Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) involves the therapeutic use of oxygen at higher than atmospheric pressure. The increased level of oxygen at the level of tissues and organs resulting from HBOT explains its medical benefits in a variety of conditions including strokes, non-healing ulcers, burns, autism, and cerebral palsy. It has also been found to help with post-op healing, athletic performance and/or recovery, and mental acuity.
The following articles will help you understand some of the important research on the beneficial effects of HBOT on autism and other health conditions that have been published:
HBOT and Autism
These studies represent the beginning stages of research on the possible role of HBOT in children on the autistic spectrum. The role of inflammation both in the gut and in the brain is being increasingly well defined. These studies show very nicely how that inflammation, regardless of its cause, can be dramatically reduced with HBOT. More importantly, this improvement on spect scans is accompanied by measurable improvements in the cognitive and behavioral function of these children.
HBOT and Chronic Lyme Disease
There is limited information on the role of HBOT in Chronic Lyme disease. Fife and Freeman in 1997 studied 40 subjects who were treated with HBOT for 4 weeks at 2 ATA. 38 out of 40 improved with improvements persisting even after discontinuing antibiotics. The areas of improvements included cognitive functioning, pain, fatigue and depression. Other researches have not replicated this study yet. Due to the lack of other published research on the role of HBOT in lyme disease, this area is considered experimental and care should be exercised in drawing any conclusions.
Fife W.P. and Freeman D.M. Preliminary Clinical Study on the Use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for the Treatment of Lyme Disease. College Station, Texas: Texas A&M University Hyperbaric Laboratory, 1997.
This review summarizes the research demonstrating the benefits of HBOT in strokes. It specifically attempts to quantitate the dose-benefit curve. It is clear from these studies that benefit increased with increased length and frequency of treatments.
HBOT and Stem Cells
This scientific study shows how HBOT can safely mobilize an 8-fold increase in circulating stem cells that are involved in the repair of injured organs and tissues in the body. Normally these stem cells are found in the bone marrow where they give rise to different cells found in the bloodstream. When the body gets injured these stem cells migrate from the marrow to the injured site where they are critical in the repair and healing process by differentiating into the appropriate cells required. This study shows how HBOT can be utilized in a safe and effective way to promote healing and repair within the body.