Eberhart's Manual of High Frequency
Noble M. Eberhart
Ozone; How Produced; Physiological Action;
Dosage; Indications and Principal Diseases in Which it is Employed.
Nature and Production. Whenever an electric
spark passes through the air, ozone is liberated. Ozone is known under
the chemical symbol O3 and is an allotropic form of oxygen.
At the same time that ozone is liberated, nitrous and nitric oxides are
also produced. The less the perceptible spark accompanying the production
of ozone, the less the amount of these objectionable oxides, and in administering
the ozone, it is necessary by filtration or otherwise, to dispose of these
Physiological Action. Ozone increases the
oxygenation of the blood and tissues, increasing oxyhemoglobin and also
increasing the number of red blood corpuscles. It is claimed that a decrease
in white blood corpuscles is produced if they are above normal. In strongly
concentrated form, ozone is destructive in its effect on mucous membranes
and even to life itself. Germs are destroyed by it and it has been shown
capable of so thoroughly disinfecting sewage that the filtered water was
pronounced suitable for drinking purposes. It is distinctly deodorant and
even a small ozonizer running in a room will quickly destroy the most objectionable
In a Chicago bank an ozone machine was placed in
a room where six employees were working. Their weight and chest expansion
was taken at the time the machine was installed and again in sixty days.
The result is shown in the following table:
Indications. In one sense of the word, since
oxygen is so essential, it might easily be claimed that ozone was indicated
in any bodily ailment, and I am of the opinion that its inhalation would
be beneficial to the extent that pure air would be desirable, but there
are some diseases in which it is of particular benefit. Among these are
anemia; all diseases of the respiratory organs, including tuberculosis;
infectious diseases; and all conditions where there is imperfect oxidation
and impaired nutrition. An ozone spray has been demonstrated to be healing
in all forms of ulcers, etc.
Methods of Administration. As ordinarily
employed, ozone is administered in the form of inhalations in the doctor's
office, or by ozonizing the air of the room which the patient occupies.
In employing the ozone directly from the generator it has been found necessary
to filter it through essential oils in order to remove the nitrous and
nitric oxides. Oil of pine two parts and oil of eucalyptus one part is
a favorite form. In many instances it seems to me to be much more sensible
to administer constantly ozonized air than to depend upon occasional inhalations.
This is especially true in consumption. Several ozone generators are illustrated
Fig. 56 - Small Ozone Generator for Portable Outfits.
Effect on Nutrition. The following is taken
from reports by Doctors L'Abbe and Oudin before the Paris Congress for
the study of tuberculosis:
"We investigated the influence of ozonized air on
nutrition in general, and especially in anemia or persons physically reduced.
When the percentage of oxyhemoglobin is below normal (say 9% to 10%), as
is usually the case with tuberculosis patients, inhalation of ozonized
air for a quarter of an hour increases it by 1%. The increase, temporary
at first, becomes permanent after a number of treatments, and one can affirm
that at the end of two or three weeks' treatment, the patient has reached
a normal figure.
"This is necessarily accompanied, in the case of
anemic patients, by more energetic oxidation, more rapid combustion, which
calls for more rapid renewal of nutritive materials (increased metabolism)
and from this there speedily arises an increase in appetite, which in some
patients takes the form of a demand for food such as has been hitherto
unknown to them, with return of strength, disappearance of complications,
in short, restoration to health.
"Out of twenty-eight patients weighed before and
after treatment, including those in all stages of tuberculosis,
One gained 1.1 lbs. Six
gained 3.3 lbs.
Three gained 4.4 lbs. Two
gained 2.5 lbs.
One gained 6. lbs. One gained
Two gained 7.7 lbs Three
gained 8.8 lbs.
One gained 9.9 lbs. One
gained 11 lbs.
Two gained 15.2 lbs. One
gained 19.9 lbs
One gained 23.1 lbs Two
"With the return of flesh there was a corresponding
increase of oxyhemoglobin as follows:
Two gained 1% Ten gained
Five gained 12 %
One gained 3%
Four gained 2% Six gained
Five gained 22 %
One gained 5%
Four were not examined."
