Ozone therapy is IV ozone administered in a single injection or by the circulation of blood through a machine. It raises the oxygen levels in your blood to help combat borrelia, an anaerobic bacteria that can’t exist in oxygen-rich situations. (Note: This isn’t true for many Lyme coinfections, which need oxygen to survive.)
Ozone therapy works by creating a high-oxygen environment in the body so that borrelia can’t survive. It may also enhance immune function and reduce inflammation.
Ozone is reasonable to consider, but in my experience, the results are often transient, and many people need additional therapies. Because of the cost and issues with long-term safety, I wouldn’t put this procedure first on my list.
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