Ozone therapy is a complementary, combined adjunctive treatment used across various branches of medicine given its healing properties and efficiency, according to Dr. Vivian Borroto Rodríguez, Natural and Traditional Medicine specialist and president of the Cuban Ozone Society, speaking with Granma International.
”The illnesses which respond best to this method of treatment are advanced ischemic disorders, inflammatory and degenerative skeletal and joint conditions; viral and bacterial infections; the healing of wounds; and skin ulcers.
Ozone therapy is used across a broad range of medical specialties and at different levels of the healthcare system, for diabetes prevention, treatment and rehabilitation; hypertension, asthma, cardiac deficiencies and herniated disks, for example.
We have had excellent experiences in pediatrics using the therapy to treat children with cerebral palsy as well as cancer patients,” she notes.
How is ozone therapy applied?
Through ozone generators, which use medicinal oxygen and low voltage electricity, provided by the Ministry of Public Heath to its nationwide network of healthcare facilities.
In order to apply the treatment, the patient must have their medical prescription, which should determine the dosage, while the whole process must be performed at a health facility by qualified personnel.
The therapy is not available for home use, but similar products in the form of syrups are available at local pharmacies and must be prescribed by a doctor.
When did use of this treatment begin in Cuba?
The use of ozone therapy in Cuba dates back to the 1980s, when it was used to disinfect polluted drinking water. Later the Ozone Research Center was created in order to demonstrate its effectiveness and the possibility of making the treatment available in all provinces and municipalities.
In the first decade of 2000, action plans were created to consolidate ozone treatment strategies within the field of Natural and Traditional Medicine, and in 2010, the therapy was officially approved as one of the 10 branches of this field.
Despite the fact that the Ozone Research Center was dissolved due to economic transformations being carried out in the country over recent years, in January 2011, a department was created within the division of physical and rehabilitation medicine, today globally recognized as the Cuban Ozone Therapy Society and affiliated with the discipline’s International Federation. We collaborate on validating therapeutic protocols, research promotion and disseminating results.
Our main focus is working to provide the patient with a better quality of life.
Are there any upcoming international scientific events?
Over 200 experts from around the world will come together in Havana this November 27-29 for the First Cuban Ozone Society Congress, the Fifth Mexican Ozone Therapy Congress and the Fourth Congress of the International Medical Ozone Federation.
Under the maxim: “Regularization, unity and science for ozone therapy,” the event aims to discuss and promote strategies regarding the legalization and use of the treatment, while also facilitating knowledge exchanges in a friendly and cooperative atmosphere, which could contribute to strengthening relations between entities and specialists.
Also scheduled are two pre-congress workshops and a symposium. Doctors, nurses, paramedics, dentists, vets and technicians associated with the specialty, will be participating in the event.
What have been Cuba’s main achievements in this sphere over recent years?
First, the legalization of ozone therapy at a government level; its inclusion in teaching programs; integration into the protocols of health institutions; the standardization of the purchase of ozone medications; and the creation of an up-to-date bibliography of our research.
We have created a basic training scheme with the latest scientific knowledge across the entire country resulting in an increase in the use of this new method.
We promote scientific research on ozone therapy in order to disseminate experiences and knowledge.
The advance and consolidation of this practice on the island is tangible; today we have more scientific-technical material to show the world.