Here is a list of benefits of HBOT (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy) I am certain this is biased and will try and find references to scientific journals also, but for sake of discussion I have listed them here. Of particular interest to me is the idea that it can aid in the healing of internal organs via stem cell proliferation. It made me wonder if this could be of value to people with Adrenal Fatigue. I also called a local Doctor who offers these services today and, "of course" he was confident it could help with this. He was honest enough to say that the mechanisms are not that well understood, but a consistent benefit is a reduction in fatigue which can help the body have the energy it needs to repair itself more efficiently. He charge $150 for the initial consultation and then $95.00/hr for treatment. He advises on how often you should seek treatment during the consultation. I didn't want to press it lest I get another nasty email like I did from NMC:-)
Here is the list.
Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy – HBOT
•To fight infection: A fully oxygenated body will kill off any anaerobic bacteria, and will enhance the effectiveness of some antibiotics.
•To oxygenate ischemic tissue: Breathing oxygen under pressure dissolves more O2 into your body, oxygen is then delivered by plasma, which means parts of your body that are not getting sufficient amounts of blood are still getting sufficient amounts of oxygen.
•To “off gas”: By breathing 100% oxygen under pressure, toxic gases like carbon monoxide are forced out of the blood stream which greatly reduces the damage done by them.
•To promote vasoconstriction: Hyperbaric treatments causes the circulatory system to constrict, while still delivering sufficient amounts of oxygen, which helps in treating compartment syndrome by reducing edema, and reducing inflammation.
•To promote vasculogenesis and angiogenesis: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy induces growth factors in stem cells to help them differentiate and begin the formation of new blood vessels.
•To regain neurological function: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy stimulates blood flow, metabolism, and tissue growth in people with brain injuries. This reawakens dormant but living cells surrounding the injured area.