What is HBOT?

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is the medical use of oxygen in a pressurized environment, at a level higher than 1 atmosphere absolute (ATA).

Normally, oxygen is transported throughout the body by red blood cells. With HBOT, oxygen is dissolved in the fluids of the body, the plasma, the fluids of the central nervous system, the lymph, and the vital organs and carries oxygen to areas where circulation is diminished or blocked. The increase in oxygen greatly increases the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria, to reduce swelling and allow new blood vessels to grow more rapidly into the areas that are affected. It is simple, safe, non-invasive and the most trusted way to increase oxygen levels to all organs of the body and used as an additional therapy to help the body’s own healing process in mild, chronic and acute conditions.

When you buy a bottle of soda, the CO2 (carbon dioxide) gas bubbles are under pressure, which makes the size of the bubbles small enough that they dissolve into the liquid. Therefore, you cannot see them. When the pressure is released, the size of each bubble increases and the bubbles appear. While an individual is under pressure, the oxygen molecules decrease in size and are able to dissolve into the blood plasma. This greatly increases the delivery of oxygen throughout the body and makes it possible for oxygen to reach affected areas and support optimal cellular and better organs functioning.

A typical treatment lasts for 60-90 minutes (depending on several factors) during which the patient lies down, relaxes and breathes normally.

Increases the amount of oxygen carried by the blood, enabling the oxygen to be dissolved into the hard-to-reach plasma, cerebrospinal fluids surrounding the brain and spinal cord and lymph therefore assisting the body’s own healing process.
Allows new blood vessels to grow more rapidly into affected areas where circulation is diminished.
Creates an adaptive increase in superoxide dismutase, one of the body’s antioxidants and free radical scavengers, helping the body to fight disease and infection.
Reduces swelling, decreases inflammation, strengthens the immune system, stimulates the release of stem cells

What are the benefits of HBOT?

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy improves the quality of life of a patient in many areas where standard medical procedures have failed or when individuals seek a more natural approach to enhance their health.

It is a noninvasive treatment that can help in a variety of medical conditions either as a primary or complementary therapy. HBOT has very few contraindications. It may be helpful if you suffer from an inflammatory condition or a condition that may be improved when blood flow and delivery of oxygen to vital organs and tissues is optimized.

Conditions

Commonly Treated Conditions recommended by Health Canada:

  • Embolisms (air or gas bubbles in the bloodstream, which may travel to the brain or lungs)
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning (from inhaling smoke or car exhaust)
  • Gas gangrene
  • Crush injury, Compartment Syndrome and other acute traumatic problems where blood flow is reduced or cut off (e.g., frostbite)
  • Decompression sickness (the bends)
  • Enhancement of healing for wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers
  • Exceptional blood loss (anemia)
  • Intracranial abscess (an accumulation of pus in the brain)
  • Necrotizing soft tissue infections (flesh-eating disease)
  • Osteomyelitis (bone infection)
  • Delayed radiation injury (e.g., radiation burns that develop after cancer therapy)
  • Skin grafts and flaps that are not healing well
  • Thermal burns (e.g., from fire or electrical sources)

The list of ‘off-label’ conditions where multiple positive results have been shown with HBOT is extensive.

Brain Injury

U.S. Army Medical Department Journal

HBOT in Treatment of Cerebral Stroke,Brain Trauma, and Neurologic Disease

HBOT and Recoverable Brain

HBOT THERAPY IN GLOBAL CEREBRAL ISCHEMIA ANOXIA AND COMA

Long Course Hyperbaric Oxygen Stimulates Neurogenesis and Attenuates Inflammation after Ischemic Stroke

HBOT and Brain Injury Study

Hyperbaric Oxygen Induces Late Neuroplasticity in Post Stroke Patients – Randomized, Prospective Trial

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in the Management of Paroxysmal Sympathetic Hyperactivity After Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: A Report of 6 Cases.

Effects of hyperbaric oxygen on intrauterine hypoxic-ischemic brain damage in neonatal rats

Protective effects of delayed multiple course hyperbaric oxygen treatment against hypoxic-ischemic brain damage in neonatal rats.

