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HBOT Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. What is HBOT?
    HBOT stands for hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a therapeutic treatment that enhances the body’s natural healing process by delivering oxygen under pressure. This floods the tissues with oxygen, increasing the oxygen content in the blood and in the cerebral spinal fluid.
  2. How does hyperbaric oxygen therapy work?
    Hyperoxygenation – By increasing the oxygen dissolved in the plasma (the liquid portion of the blood), the lymphatic fluid, and the cerebrospinal fluid, HBOT increases the oxygen available to damaged tissues, stimulating healing. Neovascularization – HBOT stimulates blood vessel formation (angiogenesis) and collagen (connective tissue) formation in areas that were previously resistant due to lack of oxygen. Hyperoxia enhanced antimicrobial activity – HBOT reduces or eliminates the effects of toxic substances, bacteria, viruses, and yeast by increasing the tissue oxygen levels. Hyperoxia enhanced immune response – HBOT activates the white blood cells to fight infection, promoting resistance to infection, as well as wound healing. HBOT also helps to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress.
  3. What is the difference between mild and hard HBOT?
    Mild HBOT is hyperbaric oxygen therapy at lower pressures. This ranges typically at 1.3 ATA – 1.5 ATA. These chambers are class 2 medical devices. Mild HBOT is available in portable hyperbaric chambers at 1.3 ATA – 1.5 ATA with compressed room air and is what we offer at Epídavros. Hard HBOT is hyperbaric oxygen therapy at higher pressures. These are typically above 1.5 ATA. These units are a class 1 medical device, requiring a prescription for use. Hard HBOT is available in monoplace or multiplace chambers with 100% oxygen.
  4. What is a treatment like?
    You may find that a session in a hyperbaric chamber is no different than an airplane flight. Increased surrounding pressure will require you to clear your ears in much the same way as flying. Once you have descended to pressure and your ears adjust, you should feel normal in the chamber. If you are in a portable chamber with room air, you can bring a portable computer or an ipod into the chamber, along with blankets, and pillows. Maybe add some yoga breathing and/or gentle stretches. If you are in a large enough chamber, you can sit, stand up, exercise, or sleep. If you are in a smaller chamber, you can lie down and read, listen to music, or watch videos.
  5. What is HBOT good for?
    HBOT is FDA approved to treat air or gas embolism, carbon monoxide & cyanide poisoning, crush injury & acute traumatic ischemia, decompression sickness, delayed radiation injury, diabetic foot ulcers, enhanced healing of problem wounds, exceptional blood loss, gas gangrene, intracranial abcess, necrotizing soft tissue infections, osteomyelitis (refractory), skin grafts and flaps(compromised), and thermal burns. Portable hyperbaric chambers are cleared by the FDA to treat acute mountain sickness only. All other conditions treated by portable hyperbaric chambers are considered off-label uses. Many of these uses are quite commonplace internationally, in countries such as Russia, China, Japan, Italy, and the U.K. However, because these conditions are considered off-label in the U.S., it means that insurance companies don’t have to reimburse you for the treatment of these conditions with HBOT, saving them billions of dollars. It also means that Big Pharma’s highly profitable blockbuster drugs will continue to be the first course of treatment for these conditions, despite their exorbitant costs, toxic side effects, and detrimental long term effects on your health. See the 'off label' conditions treated with HBOT: Post-concussion syndrome Stroke recovery Degenerative neurological conditions Cognitive decline Autism spectrum disorders Hidden infections Chronic viral and/or bacterial infections Chronic Lyme symptoms Multiple chemical sensitivities Musculoskeletal injuries Fibromyalgia Chronic pain syndromes Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's Inflammatory arthritis Auto-immune disorders Brain fog and short term memory issues Optimized atlethic performance Immune system activation Wellness and prevention Many, many more
  6. How does HBOT treat these conditions?
    HBOT supports the body by providing vital energy (oxygen) in a concentrated way, enabling the body to heal itself. HBOT is used therapeutically to treat conditions in which tissues have been damaged by oxygen deprivation. When the oxygen is restored to these tissues, much of the lost function returns. By reducing inflammation, HBOT promotes wound healing throughout the body and the brain.
  7. How many sessions will it take?
    HBOT boosts the body in doing what it wants to do; be healthy. So, ideally, you are going to do the sessions regularly. For the average person, testing out treatments, do one to two a week and see how you feel. This will allow you to asses whether or not a more dedicated approach is reasonable for you. It's commonly recommended by doctors to do an initial group of 40 sessions. You can do one or two per day for 60 to 90 minutes each, 5 to 7 days per week. It is recommended to take a two to four week break. A second round of 40 sessions is usually recommended. For chronic conditions, a person may do hundreds of sessions over a period of years. Please contact your doctor to discuss the best protocol for your condition. A naturopathic doctor may be more versed in HBOT than an MD. For individuals who have chronic conditions, if benefit is seen after the initial series, it may be wise to buy a home unit.
  8. How much will it cost?
    Hard HBOT (aka level 1 device) in a hyperbaric clinic typically costs $250 per session, or $10,000 for 40 sessions. That brings the standard HBOT protocol cost to $20,000 for 80 sessions. Since many people go on to do hundreds of sessions over a period of years, the costs can be very high, making it impossible for many. Soft HBOT (aka mild HBOT or level 2 device) in a portable chamber typically costs $75 – $100 per session with room air, and $150 per session with an oxygen concentrator. Thus, the standard HBOT protocol costs $6,000 – $12,000 for 80 sessions. Since it takes several months to complete the standard protocol, and many people do hundreds of sessions over a period of years, purchasing a chamber is more economical in the long run. However, investing in a series of sessions at our center enables you to familiarize yourself with mild HBOT before committing to buy a chamber. Our portable chambers range in price from $5,495 to $16,995, and they have excellent resale value. For most conditions, portable hyperbaric chambers are your best investment.
  9. Why doesn't my doctor know about HBOT?
    Western medicine is aimed at treating symptoms, and not generally, at healing the cause of the symptom. For this reason, few medical schools offer classes or training in hyperbaric medicine. When disease is cured, the pharmaceutical industry suffers. When you consider the fact that it is Big Pharma that fuels the education and careers of medical doctors, it’s no wonder that most doctors know little about the health benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
  10. Can I buy a chamber for home use?
    A home chamber is the most economical way to go for the dedicated healing aficionado. We sell chambers for home use. See our page titled purchase for home use.
  11. How safe is HBOT?
    Mild HBOT is incredibly safe. It's so safe that the only challenge may be with clearing the ears.
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