In view of the reputation and standing of the physicians
making this report, more than ordinary consideration should be accorded
Fig. 57 - Ozone Generator for Office Use.
Dosage. It is claimed that large amounts
of ozone are capable of producing death, and that rabbits have succumbed
in ten minutes in an atmosphere containing eight milligrams of ozone to
the litre. The proper proportion for therapeutic inhalation is one, two
or three milligrams to the litre. Inhalations given in a physician's office
last from ten to twenty minutes and may be repeated frequently. The indication
that the patient has had a sufficient dose is usually a slight sensation
Tuberculosis of the Lungs. Daily inhalations
of ozone in connection with auto-condensation. Ozonizing the air of the
patient's room is the best method of employing ozone in this disease. H.
De La Coux, Chemical Expert to the Council of the Prefecture of the Seine,
Paris, says: "In application of ozone for tuberculosis, it is an undeniable
clinical fact that the number of bacilli in the sputum diminishes after
the second or third treatment, even before the general condition of the
patient is improved."
Dr. George Stoker, London, reports nine cases of
tuberculosis treated within a year at the Stoker Oxygen Hospital, of which
eight were discharged with the disease definitely arrested.
Dr. J. T. Gibson says in Advanced Therapeutics:
"In advanced cases with cavities and much expectoration, I think there
is no means of so much use as inhalation of ozone. It empties the lungs
of detritus and pus, revivifying the blood, disinfecting the parts of the
lungs reached, and after the first irritation of its use has passed off,
there is nothing that gives the lungs the sense of rest and quiet as does
this agent. I have seen the quantity of sputum lessened to a most remarkable
degree, and fever disappear, and all symptoms improve by the use of ozone
Sletoff has treated 147 cases of tuberculosis with
ozone with favorable results.
Fig. 58 - Room Ozonizer.
Anemia and Chlorosis. In a paper read before
the American Pediatric society, Boston, Dr. A. Caille reports the favorable
influence of ozone in a number of cases of chlorosis and anemia as well
as other diseases, and in his conclusion, says: "In chlorosis and anemia,
ozone inhalations are exceedingly valuable from a therapeutical standpoint,
and give better and prompter results than any other form of medication."
Chronic Middle-Ear Deafness and Tinnitus.
Dr. Stoker of the London Throat Hospital and of the Oxygen Hospital, has
published a series of twelve cases of chronic dry catarrh of the middle
ear with deafness and in nearly all with tinnitus, which were treated with
an ozone spray. Improvement, sometimes remarkable, occurred in every case.
Fig. 59 - Room Ozonizer.
The technique consisted in passing the ozone "in
a gentle current through an eustachian catheter into the middle ear for
about four minutes at a time, the operation being repeated several times
a week, daily if possible.
Whooping Cough (Pertussis). The efficacy
of ozone in treating whooping cough has been attested by many authorities,
among them being Caille, L'Abbe, Derecq, Coumer, Delherm, Bordier and Oudin.
In practically all of these cases the ozone was administered in ten to
twenty minute inhalations. Ozonizing the air in the patient's room should
prove a better method.
Says L'Abbe: "My personal experience rests on over
100 cases. In all I have obtained amelioration, prompt and rapid at first,
and later a complete cure in a time ordinarily covered by a very light
attack. Ozone is the remedy par excellence for whooping cough."
Asthma, Bronchitis and Hay Fever are benefitted
or cured by ozone. Inhalations combined with ozonization of the air of
the room is the method; the latter being more efficacious.
Hay fever victims have found that the use of a room
atomizer constantly for two or three months prior to the expected attack
has prevented the latter from coming on. During the attack inhalations
have given great relief.
Insomnia. Daily inhalations for ten or fifteen
minutes, or have patient sleep in a room with an ozonizer in operation.
Pneumonia. Ozonize the air in the room, keeping
the machine near the head of the patient's bed.
Nervous Debility, etc. Three to six ozone
inhalations per week, preferable in connection with auto-condensation or
with vacuum tube sparks.
Other Diseases. On account of its oxidizing
properties, ozone should be a valuable adjunct to auto-condensation in
diabetes, gout, obesity, etc.
Its beneficial action in syphilis has been attested
by many physicians.