Effect of early hyperbaric oxygen on neuronal apoptosis and learning and memory of cerebral ischemia-reperfusion injury in rats.

Effect of hyperbaric oxygenation on brain hemodynamics, hemoglobin oxygenation and mitochondrial NADH

Therapeutic window of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for hypoxic-ischemic brain damage in newborn rats

Pilot case study of the therapeutic potential of hyperbaric oxygen therapy on chronic brain injury

Hyperbaric oxygen induces endogenous neural stem cells to proliferate and differentiate in hypoxic-ischemic brain damage in neonatal rats

Therapeutic effects of hyperbaric oxygen in a rat model of endothelin-1-induced focal cerebral ischemia

Hyperbaric oxygen treatment attenuated the decrease in regional glucose metabolism of rats subjected to focal cerebral ischemia: A high resolution positron emission tomography study

Effect of hyperbaric oxygen on patients with traumatic brain injury

Up-regulated HIF-1alpha is involved in the hypoxic tolerance induced by hyperbaric oxygen preconditioning

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy improves spatial learning and memory in a rat model of chronic traumatic brain injury

Changes of Wnt-3 protein during the proliferation of endogenous neural stem cells in neonatal rats with hypoxic-ischemic brain damage after hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Effect of hyperbaric oxygenation on neural stem cells and myelin in neonatal rats with hypoxic-ischemic brain damage

Long-term effects of early hyperbaric oxygen therapy on neonatal rats with hypoxic-ischemic brain damage

Effect of hyperbaric oxygenation on the differentiation of implanted human neural stem cells into neurons in vivo

Hyperbaric oxygen induces rapid protection against focal cerebral ischemia

Hyperbaric oxygen in the treatment of patients with cerebral stroke, brain trauma, and neurologic disease

Mechanisms of hyperbaric oxygen and neuroprotection in stroke

Hyperbaric oxygen in the treatment of patients with cerebral stroke, brain trauma, and neurologic disease

Hyperbaric oxygen preconditioning induces tolerance against brain ischemia-reperfusion injury by upregulation of antioxidant enzymes in rats

Influence of hyperbaric oxygen treatment on neural plasticity in experimental rats.

Cancer (Treatment Synergy)

Effect of hyperbaric oxygen on the anticancer effect of artemisinin on molt-4 human leukemia cells

Hyperoxia retards growth and induces apoptosis and loss of glands and blood vessels in DMBA-induced rat mammary tumors.

Comparison of the effects of 40% oxygen and two atmospheric absolute air pressure conditions on stress-induced premature senescence of normal human diploid fibroblasts.

Hyperbaric oxygen inhibits benign and malignant human mammary epithelial cell proliferation.

Apoptosis of T-leukemia and B-myeloma cancer cells induced by hyperbaric oxygen increased phosphorylation of p38 MAPK.

Hyperoxia retards growth and induces apoptosis, changes in vascular density and gene expression in transplanted gliomas in nude rats.

Hypoxic tumor cell radiosensitization: role of the iNOS/NO pathway.

Systemic chemotherapy using paclitaxel and carboplatin plus regional hyperthermia and hyperbaric oxygen treatment for non-small cell lung cancer with multiple pulmonary metastases: preliminary results.

The effect of hyperbaric oxygen on human oral cancer cells.

Hyperbaric oxygen does not accelerate latent in vivo prostate cancer: implications for the treatment of radiation-induced haemorrhagic cystitis.

A pilot study with long term follow up of hyperbaric oxygen pretreatment in patients with locally advanced breast cancer undergoing neo-adjuvant chemotherapy.

The effect of hyperbaric oxygen therapy on tumour growth in a mouse model of colorectal cancer liver metastases.

Apoptosis of T-leukemia and B-myeloma cancer cells induced by hyperbaric oxygen increased phosphorylation of p38 MAPK.

Evaluation of the effect of SMA-pirarubicin micelles on colorectal cancer liver metastases and of hyperbaric oxygen in CBA mice

Oxygenation measurements in head and neck cancers during hyperbaric oxygenation

Effects of hyperbaric oxygen exposure on experimental head and neck tumor growth, oxygenation, and vasculature.

