With so many people interested in anti-aging, there is a new awakening to the fantastic benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). This incredible therapy can help provide the extra oxygen we need to heal, repair, rebuild and even slow down the aging process and much more. You may be well aware that oxygen can treat various illnesses; however, it can also help prevent diseases before they develop. That is why at the Budwig Center, HBOT is part of our “Wellness” program.
More and more people are looking at various types of anti-aging therapies. In fact, it is estimated that every year people spend an estimated 58.5 billion U.S. dollars to stay young and healthy. The air we breathe contains only 20.9% oxygen. HBOT works by exposing the body to an atmosphere of 100% oxygen in an enclosed chamber where the atmospheric pressure is increased and controlled.
HBOT has been the therapy of choice for many top actors, actresses, and models, who work hard to stay looking and feeling their best. It’s no surprise that many consider HBOT as a key to staying young and energetic. What is the science behind it? Well, telomeres, which is a compound structure at the end of a chromosome, shorten with age. The progressive shortening of telomeres leads to senescence, apoptosis (death of cells), or oncogenic transformation of somatic cells, affecting the health and lifespan of an individual. Shorter telomeres have been associated with increased incidence of diseases and poor survival. A new study from Tel Aviv University (TAU) and the Shamir Medical Center in Israel discovered a lengthening of up to 38% of the telomeres, as well as a decrease of up to 37% in the presence of senescent cells. Professor Efrati says “Today telomere shortening is considered the ‘Holy Grail’ of the biology of aging”.
During your first session, we’ll gather your medical history and help you learn about how hyperbaric works. The hyperbaric treatment lasts 45 minutes, where you’ll simply relax in the hyperbaric chamber or even watch a movie!
To see significant health improvements, most people need 10 to 20 treatments, one session per day, five days a week.
Often, pressure in the chamber is between 1.5 and 3 times greater than normal air pressure. Because the pressure is so high, some people may have discomfort. You may have ear pain or a popping feeling in your ears while in the chamber.
Clinics and hospitals that treat serious illnesses will have patients do 1-to-2-hour sessions and a short break to breathe normal air. Our device at the Budwig Center is designed for minor ailments, insomnia, anti-aging, increased energy, improved cognitive skills, etc., with just 45-minute sessions.
Oxygen may change the effects of certain medications. Certain chemotherapies, topical ointments used for wounds, and medicine that prevents alcohol intake for patients with a history of alcohol abuse cannot be taken in combination with HBOT. Be sure to speak with your physician and health care providers in advance to discuss what medications you’re taking.
Hyperbaric oxygen chamber therapy sessions last a little over two hours and are generally scheduled once a day, five days a week. Your doctor may prescribe 30 or more treatments before the therapy is complete. How many treatments you have is often dependent on how quickly your condition improves.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is not safe for everyone. In general, you shouldn’t receive HBOT if you: