up the timing gradually. If you feel tired or dizzy, stop and resume later.


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Take a long deep breath into the lungs via the nose and then completely breathe out through the nose. Duration up to 5 minutes.

Take a deep breath in through your left nostril, keeping the right nostril closed. Then breathe out through your right nostril, keeping left nostril closed. Take a deep breath in through the right nostril keeping left nostril closed and breathe out through your left nostril keeping right nostril closed. Repeat this cycle up to 20 or 30 minutes a day.

Close your eyes. Close your ears with thumb, place your index finger on forehead, and rest three fingers on your nose, touching your eyes. Breathe in through your nose. Now breathe out through the nose while humming like a bee. During humming, the gas exchange between the nasal passages and the sinuses is 98 percent, almost a complete exchange. During normal exhalation, without humming, the gas exchange rate is only 4 percent.
Duration : 5 to 12 times

Before eating: Push air forcefully out through the nose about once per second. Stomach will itself go in (contract in). The breathing in (through the nose) will happen automatically. Establish a rhythm and do for 20 to 30 minutes twice a day. (Max 60 min/day) Not for pregnant women. Seriously ill people do it gently. Be patient, as the benefits will show over a period of months.

Oxygen therapy is quickly becoming one of the most controversial, yet effective forms of alternative medicine to enter the medical spotlight. The treatments are simple and inexpensive.

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