High Dose Oxygen Therapy (HDOT) is not a cure for Multiple
Sclerosis. The usefulness of high dose oxygen
therapy is to stabilize
the patient's condition and improve their quality of life. Many
people suffering from MS report improvements in their overall
symptoms and their functional abilities after high dose oxygen
therapy. Patients have reported improvements in their ataxia,
numbness in their fingers and hands, balance, visual fields,
concentration, pain, bladder-bowel disorders, weakness and
dizziness. HDOT produces vasoconstriction, which
causes the dilated leaky blood vessels in MS to constrict back
towards a more normal size. HDOT also reduces the
internal swelling, due to fluid gathering, which can lead to nerve
The appropriate time to use oxygen is at the start of a disease
process, not after a delay of months or years. Nevertheless, a
course of oxygen therapy sessions at increased pressure has been
shown to resolve tissue swelling after the lapse of years. It
works by constricting blood vessels and interrupting the vicious
cycle where oxygen lack leads to tissue swelling, which then leads
to further oxygen deficiency. Although formal studies have yet to
be undertaken in children with cerebral palsy there is every
reason to believe that exactly the same effect that is seen in
stroke patients can occur. Also in children the brain is still
developing and therefore the prospects for improvement are very
much greater. Recovery of brain damage in children as a result of
cardiac surgery has been documented using X-ray scanning.
High dose oxygen therapy (HDOT) will improve oxygen supply to
the threatened heart and may reduce the volume of heart muscle
that will perish. The addition of HDOT to the standard treatment
may reduce death rate and other major adverse outcomes.
Increased amounts of oxygen in the blood raise oxygen levels in
the brain tissues, even when contracted blood vessels reduce blood
flow. Many Migraine patients who receive HDOT find that the
interval between attacks is significantly increased. Administered
oxygen constricts the blood vessels while oxygenating the tissues,
HDOT can reduce the swelling by as much as 50%. This aborts the
Fibromyalgia patients receiving HDOT reported a decreased
number of tender points and an increased pain threshold.
HDOT strives to reduce swelling on the brain and encourage the
growth of new brain cells, theoretically improving speech, memory,
cognitive skills and other areas that have been damaged by stroke.
HDOT limits the amount of inflammation in the bowels, and
lowers levels of C-reactive protein and tumor necrosis factor
alpha, markers of inflammation in the body. Pain has been
alleviated, the patient's weight improved, and bowel movements
returned almost to normal. Although the mechanism is not clearly
understood, oxygen therapy warrants consideration in
treatment of Crohn's disease not responding to conventional
HDOT helps the nervous system by replenishing vital oxygen in
pure form to body tissues where Parkinson's disease has damaged
nerve endings. Researchers have found that the nerve endings that
cause tremors associated with Parkinson's disease responded
incredibly well to HDO.
The main contributing factor in ulcer formation is ischaemia.
Accordingly, HDOT aims to increase the oxygen available for
||My name is Patricia and I am a 72 year old pensioner. I
am an insulin dependant diabetic and I also suffer from
rheumatoid arthritis. Unfortunately, I have lost four
toes because of my diabetes and I have rheumatoid
arthritis in most of my major joints. This has greatly
affected my mobility.
I first started to attend the Oxygen Therapy
Centre, Magheramorne in March 2008 after I had my toe
amputated. Previously, when I had undergone this
operation it had taken 10 months for my wound to heal.
However, this time my wound was fully healed in 3 weeks
after having an intensive course of oxygen therapy. I
firmly believe that this treatment prevented any further
complications and as a result I was able to visit my
sister in Canada, 4 months after my operation.
Since then, I have continued to attend the Oxygen
Therapy Centre once a week, I have found that it has
helped to ease the pain of my rheumatoid arthritis and
has greatly improved my circulation, possibly preventing
further complications with my diabetes.
During the time I have attended the Oxygen Therapy
Centre, I have found the staff to be extremely helpful
and courteous and I would have no hesitate in
recommending the Oxygen Therapy Centre and oxygen therapy
treatment to anyone. It has truly helped me and has also
helped to improve the quality of my life. Thank you