Hyperbaric Therapy: What’s Yes And What’s No

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    Hyperbaric Chamber is a chamber specifically used for the purpose of delivering 100% oxygen to the body. The chamber can be of a rigid or flexible construction.

    Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a theraphy utilizing Hyperbaric Chamber.

    So, what are YES’ and NOs about this? Know the facts of this device/therapy from trusted sources only. Here is summary:

    YES

    A number of studies have shown that hyperbaric oxygen therapy does speed wound healing for many types of wounds

    Hyperbaric therapy can help wounds, especially infected wounds, heal more quickly

    The therapy may be used for:

    • Air or gas embolism
    • Bone infections (osteomyelitis) that have not improved with other treatments
    • Burns
    • Carbon monoxide poisoning
    • Certain types of brain or sinus infections
    • Decompression sickness (for example, a diving injury)
    • Gas gangrene
    • Necrotizing soft tissue infections
    • Provide enough oxygen to the lung during a procedure called whole lung lavage, which is used to clean an entire lung in patients with certain medical conditions
    • Radiation injury (for example, damage from radiation therapy for cancer)
    • Skin grafts
    • Wounds that have not healed with other treatments (for example, it may be used to treat a foot ulcer in someone with diabetes or very bad circulation)

    HBOT involves breathing oxygen in a pressurized chamber

    HBOT involves breathing oxygen in a pressurized chamber in which the atmospheric pressure is raised up to three times higher than normal

    NO

    Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has not been clinically proven to cure or be effective in the treatment of cancer, autism, or diabetes

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    Sources:

    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002375.htm
    http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/test_procedures/neurological/hyperbaric_oxygen_therapy_for_wound_healing_135,44/
    http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm364687.htm

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