Effects of hyperbaric oxygen exposure on experimental head and neck tumor growth, oxygenation, and vasculature.

The effect of hyperbaric oxygen treatment on squamous cell cancer growth and tumor hypoxia.

Effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy on tumor growth in murine model of PC-3 prostate cancer cell line.

Gastroenterology

Hyperbaric oxygen treatment for inflammatory bowel disease: a systematic review and analysis

Cerebral gas embolism due to upper gastrointestinal endoscopy.

The effect of hyperbaric oxygen treatment on postoperative morbidity of left lobe donor in living donor adult liver transplantation

Effects of hyperbaric oxygen and Pgg-glucan on ischemic colon anastomosis

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy as a prophylactic and treatment against ileus and recurrent intestinal obstruction soon after surgery to relieve adhesive intestinal obstruction

The effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy on colonic anastomosis in rats with peritonitis

Preoperative and postoperative administration of hyperbaric oxygen improves biochemical and mechanical parameters on ischemic and normal colonic anastomoses

Potential Effects of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Acute pancreatitis

Hyperbaric Oxygen Reduces Inflammatory Response in Acute Pancreatitis by Inhibiting NF-kappaB Activation

Impact of hyperba ric oxygen therapy on the clinical course of acute pancreatitis and systemic inflammation response syndrome

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is as effective as dexamethasone in the treatment of TNBS-E-induced experimental colitis

The effect of iNOS inhibitors and hyperbaric oxygen treatment in a rat model of experimental colitis

Hyperbaric oxygen treatment of chronic refractory radiation proctitis

Treatment of gastrointestinal radiation injury with hyperbaric oxygen.

Hyperbaric oxygen treatment of hemorrhagic radiation-induced gastritis after esophagectomy.

Treatment of gastrointestinal radiation injury with hyperbaric oxygen.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Pancreatic and Gastrointestinal Disease

Systematic review: the safety and efficacy of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for inflammatory bowel disease

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for severe acute pancreatitis.

Hyperbaric oxygen ameliorates bacterial translocation in rats with mechanical intestinal obstruction.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for the treatment of postoperative paralytic ileus and adhesive intestinal obstruction associated with abdominal surgery

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in a patient with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease with a perinephritic abscess.

Esophagotracheal fistula after lithium disc battery ingestion successfully treated with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

Treatment of gastrointestinal radiation injury with hyperbaric oxygen.

The effect of hyperbaric oxygen treatment on postoperative morbidity of left lobe donor in living donor adult liver transplantation.

Muskuloskeletal

Analgesic effect of hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy reduces the toll-like receptor signaling pathway in multiple organ failures.

Keloid skin scars: the influence of hyperbaric oxygenation on fibroblast growth and on the expression of messenger RNA for insulin like growth factor and for transforming growth factor.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for transient bone marrow oedema syndrome of the hip

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy reduces the toll-like receptor signaling pathway in multiple organ failures.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for transient bone marrow oedema syndrome of the hip.

Necrotizing soft tissue infection of upper extremity complicated with toxic shock syndrome–clinical presentation and treatment options

Surgical debridement and adjunctive hyperbaric oxygen in cervical necrotizing fasciitis.

Additive effects of hyperbaric oxygen and platelet-derived growth factor-BBin chondrocyte transplantation via up-regulation expression of platelet-derived growth factor-beta receptor.

The role and effectiveness of adjunctive hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the management of musculoskeletal disorders:

Effect of different periods of hyperbaric oxygen on ischemia-reperfusion injury of rat skeletal muscle

Hyperbaric oxygen attenuates cell growth in skin fibroblasts cultured in a high-glucose medium

Effects of hyperbaric oxygen and platelet derived growth factor on medial collateral ligament fibroblasts

Hyperbaric oxygen and lymphoid system function: a review supporting possible intervention in tissue transplantation

Effects of hyperbaric oxygen treatment on tendon graft and tendon-bone integration in bone tunnel: biochemical and histological analysis in rabbits

Combined effect of hyberbaric oxygen and N-acetylcysteine on fibroblast proliferation

Effect of hyperbaric oxygen on the growth factor profile of fibroblasts

Hyperbaric oxygen induces basic fibroblast growth factor and hepatocyte growth factor expression, and enhances blood perfusion and muscle regeneration in mouse ischemic hind limbs

Hyperbaric oxygen improves contractile function of regenerating rat skeletal muscle after myotoxic injury

Effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy on wound healing after tracheal resection and end-to-end anastomoses in rats: results of early observations

Effects of hyperbaric oxygen on energy production and xanthine oxidase levels in striated muscle tissue of healthy rats

Effects of hyperbaric oxygen on glucose, lactate, glycerol and anti-oxidant enzymes in the skeletal muscle of rats during ischaemia and reperfusion

Hyperbaric oxygenation and blood lactate clearance: study in sixty male naval cadets:

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy facilitates surgery on complex open elbow injuries: Preliminary results

Spinal Cord Injury

Preventive strategies of secondary spinal cord injury caused by subaxial cervical trauma

Attenuating Experimental Spinal Cord Injury by Hyperbaric Oxygen: Stimulating Production of Vasculoendothelial and Glial Cell Lines Derived Neurotrophic Growth Factors and Interleukin-10

Effects of hyperbaric oxygen on GDNF expression and apoptosis in spinal cord injury

Effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy on long-tract neuronal conduction in the acute phase of spinal cord injury

Attenuating Experimental Spinal Cord Injury

Effects of methylprednisolone and hyperbaric oxygen on oxidative status after experimental spinal cord injury: a comparative study in rats

Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy for acute traumatic cervical spinal cord injury

Magnetic resonance imaging of hyperbaric oxygen treated rats with spinal cord injury: preliminary studies

The use of hyperbaric oxygen to modify the effects of recent contusion injury to the spinal cord

The Effect of Hyperbaric Oxygen on Neuroregeneration Following Acute Thoracic Spinal Cord Injury

Attenuating Experimental Spinal Cord Injury by Hyperbaric Oxygen: Stimulating Production of Vasculoendothelial and Glial Cell Line-Derived Neurotrophic Growth Factors and Interleukin-10

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy improves local microenvironment after spinal cord injury

Effects of hyperbaric oxygen on GDNF expression and apoptosis in spinal cord injury

HBOT Therapy for acute traumatic cervical spinal cord injury

Preconditioning with Hyperbaric Oxygen and Hyperoxia Induces Tolerance against Spinal Cord Ischemia in Rabbits

Effects of Methylprednisolone and Hyperbaric Oxygen on Oxidative Status after Experimental Spinal Cord Injury: A Comparative Study in Rats

Hyperbaric oxygen in the treatment of patients with cerebral stroke, brain trauma, and neurologic disease

Others conditions

  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Buerger’s Disease
  • Burns
  • Cellulitis
  • Chronic Cystitis
  • Collagen diseases
  • Compartment Syndrome
  • Cosmetic Surgery Post Op
  • Crush Injury
  • Dental Surgery, Gingivitis
  • Diverticulitis
  • Encephalitis
  • Eczema
  • Fractures Aids Healing
  • Gangrene
  • Head Injuries
  • Herpes Zoster and Simplex
  • Hip Dislocation Post Reduction
  • Lupus
  • Necrotizing Faciitis
  • Nerve Injury and Inflammation
  • Oral Inflammatory Disease
  • Oral Surgery Post Op
  • Organic Brain Syndrome Early Stage
  • Osteomyelitis and Prevention Of
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Peripheral Arterial Insufficiency
  • Pityriasis Rosea
  • Post Strenuous Exercise
  • Prostatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Radiation Injury
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Retinal Artery Occlusion
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rosea
  • Scleroderma
  • Shingles
  • Skin Infections
  • Skin Grafts
  • Smoke Inhalation
  • Sports Performance (improvement)
  • Sports Injuries
  • Tendon And Ligament Injuries
  • Venomous Bites