Oxygen Multi-step Therapy
The Oxygen multi-step therapy consists of three components:
- Administration of vitamins and trace elements (vital substances)
- Delivery of a high concentration of oxygen (mostly 95% to 99%)
- During the delivery of oxygen exercise therapy is conducted on an exercise bicycle or similar machines
Areas of application of the oxygen multi-step therapy
- Circulatory disorders
- Circulation problems
- Hearing impairment
- Blurred vision
- General exhaustion
- Adjunctive therapy for cancer patients
- Prenatal care
Principle behind the oxygen multi-step therapy
The first step is to prepare the body to make use of the improved oxygen supply. This is achieved through the administration of vitamins, minerals, trace elements and special substances, which increase cellular oxygen uptake and ensure an improved utilization of oxygen.
In the second step, 90% oxygen is inhaled. Inhalation is performed by means of breathing goggles or disposable masks. For this part of the therapy there are a number of different options available:
a) The 18-day variant is the most common (concentrated oxygen is inhaled daily for 2 hours over 18 consecutive days)
b) The 10-day intensive variant (daily 30 minute inhalation of ionized oxygen over 10 days). The ionized oxygen is even more active compared to non-ionized oxygen!
In the third step the aim is to improve blood circulation through the body by means of exercise (treadmill, bicycle ergometer) or by stimulating blood flow to the brain through mental activities (e.g. reading, solving puzzles).
Today, the original technique is carried out in a number of different variants and interpretations.
- Ionized oxygen, by definition, is an oxygen radical and thus damages mucous membranes, cells and tissues during inhalation. In his own earlier investigations Prof. Ardenne himself did not find any effect to indicate that ionized oxygen (30 minutes duration) has an advantage over normal oxygen inhalation (2 hours duration).
- That physical exercise improves the blood flow and blood flow properties and thus an increase of the well-being and the performance is beyond question!
- The fact that the supply of food supplements (vitamins, minerals, secondary plant substances, etc.) has a positive effect on well-being and physical performance in patients with a deficiency is also beyond question.
- The air we breathe normally contains about 21% oxygen and about 78% nitrogen. Of the 21% oxygen, only a quarter is absorbed by the body under optimum conditions and bound to haemoglobin. Three quarters of all inhaled oxygen is exhaled unused.
This means that, apart from cases of severe pulmonary disease, blood is usually sufficiently saturated with oxygen and is not able to bind or transport any more. So the added oxygen that is inhaled and supplied to the lungs is immediately exhaled again because it cannot be used.
Whether a lack of oxygen is present in the blood can be easily determined by an oximeter / pulse oximeter. These devices (usually as a finger clip) measure the oxygen saturation in the blood as a percentage (finger clip on the finger). 96% to 98% means optimal oxygen saturation.
In the case of pulmonary diseases such as COPD (chronic bronchitis), pulmonary emphysema, pulmonary sarcoidosis, pulmonary fibrosis, saturation drops below normal and an additional supply of concentrated oxygen is needed. If a measurement shows 98% saturation and oxygen is then inhaled, it cannot be bound because the haemoglobin is already saturated. However, if the oxygen is still ionized (supply of oxygen radicals), damage to the mucous membranes, cells and tissue in the area of the nose, throat and bronchial space cannot be prevented.
History of oxygen multi-step therapy
The Dresden physicist Manfred von Ardenne (1907-1997) began to investigate the effect of oxygen in the 1970s. His research was based on the findings of cancer researcher Otto Warburg. Ardenne was able to show that the daily inhalation of highly concentrated oxygen over a certain period can help patients regain blood circulation levels in the capillaries that had diminished due to age. This effect can be sustained for weeks or even months following the therapy. In 1978 Ardenne introduced his technique to the market.