What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)?


Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is the medical use of oxygen at higher than atmospheric pressure. Increased pressure and oxygen levels have potent physical effects, including:

  • Powerful Anti-Inflammatory
  • Speeds Tissue Healing (brain, muscle, bone, connective tissue)
  • Powerful Anti-Microbial
  • Increases Neuroplasticity
This makes it a powerful treatment in addressing concussion, non-healing wounds, stroke, and degenerative neural conditions such as MS, Parkinsons and dementia. The US military is using it successfully to treat TBI and PTSD in veterans. In addition to killing the spirochete that causes Lyme disease (which is an anaerobe, and dies when exposed to high levels of oxygen), it relieves the inflammation it creates throughout the body and restores immune function, which Lyme disables. Its anti-inflammatory effects are potent, allowing people to recover from a wide array of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, crohn’s disease, and optic neuritis. It is helpful for rheumatoid conditions, thyroiditis and other immune disorders.
Research demonstrates that hyperbaric oxygen therapy:
  • Normalizes Immune Function
  • Heals Radiation Damaged Tissue
  • Increases Stem Cell Proliferation and Differentiation
  • Changes Gene Manifestation

HBOT spurs the brain to heal, even years after the initial insult. At 30-40 treatment hours, brain scans show the brain to be growing new blood vessels, new nerve connections, and bringing idling neurons back online. Research shows that HBOT induces remylination, important for people dealing with MS and neural Lyme disease. In fibromyalgia and chronic migraines, it reduces inflammation and stimulates aberrant pain pathways to rewire.

HBOT creates long-term change by modifying gene expression:

Research supports the use of HBOT for athletic injuries and performance, antibiotic resistant infections, arthritis, autism, attention deficit disorder, auto-immune disorders, Bell’s Palsy, traumatic brain injuries, cardiovascular disease, cerebral palsy, COPD without air trapping, Crohn’s disease, dementia, interstitial cystitis, irritable bowel syndrome and colitis, Lyme disease, macular degeneration, multiple sclerosis, neuropathies, non-healing wounds, Parkinson’s disease, post-concussion syndrome, PTSD, radiation damaged tissue, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, reconstructive surgery, spinal cord injury, stroke, and many other conditions.

For scientific research regarding HBOT and a wide variety of medical conditions, see Hyperbaric Research